Review by Weltall548

Reviewed: 12/04/17

Bootleg Mega Man

Mega Man II was developed by a different team from the other Game Boy titles, and it immediately shows. Everything from the graphics and sound to the gameplay feels off, and this leads to a game that feels like some Chinese Bootleg.

First and foremost, the sound is awful. This game has the worst soundtrack in Mega Man history. It's absolutely abysmal, full of loud, shrieking instruments and lacking any flow. This high pitched noise they called "music" gave me a headache. This is the only game I've ever played that is improved by playing on mute.

The graphics are ripped from 2 and 3 on the NES, but the tiling is poor, and many sprites are redrawn. These redrawn sprites are either too big or too small, and they look terrible. Wily himself looks like a gnome, and fighting him is ridiculous since Mega Man is gargantuan in comparison. The new boss Quint is an edited Mega Man on a pogo stick. Mega Man himself looks awful while sliding, like his head has been crushed inward. The game doesn't even remotely feel authentic.

The gameplay feels off, too. The jump physics are oddly floaty, and the knockback is strange too. You can be knocked up a ladder if hit while climbing it. The hitboxes are bad, too, and you can be damaged by a projectile you obviously aren't touching.

The Weapons are ripped straight from 2 and 3, which didn't have good weapons in the first place, and no effort was made to improve them. The only good weapon is the Metal Blade, as usual. The rest feel weak, doing little damage or outright not working on most foes. The odd new Sakugarne runs out of energy too quickly, and forces you to come into contact with foes.

No effort was put into making this a balanced or challenging game. Levels are slapped together, and occasionally poorly designed. There were a few enemies that felt impossible to dodge. Otherwise, the game is ridiculously easy. Energy tanks are abundant, the Metal Blade kills everything, the Rush Jet skips everything, and the bosses are pathetic. This game takes 45 minutes at the most to beat due to the nonexistent difficulty.

Overall, Mega Man II is a mess, and even the worst fangames feel more authentic. Ugly Graphics, terrible Sound, and poor Gameplay add together to make one of the worst Mega Man experiences imaginable. "Bootleg" is the only word to describe it.

Rating:   1.5 - Bad

Product Release: Mega Man II (US, 02/28/92)

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