Okay, that’s unfair. Mega Man 10 doesn’t suck. It’s a catchy title though, isn’t it?
Anyway, it’s easy: play as Bass. All those little annoying things I hated about my first playthrough suddenly made sense when I started playing as Bass:
- Stage sub-bosses that should be dodge-and-return-fire affairs… well, are now. Never bang your head against the soccer ball robot or the giant lightbulb again!
- Treble is the equivalent of Mega Man 3’s awesome Rush Jet. If a part in a level is too hard for you, or you just hate it for whatever reason, now you can skip it! Just equip Treble and zoom on by! I flew across all the super-obnoxious sections of Pump Man’s level and didn’t think twice about it.
- Robot Masters that were too difficult to dodge before are now actually fun thanks to Bass’s dash. (I’d have prefered a slide, but I’ll take what I can get. No excuse to deny me a dedicated dash button, though.)
Just like Mega Man & Bass, this particular game feels like it was balanced around a character with aimable shots and a dash… and then Mega Man was stapled on as an afterthought. I might even have it in me to try Hard Mode now!