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It's one of the longest-running game series ever made, but even though Capcom's Mega Man has seen plenty of action over the years, he never tires. On and on he battles against Dr. Wily and his successors. And if he's never going to quit, then neither will we -- these games have proven again and again that jumping and shooting in a videogame are two of the most fun things you can do with your life. Smart level structure and wickedly crafty bosses are back in trademark Mega Man fashion with this conversion of the SNES Mega Man X series. But can the handheld cope with all the explosive action of MMX, or is the Game Boy Color not enough firepower?
The game has some great replay value if you don't mind playing the same game through twice or more. Playing on the the Xtreme difficulty setting, which does away with the story segments, you can get 100% completion, whereas only a fraction of that is on the basic setting. Overall, you might spend 5 to 10 hours with the game depending on how good you are. I'd recommend it to every GBC owner - it's one of the few really good titles out there for the system. Might not be perfect but honestly, compared to some of the crap that's out for this handheld it's a work of art.
Mega Man Xtreme delivers fun and challenge that is by today’s Game Boy standards a rarity. You have seen these bosses on SNES before, but now you can conquer them on-the-go. Nothing revolutionary (duh, it’s Mega Man), but fun nonetheless.
Sur la première console portable couleur de Nintendo, Mega Man ne déroge pas à sa propre règle. Poussé au culte du mérite par la difficulté, le joueur exulte à chaque boss vaincu et upgrade obtenu : une rythmique addictive digne du RPG. Même si pour l’épisode Xtreme on a droit à des épreuves moins longues que celles sur support de salon, le défi reste intact. Bien qu’intransigeante, au vu des opus qui pérennisent la saga cette recette se révèle être de bon goût. Nous souhaitons donc bonne continuation au personnage de métal et de cœur de Keiji Inafune dans des aventures encore plus intrépides.
As much as I encourage Capcom to continue supporting Mega Man’s two-dimensional affairs, I feel as though his time in the 2D spotlight has passed. He’s beginning to rust at the seams, and there may be a way to bring him back to his glory days, but Capcom hasn’t found the solution yet. On the PlayStation, Mega Man X5 left much to be desired, mainly because the harrowing difficulty that made the series so special was stripped away. In his return to the handheld realm, not only has the challenge been neutered, the quest is incredibly short. The stage sizes are ridiculously short and the game can basically be conquered in the blink of an eye. I love the new additions, mainly the second quest and the new ally characters; however, a Mega Man game that doesn’t make your palms sweat really isn’t a Mega Man game. Enjoyable, but way too easy.
Overall Mega Man Xtreme is a good remake of a great SNES game. The sound is outstanding and the controls are right on target. There's little things here and there that this game can improve upon (namely difficulty), but the biggest detraction is how short the game truly is. If you can find this game for about $10 to $15 then there's no reason that you shouldn't add it to your library of games.
If you're a fan of the series, Xtreme's general gameplay, familiar environments, and visual repertoire should be enough to warrant a purchase. Unfortunately, the game's difficulty level combined with its numerous control and visual flaws should serve as a point of caution for casual game players. If you're looking for bragging rights, however, showing off your defeat of the game is a good way to go, as Mega Man Xtreme is, without a doubt, the most difficult and lengthy Mega Man title to date.
Anyway, in conclusion, Mega Man Xtreme is a videogame on the Game Boy Color, Angel dies in the middle of RENT, and Meteo and his pet monkey Nathan are in love with a guy who could get beat up by a bunch of people with AIDS. I can’t come up with an actual grade for this game, so instead, here’s two of your lucky numbers, and the PIN number to Meteo’s bank account. Indulge on all $4 left within. Happy shopping!