Worst to Best – Classic Mega Man series

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Game reviews, Worst to Best
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One of my favourite video game series of all time would have to be the Mega Man series. These games are fun and addicting platformers that are easy to get into and (usually) hard to play. So for this I decided to order the games worst to best in my opinion. I will only be including the classic series and as I haven’t played the Gameboy games or the spinoffs (Powered Up) I will just include the main chronology of games (plus Mega Man and Bass). So without further ado here’s how I rank the Mega Man games.

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11. Mega Man 8 (PS1)

Mega Man 8

I don’t think this spot really came as a surprise. This game of course well known for its infamous cutscenes with the hilariously awful voice acting is the weakest for many other reasons. For one the levels are now twice as long and often containing dodgy gimmicks (I particularly HATE the jetboard sections), the soundtrack is more generic for Mega Man standards and several weapons and items were just poor. Well bottom line this game isn’t bad, but not as fun to play as the others.

10. Mega Man 4 (NES)

Mega Man 4

Of all the NES Mega Man games this is the one I enjoy the least, I can’t quite put my finger on it. Whether it’s the Mega Buster not being a much better alternative to 3 smaller shots,  the enemies taking longer to kill slowing down the game, the cheap level design or Capcom running out of good robot master ideas (come on, Toad Man?). A couple of the weapons are pretty fun to use, but a lot of the other stuff falls flat. There are better alternatives as shown below.

9. Mega Man 6 (NES)

Mega Man 6

By this point Mega Man games were struggling to come up with new innovations, and 6 whilst incredibly easy and still having some lame robots such as Plant Man has some things I like about it. For one I liked how the levels are based off different countries around the world, also the story was incredibly silly but at least it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Also the Rush adaptors whilst rather game breaking do make a welcome change to the usual utilities. The end result is a game that falls short on thrills but has enough charm to warrant a playthrough. A good one for beginners.

8. Mega Man (NES)

Mega Man

I’m probably putting the original game a little lower than it should be, but to me certain aspects of this game haven’t aged too well. The controls are a little more slippery and not having E-Tanks make it more tasking to beat the bosses (try beating Yellow Devil without the pause glitch, go on!). Still though this game established a unique formula of choosing what order to do the levels in plus it had some fun as hell weapons to use. The original Mega Man to this day ranks as one of the hardest in the series. A worthy challenge to any hardcore platformers.

7. Mega Man & Bass (A.K.A. Rockman & Forte) SNES (Super Famicom)

Mega Man and Bass

This sort of sequel to Mega Man 8 was only released in Japan, so I played this game via emulator with an English patch. Anyways there is a lot to enjoy about this game. For one not only can you play as Mega Man but also as Bass who has a distinctly different playstyle to add more variety, and the robot master levels are great and mostly devoid of Mega Man 8’s stage gimmicks. So why is the game this low down on the list? Simple, the fortress stages are some of the most heartless and cruel stages in Mega Man history. But this is merely a black eye on an otherwise enjoyable game.

6. Mega Man 10 (Wii)

Mega Man 10

I’ve been a bit too harsh on this game in the past. It’s not a weak game, it’s actually pretty damn good. This game lets you play as Mega Man, Proto Man and even Bass available as DLC. This game has more originality to the level designs, the music is great, heck I even liked most of the weapons. The game has some issues with the levels/bosses sometimes pulling dirty tricks and accidental weapon switching during a critical moment. But this is still a really fun game with really high replay value. Oh and for the record I actually quite like Sheep Man.

5. Mega Man 7 (SNES)

Mega Man 7

Definitely a polarising game amongst Mega Man fans, but for me I really like it. It has some problems like kinda awkward play control and the weapons being too situational. But this game has some unique and enjoyable levels, the introduction of the mega shop and it has some really good music to it. There were also some great robot masters including what could be my favourite in the series, Freeze Man. One of the Super Nintendo’s more overlooked classics.

4. Mega Man 5 (NES)

Mega Man 5

What Mega Man 5 lacks in originality it more than makes up for in creativity. Some of the concepts for the robot masters were pretty cool and allowed for some really out of the box ideas for a Mega Man game, such as gravity altering and a jetski section. The charge buster is now upgraded and more powerful and the bosses are also fun to fight. Not the most innovative game out there but Mega Man 5 proves to be an enjoyable and challenging game.

3. Mega Man 3 (NES)

Mega Man 3

A fan favourite amongst many, and it’s not hard to see why. This game has a number of innovations, like being the first game to allow Mega Man to slide. It also introduced Rush the robot dog and Proto Man. This game also has one of the more well rounded selection of robot masters and it’s a game that keeps you hooked as you progress onwards. Despite the difficulty fluctuating through the middle the game is still an essential play for any Mega Man fan.

2. Mega Man 2 (NES)

Mega Man 2

I had a hard time deciding which one I prefer out of 2 and 3. In the end I decided that 2 was overall better made. This game does what all great sequels do, take the original concept and expand on it, and Mega Man 2 does that in spades. This game introduced E-tanks, a password system and it’s the first time you get to see Dr Wily’s castle. The game also has the most awesome weapon in Mega Man history, the Metal Blades, and the soundtrack is nothing short of legendary. Where Mega Man was big Mega Man 2 was massive and ranks as one of the best in the whole series.

1. Mega Man 9 (Wii)

Mega Man 9

Made in 2008 as an 8-bit recreation of the classic games Mega Man 9 manages to hit the mark in just about every category. The bosses were great, levels well crafted, music is awesome and it has that rare difficulty curve that’s just right. This game also has by far the strongest arsenal of weapons ever seen in a Mega Man game. Even if it may appeal more to Mega Man veterans I can definitely see newcomers getting a kick out of it, and for that I consider Mega Man 9 to be my absolute favourite game in the series.

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