Welcome to another edition of Nostalgia Game Review! This edition takes a look at one of the most iconic series in video games, Mega Man. When I'm talking about Mega Man, I'm talking about the inaugural installation of Mega Man. Released on December 17, 1987 by Capcom, Mega Man was released on the NES and got a 3D remake called Mega Man Powered Up for the PSP in 2006.
The premise of Mega Man is simple: Stop Dr. Wily from spreading his chaos across the globe. Unlike the descendants of the original Mega Man, you only have six robot masters to fight in Mega Man. There are still boss weaknesses for each robot master and each stage is tailored towards each robot master. You also have a points system, with each robot master and stage clear being worth a set amount. Instead of going directly to the bosses, you have to traverse through a tunnel to get to the boss.
While the first installation of Mega Man is a nice game to play through, there are a couple of issues with the game. Mega Man doesn't feel fulfilling to play through. Sometimes, the levels felt like there weren't enough enemies in the stages, especially compared to Mega Man 2. It's also visually simple compared to its Mega Man descendants. Granted, it's not Mega Man's fault since it is the first game of the series and Mega Man games have improved over time.
While having a simple design may seem bland, it's not that bad of a thing. It still looks nice for the intro game to the series, especially with the level design. I do love the pre-stage cutscenes, too. What's good about Mega Man is that while there isn't enough content to play through, the levels are engaging. The levels will keep you engaged until you beat the boss, with various traps to watch out for.
Mega Man 2 was the superior installment compared to Mega Man. There's no question about it. However, if you love Mega Man and want a different experience in the series, don't hesitate to give this game a try.
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