Mighty No. 9 and Wasteland 2 at Deep Silver. How were they?
My last appointment from day 2 of E3 was at Deep Silver. Deep Silver had two games that I wanted to see, Wasteland 2 and Mighty No. 9. I have been a fan of Mega Man since I was a young kid and started with Mega Man 3 and Mighty No. 9 gets a lot of its elements from Mega Man so I wanted to check it out. As for Wasteland 2, I had heard good things and I thought I should see it for myself so lets get right into it.
The introduction level to Mighty No. 9 starts and you could tell me I was playing Mega Man and I would believe it. The intro stage reminded me a lot of the intro stage from Mega Man X in the side scrolling layout and how Beck, the main character, had to maneuver at times. Controls are pretty straight forward where Beck felt like a modern Mega Man. You could contribute that to the hardware it was being run on but the only time I had an issue with the controls was when I played the water level and was frozen solid and it seemed like forever to unfreeze.
He also has a dash attack that can also be used to move faster and who does that remind you of? Beck was created by Dr. White and it seems like these similarities are just too close, right? I guess if we aren’t going to get the true Mega Man we all want, Mighty No. 9 will have to do, and there is nothing wrong with that!
Long story short, there are robots that are going haywire and the government is coming under fire for their sudden malfunction. It’s up to Beck to somehow stop the robots that have started to malfunction. You learn the controls and the basics in the entry level, such as how to dash jump and how to assimilate with enemies after you’ve attacked them enough times.
The game is obviously inspired by Mega Man and you can tell that by how unforgiving it is sometimes like where you have to make a blind jump or where you have to make a speed run where you have something chasing you and you don’t have time to make it. The same could be said for mini-boss and boss battles. It takes some practices because you really have no clue how you’re supposed to handle these new robots but it’s an accomplishment when you finally figure it out!
The other game that Deep Silver was showing in their meeting room was Wasteland 2. The graphics of the game really make you feel that you are in the desert or to a lesser extent, the wasteland. There is also the feature in the game that you can run out of water while you’re exploring and you don’t want that to happen!
General Vargas will give you your orders at the start of the game and that’s pretty much it in terms of guidance on the game holding your hand and telling you where to go. You can look at the map and select where you want to go and it will automatically send the icon on the screen to that location on the map.
While your four-person team walks around camp gathering supplies, you start to get to know the old unit, getting to know their backstory. You can take control of each member of your group and have them lead if you need to or you can position them wherever you need them.
Like I mentioned before, the controls are pretty straightforward and easy to pick up right away. I had a little issue with the camera, not doing what I wanted it to do, but other than that, the game is solid. Just a word of caution, if you’re not familiar with the genre, it will take some getting used to but fans of the series shouldn’t pass this up!