It’s a hot debate on which Mega Man game is better: Mega Man 2 or 3. Each game added new features that totally changed the series as a whole. Whether it was gameplay mechanics, boss battles or music, Mega Man 2 and Mega 3 are two games that are absolute must plays. But which game is better? While some may say that Mega Man 2 has the best music, others will say that Mega Man 3 has more improved gameplay. Either way, both Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 are not just the two best games in the original series, they are some of the best games in video game history. So with that in mind lets see what made Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 so great.
Mega Man 2 is not only just what first introduced players to the series, but the game also set the standard for what was to come after. The first feature that comes to mind in the game is the tremendous soundtrack. From Crash Man’s stage to Air Man’s stage, Mega Man is filled with the most iconic music in the entire series. But out of all the stages, it’s Wiley’s stage that stands out. In fact, if there’s one song that encompasses what Mega Man is, then Wiley’s would be the perfect fit. Most importantly, the gameplay is top notch. Now while Mega Man 2 is considered to be the easiest in the franchise due to overpowered weapons, the game still has some difficult jumps and maneuvers. Whether it’s the frequent jumps in Air Man’s stage or avoiding Quick Man’s laser beams, Mega Man 2 still has its challenges, but is it better than Mega Man 3?
The answer is no. Let’s be honest, Mega Man 3 is a fantastic, but while it added a lot of new features, it overall did not pack the same punch like its predecessor did. Having said that, what the game added brought a new dynamic to the gameplay. One of the features was having the ability to slide. This feature not only affected the way players maneuvered through each level, but bosses became more difficult due to the change in gameplay. Mega Man 3 was also where the character Rush was introduced. Unlike Mega Man 2 where the player collected items 1,2,3, Mega Man 3 used Rush as a way of support, including Rush Jet and Rush Marine. Whether it was through the air or through water, Rush was a crucial part of the gameplay. While not the best, Mega Man 3 comes in at a close second.
Both Mega Man games are classics and must-plays for anybody who loves the medium. It’s a common answer, but Mega Man 2 is and will always be the best in the original series. Without the second installment setting the standard for the series, the other five games may have suffered. Mega Man 3, however, is nothing to scoff about. The third installment added a whole new dynamic with features that included the slide ability and Rush. These features worked so well that each game after utilized the same ideas. At the end of the day, Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 are timeless and still hold up to this day.
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