January 17, 2019 - Reading Time: 2min
Why You Need to Try The Mega Man 11 Demo Right Now
Capcom makes a strong bet by bringing its beloved platformer back from the land of forgotten games. But, will a 31 years old gameplay system be enough to conquer the newer generation of players?
It has been a long way since 1987.
Those who know Capcom best, know that Mega Man (or Rockman, as it was known in Japan) as perhaps one of the company’s biggest franchises. Back in the 90’s, it wasn’t all about Monster Hunter or Resident Evil, but Mega Man–and for a good reason.
The game was simply perfect for the NES and for every other platform it was ported to, including the Nintendo GameBoy.
One could even point out the similarities between Pokemon and Mega Man with their endless stream (and variety) of enemies and mistakenly think there has been some kind of inspiration there from Nintendo, but the truth is that Japanese companies have always been about expanding their successes.
But, in the way to the top, which often includes cartoons, toys, comics and movies, some of these franchises get lost and end up being hollow copies of itself. Professor Layton can be cited as a recent sad example of that.
That is not the case here. Mega Man 11 evokes every bit of wonder any of the Mega Man individually achieved, packaged all into one amazingly well-produced game.
In Mega Man 11, bosses are beyond just “fun”: they are difficult, surprising in every attack move and well worthy of being in a Mega Man game. Regular enemies are as varied as they are well designed, something that not always happened in previous entries of the franchise.
The new “Double Gear” system is perhaps the major gameplay innovation of Mega Man 11. The newly acquired ability allows us to overcharge our weapons, alternate attacks with more firepower and to slow down time for the first time in the series.
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While one might not be inclined to use it in favor to play a more “traditional” gameplay, the Double Gear feature becomes rather useful when it comes to dodging bullets, escaping pitfalls and ultimately, death itself.
We highly recommend spending a whole weekend with the Mega Man 11 Demo. It can be found in the Switch Store, the Xbox One store, the Play Station Store and the Steam Store.
TL;DR Mega Man 11 plays wonderfully similar to the best titles of the Mega Man Universe and sets a fundamental success for Capcom’s next entries of the beloved franchise.