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|A.P.I Review:||MEGA MAN LEGENDS|
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|Game Type:||Action/RPG||Memory Card|
|Review Date:||October 1998||Analog Compatible|
Setting the Scene
Over the years, Mega Man has amassed quite a fan following in the 2D world of the Super NES. Now, Capcom has decided to Mega jump into the 3D world of the Sony PlayStation. How will their effort fair in the sophisticated world of games against the likes of Final Fantasy. Why don't we find out now...?
Mega Man is an Action/RPG game.
The graphics for Mega Man aren't all that bad, but they aren't great either. The backgrounds are suitable and the characters look pretty good, but there is something about the animation that bothers me. I think Mega Man looks a little like Speed Racer and playing the game is like watching a poorly drawn Anime cartoon. Everything looks really cheesy to me. By today's standards, second rate. Besides the animation I had one other big problem. When Mega Man is traversing the different levels, the backgrounds are rotated around him rather than him moving around through the backgrounds. This creates A LOT of polygon seaming and clipping, and can get extremely annoying after a while. At times it can even effect your game if you are in the midst of a battle with an enemy. Throughout the game there is also a lot of CG FMV's that play out to move the story along. These are good to watch once; thank God you can START through them though. Some of them are extremely long and you can get through the levels without them.
Sounds and Effects
The sounds and effects are suitable but average. There is nothing impressive here. Like I said in the graphics section, it is like watching a third rate cartoon. When the characters talk, when guns fire, when the enemies move, it all reminds me of the animation you see in a Speed Racer type cartoon. If you stay above ground long enough in one of the "normal" areas the background music will really begin to bother you too. Are you starting to get the picture that I was a bit disappointed with this game?
I have two big problems with this game. First, Mega Man is somewhat difficult to control because you must use the shoulder buttons to rotate the screen around him when turning corners and rotating 360'. To me, this was difficult and confusing and it succeeded in making me upset more than once. Second, I was not thrilled with having to talk to every damn character above ground before I found out what I had to do. The idea is, you look around and investigate and certain townspeople will give you hints about what to do next. Well, maybe it's just me, but it seemed like I had to talk to everyone before I found the one individual with information that I could use. This led to a lot of wasted time above ground and was extremely frustrating. Well, now that I got that off my chest, the basic gameplay really isn't too bad. The story goes a little like Waterworld in that people must live out their lives on small patches of land above the water. Diggers travel below ground in search of refractors, the earth's only source of energy. Over the years there have been hints of a motherload of refractors and you must battle underground demons as well as pirates as you search for glory. To start off you are equipped with only your buster gun and the ability to kick. Along the way, Roll, you're above ground "genius" partner can take parts that you bring back from the battle areas, as well as pick up at the junk store, and mold them into useful tools. You can also find Buster parts, Helmet parts, Jump parts, Dash parts, and an armored body. All designed to make you stronger and more powerful, in an effort to progress through the levels. I thought Capcom did a good job with the single button auto-target feature as well as the single button roll maneuver that allows you to avoid oncoming fire. These somewhat made up for the difficulty of movement throughout the levels. The only advice I can give is don't start playing unless you have a lot of time to invest in this game. It is definitely not the type that you play for a few days and leave. You must be patient and devoted to make it through the game.
Value for Money
If you can find Mega Man at a reasonable price I would have to say pick it up. But if you are short on cash don't bother. This game is not a must buy right away type, it can wait. I'd be interested to see if Capcom comes out with a sequel that addresses some of the problems of this title.
|GRAPHICS:||14/20||I am not a huge fan of Mega Man but I don't want to rip it too much. It is an enjoyable game if you are into the Action/RPG Genre and is a good first effort in bringing Mega Man to the PlayStation in 3D. I will continue to play Mega Man but it is not something that I will rush home for.|