Mega Man 10 definitely surpasses Mega Man 9's difficulty, but also its presentation.
Crossfire_7 wrote this review on .
To start, Mega Man 10's presentation is improved compared to its predecessor; the music and graphics stand out in particular, and even the story has some interesting developments. The challenge mode is useful for learning the basics, and later challenges actually match the main game's difficulty.
The weapons this time around feel weaker compared to mighty weapons like Tornado Blow and Laser Trident seen in the previous romp. In addition, weapons feel less useful this time around; whereas Concrete Shot, Tornado Blow, Jewel Satellite, and Laser Trident all were very helpful both for combat and for platforming, most of 10's weapons such as Wheel Cutter and Solar Blaze only ever helped me in one or two situations, not counting Robot Master bosses.
Speaking of which, the bosses this time around definitely feel harder, save for the fortress bosses. Blade Man will make many first-time gamers cry thanks to his simple yet quick attack pattern; Pump Man is a jumpier Jewel Man with an attack that can hit you anywhere on the screen unless you get the hang of his weapon's trajectory. Combine harder bosses with weaker weapons and you get a more challenging experience. Thankfully, the fortress bosses feel easier, and there's a cool surprise waiting for players in the first fortress level.
On the other hand, collecting screws is easy in this game; several levels have multiple large screws hidden throughout. Though I did not use the shop much aside from buying the Energy Balancer, players who have more trouble with the game will likely enjoy the abundant supply of screws the levels have to offer; I recommend farming in Commado Man and Blade Man's levels in particular. I was able to max out before defeating the eighth Robot Master for the first time; however, I also died a lot, so the multiple retries may account for my fat wallet.
I recommend this game for fans of the NES titles, but beginners will want to use the Easy Mode.