I love games that have STUFF! This game certainly has STUFF! COME SEE THE STUFF!@ But what if you don't like stuff? Mega Man ZERO will make you suffer! Yes. So read this review, or I will CHARGE the Z-Saber and pretend I'm in STAR WARS!
Chances are, you've heard of Mega Man. If you haven't:
- "I SHOOTS YOU WITH DEATH!"
Anyway, Mega Man Zero is another spinoff of the original Mega Man series. I suppose that would make this the 4th or so spinoff, or something. By spinoff, I mean:
Wow! Mega Man has been up and down and all around, blastin' his way through all the ROBOTS and MAVERICKS and LITTLE GUYS WEARING THOSE HELEMTS WITH THE CROSS AND ARE ANNOYING BECAUSE YOU TRIES TO SHOOTS THEM BUT THEY DUCK INTO THEIR HELMETS AND YOUR BULLATS FLY AWAY AND YOU THROWS CONTROLLAR ACROSS ROOM AND INJURE TEH WALL! Yay!
So bascially, Mega Man Zero takes place a long time after the Mega Man X series "ends." Of course, Capcom is currently developing Mega Man X7, so we really don't know how it "ends" yet. And remember, the Mega Man X series takes place many many years AFTER the original Mega Man. So, I suppose teh Mega Man Zero game is the original Mega Man games' GRANDFATHAR!!1 WHEE!
This chick finds you. Now you must "find" her, heh heh.
In any case, X's buddy from the Mega Man X series, known as Zero, has been in some sort of isolation thingy while the world went to shit. This robot chick finds him and sets him free...and from there, Zero kills all bad guys with much ANGAR! Well, that's up to you, because you controls him. Yay!
Zero starts off with the standard blaster, which is naturally used to blast stuff. However, his aresenal is soon upgraded to the good old Z-Saber. "BUT KAYN," you say in all caps, "CAN YOU STILL USES TEH BLASTAR LIEK MEGA MAYUNN!!?" Yes, yes you can. As a matter of fact, you can easily switch to your alternate weapon by simply pushing the "R" button with much pushing.
From there, you can configure which weapon is the main attack and which is the alternate. I chose the Z-Saber to be the main attack, because it KILLS with much MURDAR. As you do progress into the game, you get other weapons as well. I ended up finding a spear thingy (!) and a shield that blocks stuff and can be thrown like DEATH BOOMERANG!
Another happy thing about the weapons is that you gain skill levels as you use them. For example, when you use the BLASTAR a lot, you will soon be able to charge it more, then it'll charge fastar, then you master it. Same thing goes for the other weapons. The Z-Saber gets rather deadly as your skill level increases with it - Double slash, triple slash, jump-spin-slash-thing, chargable Saber, and so forth.
A somewhat-traditional-yet-kinda-different addition is that you do get special attributes from bosses that you kill. It's not like the original Mega Man's where you have a limited supply. The difference lies with assigning the attribute to your attack. For example, you can add the fire attribute to your Z-Saber and burns the enemy with DEATH FLAMES! Well, after you charge it of course. Bleh!
Something I found hardly useful though were the Cyber-elves. Yeah, you heard right. These little buggers are bascially some form of enhancement for Zero's skills/defense/etc. As you progress through the game, you would often come across these cyber-elves. Some of them need to be "fed" in order to become useful, and others are just there. You can only equip 3 out of like 50 gazillion, so I left the ones that I found somewhat useful on. Just didn't feel like tinkering with all that nonsense. If you have, comment on it and let us know! Yay!
We all know the old-school anime look that Mega Man has always had. However, this time around, the graphics have a very messy, sketchy look to them. I can see that many people would be all, "OH NOS! I DON'T LIKES THIS I WANT TO DIE!"
In my opinion (which is very important for some reason), I like the new look. I wasn't sure at first, but it grew on me. Zero retained his cool, sleek appearance, even though he looks like he's about 12 years old. No sweat though, as he gets to hit on hot sketchy chick! FROM ZERO TO HERO! HARHAHAHR RHARHARLMAORL!!!!!11
If you stare long enough, you will be cool like him.
As all previous Mega Man titles, the animation seems to be top-notch. Zero moves quickly with a lot of seamlessness, which I haven't really seen that much on the GBA. Thus far, this game has very impressive animation for the little screen. I think Konami should take some notes for their next Castlevania game, knowsn as "Aria or Sorrow" or some shit.
Musically, we've got a decent score. I didn't hear anything annoying, which is always nice. There were some catchy tunes in the game, however I don't remember any of them. Still not up to par with the old school Mega Man 2 soundtrack - MOST MEMORABLE MUSIC EVAR!
The sounds and stuff were surprisingly crisp, clean and...good. Some of the voices sounded funny, but at least we don't have to put up with X's lame high-pitched girly voice. I HATE THAT CRAP! Why does X have a wimpy voice? Mega MAN my ass! STUPID!
Oh yeah, controls were great. Holding down the "r" button kinda sucks sometimes, because you're trying to charge and jump and stuff, thus your hand can get a little cramped. No big deal though, as the control scheme is very happy and friendly. Yay! And...the game is HARD, just like the X series. :)
Anyone who's played a Mega Man game, and liked it, should pick this up. Has some new stuff that is good, and still contains a lot of old-school Mega Man fun. Fun! Yes! That's why we plays GAEMS! FUN! YAR! So go get it and haves a blast, because a sequel is already in the works. What?! A sequel to a Mega Man game?! That's UNHEARD of!
|Gameplay||Fun! FUN! FUN!||4.5|
|Graphics||Top notch GBA love.||5|
|Music/Sound||Good music, good sounds!||4.5|
|Replay Value||With all stuff to collect, plus weapon building, it has replay-ness!||4|
|Originality||Some new stuff, lots of old stuff.||3.5|
|Final Verdict: 4.3|