Mega Man 11 Review Roundup

Mega Man 11 is coming out this week, after a long absence without a new entry. This eleventh installment eschews the NES-style throwback graphics of Mega Man 9 and 10 and instead makes a mark with its own visual style, an all-new Double Gear system, and a few notable tweaks.

Mega Man famously has a lot of sequels and spin-offs under his belt, and so the series was often a target of criticism for retreading the same-old gameplay in sequel after sequel. The question now is, did absence make the heart grow fonder? The critical consensus is that we’ve missed the old boy (err, man) and this is a fine return-to-form with a new foundation to build upon. Check out a smattering of the industry response below, and read GameSpot sister-site Metacritic for a wider critical view.

  • Game: Mega Man 11
  • Developer / Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Release date: October 2
  • Price: US $30 / £25 / AU $78

GameSpot — 7/10

“At its best, it’s a terrific retro romp with exciting boss encounters and unique gimmicks. At its worst, it’s a frustrating experience whose too-long levels toss out infuriating obstacles to progress at the worst times. But even with these issues, it just feels good to see Mega Man back in action, and Mega Man 11 will hopefully be the start of many new robotic adventures to come.” — Heidi Kemps [Full review]

US Gamer — 4.5/5

“Whatever you might think of its visuals and Double Gear system, Mega Man 11 marks a return to the top-tier platforming we love. Mega Man’s had a long time to recharge his batteries: Let’s see what else he can do.” — Nadia Oxford [Full review]

VentureBeat — 9/10

“If you’re a fan of Mega Man but feel uneasy about how Mega Man 11 looks or adds to the formula, don’t. This is a fantastic 2D action game worthy of the Blue Bomber’s name.” — Mike Minotti [Full review]

Game Informer — 8.75/10

“Mega Man 9 and 10 were both loving throwbacks to the franchise’s NES roots, but Mega Man 11 is the first entry in ages that offers something new without sacrificing everything fans love. The new gear system is a cool mechanic, and Capcom’s level design feels classic in all the right ways. Mega Man 11 taps into the series’ past, but also serves as a solid foundation for the Blue Bomber’s next 30 years.” — Ben Reeves [Full review]

IGN — 7.5/10

“Mega Man plays like he should even with the cutesy but tolerable art style, and that’s good because the challenge is cranked up to 11 and getting through these levels takes old-school precision and patience. Mega Man 11 is a good foundation for the next 10 Mega Man games.” — Samuel Claiborn [Full review]

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