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Mighty No. 9 Review

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What is Mighty No. 9?

MightyNo9PosterSmall Mighty No.9 is a new game made in the same style as the games in the Mega Man series. It is a 2D action platformer using 3D graphics.  The game has you running, jumping shooting and dashing your way through stages, 8 of which you can play in any order you want. The game's core gameplay focuses on absorbing energy called Xel from enemies. When you beat any of the 8 main stages, your hero "Beck" can transform into a new form to unleash new attacks against enemies. In Mighty No. 9, Robots around the country have gone crazy and are destroying everything. As Beck (Mighty No. 9), you have to locate your former brothers the "Mighty Numbers" 1 though 8 and defeat them to return them to the good side. The core gameplay loop of the game involves you shooting enemies to weaken them and then dash (AcXelerate) into them to destroy them and absorb their powers. Those powers will increase your defense, give you health refills, increase the power/piercing of your shots or increase your speed. You can also destroy enemies without absorbing them but you get no reward. Mighty No. 9 is a MS Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U game. Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS versions are still in development at the time of this review. DLC also came out for this game, allowing you to play as a mysterious robot called Ray. The DLC adds an additional stage to play. Once you've beaten this new stage, you can play as Ray for the entire game. This game is rated E for Everyone. It features voices in English, Japanese and French.

Who made it?

Mighty No.9 was made by Comcept and Inti Creates and published by Deep Silver and Comcept collaboratively. Comcept and Inti Creates are people who are mostly known for developing the more recent Mega Man releases such as Mega Man Zero, Mega Man ZX, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10 and Inti Creates also developed Azure Striker Gunvolt, a similar type of game. Comcept is home to Keiji Inafune, widely credited for being the "father" of Mega Man. Mighty No.9 was funded on Kickstarter, raising almost 4 000 000 $. Development has been bumpy. Various issues mainly with having to release the game on so many platforms delayed the game for a long time before it could be released. There were also a few issues with the community and with the questionable choices regarding the direction of the latest trailers for the game. IMPORTANT: This review applies to the PlayStation 4 and MS Windows versions of the game. You should avoid the WiiU version because it has been reported to cause trouble with consoles. PlayStation 3 version has framerate issues.

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