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Eric Corp Gamer's RU Exclusive Review 14 Mega Man I / III (DOS)
This is probably one of the worst choices Capcom had ever done (not that they developed the game), Hi-Tech Expressions (notable for Barbie for the NES, which is plain garbage) created both Mega Man and Mega Man 3 for PC, Capcom just licensed the game to them. What were they thinking? This is kinda like the equivalent to Nintendo's stupid choice to make Phillips create the infamous Zelda CD-i games. I'm not gonna rant anymore...let's get on with the review.
REVIEW NOTE: The review may be shorter than my last review, mostly because, I don't have much to say about these games.
Graphics Average: C- Mega Man: C-
The Mega Man sprites used here are really ridiculous looking, as the game seems to try too hard to make Mega Man look like the original NES games. Despite that for a DOS game, it doesn't look half bad. The backgrounds are overall, decent itself. Even so, it still pales in comparison to the first 6 Mega Man games.
Mega Man 3: C- Similar to the original PC version, though some of the sprite animations have improved but, it goes as far as being below average enough. Since this was released 2 years after the original, I thought they would change the graphics a little bit, but nope. It still makes the NES look like Mozart, which is ridiculous considering this was released in 1992.
Mega Man I
Mega Man III
Sound Average: F
Mega Man: F My honest opinion about the sound is that it sounds really crappy. It just sounds like the DOS games that utilize the PC Speaker as the sound. Maybe I can understand the early 1980s games on the PC, but for 1990, there's no excuse for that. As for the music, ha ha ha ha, what music?
Mega Man 3: F Ditto here. I couldn't believe they couldn't improve the sound at all in between the 2 game release, which is disappointing, but to be honest, what did I expect from Hi-Tech Expressions?
Gameplay Average: D
Mega Man: D+ The gameplay is similar to that of the original 6 Mega Man games, but it's just not done right in this version. The game features 3 Robot Masters: Sonic Man, Dyna Man, and Volt Man (what kind of names are these?), which reduces the replay value of this game (yeah, right). It doesn't have the same appeal that the original games have, and it's just plain boring as hell. Also, what's the point of the intro level? It's just plain dumb to have that, because of a certain company *cough* Hi-Tech Expressions *cough*. Decent for a DOS game (kinda), but it just feels like a totally different game.
Mega Man 3: D
I thought that since 2 years later, they would improve the gameplay at least a little bit, but I knew I was wrong. They actually doubled the amount of Robot Masters to 6, and they are named: Torch Man, Bit Man, Blade Man, Shark Man, Oil Man, and Wave Man (what? at least it has better names than the first one). Despite that, it's still not worth the time. Why? The levels take more of a open-world approach rather than a linear-style like the first Mega Man game did. It makes this game even less related to the video game series it was based on. I mean, I don't know why they couldn't keep it like the original...at least, the first PC game had some decent points, though still ridiculous. I have nothing more to say.
Controls Average: D
Mega Man: D The controls are okay, but the way they are placed is messed up. Maybe I can understand the Spacebar being the fire button, but you have to press the J button on the keyboard to jump. This wears on your hands so fast. I just wished they had some options menu to adjust the controls, but nope, most expected from Hi-Tech Expressions.
Mega Man 3: D Ditto again. The controls are the exact same, so there's no point of talking about it here.
Replay Value Average: F+ (if that makes any sense)
Mega Man: D- There's no point of playing this game more than once. Let alone, ever once. Only die-hard MM fans will have some mild entertainment, but even so, there's not much replay value here.
Mega Man 3: F
Because of the levels are more open-world (which is annoying), there's no reason to play this game, ever. Even die-hard...you know...wouldn't enjoy this game one little bit.
Overall Average: D- (UPDATE, I forgot to put this) Mega Man: D While the idea sounds great, it's not executed well, especially coming from Hi-Tech Expressions. Only a few people would enjoy this, and I'm not one of them.
Mega Man 3: D- While the first PC game is very disappointing, this one is even worse. I would prefer the original PC game than this one. It's like an embarrassment that shouldn't be what it is shown here.
The plain question here is: What was Capcom thinking when licensing the Mega Man series to Hi-Tech Expressions? Unless HTE put a mind-control on them to give them the license. I mean, they are both so bad, I rather prefer the Mega Man game for the Game Gear, which isn't saying a lot.