Mighty No. 9 Review
Mighty No. 9 Box Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, PS3
TBA Release: Xbox 360, PS Vita, 3DS
Dev: Comcept, Inti Creates
Pub: Deep Silver
Release: June 21, 2016
Players: 1-2 players
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Cartoon Violence

Speaking of ugly, the framerate issues on the PlayStation 4 version of Mighty No. 9 can be quite unsightly. There are areas where blocks need to be destroyed to continue through the level. Taking them out with Beck’s weapon makes the framerate plummet. Considering the amount of time spent in development, this is a problem that should have been fixed by now.

Mighty No. 9 Screenshot

These are all things that add up and make you not want to play the game. Which is a shame, because there are some supplemental features and modes that would otherwise extend Mighty No. 9’s lifespan. There’s a new game plus option, boss rush, challenges, and an additional DLC storyline following Ray. Except, the main game’s 12 levels are so lackluster that there’s almost no way to muster enthusiasm about these extra endeavors.

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Mighty No. 9 is a disappointment. As I went through the game, I saw all the things going wrong and began going through possible corrections in my head. It should have looked like the original prototype. The character designs and lighting were better there. The dialogue and story segments should have been more engaging and dynamic. The special abilities needed more heft. Some last minute polish could have fixed these framerate issues. That made me mad, because if I could see all of these issues that needed to be addressed, why couldn’t the developers? With all of the delays this game has seen, why do these problems still exist? Mighty No. 9 isn’t a terrible game, but it isn’t a good one either. With an end result like this, I feel pity for every person who backed it.

By
Jenni Lada
Site Liaison
Date: June 22, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
While competent, Mighty No. 9 is just plain ugly.
4.0
Control
Mighty No. 9 handles well, and the dash in particular is one of the game’s few delights.
2.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The English voice acting is grating and the soundtrack is generic.
3.0
Play Value
Mighty No. 9 has 12 stages and a number of extra features, but the tedium and lackluster presentation may keep people from exploring every cranny.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Face off against your eight Mighty brethren in 12 challenging stages and unlock new transformations as you defeat them, granting unique skills and abilities.
  • Fight each boss in back-to-back battles against a ticking clock, master over a dozen mini missions and challenges, and unlock two additional difficulty modes in New Game+ for an even Mightier challenge.
  • Take on missions online with a friend, playing as Beck and his partner, Call; Use their unique powers to overcome obstacles as a team, or go head-to-head in a Race Battle to see who can get through a stage the fastest.

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