Ok, so I'm moving in like 4 days and I'll be gone until my isp decides to hook me up at my new house. So I decided to rant about something I really like.. eheheh..mods, tack this on the VC thread if you like, its fine by me
So I'm a huge Mega Man fan. Specifically the old ones on NES. When I heard that Mega Man 9 would be coming out back several months ago, I squealed like a little kid with glee. I happen to own EVERY Cartridge of the nes games. A bit of nerdom I am proud to admit! So when the game came out on Monday I hurriedly bought it up! So I got home from work and decided to scarf down my dinner while playing Mega Man 9. During the intro there was a neat cameo of Chun Li as a news anchor saying that 8 robot masters are again running amuck. (Nice Capcom!) After I lol'd at that I scarfed down some more food, when I looked up I couldn't believe what I saw. "Whats this!? And NEW and interesting story!? Deviating from the years of the same old boss!? This is a TWIST! Dr. LIGHT IS THE BAD GUY!?!
Spoiler of Story line:
No, turns out Dr. Wily is again the bad guy.. Must have missed the part where Light was set up while feeding my face.
Lets see here, is this original?
Mega Man = Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 2= Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 3= Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 4= The RUSSIAN WAS THE BAD GUY!...no just kidding..Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 5= ProtoMan was the Bad guy!... no just kidding again..Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 6= Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 7= Umm I think.. hold on.. Its on the tip of my tongue... Oh yea..Dr. Wily was the bad guy
Mega Man 8= I think Dr. Wily was the bad guy but I'm not too sure....
Ok, so no surprise there. Upon the intro ending and Mega Man slapping on his helmet, it was time to battle the 8 robot masters in all their 8 bit glory.
"Who to fight first" Not having heard anything about this game other than it was coming out, I was clueless. And that was great! Lets see here, Galaxy Man, Magma Man, Plug Man (wtf?) Hornet Man.. Jewel Man... Ah ha! Jewel Man! He is just asking for it..
So off to Jewel Mans stage I went. Everything was as it should be in a classic Mega Man game. Theres the Hard Hat guys, the things that float downward and once they land they are too low for you to shoot. I then noticed the controls. I could NOT charge my mega buster! Ah HA! Mega Man did say it had been a while since he last fought! He also lost his ability to SLIDE! Thats when it hit me, this WAS a OLD SCHOOL GAME for the new age! This game felt a LOT like Mega Man 2... and if your a mega man fan, thats a good thing. So things kept feeling more and more old school and then I saw it........ The disappearing Block Puzzles.. 0_o. Oh capcom.. You crafty devils. The blocks were pretty predictable. I followed them pretty well, only falling once in the beginning. Then just as I was over those one hit kill spikes with nary a way out, I leaped to a block all by its self only to have another block appear directly above it, pushing me into the spikes! CRAFTY CAPCOM! It was a trap and I fell for it! Well done... well done indeed..
I then went to Concrete Mans Stage. I like to change it up a bit, see what all the stages are like! Ya know?! This stage seemed to be a breeze! So here I kill an enemy and I notice a STRANGE MESSAGE flashes on my screen. "**Achievement= Killed 100 Enemies*" WHAT? Xbox style achievements?! At first I thought this was just nuts... Then I saw the beauty in it. It was genius! I'm no mega man expert, but I don't suck. What better way to show and tell people of my achievements than having the game keep track of them for me! Also this was a great way to judge how good you are against other people... More on this mode later.. So anway, back to the game....I was flying though only to have my progress stopped dead their tracks by some huge mechanical elephant with a bowling ball. Ah! A ladder! I climbed up and delivered several dozen shots between the eyes. At this point, I made fun of the elephant. What a cheap enemy! I showed him! Hahaha! Only to meet ANOTHER elephant in the next screen. Ahh! This one sends the ball out bouncing! Still noting too much to worry about! Simply duck under the ball and keep blasting. I took a bit of damage on this one, the elephant sucks the ball back with his trunk and also pulls you closer as well. It was tougher dodging the ball. So I went to the next screen and GOOD LORD! ANOTHER ELEPHANT! This one with pits that he would suck you into... I died several times here before I gave up and tried another level.. Concrete Man would have to wait...
So next up I decided I would try out Splash Woman! Yes, I said WOMAN. First ever Woman robot master. This would be an adventure! Knowing Capcom, they would make her stage the toughest and her being the toughest Boss. I thought this because I saw Chun Li in the intro and thought that might be a warning that your going to have a serous woman problem in this game. With no power ups to speak up and nary a Tom Hanks character armed with a blow dryer in sight, it was up to the Blue Bomber to bring mechanical mermaid to justice. Once the stage started I became very aware of the music at this point. Mega Man games have ALWAYS been about great rockin' music in the stages and this game was no different. I couldn't help but feel I had heard this song before. "Perhaps it was a remake of an old Wave Man stage or something." I thought, perhaps not. Remembering that Capcom was notorious for using REAL popular music by real bands turned into midis for their stage music, I began thinking of what this could be.
Lists of Mega Man REAL band songs:
So the rif of "Dun dun daa, dun dun daa.." and some quick notes after that got me thinking it was Pat Benitar- Heatbreaker. But only some notes.. Anyway, about the stage! After lol'ing at the octopus enemies that turn you black with ink, I noticed this stage really wasn't that difficult. I mean, the only part I really had trouble on was figuring out which bubbles to ride up at the end. Then it was onto the Boss. YES! With 3 lives left too! This should be fun. I must say I was a bit disappointed in this boss. Her moves were VERY predictable and as long as you didn't get hit with her Trident weapon from above you were gold! She traveled left to right going up or down "singing" calling 3 robot fish, which were easily dodged. I defeated her in my first try.. *Sigh* Was hoping she would be tough as nails. Ahh well! Lets see who is next.
Galaxy Man seemed like a fitting choice. His wacky stage was tricked out with flying saucer enemies and some PORTALS! (Having just finished portals on the pc, I had to lol at this..) Nifty stage! It was quite fun! However I found my self at the boss again in no time and decided to try that Trident rapid fire weapon. No use, only one pixel of damage. Oh well, good thing for Mega Man he always carries a back up weapon. Mega Buster it is! Galaxy Mans patters was more predictable than Splash Womans! I beat him in less than 45 seconds and in one life.
I took a few minutes after these bosses to think about the game. I was having a ball! This was probably the most fun I've had while playing a mega man game in a good number of years! The Challenge was there, for sure. But it wasn't to the point of making you want to kill your Nintendo. No, that level of difficulty is reserved strictly for Mega Man 2. Probably one of the BEST megaman games ever made. Thats probably because MM2 was a labor of love though. The game developers made the game simply to make it, they didn't intend on selling it. Capcom told them to make this game and that game..blah blah, but no Mega Man 2. It became a project for the game makers to do in their spare time. Which in my opinion is why it IS such a good game. It was made for them, the guys that MADE Megaman. After all, mega man 1 wasn't selling all that well. Which is understandable. I mean, look at the box art. Its down right Fugly! Its as if the game designers had nothing to say about the art the buyers would see. And they not only never spoke to each other, but had no idea what the other was thinking. "ok, so deformed police officer guy that wears blue and has a helmet and shoots robots... in Florida.. OK! Jim! Draw me something like that up...and hurry! it won't matter if the arms won't match up or his pistol looks a bit odd." So when Mega Man 2 came out, pretty much the same kind of art. A police officer with a gun shooting robots. OK! fine by me! the game rawks! After this game it seems the art people and the game people had a nice sit down luncheon and made some decent art for Mega Man 3. And soon after the series went to crap. Yes, after mega man 3, all games after it sucked. (Except 7 on snes..7 was cool. don't get me wrong..or the X series.. 123 rawked on snes.) Seems they tried giving Mega Man too many abilities and too easy bosses. Not enough Hard Core. No, after that Mega Man games would let you start up pretty much where ever you died and give you 10,000 power ups and let you fuse with your dog into UBER MEGA MAN! who had the power of Hulk and could smash walls with a single punch. Thats all fine and everything but at least make the game difficult enough to warrant such power. Bah! Anyway, this topic is about Mega Man 9! Not 2,3,4,5, ect. Having said all that, if Mega Man 9 had been released 15 years ago, it would have been laughed right out of the market. Same ol, same ol... and its HARD TOO! Is probably what people would have thought. But today, today where most games take you by the hand and lead you on a wondrous adventure making you simply push the "DO" button at the right moment and basically guides you though the game... THIS GAME, was a breath of fresh air. I loved the fact that if I died, I would most probably start AT THE BEGINNING of the board... not where I died. Only if I made it to the boss would I get to continue where I left off. This was my kind of game!
So on I went rampaging through the other levels. I was met with EXTREME difficulty on the other boards. It seems I DID choose the easy maps first. Thats quite alright! I enjoyed tackling these later levels and being met with death after death after death.
After playing Tornado Mans Stage, it became apparent why this game was never released on NES. The NES simply couldn't handle it. It was here I saw a small red and blue pill shaped box moving back and forth. "Do I shoot it?" I thought. I hopped around it and and then decided to land on it. WHOA! I'm spinning 360 degreese! This is NUTS! It makes the stage a bit like Gravity Mans stage from MM5. (the only GOOD thing about that game IMO) As you spin to the bottom you can jump and your upside down jumping down! Then it shows you that there is an entire SCREEN (and its a long one) where either one hit kills you or you fall to your DOOM. And the only thing you have to land on is these spinning pills. 0_o! Madness! And yes, it was awesome. I loved every minute of it. Tornado Man wasn't tooo hard..... However it was tough keeping track of him when so much was going on the screen. I died once fighting him, simply because I didn't have enough energy coming into the room.
Then onto MAGMA MANS STAGE!
ONE HIT DEATHS FTW. I LOVED THIS STAGE. Large streams of molten magma falls from the ceilings and can kill you simply by touching them.
This was great. I also noticed how if you got close to the jets, by say 1 or 2 pixels, sparks fly from you! Its neat little 8 bit touches like this that really makes me smile. The boss again, wasn't too hard but wasn't that easy either. I had a little voice that I hadn't heard since I was a teen, a voice that told me how to beat an enemy that I had never seen before. "Stay on the ground, DO NOT JUMP". I don't know why I heard that, but I followed the advice of my guardian mega man sitting on my shoulder and sure enough, it worked. So when you fight Magma Man, DO NOT JUMP! NEVER ATTEMPT TO JUMP OVER HIM. Its a trap and you will take a lot of damage. The stage is very hilly with many peaks and platforms. Only jump to those if you must. Have faith that he will jump over you at the last moment. And you should avoid most of his attacks. Its not that he was easy. If you attempt to jump over him you will die very quickly. I was lucky to have had this little voice from my past. The voice would hang around for the remainder of the game.. eheh.
On to, Hornet Man!
OK, WAIT! This should be BEE MAN, Capcom. He clearly has octagonal shaped honey combs in his chest. Hornets do not make honey nor build hives that resemble that. Ah well. Blast Hornet was cool in MMX3 so I guess we will let this slide. His stage was ridicules. Its that simple, it has moments where you feel "oh this is pretty easy!" Then your slapped upside the head by some odd googly eyed flower mid boss that has a huge spinning arm of death coming after you. This stage was quite fun! When I got to Hornet man, I thought "well, he must be just like Blast Hornet from MMX3. So this black hole weapon should kill him quick! ... And here I was quite shocked to see not only did he basically laugh at the black hole I made... but the hornets (or frigging bees...) were simply passing through the hole with no damage. And here I lost a few lives... LoL! I tried a few of the other weps I had to see if one worked. Sure enough, Tornado Mans weapon blew him away. hehe. Gotta use it wisely though, that thing sucks the energy ammo.
And now on to.... HEY! LOOK! some things are happening! Spoilers about plot development .lol and an item thing:
It was around here that Not only did I get RUSH FREAKING JET (FTW) But it revealed why the robot masters went nuts in the first place. Now listen, Megaman games were never much on a deep story, just some random "oh no! teh robots went nutz! sum one killz them fast, plzkthx!" So I didn't expect much (and neither should you, its just a good excuse to kill enemies and all sorts of bad assery) So Wily told the robots that their expiration dates were up and they were all going to be destroyed by the government. WTF!? So the robot masters revolted! (heck, I would too!) So Wily promised he would help them NOT DIE and keep them alive. (Jeeze, sounds like that 80s movie Short Circuit) So that was it, thats why the robots went on a rampage. For the first time in a MM game I felt bad for the robot masters. AHH WELL! MORE THINGS TO KILL AND I GOT ACHIEVEMENTS TO UNLOCK! See ya suckers!
And since I'm on the Subject, The achievements, they are a great idea. I mean really, what better way to boast about being awesome than have the game log it for you and automatically (if your wii is online) entered into a bracket to see how bad-assed you really are. Also it gives you reason(S) to play the game again and again. Now if that sounds strange to you, clearly you've never been a Mega Man fan. Thats basically half the fun of those games. Beating the snot out of the game and turning it off and DO IT AGAIN only better and faster. Usually people that like Speed Running games tend to do this behavior. Such as the folks over at the SDA Forum
Are going crazy trying to fill the top 10 spots. Crafty devils... So I'm all for this! Its good filler until the Downloadable content is posted.... mwahhahaha! More on that later...
So Now its on to JEWEL MAN AGAIN! YOUR TOAST, SISSY!
SO here I am again, staring down the same damned 3 elephants. I honestly probably died 9 times here before I figured out 2 tactics. 1, take your time and only shoot him about 5 shots then wait and jump over the ball... OR, use black hole bomb! Now the black hole takes like forever to end and there for it means it takes a long time to fire a 2nd shot. But there is a way around that. Fire a shot and wait till you hear it HIT your enemy. Then pause the game. Then unpause! BOOM! The damage is done but the animation has ended! Leaving you ready to fire ANOTHER b-bomb! Rinse, lather, repeat. Should take about 4 shots. The rest of the stage was a cake walk compared to that stupid elephant. Now onto the boss! Why, he fights just like SKULL MAN from MM4. Yep! Full of fail. I figured the b-bomb would work here too. Sure enough that weapon sucked the shield right off of him and only took about 5 shots to finish him off. NICE! Only one more to go..
Plug Man... srsly.. WTF.....His stage was FULL of enemies on the screen at one time. I started using Tornado Blast to clear the screen. Works pretty well! Nothing else really to mention about the stage. It was fun and had some difficult parts. However there was one thing worth noting... Listen up all you cheaters.. I was running low on health towards the end of the stage, I saw a place were enemies were being spawned out of a pipe and remembered a trick from Mega Man 2. Use the leaf shield where enemies come back and you'll get power ups like mad. So I put on my useless DIAMOND Shield. And sat under a pipe. The first power up that came out of there was a 1-up. HOLY COW! I'll sit here for a while and continue packing for the move! So I did! When I came back about an hour later I had 9 lives and 700 BOLTS! YEA! Now I can buy me some E tanks before Wily!... Oh wait! I forgot to mention that! A nice little bit of Mega Man 7 made the cut to old school Mega Man 9. And that was the shop system. Some enemies drop small bolts or large bolts, you can turn these bolts in to the shop for 1-ups and energy tanks. There is also some hard core items too. Such as spend 200 bolts and Mega Man will remove his helmet revealing his awesome helmet hair. Doing this lets you take roughly twice as much damage...but hey... its achievement worthy.. Also some items that will let you walk on spikes once.... I never bothered. I only bought up some E tanks and one M tank and some lives. Anyway. Shop rawks. So on to PLUG MAN! I figured yet again that using the weapon that I was just abusing, I mean using 2 rooms earlier (again) would defeat the boss. Sure enough it did. He fell quickly to the ridicules power of the shield.
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