Review: Mega Man 8

The classic Capcom character is out for PlayStation

March 13, 1997

Mega Man shows off his impressive arsenal.
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PlayStation
Genre: Action

The Mega Man series has been around since the early days of the NES. It was Capcom's first stab at a non-arcade based series of games and introduced us to a wide range of weird and wonderful characters.

The Mega Man series has always been firmly built around Mega Man's ability to steal weapons from fallen foes - building up his power gradually as the game progresses. Number eight is no exception.

The action couldn't be any simpler. You guide Mega Man through a scrolling platform environment, jumping and shooting to avoid chasms and bad guys. You'll face lots of small and medium-sized villains before you encounter the end of level boss. Use your brain slightly to figure out a killing strategy, then switch brain off and continue to the next level.

This new PlayStation incarnation of the series adds nothing but visual flair to the series. Sprites are sharper, more colorful and better animated, while backgrounds look absolutely cartoon-like. This should give you a clue as to the age range of the game, but older players should still get a kick out of it. Mindless, distracting and pleasant-looking fun.

Bottom Line: Amazing cartoon graphics and classic gameplay negate the need for polygon worlds.

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