The reason I've not been around much, is that I've had an ultra serious, highly
professional and very extreme concert to do in Winchester over the weekend, so
I've been doing a lot of singing and practice. Luckily things seemed to work
out so now I'm back in my flat I thought I'd relax with an old classic, mega
This is a nes game I play on the mega man aniversery collection. Graphically
it's great from a low vision perspective, lots of great platform gameplay with
high contrast but litle text.
It's also known to be a pretty tough game even by Mega man standards.
Today, for the first time ever I finished the Quickman force beam drop without!
the time stopping weapon.
To explain, as with all Mega man games you can go through the first eight
stages of the game in any order you like. every time Mega man defeats a boss,
he gets that boss's weapon. Not only will this do more damage to another boss
making them far easier than just with Mega man's standard arm cannon, but also
certain weapons will make places in the levels easier too, for instance using
the rotating shield weapon to ward off a large bunch of enemies.
When defeating flash man, you gain the item time stopper, which freezes all
enemies on screen, as well as hazards like dropping ledges.
In Quickman's laire, there is a rather infamous section where you need to drop
down a series of long shafts. As you drop, instant kill force beams come from
the walls, meaning you need to be very precise! about where you drop, what
ledges you land on etc, sinse a second wasted and Mega man is toast.
Of course, using the time stopper can simply freeze the force beams of doom in
place, meaning they don't fire, and so making this extremely! difficult section
Doing this without! the time stopper however, is regarded as one of the great
challenges of Mega man 2, and even though I've previously finished the game,
it's something I've never been able to do before.
So what's the point of this?
Mega man has no difficulty settings, merely a number of ways of approaching
each task, depending upon what weapons you have and how you use them, yet,
approaching something in the game with! one item makes it far easier than
without, yet there is satisfaction to doing things both ways.
This is something I deffinately would love to see more in games. not difficulty
settings that merely increase the frequency and damage of enemies or the speed
of the game, or ad a special obstacle, but in game challenges, ---- side lines
if you like that the player doesn't have! to fulfill, but can if he/she wants,
just as something to do in the game. For instance, in a game like tomb raider,
have the choice of using melee or ranged weapons.
Phil has certainly built a lot of this sort of thing into Sarah, but as with
many things in audio games, it's not something which I really think we see
enough of, sinse people just present the game, the difficulties and leave it at
ultimately, I suppose this comes down to the reactivity vs judgement based
gameplay. Even in mega man, with it's analogue jumps, though all you can do is
run and fire, there's a lot of judging to be done, where as something that
simply presents an audio and asks you to react is not going to have the same
scope for in game challenges or choice.
Hopefully though, this is something that our devs can change in the future,
---- in fact from what I've heard I've got hopes of Perilous Hearts in this
All the best,
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