Game: "Mega Man 2"
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Action
Published by: Capcom

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 1/8/2008

Review: There is no question that this is my favorite NES game, and quite possibly my favorite video game overall. The first Mega Man was a great game, but parts of it were so frustratingly difficult (I'm looking at you, Cyclopean Rock Monster) that I wouldn't exactly consider it a joy to play. Fortunately the sequel found just the right balance between challenge and impossibility, and it has a certain charm in its robot masters, music and level design that the series never quite managed to capture again. Video games are rarely as fun as this.

This is an extremely replayable game, and I find myself going back to this one more than any other I've ever played, probably just to hear the music again if nothing else. The Mega Man series has always been praised for its fantastic music, and this is definitely the high point of the franchise (it has never topped Dr. Wiley's first stage music before or since). Sure, the other games have great music too, but none of them maintain this level of awesomeness across every stage. The eight robot masters are also classics, not suffering from the lameness that some of the later bosses succumbed to (you know they were just one game away from Milk Man, Garbage Man, Mail Man, etc, by the end).

This game also introduced some elements to the franchise that stuck around from here on out: energy tanks, eight robot masters instead of six, password continues, and Dr. Light's useful tools were a predecessor to the Rush vehicles (and way better than that crappy magnet gun).

If you've never played a single Mega Man game, you're missing out on one of the most enjoyable game franchises of all time, and Mega Man 2, the apex of the series, is the best place to start.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Flash Game Programmer
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:47 PM
I agree whole-heartedly. Megan Man 2 is the epitome of platformer awesomeness.
Fucking Finland
Jan 8th, 2008, 05:02 PM
Hell yeah, my favorite Mega Man game. Has the coolest robot masters(well, except Heatman) and best musics. Pretty much every BGM rocked my socks.
What Video Games?
Jan 8th, 2008, 06:17 PM
How could I not agree? 2 was the best of pretty much all the Mega Man games. Well, except for Mega Man X2. And I guess Legends if you're into corny RPGs with a shooter element.

But who cares, this game was the shit, and finally beating it felt very, VERY satisfying.
The Goddamned Batman
Jan 8th, 2008, 06:47 PM
You know, I've still never played any of the Mega Man X games, because people warned me they were not the Mega Man I knew and loved. Though I recently picked up the Mega Man X Collection, so we will see how they compare to the originals...
Jan 8th, 2008, 08:23 PM
Oh Lord of all Mega Man's, I could never find the words to express my love of you.

Except for these. You let me fight a giant, sentient Zippo Lighter. Oh hell yes that's awesome.
Jan 8th, 2008, 08:58 PM
This is the only game I have on my cellphone, just because it was the only one worth carrying around with me.
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:39 PM
2 was good. I liked 3 better because that bad guy who comes back as the megaman2 bosses was cool and 3 had the only Rush Jet that didn't suck. 5 was decent too.
From the Home of MST3K
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:16 AM
I sucked/do suck/will suck at Megaman. I could just never get him to shoot where the hell I wanted him to.
drifting in the void
Jan 9th, 2008, 06:15 AM
Megaman 2 rules them all. Weve been biting the Controllers to bits as kids, even though the game is pretty easy actually...but as a Kid...well you suck at such things. And Protoclown, give Megaman X a Chance. Its not as old-school as the original Series, but MMX1 is pretty damn awesome in my opinion.
Forum Virgin
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:21 PM
I agree, about MMX1 being good, but be careful about future Mega-Man buys, there are way too many "different" Mega-Man titles that feel/play/sound/taste exactly the same...
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:30 PM
The Cyclopean Rock Monster was easily beat by using the pause cheat. Just pause when your shot hits his eye and keep pausing and unpausing for multiple hits. That's the only way I could beat that one eyed bastard.
Waiting for the worms.
Jan 9th, 2008, 02:55 PM
...I must confess my sins. I think Megaman 3 was the best of the series. *douses flames*
Seriously! It took everything 2 did, and just refined it further, while adding a SLIDE!. And the Rush Jet in that one ruled. On top of it, you at least get to fight a guy with the same moves as the sentient Zippo lighter.

The first Megaman X rules, and 2-4 are decent. Stop right there, though, I give you fair warning.
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 9th, 2008, 03:10 PM
I dunno what it was about the NES, but that was the system of sequels as far as I'm concerned. Mega Man 2 - my favorite in the series. Castlevania 2 - my favorite in the series. Super Mario Bros. 2 - my favorite in the series. And for each of those games, it's not just the gameplay that's far more entertaining, the music is also the greatest as well.
Forum Virgin
Jan 9th, 2008, 05:01 PM
I've actually been playing MM2 for the past week or so, and I finally got to the end -- the final incarnation of Dr. Wily -- and I cannot damage the motherfucker. I'm out of crash bombs! What'll I do??
Jan 9th, 2008, 05:34 PM
I dont know, I know that im in the minority when i say that while mega man 2 was good, it will never top 3 as my favourite.
Waiting for the worms.
Jan 9th, 2008, 08:49 PM
Jeff the Ninja, you and me are the only ones. Let us get equipped with Wave Beam to douse the torches of those who would have us burned.
lurking on the walls
Jan 9th, 2008, 09:54 PM
Finally! someone who agrees with me on Mega Man 2! I love that game, and as you said the music is amazing, I've always loved the "metal man" stage. Play station 2 has the Mega Man collection, s do the other consoles, X-Box and Game cube at the time. but it's not the same without the controller. if you can find the roms review "A Boy and His Blob" or even "Friday the 13th"
lurking on the walls
Jan 9th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Proto, if you need any advice on the X games, i've played em' all and finished them all, if you get psp's Maverick Hunter X (the Mega Man X1 remake) you'll be impressed in it, the voice actors really get the mood across, not like in X4
The Goddamned Batman
Jan 9th, 2008, 10:15 PM
Originally Posted by KanyonKreist View Post
I've actually been playing MM2 for the past week or so, and I finally got to the end -- the final incarnation of Dr. Wily -- and I cannot damage the motherfucker. I'm out of crash bombs! What'll I do??
Are you talking about the alien? Use the Bubble Lead to see that bitch go down.

And to all of you guys who like Mega Man 3 better, don't get me wrong, it's a fine game, and Rush is far more useful than the "Dr. Light objects" and the slide is great, but the level design just doesn't say "instant classic" the way Mega Man 2's does to me.
Forum Virgin
Jan 10th, 2008, 08:50 PM
My 360 is on the way back from "The Shop", so I was looking through a box of PS2 games last night and found the Megaman collection.

I might be playing Megaman 2 tomorrow if I have no 360 back.
Clap if you love Dynamo
Jan 11th, 2008, 12:30 AM
MegaMan2 is one of the 10 reasons I still have my NES connected to my living room TV
Official forum judge
Jan 11th, 2008, 01:08 AM
Is it just me or were the stages to MM 3 too soul-crushingly hard to be as enjoyable as 2?
Mega Man 2 was also my favorite, and reminded me how fun games can be (I sometimes lose sight of the fun factor when trying to complete a game), but I always thought the bubble shoot was stupid.
I hate this hacker crap!
Jan 13th, 2008, 09:44 AM
This game had damn good music. :D)
Freelance Product Tester
Jan 27th, 2008, 06:06 PM
I remember that once you got the Metal Blade, everyone was your bitch. And Proto, MMX has some of the most memorable music of the series. Storm Eagle FTW.