Level One – Mega Man II

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 77/100Title: Mega Man II
Developer: Capcom
Original Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1988

It’s been nearly 4 months since I last posted about crossing off a new video game for this list – the excellent Diablo II – and since my playthrough of Final Fantasy VII is taking a while (and I sunk a lot of time into Horizon: Zero Dawn) I thought it would be a good idea for me to at least cross off one of the shorter remaining games.

For the purposes of this post I was lucky enough to have a husband who bought some Mega Man collections for the Switch, which meant I was able to play it without having to dominate the TV. Also, this collection comes with a ‘rewind button’, which helps to circumvent the high difficulty level of this game.

There is no way I can overstate the difficulty of Mega Man 2 compared to the likes of Super Mario Bros 3. This is one of those games where you can take a few steps in a given direction and die instantly. I’m guessing that Mega Man 2 is the 1980s robot-based platformer version of Dark Souls? Or is that too weird a comparison to make.

Difficulty level aside, the thing that makes this game really fun to play are all the power-ups that you get by beating the various bosses along the way. It’s cool how, at the beginning, you can choose the order that you complete the 8 bosses – which makes the first part of the game somewhat tactical… as long as you know which powers are given by each boss.

The powers themselves really do add to the tactical aspect of the game, tactics you need to work out on the fly in between instakills and prolonged boss battles. In the end I tended to over-rely on the throwing buzz-saw blades and making projectile leaf shields.

Ultimately I really enjoyed playing through Mega Man 2, but know that I would not have had the patience to do so if the rewind button was not available. It makes me wonder why this game (or any game in this franchise) was not included in the 1001 video games list. At least it made it on the Play That Game list.

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