|System: X360 (XBLA), PS3 (PSN), Wii (WiiWare)||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: March 11, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The absolute biggest surprise in Mega Man 10 has to be the game's easy mode; a first for the series. Whereas Mega Man 9 was a title meant to bring longtime fans back to the series by taking it back to its roots, Mega Man 10 and its easy mode appear focused more on bringing in new fans. If you've never played any of the previous entries in the series and attempt to jump right into a normal run through of Mega Man 10, you'll likely find in to be very challenging. If Mega Man was ever known for anything, it was its unforgiving nature and punishing difficulty.
However, with this new easy mode it is completely plausible for people who've never experienced a Mega Man before to get through the game and actually have a good time. When playing on easy, you'll notice a plethora of floating platforms in every level which seem perfectly placed over pits, spikes, and long drops. These are essentially the same as gutter bumpers in bowling, giving players a helpful barrier that allows them to see the danger and potentially improve their skills without allowing them to repeatedly die and become frustrated. In this mode, you'll also find more helpful pickups than normal as well as face off against bosses who pull a few punches, continuing to make it easier to get the hang of what a run-through in normal mode might be like.
Newcomers attempting to learn the ins and outs of how to play Mega Man are also sure to enjoy 10's challenge mode. This mode is also available right from the start and provides a ton of small challenges that essentially teach the skills necessary to make it through the campaign. These start off as fairly simple, having you jumping across platforms and shooting targets, but quickly ramp up and throw increasingly more difficult objectives your way. Still, no matter how difficult these get, they are still entertaining and provide a good way to hone your skills without having to worry about how many lives you have left and whether you'll have enough currency to purchase more.
Of course, longtime fans will likely blow right through the campaign and challenges, moving right into the game's time trial mode. This mode allows you to attempt to run through any of the game's levels with all of the possible weapons in order to see how quickly you can make it through. Once you've completed a level, you can upload your time as well as a video of how you accomplished it. There are already quite a few impressive videos uploaded and watching them can also help to give you a good idea of how to tackle these levels.
If you've not played a Mega Man title before, 10 is a really good starting point. Between its easy mode, challenges that'll teach you how to play better, and time trial replays to help you learn the levels, there's never been an easier Mega Man to get into. However, when playing the game on normal or hard mode (unlockable), or simply trying to shave a few tenths of a second off of a timed run, there's also still plenty of challenge to be had for longtime fans of the series. Mega Man 10 truly is a step up from Mega Man 9, feeling much more complete in terms of features, as well as providing an experience that can be appreciated by both veterans and newcomers alike. If you've ever had any interest in the Mega Man series, or just want a good 2D platforming shooter, you can't go wrong with Mega Man 10.
CCC Staff Contributor