I actually had a hard time finally getting around to writing this column simply because the game I?m about to ramble about, was seriously addictive. I decided to rent Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X for the PSP.
If you?ve ever played a Mega Man title before, specifically the classic 2-D style, then you?ll find that this game plays exactly the same. Simply progress to the right side of the screen, use your blaster to confront any machines that say otherwise and at the end of every level show the boss who?s boss. In terms of new stuff worthy of mention, first off, the game?s overall presentation; the graphics are so clean and sharp. The game is a 2-D side-scroller yet the background has fully detailed movement and objects ? it?s very impressive.
The storyline isn?t a strong selling point. In a future in which mankind and robotkind co-exist some robots have turned to crime and become dangerous ? the mavericks. Only Mega Man X, with his blaster for a right hand can set things right. Indeed, truly original. Mind you, the game has its fair share of Anime cut scenes that help make the story more exciting.
I like to think of Mega Man as Capcom?s answer to Samus Aran from the Nintendo Metroid series. Even the idea of building up your character?s armor and weapons remains via level progression constant in both titles, however, I?d say the Metroid titles, or at least the ones that are comparable for Gameboy Advance, are superior. The main reason why I say this is simply because the Mega Man titles have always been way too short and this one is no different.
I was rather frustrated with the game at first as it was proving to be quite the challenge. Enemies respawn if you return to any area and bosses can be annoyingly difficult. Despite these annoying features, after beating a boss or two and then stumbling upon some of the weapon upgrades, I?m now convinced I?m going to beat this game five hours after renting it. Heck, I only have about three levels left, and in terms of handheld games, it?s extremely important when investing in any title that it last. After all, for twenty dollars more in some cases you can get something for your console.
Don?t get me wrong though, this game is totally cool and fun. If you happen to be a fan of the Mega Man series then I guarantee that all the elements that have made the game appealing to you before are still there. If you?re like me and you think Mega Man is just okay, then I?d recommend finding a place where you can rent PSP games and just check it out.