Thursday, 30 April 2009

Danday Reviews: Mega Man 9

Consoles: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Age Rating: 7+
Publisher: Capcom

Mega Man has been a long running series. Since the first video game in 1988 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mega Man has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. The latest video game, the ninth instalment in the classic Mega Man series, sees Mega Man in another battle against the evil Dr Wily (why hasn’t Mega Man killed him already?! Then again, why hasn’t Mario killed Bowser or Sonic killed Robotnik yet?) But this time, the story takes a brand new twist, when Dr Light is seen as the bad guy when all of his robots go arid on him.
The gameplay is following suit in the other eight Mega Man games, 2D sidescrolling shooter. But unlike Mega Man 7 and 8, 9 is going back to the classic 8-bit roots. The music is extraordinary, and is a definite must for any gamer’s iTunes.
The game can probably be completed in about 2 hours, but with a wide range of challenges to complete, and downloadable content, people might leave Mega Man on their console for longer than that.
All in all, Mega Man 9 is an amazing game, and shows developers that going back to a game’s roots is the new thing to do. Too bad Bungie aren’t doing that with Halo. Heart-breaking.

Score 9/10

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