It seems as natural a combination as fish and chips: Mega Man and an FPS. Why didn’t anyone think of this before?
Megaman 8-Bit Deathmatch is, as the title so blatantly reveals, a multiplayer FPS based heavily on the original NES Mega Man series. Utilizing an extremely customized version of the previously-mentioned Zandronum engine, the game is an unofficial love letter from the fan community to all of us that whiled away our lives on the original games as kids.
All the staples of the series make an appearance. Even Dr. Light shows up in the intro and the main hub. The graphics are lifted straight from the original games and the arenas are based off the corresponding levels. The sound effects and music are all chiptunes originating from the NES, making the whole affair a prime overdose of 8-bit goodness and nostalgia.
Multiplayer is an absolute blast, pun intended. The gameplay is fast-paced and frantic, while the level selection is extensive and the choice of weapons borders on insanity, what with over 70 devilish devices available in the player’s arsenal. If you’re sad and lonely and don’t have friends to play against, fret not, as the game includes a Quake 3-style single player campaign against bots. Be warned, though: these bastards are deceptively tough. They shoot with deadly accuracy and move around like pregnant banshees on caffeine. It’s quite the challenge, to be sure. And to break up the monotony, boss battles are included, which are every bit as tricky as anything you ever encountered in the original games.
If you’re a fan of the NES Mega Man series, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t play this. Ditto if you’re just up for a mindless arena shooter. Megaman 8-bit Deathmatch is full of love and superbly-rendered, and you’ll probably end up playing it more than that fancy new FPS you just bought.
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