Sunday, October 14, 2012

Capcom Shows Contempt For Its Fans With Mega Man Xover

Many classic game icons have celebrated their birthdays in recent years. Mario & Zelda turned 25 (Metroid did as well but this was ignored by Nintendo) and Kirby even celebrated his 20th birthday in a surprisingly robust anniversary collection for the Wii. This brings us to Capcom's little blue bomber who turns 25 this year and Capcom is taking the chance to spit in the face of the fans. Ever since series godfather Keiji Inafune left the company, Capcom has gone out of its way to cancel the Mega Man games he was working on, ignore the cries of fans and "design" a social iOS games that mocks even the fundamentals of video game design. Mega Man Xover is Capcom's one and only official game to celebrate the Blue Bomber's birthday. I use the term "game" very loosely because this thing is essentially a two button auto run app that has a Mega Man skin. Seriously, even the Tiger Electronics version of Mega Man 2 had more depth to its gameplay. Fans have fired back by releasing a flash version of the game built in 24 hours with software over five years old and released it for free to allow gamer's to sample this joke. While Mega Man had his fair share of bad games, his good/great games always made up for it and nothing was as truly awful as this turd and a series as prolific as Mega Man deserves better. What makes this sting more than anything is the fact that after Keiji Inafune left the company, he offered to complete Mega Man Legends 3 for the 3DS as an independent contractor and Capcom refused. This is even more puzzling when you consider that Capcom farms almost every one of their franchises out to other companies. Oh Capcom, what has happened to you?

Rockman Xover Flash [Newgrounds]

Fans Recreate Rockman Xover in Flash [Rockman Corner]

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