Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace/Red Joker Review
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace/Red Joker box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: CAPCOM 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: CAPCOM 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 30, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-7 (Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Ultimately, that's what it comes down to: whether or not you've played a Battle Network/Star Force game before. If you have, there's absolutely no reason for you to purchase Star Force 3. It's the exact same thing you've played before, and it would be a shame to encourage Capcom to continue releasing these shameless rehashes. If you have not played one of these games, you'll find that Star Force 3 can be entertaining, though there are still some elements that hold it back.

Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace/Red Joker screenshot

For example, Star Force 3 is a visually underwhelming game. Capcom's apparent laziness is apparent not only in the rehashed battle system but also in the graphics, which are for the most part lifted right out of the GBA Battle Network games. Battle animations have improved, which is expected, but character sprites and environments are GBA-quality. With developers working hard to take advantage of the graphical capabilities of the DS, it's fairly obvious why this sort of technical laziness is unacceptable.

For those players out there who are so in love with Mega Man to play this game to completion, there are some multiplayer components to Star Force 3. You can trade cards to fine-tune your deck, as well as unlock an even more "ultimate" Mega Man transformation that is obtainable only by linking the two versions. Wi-Fi connectivity is a nice gesture, but I feel that most people will find themselves disgusted with Star Force 3 long before they would start thinking about trading cards online.

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Frankly, it's time for this series to die. It's been continually plodding along, getting little love from anyone outside the Mega Man hardcore. Capcom refuses to update the formula in any meaningful way, and as such it's clear that they don't really care. Rather than spending developmental time, resources, and energy on rehashes of a game released in 2001, they should work on seriously redoing this series or else dropping it altogether. I see no reason to purchase this game and in so doing support Capcom in milking players with a shamelessly unoriginal game.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
1.7
Graphics
The battle animations are decent at best. For the most part, art is blatantly stolen from past Battle Network games.
3.5
Control
Typical RPG controls. It would be nice to see a Star Force game that requires use of the stylus - lack of such functionality only highlights the fact that this is really just a GBA game.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is certainly not as disappointing as the graphics, but there's nothing all that original here.
2.0

Play Value
There's a lengthy role-playing adventure to be found; the problem is that it's one you've probably played at least once before.

2.2
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Master over 10 different Mega Man transformations to tap his ultimate power.
  • Over 360 different battle card powers to discover and use.
  • Battle up to 5 friends over Wi-Fi to unlock new powers!
  • Connect Black Ace and Red Joker to unlock Mega Man's combined transformation!


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