Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You should know : Mega Man

Let's get going with the first post in a series about games that you need to know!

I present you the coolest blue robot around : Mega Man.
Mega Man (Rock Man for japanese gamers) starred in six games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. These games were wonderful action platformers build around tight controls, beautiful level design and colorful graphics. The game starts in a non-linear fashion when you choose the levels you'll play in any order. As you beat a level, you add the boss' weapon which can then be used to easily beat another boss. It's all made in a "Rock Paper Scissor" dynamic. The game might look pretty challenging at first, but when you know the best path to choose, the difficulty comes down quite a bit.
The game is wrapped in a pretty classic story : An evil scientist trying to rule the world. That story is made much more appealing thanks to the colorful characters. In the end, it's the gameplay that sets these games apart from others.

I didn't mention the music yet! This series has some of the best music on the NES. The songs will be stuck in your head for a long time after you've turned the console off. 

Personally, I'd say the games that are absolutely a must play are Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3. Play them!

Hit the jump for a video of  Bit Brigade playing the whole Mega Man 2 game while someone plays it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Games You Need To Know

There is plenty of top 10, top 100 or top whatever over the internet for every kinds of games. You want one about the saddest, the scariest, the worst or the best ever, you've got one. I won't do one just to add another list to the lot. Anyway, you always get some gamers angry because you missed this or that.

A couple months ago, I got the "1001 video games you must play before you die" book and, while it's not a bad book, I felt that it missed a couple things and also gave too much attention to others. (That many GTA? Really?) It still is an interesting book. Almost every time someone is over to my place, they open the book and remember some of their favorite games. Even with its flaws, it's nice trip down memory lane!

Because of this book, I decided to do something similar. I'll do short articles about games that I think should be known to any serious gamers. It's a new series of article to go along with the beer pairings. I will add new games from time to time, not in any particular order. It's games that are important, had an impact on the industry and, of course, that are fun to play!

Here's the first game that I'll talk about :