Born in 1987
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The game takes place in the now-past year of 200X A.D. and you take the role of Rock, a humanoid robot designed by Dr. Light as a lab assistant.
If you haven't played it, I highly recommend it!
Jessica Brown (aka "Allahweh")
Rock is converted into a fighting robot to put a stop to the evil deeds of Dr. Light's old partner, Dr. Wily. Wily has reprogrammed their creations and they are going amok while the world is apparently not set to deal with them.
The game was revolutionary for its non-linear design, giving players a choice of where they wanted to go. Each of the Robot Masters (the bosses) give a unique power that can be used to help you progress as well as used to cause additional damage to certain enemies (Guts Man's ability to throw rocks really hurts Cut Man...Go figure - Rock beats scissors!). This style proved pivotal in later entries.
Oddly enough, I didn't play the original "Mega Man" until after I had played some of the other entries in the series on the NES. The first MM game I actually played was "Mega Man 2" and then MM3 and MM4. Liking those, I wanted to try out the original, which required having the game ordered through Funcoland.
Having played some of the others first, my experience with this one, though positive, was different. I expected the game to have eight bosses and complex stages, yet this one had only six, lacked most of the special powers you could get in other games, and the stages varied widely in length and complexity (Guts Man had a short stage, for example, while Elec Man's was long). But, the game had a great soundtrack, solid gameplay, and it was great to see the series' roots.
This one has since been remade on the Sega Genesis/MD and the PSP, but it is a lot of fun to go back, blow the dust out of the old NES cartridge, and give the original game a shot. 1987 was a good year. It was the year of "Mega Man!" Also around that time, my parents brought home "The Legend of Zelda," which was a blast to play, even at a young age!
1987 was a good year. It was the year of "Mega Man!" Also around that time, my parents brought home "The Legend of Zelda," which was a blast to play, even at a young ageIf you haven't played it, I highly recommend it!
Review by - Jessica Brown - AKA 'Allahweh'
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