Lately, on the Apple and Android shops we bought entry to Megaman X Dive. On the time of this writing, it’s in early entry. Unsure if it means they’re genuinely nonetheless engaged on it (because it’s been out in Japan lengthy sufficient for them to have had winter occasions) or in the event that they’re simply doing the factor everybody else is doing and hiding behind Early Entry to allow them to conceal their feedback ( you Puzzle Quest 3). However by no means the much less, it’s there and I’ve performed it so let’s get into this.
Take every little thing you’re keen on about Megaman video games — the weird and weirdly darkish tales, the over-the-top villains, the sense of discovery and progress — then scrap all of that and exchange it with a drained gacha mechanic designed to actually persuade you to spend extra on microtransactions.
In Megaman X Dive, you tackle the position of somebody in the actual world. Whereas taking part in Mega Man X (for some motive), you get sucked into the web for causes which are not possible to fathom. Whereas there you meet a personality who explains to you that you simply’ve been transported to an informational realm storing all the information from the Megaman video games referred to as the “Deep Log” (tee-hee).
From there you end up controlling Megaman in a recreation of the primary stage from Megaman X the place you be taught the controls for leaping, dashing and capturing. The capturing is bizarre as a result of it autoaims so so long as you’re in your weapon’s vary, capturing will go in the appropriate route. I form of like this? I like Megaman however firing on an angle is form of good to be trustworthy.
After what virtually appears like a Megaman stage you struggle a boss that, as identified, is the mistaken boss and doesn’t belong within the sport. This leads you to suspect that one thing is corrupting sport knowledge and altering issues for some motive.
Then, they take you into the principle menu display the place they’ll introduce you to the sport’s literal moneymaker, the gacha mechanics. See, this sport doesn’t have the actual Megaman or Zero or any of these. As an alternative, you title your character (solely to have all of them name you “Participant”) and you may take the information of one in every of these characters as your personal private avatar. And the menu lets you understand that there are a LOT of them you possibly can win.
Right here’s what will get me although. There are an absolute wealth of characters you may get. Each playable character from Megaman X to traditional Megaman to Volmutt. Non-Megamen like Roll, Protoman and the ever-excellent Tron Bonne. And, in the event you’re the one person who wished him, you can also get Axl fairly early within the sport so get pleasure from that you simply monster.
However there’s additionally a bizarre quantity of horny costumes and I don’t know the way I really feel about this. You may say, “however Eric, these are robots” to which I say YOU ARE RIGHT. And but, oof. Did you play Megaman X8? Do you keep in mind Layer, the robotic that may ship you on missions? Properly now she has a shirt that hardly exists and underboob like she bought implants on bulk. She additionally has alternate costumes the place she’s both in a washing swimsuit or a scantly clad succubus as a result of Capcom. In one in every of her costumes, throughout her intro pose, she’s actually utilizing one hand to maintain her breasts in her shirt whereas swinging her weapon round.
This bothers me for 2 causes. One, it signifies that somebody designed these synthetic life types to have these numerous bits that robots usually don’t want and perhaps all of them have numerous human junks in all types. And two, it resurfaces the age-old query of “is it dishonest in the event you catch Gemini Man with himself?”
But additionally, virtually each feminine character has alternate costumes the place they’re both in swimsuits or revealing outfits and…once more…robots.
Anyhow, it doesn’t actually matter as a result of they’ve crammed each single equipable factor into the gacha so that you’re most likely not getting them in any case. Very like in video games like Genshin Affect, you’ll go right into a gacha hoping for a selected character solely to get a number of of 1 you’ve got and a TON of weapon gadgets.
I managed to earn over 3000 gems which allowed me 30 goes at a gacha that mentioned there was an elevated probability of getting Roll. I bought a ton of Megaman X, a bunch of weapons… and Vile.
The character you’ve got actually doesn’t make that large of a distinction although as a result of you possibly can equip any weapon to any character. So I’ve Vile operating round with Leviathan’s spear and an enormous chain gun. Earlier I used to be taking part in as Massimo (from Megaman X Command Mission) and utilizing a weapon that sprays toxic gasoline and a wind cannon.
All of these items help you absolutely change the playstyle to match the way you need to go about it. Gradual sniper rifles that may hit enemies off the display to medium vary sprayers can even help you go surfing and get your butt completely destroyed by somebody who clearly spent an obscene quantity getting weapons that seemingly distort actuality itself to guarantee you a passionate ass whooping.
Is the sport nice? It’s okay. I’ve performed higher Megaman video games on the PSP although. What actually will get me is the bosses. While you consider Megaman video games you most likely consider the Robotic Masters proper? Guess who isn’t right here. Properly, there’s one. One Robotic Grasp. It’s not Gutsman. It’s not Iceman. It’s not even Topman. It’s Drill Man.
Past Drill Man, all the opposite bosses you face off in opposition to have been the forgettable large bosses from the varied video games like this particular person right here. And if you understand the title of it, congratulations, you’re most likely among the best gamers at your bar’s trivia evening.
Regardless of a sport that has about 20 Megamen in it, this doesn’t really feel like a Megaman sport all all. It simply appears like a loosely impressed knockoff but when I used to be going to play that, I’d actually get pleasure from taking part in Mighty No. 9 greater than this and that’s saying a LOT.