Welcome to Mega Man Month! Every weekday in January I’ll be listing three things I love about the original Mega Man series. Let’s go!
Finally, a real modern Mega Man
I’ve written and spoken at great length about what a weird position Mega Man 11 was in. It had to be a sequel to both the modern Mega Man 8 and the retro Mega Man 10 and I think it balanced those roles perfectly. It could have been more ambitious, but then it would have felt like too much of a departure from Mega Man 10. It could have been more classic, but then it would have felt like it wasn’t taking Mega Man into the modern age. This game was made with love, and while it isn’t perfect, it put the Blue Bomber exactly where he needs to be. A great starting point for the future of the franchise.
The alternate soundtrack
It didn’t need to be there, but as a cool bonus, the whole soundtrack is available in an “instrumental” version that changes the tunes up considerably. The original versions work in the game better in my opinion, but these alternate takes are really fun.
Robot Masters with personality
Mega Man 8 experimented with giving the robot masters voices and personalities, but it was… well, uncomfortable at best. This time around, each robot master is dripping with fun personality, and I love it. Not since Mega Man: Powered Up has robot masters talking been such an enjoyable experience.
Tundra Man is amazing.
And that’s all I’ve got. This was a fun trip, and some games narrowing the things I loved down to just three was a real challenge. Mega Man is great, and I’m glad he’s here. Let’s hope we get news on Mega Man 12 before next January.