Mega Man 11
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Mega Man 11 is an action-platform game developed and published by Capcom. Announced as a celebration for Mega Man's 30th anniversary, it was released on October 2nd, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows.
Why It Rocks
- Outstanding modern 2.5D graphic style from the previous installments of the classic series instead of the retro, 8-bit style that has been overused in the series.
- Excellent soundtrack which really fits the Mega Man setting.
- It brought back voice acting, and it's done way better than Mega Man 8.
- It is significantly more story-driven than previous Mega Man games, going into the backstory behind why Dr. Light and Dr. Wily became enemies.
- The new Double Gear System allows you to either move really fast or greatly increase your attack power; at the same time this mechanic can't be overused due to a very strict timer so the player can't abuse it.
- Unlike Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, sliding and charging mechanics have returned.
- Though not entirely gone, instant-kill death traps and cheap jumps are significantly less common than in previous games so the game relies less on fake difficulty.
- Bosses offer a strong challenge but can feasibly be defeated without relying on trial-and-error. These bosses also use the Double Gear to spice up their fights.
- For newcomers, lower difficulties place checkpoints more frequently and start the player with more lives which makes the game a lot less punishing for inexperienced players. In regular difficulties for more experienced players however, the game is as challenging as the other Mega Man games.
- The ending takes a rather fun jab at the fact that Dr. Wily always begs to be spared every time he is defeated.
- The weapons Mega Man uses are great and can be combined with the Double Gear to make them even more powerful.
- Whenever you defeat a Robot Master and get a new weapon, you're sent to a practice room to try out the new weapon.
- Like Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, you can choose your difficulty level.
- If you're playing in Newcomer or Casual Mode, your weapons get refilled after death, much like Mega Man 8.
- Both Proto Man and Bass don't appear in this game for some reason, not even as DLC.
- There are still some cheap deaths occasionally, i.e. there are some places that trick you into falling to your doom.
- Underwhelming Wily Fortress. It only has two proper stages, a boss rush without a Wily boss, and a very short fourth stage that leads to the Wily Machine 11.
- The game is exclusively digital in Europe, while other regions get a physical version of the game, despite not being a port of an older gams from a previous generation of consoles.