The 80's are still here
Do you happen to know that little blue guy with the mega buster and that karateka that wanders around the world looking for a fight (and probably, self-enlightenment too)? Because they are back, stronger than ever, with some crazy new adventures designed just for you my friend. Yeah, you are on the right track in there, we are talking about the one and only Mega Man and his Capcom's ally, Ryu.
From the honest collaboration between the gaming company and a very particular set of fans, Street Fighter X Mega Man was born in order to celebrate both Capcom franchises, even though it is far slanted towards the latter. When it comes to the look, style and gameplay, they are directly derived from the classic 8-bit Mega Man games, featuring some non-linear stage progression, an arsenal of amazing weapons and the longed-for old-school gameplay that will not be nice to you if you are more used to the difficulty of modern games.
With an original soundtrack by Luke Esquivel ("A_Rival") and developed by Singapore native Seow Zong Hui ("Sonic"), you will find a game where the blue bomber goes toe-to-toe against some of Street Fighter's most beloved characters aligned with their own individual themed stages and boss battles. And the fact that these enemies can use super attacks just like their Street Fighter forms is a pretty cool design decision!
Mega Man VS the World
As you might have understood by now, the curveball thrown into the mix here comes by way of the role of Street Fighter's characters, as they will not be your allies, but in truth, the real bad guys. So instead of the likes of Elec Man, Ice Man or Cut Man, you will be fighting Ryu, Chun-Li, Blanka and some other unexpected foes.
That fact insufflates a great deal of charm into the game, aided by some amazing soundtrack that mix up familiar songs from both Mega Man and Street Fighter while it utilizes some new chiptune tracks that are true to form. Moreover, the stages are pretty well designed in a deeply nostalgic way related to assets from old games. There was love put into these levels, no doubt about that.
The bosses naturally follow predicable patterns in true old Mega Man's fashion, but as it is always the case, simply knowing the pattern is no guarantee of victory. You will have to react accordingly and make generous use of the charge shot, slide, and acquired weapons.
Extension and surprises
All in all the game is amazing, however, the downside in there is the extension of it. You will get so involved into Street Fighter X Mega Man that you might be a bit disappointed when you reach the final stage, as you will feel like it was just a breeze that leaves you yearning for more. But then again, beating the game in no time should not be a problem, because the design is so solid that you will be enjoying every second of it.
The game also features some secrets worth uncovering, including a bunch of little nods, lots of Easter-eggs and a boss you are not quite guaranteed to see, alongside Dan Hibiki, who plays the role of punching bag as Mega tests out a newly acquired power.
Keep on shinning, Blue Bomber
We still don't know why our blue hero went rogue and started hunting human fighters instead of mad robots, but we are certain he should have his reasons. That being stated, if you love this characters from the past or if you just want to get to know them, this handcrafted game is made for you, I mean, for true old-school gamers and new ones with a taste for the classics, to be enjoyed more than once.
Even though you might hear that Street Fighter X Mega Man is not the best or most polished Mega Man game around, it is quite true to its source material and a very solid and enjoyable effort filled with wonderful ideas by a very dedicated fan that proves well enough that there is life yet in this franchise. Help the little blue guy to keep on shinning!