Mega Man 11, 20XX, and Their Similar Approaches to Difficulty

Over the past few days, I’ve been obsessed with 20XX. Clearly inspired by the Mega Man series of games, 20XX puts its own twist on the run-and-gun gameplay by housing the game in a Roguelike framework. While I gave heavy praise for the ways it stands out, it’s similarities with the most recent Mega Man game run even deeper than I thought.

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More Than Just Easy Mode

Historically, difficulty settings have been rudimentary in nature. You either get a choice of X number of settings from easy to hard, or the game simply is what it is. Whether the option of difficulty should be in every game – or no games at all – is a frequently debated topic. Try starting a thread about the Dark Souls series needing an easy mode and watch the internet explode in all directions.

Celeste may not have started it, but it’s the game that got me thinking about difficulty in a more granular sense. Since then, I’ve noticed other games that offer different takes on more nuanced difficulty settings.

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Boss Rush: Episode 9

Laura makes her debut! She tells us all about Stardew Valley multiplayer, Dragalia Lost, and Einstein’s brains! We also cover Octopath Traveler, Mega Man 11, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Spider-Man, the PlayStation Classic, the rumored Nintendo 64 Classic, and play a game of Spider-Man Video Game Trivia! Watch the above for the full episode or use the playlist below to skip to specific tracks!

Thank you to everyone on this episode of the show!

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Laura – @lewilliams89

Mega Man 11 Review

Long time, no see! Not having starred in a new game since the release of the fan-made Mega Man X Street Fighter in 2012, many feared that the Blue Bomber would never find his way back. Six years later, he makes his triumphant return in Mega Man 11. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but is this game a welcome return for Mega Man?

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Mega Man 11 – Block Man and Bounce Man Live Stream

Mega Man 11 is live! I take on my first two robot masters: Block Man and Bounce Man! Block Man’s stage gave me a bit of trouble, but Bounce Man’s stage almost caused me to rage quit the stream!

Mega Man 11 Demo!

The Blue Bomber is back on Nintendo Switch! Armed with two new abilities, we get our first taste of Mega Man 11 and the Block Man stage on Casual and Normal difficulty. That boss fight is really cool!

Fan Expo 2018 Video Game Recap

For the 9th year in a row, my family, friends, and I embarked on a journey to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for Fan Expo Canada 2018! It’s always a joy to be one with fellow fans and this year was no exception. In no particular order, here are some of my gaming highlights from the show!
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Boss Rush: Episode 7

The crew is back together to chat about games, as well as raise awareness and funds for Extra Life! Games we cover on the show include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mega Man 11, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Lego City Undercover, Street Fighter: The Movie – The Game, Mad Max, Hollow Knight, and Octopath Traveler! Also, the final segment pits the guys in a new game where they must guess the Metacritic user score! Do you have a better read of the Metacritic user base than Jason, Mat, and Jon? Play along to find out!

Whether you want to watch the whole episode in one shot, or watch it in parts, both options are available above!

Capcom Reveals Mega Man 11 Coming Late 2018

On a recent Capcom Unity live stream, they revealed that the Blue Bomber would make his triumphant return in late 2018 with Mega Man 11. It’s been seven years since the release of Mega Man 10, and fans have waited even longer for an entry in the series that moves past the 8-bit aesthetic.

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