Wednesday, December 6, 2017

And Now A Word About Mega Man 11...

After the departure of Keiji Inafune from Capcom in 2010 and their apparent lack of any caring about what fans wanted thereafter, there was no hope in sight for fans of Mega Man. That was the case until December 4th, when Capcom hit us with a megaton of hype in a single short video. In short...CAPCOM ANNOUNCED MEGA MAN 11 AND BROKE THE COLLECTIVE FANDOM!!! 

I mean, everyone who heard the news was overwhelmed by the warm fuzzy feelings they had. I was excited too, until I saw the game in motion. What I saw took me back to the first footage of that abomination Keiji Inafune announced a little after his departure. Mighty No 9 had all the trappings of a Mega Man game, but something smelled off. As more footage and eventually the finished game got into the hands of gamers, the off smell became a fully rotten egg. Do I think Mega Man 11 will be that bad? Not at all. I can't help but be nervous when I look at the announce trailer, though.

It's pretty obvious whenever Capcom has done too much with the Mega Man franchise, the results aren't that great. Mega Man 7 and 8, which were released on the SNES and PS1, respectively, paled in comparison to what we were used to in the NES games in the franchise. Before you get in an uproar about Mega Man X, Legends, Battle Network, etc Those games did what they were supposed to do on the consoles they originated on, but deviations led to them not being so good. Take for instance Mega Man X7 and X8. Those are easily the worst games with the words Mega and Man on the cover. I'm purposely ignoring that Mega Man Soccer happened, by the way.

My point is, I'm reserving judgment on Mega Man 11 because while it's beautiful and just having a new game in the core franchise that isn't a compilation disc meant to cash in on nostalgia is amazing, I just don't know if I trust the Capcom of 2017. I really hope they prove me wrong, because in all honesty, the best Mega Man experience I've had since 2010 was probably a fan made game where the robot masters were replaced by Street Fighter characters.

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