06/12/2018 (Tue) 18:36:44
Time for the stereotypical bruiser type enemies, these guys have an obvious weak spot, and are easy to deal with just like in the classics once you know their tricks. From time to time, just like the 2d classics, they are placed on difficult platforming sections, however unlike the classics the game doesn't punish you via insta death, more on that on level design. Additionally just like the classics you'll sometimes deal with more than just one at a time. In general if you see these guys expect lots of dodging and kiting due to the added aspect of 3d. Or sometimes you'll encounter 2 to 3 of these at a time if you fail specific platforming sections.
Now for what I hate in games with platforming, the swarm enemies, these guys aren't really spammed during platforming sections like the original 2d games as much. Instead you will see their presence very much pronounced during boss fights. They either serve as a means of regen health for the boss, or actually distract you during the bossfight. This is something not that commonly seen in the 2d classics, however I honestly prefer to see swarm type enemies in bossfights rather than platforming segments. It just doesn't feel fair when I fail a platforming segment due to a stray enemy spawning out of nowhere, but it does feel fair that I failed a platforming segment due to my negligence of regular enemies, or my inability to properly dodge an enemy projectile. But this may just be player preference on what constitutes as fair, and unfair gameplay mechanics.
As previously mentioned the enemy boss movements are extremely varied and significantly affect the way in which you approach a fight. My only complaint is that unlike the classic Megaman games you can't appropriately prepare for a bossfight or enemy types. To be fair bossfights are foreshadowed heavily, but unless you read into the subtext you won't have a clue into the boss' abilities. This simplicity from the 2d titles where you can make a logical deduction on a boss' weakness before you enter a stage is sorely missing from this 3d adaptation. It's not all gloom and doom however, with enough skill most of the bosses are beatable with even the most suboptimal of builds.
Now you may be telling yourself; "Can't you just change weapons on the fly just like the classics? Why is this an issue?" For the most part, yes, yes you can, but that's only for your buster unit. The buster unit comes in upgrade packages you can install and uninstall at any time you wont, the same can't be said about your sideweapons. This means that if you decided to take with you a mine spreader or a funnels spammer gun and didn't know you were fighting a really nimble opponent who can fly, that sideweapon is fucking useless. And if you decided not to upgrade the range on your buster and instead went full damage and speed, prepare to cry tears of blood. But yeah, this is a design choice deviation from 2d that I personally feel have proven, detracts from the game a bit, not significantly, but just a bit.