Capcom made waves when they released Mega Man 9 in the summer of 2008. A sequel of sorts of one of the greatest NES games of all time, Mega Man 2, this kicked off the huge trend of bringing back retro titles to their original style. It featured true 8-bit graphics and sounds, and was a hit.
Mega Man Unlimited“Not only did Mega Man Unlimited deceive me completely, it also may very well be one of the best Mega Man games ever made.” -DestructoidCanadian game designer Philippe “MegaPhilX” Poulin thought it could be better though, as its play style left out some of the better design elements added to the series. He put together a couple of flash demos of how he thought the next 8-bit Mega Man should play, and they were a hit. He decided to build the game (in the meantime, Capcom released Mega Man 10, another great 8-bit Mega Man game) and it was released this week as a completely free PC title, Mega Man Unlimited.
I’m not going to review the whole game – I am still struggling through it myself (this game is REALLY hard by the way). But I will say that the controls, art, music – everything – is absolutely spot on if you’re a Mega Man fan. If you’re interested in the details of how it plays, its features and its flaws, check out this review at Destructoid. The reviewer calls it “one of the best Mega Man games ever made,” which is about the highest praise one could give it.