Metal Slug XX
I'm actually glad I held off reviewing this when it first came out, because I would have had a completely different opinion on it. When I finally decided to review it, I thought it would be best to play through all the games on Anthology first, to get a better impression on where XX stands. To think, I was so close to claiming it was better than MS6 in a review.
This was actually the same situation I was in with Mega Man 10. I had a clouded impression of the game, since I couldn't remember if similar things happened in past games, whether they were better then, and exactly which ones, too. And I wasn't exactly in the mood to play through 9 Mega Man games, so I passed on reviewing it.
I'm not digging the art style, which looks very Guilty Gear-ish. I know the developer for the game is Arc System Works, but cmon, they could have used a different style. It just comes off being lazy. Also, the action looks very weak, and I'm hoping that it's just because this is the start of the game. And one more thing: life bar?! They better take that junk out before the game gets released.
On a side note, I lost my completed save data for the game when I went back to check something without using the revisit option. Apparently, the game has short term memory, because it clearly forgot that I turned off autosave a few minutes earlier. So yeah, all that card-collecting, side quest work (for an achievement) went down the drain...
It's such a quirky game, very much in line with the source material it's clearly based on, but the actual play mechanics is bugging the crap out of me. I'm not going into detail about it, since I might do a review, but, this game does some things right, but it also does a bunch of things wrong. I could actually do a review of it now, because I have a feeling things won't change dramatically over the course of the game's story, but I actually want to complete the whole thing before making any final judgement. Shame, too, because this could have been a great steal at $20.
Here's a very early cutscene from the game, right as Agent York arrives in town:
Konami Classics Vol. 1
Konami Classics Vol. 2
I'm still trying to figure out if this was a train wreck or a success. My original intention was to only write a review for Vol. 1, but thanks to a goof, I realized I somehow wrote a review describing both Volumes. I noticed this the second I finished writing it, too. Sucks, because I thought the original review came out pretty well.