Excerpt: If you’re like me, then you probably fell off the Mega Man train a long, long time ago. Time and time again we found ourselves setting out as the Blue Bomber, tasked with defeating eight robot masters before taking on the evil Dr. Wily/Doppler/whoever only to have him slip away once more. Sure, we had Mega Man Legends and Battle Network which helped mix things up, but all in all it seemed that the traditional Mega Man formula had finally run stale.
Excerpt: The Mega Man series have had its ups and downs through the pass two decades or so since its first appearance on the NES. Capcom has blessed us recently with Mega Man ZX and now they have given the series another game, Mega Man ZX Advent. Yes, it’s a new game, the title is similar but hey trust me it is. One of the main stays of the Mega Man series were that they were hard as hell, but there was always a loop hole to defeat that crazy ass boss.
Excerpt: In his 20 years of existence, Mega Man has been through multiple incarnations, most of which are interconnected through an elaborate storyline that goes far deeper than one would have expected from the simple "shoot the evil robots" premise of the original game in the series. It has been some time since the "classic" Mega Man games spawned the anime-influenced Mega Man X games, which fast-forwarded the story 100 years into the future.
Excerpt: A-Trans not only allows you to copy an opponent’s weapon, but actually transforms you into the enemy. Special secondary moves and abilities are available for use immediately, instead of confining you to the use of a single elemental weapon such as in previous games. These new abilities and moves would not be possible without the transformation into a copy of your enemy, and A-Trans allows you to experience what it is like to be as powerful as the bosses you encounter.
Conclusion: Overall, Mega Man ZX Advent is a solid DS action game. The old school difficult may turn a lot of gamers off, but the gameplay is solid and the power/appearance assimilation is fun. If you're a fan of Mega Man and have enough self control not to rip out your own hair when a game frustrates you, you might want to give Mega Man ZX Advent a try.
Conclusion: If you're a DS owner looking for a solid action release, ZX Advent is definitely one to put on your holiday wish list. The game features a ton of solid gameplay with enough improvements over the original to take note of. I loved the wide variety of biometal, the appropriate challenge, the touch screen interaction, and the exploration aspects. It's not a perfect game by any stretch but it's certainly a step in the right direction for the Mega Man franchise.