What is Mega Man 11 about?
Mega Man is back! The newest entry in this iconic series blends classic, challenging 2D platforming action with a fresh look. The stunning new visual style refreshes the series iconic colorfulness, combining hand-drawn environments with detailed, 3D character models.To save the day, the Blue Bomber must battle Robot Masters and take their powerful weapons for himself, which now changes the hero's appearance with new levels of detail. The innovative new Double Gear system lets you boost Mega Mans speed and power for a new twist on the satisfying gameplay the series is known for. A variety of difficulty modes makes this the perfect opportunity to experience Mega Man for the first time!
As a Mega Man veteran, I felt quite skeptical about part 11, especially after the debacle with mighty No.9. I can let go of my doubts now, however, after having played the game for about 10 hours. This game has everything: Beautiful 2.5d graphics that stylistically match the series, level design that comes close to perfection, great opponents that almost dribble with personality. A great soundtrack and an excellent balance regarding the general difficulty. The latter is often criticised, but MM11 is, not least because of its four selectable difficulty levels, the new gear system and the item shop, more pliable than other classic games. Admittedly, one doesn’t receive a lot of guides. Some people will have to overcome a steep old school learning curve before they manage to defeat the first Robomaster. All in all, I am confident to call Mega Man 11 a masterpiece. In my ranking, it sits directly behind parts 2 and 3, but only for nostalgic and emotional reasons. Objectively, it could well be the best traditional Mega Man so far.