Capcom has had a legacy in its two most popular game franchises, Street Fighter and Mega Man. Nowadays, Street Fighter has had a revival with Super Street Fighter IV, which celebrated its 25th anniversary with a sponsored worldwide tournament. As for Mega Man, there hasn’t been a major release for years now and the last few ones had been lackluster. The latest one, Mega Man 9, was more of a throwback to the old school days for the franchise. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of both these franchises, Capcom has combined both into a single free title called Street Fighter vs Mega Man.
It’s basically an old school Mega Man game with Street Fighter characters as bosses. This is such a nice little game for those who grew up playing the first Mega Man games in the NES. If you were expecting something more like a Street Fighter game with Mega Man in it, the closest you can get is Marvel vs Capcom 2, which does have Mega Man in it anyway. The current equivalent to that is Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, which has Zero in it. Other than that, get your head into the action platforming mindset because this game is pretty challenging on its own.
The control scheme is familiar, as well as the movement and the responsiveness that’s characteristic of Mega Man ever since the very first game. Perhaps the coolest thing about this particular game though is how the Street Fighter characters are translated and rendered in this game, complete with their moveset, but in 8-bit graphics. The Street Fighter characters featured in this title is a combination of both the classics and those from the later games like Alpha, 3rd Strike, and Street Fighter IV.
Perhaps the only thing you can really point out as a gripe in this game is how a behemoth like Capcom could come up with some small fish all of a sudden to celebrate the legend that is Mega Man. If they really wanted to serve the fans of the franchise, they could just come out with a new full Mega Man game. There are herds of fans out there who were disappointed when it was announced that there’ll be no more Mega Man Legends games, and Capcom could’ve taken the time to appease them instead. It doesn’t change the fact that this particular game is pretty good on its own, even though it’s far from perfect.
The good thing about this game is that Capcom takes things in stride, not acting like they’ve surprised the audience with a curveball. Having gone through the controversies from both Street Fighter X Tekken and Resident Evil 6 throughout 2012, they came up with this free product as something like a peace offering to show that the gamers still matter to them, like back in the 80′s and 90′s when they made the classics we now know and love. We kind of expected Capcom to do something to say that they still care for the fans and that it’s not just about taking our money.
If you’re a big fan of Mega Man and other Capcom games, then this should be a treat for you. You can take it as an apology from Capcom for not making more Mega Man games, but the fact that they still remember their roots is somewhat reassuring. Hopefully, they can build upon this and give us more good stuff for years to come and perhaps come out with a new Mega Man game that will have the same effect as what Street Fighter IV did when it was released.
Tested in PC. Final Score: 7.5/10