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Mega Man 11

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: Oct. 2, 2018

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13. 'Mega Man 11' (Switch/PS4/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 30, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Take a trip down memory lane and see how Mega Man has evolved in his latest adventure.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: The Blue Bomber has been on quite a hiatus. After Keiji Inafune left Capcom, the franchise went dormant aside from a few re-releases and mobile games. There have been attempts at spiritual successors, from the fantastic Shovel Knight to Inafune's own Mighty No. 9, but it's hard to deny that Mega Man has a special place in a lot of people's hearts. Mega Man 11 looks to give the franchise the much-needed shot in the arm. It's a new game and the first time since Mega Man 8 that everyone's favorite robot boy wasn't in 8-bit form. The core platforming, robot-shooting, and power-stealing gameplay looks to be entirely intact. We can only hope that Mega Man 11 is the revival that the franchise needs.

Cody Medellin: Even though the response to Mega Man 11 didn't reach the fever pitch that the announcement of Mega Man 9 did, it remains an anticipated title since it shows that Capcom can listen to its fans every once in a while. The move to 2-D with 3-D graphics may remind some of the PSP game, Mega Man Powered Up, which is good enough for some fans. For others, it also provides an opportunity to experience something that can beat the pants off of the highly disappointing Mighty No. 9.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: Watching the big reveal about Mega Man 11 tripped a level of nostalgia that I didn't realize I held for the franchise. The gameplay looks like an appropriate combination of updated graphics and gameplay while still maintaining the side-scrolling appeal. More importantly, it's a proper Mega Man game after years of nothing, including the letdown that was Capcom's canceling Mega Man Legends 3 after the previous game ended with a cliffhanger. Years have gone by, but fans of the franchise have maintained their vigil, and for the hero's 30th anniversary, the Blue Bomber is finally coming back.

Adam Pavlacka: Mega Man 9 put a new spin on retro gaming when it first dropped in 2008, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the franchise and giving a generation of PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii players a taste of what it was like growing up in the NES generation. The game used the technology of the day (no, it wouldn't really run on a NES), yet it was still pretty close to the look and feel of the classic 8-bit franchise. In 2010, we got Mega Man 10, a worthy sequel that continued the "NES alike" look and feel of the previous game. Mega Man 11 drops the 8-bit look, giving players a decidedly modern look and feel, yet from the trailers we've seen, Capcom seems to be striving for the classic style of play. For anyone who felt let down by Mighty No. 9, Mega Man 11 is a title to watch.

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