Mighty No. 9 Reviews
Mighty No. 9 had bright ideas, but it failed to use them. Mighty No. 9 is like a jigsaw missing all of its pieces. The most disappointing game of 2016 by far.
If you're a fan of the Mega Man series, then I recommend you check out this game when it's 5$ or less (and I'm very serious by the way). Otherwise, stay away and pretend it doesn't even exist.
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Mighty No. 9 fails on so many levels it is tough to forgive. Despite a huge budget, it feels incredibly cheap. The platforming is not smooth, the voice acting is horrendous, the story ham-fisted, the challenge more frustrating than fun, and it's impossible to not be compared to better platformers. It fails to use so many modern conventions, all while still lacking any sort of retro style, leaving it in a weird lurch where it neither has nostalgia going for it, nor any modern sense of fun. Not even fans of the genre will enjoy this as a lesson for what not to do. It is lacking in anything that might redeem it, such as style, or heart, and, unfortunately, tries to slide by mere virtue of a Mega Man-clone and fails even at this task.
9 fits that bill, and you're probably better off with Shovel Knight or Freedom Planet's oldschool-yet-new sensibilities. Every time I try to think about what the motivator for playing this game would be, I immediately dismiss it. I repeat: I have no idea who this is for.
Mighty No. 9 is a forgettable attempt at cashing in on people's nostalgia and love of Mega Man.
After years of delays and broken promises, Mighty No. 9 still manages to disappoint despite having the lowest of expectations. It controls, looks, and sounds worse than any Mega Man. Everything about Mighty Blunder 9 screams "amateur," with homage turning into borderline plagiarism most, if not all, of the time. Inafune and Comcept would have been better off canceling the project and refunding the Kickstarter; it would have saved them all the embarrassment of being attached to one of this decade's worst titles.
The biggest takeaway I have from Mighty No. 9 is that it was such a letdown.
Mighty No. 9 is a lot like your Uncle Steve. You know, the one that still lives in his hometown where he played varsity football in high school. Uncle Steve never fails to remind you of this, just as he never fails to remind the waitress bringing him his coffee. She is too young to know who he is, but he's quick to point out the picture hanging near the entrance. The best quarterback this town has ever seen, he tells her. She smiles and laughs, too sweet to tell him that thirty years was a long time ago. Mighty No. 9 tries to hold onto its legacy, resting on its laurels while the rest of gaming world has left town a long time ago. We paid for the coffee out of pity now, instead of hope. Because Uncle Steve was always going to let us down from the start.
It genuinely upsets me, not as a critique, but as a fellow gamer that this game turned out the way it did.
Mighty No. 9 is not a good video game. It's is loaded down with lots of cool ideas that it never fully explores, and frankly it feels unfinished, unpolished, and unplaytested. It has potential, but right now this game serves as a warning about the dangers of stretch goals and crowdfunding, and only the most die-hard Mega Man fans will find something worthwhile here. Everyone else is better off sticking with the Blue Bomber.
It's a toughy but once you've repeated each level 50 times you'll get there...
It raised nearly $4 million on Kickstarter, yet Mighty No. 9 offers little but nostalgia.
Mighty No. 9 has all of the annoying traits that buried the Mega Man franchise, but none of the personality or charm that made it so beloved in the first place.
After several years, delays, and missteps, the Kickstarter-funded Mighty No. 9 is here, and believe me when I say that the supposed spiritual successor to Mega Man is a Mega Bust.
But it feels like instead of putting time into multiple engrossing levels to experience, the player is instead thrown into a handful of death-trap missions with inferior controls and volatile settings and told they should be having fun.
Mighty No. 9 was designed to be a spiritual successor to Mega Man. If any of that spirit was ever here, it's long since decayed. The game is incredibly frustrating, suffers from bad design choices throughout and offers only middling enjoyment .
From New Super Mario Bros. to Rayman Legends to Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds to the recent Doom reboot, we've seen games that mix twenty-year-old styles with modern visuals and new ideas and the results have been great. Mighty No. 9 isn't in the same league. Instead, it looks and feels like an amateurish homage to Mega Man with bargain-basement production values and a ridiculous difficulty level. While fans will find something to love in its hardcore gameplay and old-school character design, non-fans should steer well clear.
Mighty No. 9 is a trying experience, good when it works but exhausting when it doesn't.
Much like an anime fan on prom night, I would rather be at home playing Mega Man than here. I would rather be playing Shovel Knight. I would rather be playing most games in this genre. Mighty No. 9? More like Shitey No. 9!
Mighty No. 9 contains the seeds of a good platforming franchise, but for now they're exactly that: Seeds. In its current state, Keiji Inafune's intended successor to the Mega Man series lacks creativity, joy, and character – not to mention several weeks' worth of polish.