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Why Mega Man 2 is one of the greatest games ever made

But MM2’s looks are merely half the equation, as the sound--particularly the songs--set the standard for what would ultimately become an entire genre of music. Compared to the simplistic tracks in most of its contemporaries, the multilayered compositions were astounding. They still hold up today, as each song blends retro tunes with futuristic electronica that's sure to warm you with nostalgia. Each melody is ingrained in the minds of a generation and the Mega Man series’ soundtracks have always tried--and in some cases nearly equaled--the excellence of MM2’s tunes.

All of Mega Man 2’s strengths added up to an incredibly striking package, crafting an epic story with so few tools at its disposal. There’s the stirring opening as the camera rises with an impossibly tall building to find Mega Man at the top, waiting for his adventure to begin. Then you have the final fight against Dr. Wily, with an out of this world twist that’s followed by closing credits that still makes us a little misty. Mega Man 2 pulled off storytelling that current games still struggle with using the technological equivalent of cave paintings.


When you read about the creation of Mega Man 2, you see that it was a labor of love. The first game wasn’t a hit, but the developers convinced Capcom to give the character another shot. The devs’ effort to keep the series alive shines through in every moment, and unlike so many sequels made out of formality or sales expectations, MM2 exists out of dedication. Everything that people love about Mega Man is in MM2, and while it’s been iterated on many times over, the pure fun of the series has never been showcased more masterfully.

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9 comments

  • avantguardian - December 20, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    still my all time fave. made me a gamer. i remember getting the nintendo power with the mm2 guide. think i was 9 or 10. still my favorite game soundtrack as well. bubbleman and airman's themes especially.
  • avantguardian - December 20, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    also a shout out to the weirdly melancholic ending music. sitting on the hill with his helmet off...
  • tehtimeisnow - December 20, 2012 3:09 a.m.

    ew no not the best gane of all time actuelly its one of hte worst cuz the grafics r horrable and u only move left and rite and there no online play seruiosely people need to forget abuot old garbege games like this and move on to the future like ipohone gameing
  • kyuubi85 - December 20, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    You fail as a troll
  • Hig1134 - December 19, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    MM2 changed the way I felt about gaming. Still, to this day, the best play control gaming has ever seen. So much charm in the bosses, the stages, the weapons, the music. I still currently play it every couple of weeks.
  • AdonisX82 - December 19, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    megaman 2 was the first video game I ever played, and crash man was the first level i played, and i was hooked. Megaman 3 or 4 were my favorites (besides the first X)but 2 of course will always be my first, and you NEVER forget your first ;p
  • Jeff the Fridge - December 19, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    I'd have to say that all of the original Megamans could be put on the same spot for best game ever, since they're all fairly much the same game, only changing the robot masters, weapons, music and a few minor graphics and engine tweaks (still more than what FIFA & Madden get every year)I'd personally say 3 was my favourite, mainly due to the fact the music is, in my opinion, the best in the series, and it introduced Protoman, who is my favourite video game character, save Pyramid Head
  • avantguardian - December 20, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    i've got protoman's theme as my ringtone. i hate cellphones, but it almost makes having one bearable:)

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