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Five Movies from the 80’s Everyone Should See (no matter their age)

This list of movies isn’t the huge blockbusters from the 80’s like Back to the Future anyone can pick a movie like that and say that you should see it if you haven’t seen it.  These are five movies that I love and that for whatever reason a lot of people just overlooked or have never seen before.  They are also movies that I think even people today could enjoy even though its been 20 or more years since the films on this list came out.   Here they are in no particular order.

1. Monster Squad

Released in 1987

I don’t remember when I first saw Monster Squad it wasn’t in theaters because I would have remembered that and in 1987 I was 9 and at the whim of what my parents let me go see.  I remember watching it on television and by now the movie does have one famous line that most people do know: “Wolfman’s got nards.”  The thing about Monster Squad that makes it a classic is simply that the movie is fun from beginning to end.  The premise of the movie is that it begins with these monsters from our past: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf-Man, among others all get pushed into a portal in ancient days leading them into the modern days.   The movie is about a group of boys who form a club known as the Monster Squad and they talk about these monsters until suddenly they come to life right before their eyes.  THe movie has a lot of spots of comedy that kids of all ages (that includes adults yes) will enjoy.   There are moments of family as well and times when action is called for.

There’s also a “scary german guy” subplot that leads to some very interesting things throughout the movie.   I remember when watching this movie how good Dracula is every time, Duncan Regehr who plays Dracula does so with a great sense for the character.  He makes Dracula truly scary for young kids and I think that is a good thing because it’s always enjoyable to be scared a little bit.   The film never truly scares you though and you never get the sense that any of the good guys are going to die which is okay by me in a family film.  There are parts of the movie that always make me laugh out loud and other parts that are light-hearted.   IF you want to enjoy some fun family comedy one night I highly suggest this movie.

2. Explorers

Released in 1985

Like the movie above it Explorers is a family film, although I view it more as a film for young boys somewhere between six and fourteen who are adventurous.    Explorers is about a group of young boys who start getting messages from aliens up in space and build a ship to join them.  There is the bad boy, the smart one, and the leader (Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix both got their first movie roles with this film).  Explorers doesn’t have a family vibe to it, as I said before to me it is more of a film made for boys, its got that sense of exploring and adventure that all boys seem to think about and imagine.   The film does have some wonderful set pieces as well and the three main characters are all very well thought out and fleshed out different versions of boys that exist in the world.    There are a few really cool dream sequences in the movie that really tie things together and more than that when the three of them do finally take off into space in their homemade ship we get to really experience what that is like with them.

In this movie you get that sense of adventure, and I really do think that boys, girls, even adults would all really enjoy this movie, and if you have seen it before when you were a kid and are kind of not sure about showing it to your own kids, I say show it to them because it truly is a timeless classic that should be viewed by all even if you’ve forgotten about it over the years.    I recently saw it and it is still as good as it was when I was a kid.  Sure it’s not up to date technology wise, but the movie’;s other parts are so good that you don’t have to pay attention to that part.

3.Willow

Released in 1988

Some people will tell me that I am wrong for putting this movie on this list, they are wrong.   Willow is a true classic, it is actually one of those films about good and evil that you cannot go wrong with.  There is darkness in the world and a young baby chooses a halfing wizard named Willow to protect her from the darkness of Queen Bavmorda who wants nothing more than to kill the child and take over the entire world while sending it into darkness.   Willow along with a human named Madmartigan are both charged to protect the child and also bring down the evil that is Bavmorda along with her rival Raziel, among others.   Willow is a story of magic and mysteries but also a true message that good does conquer evil.

Willow is one of the few movies that George Lucas has done that is not a Star Wars film. It is also like those other movies a very unsuccessful film.  It has become a classic as the years went on and has been viewed as such by many.  Willow is a great movie with a lot of adventure and fun moments.  Val Kilmer is at his best in this movie truly making some great wisecracks and being funny while also serious at some points.  There is one point in the film when Madmartigan is hit with a love spell and falls heads over heels in love with Sorsha who is also the daughter of Bavmorda.   The movie ends with a good clean ending but Lucas has sense written along with another writer a trilogy of books that take place after the movie but are nowhere near as good as the movie.

4. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Released in 1989

Bill and Ted are of course bumbling fools who believe that they are going to be famous rock stars one day and change our world, but if they don’t pass their history class final they won’t ever become famous.   The movie stars Keanu Reeves before he was hugely famous for his “Whoas” and this movie here establishes that whole tradition.   On top of that the movie is a true mix of comedy and action, and probably has George Carlin’s best role in it as Rufus the man from the future that has come to the past with the time machine to save the boys from disaster.   Bill and Ted go through time and collect historical figures from the past and bring them back to San Demas (I think I spelled that correctly) to give an interview on who they are and what they mean to the world.

The fact that Bill and Ted decide to bring historical figures from the past to the present shows that they aren’t exactly the brightest but still it all works out perfectly.   There are some great sequences with Napoleon when he comes to the present and he gets on Bill’s brother’s nerves to the point that he abandons him and thus Napoleon goes to a water park and decides that when he gets back to the past he’s going to make one there!  There are other moments like this as well, when all of the historical figures are in the present at the mall where they all get a little crazy.   If you haven’t ever seen Bill and Ted or if you’re trying to figure out a movie from your past to show to your kids this is one of the top ones that I would pick for various reasons…it is a timeless film really.

5. Big Trouble in Little China

Released in 1986

When Jack Burton goes to Little China to visit with a friend of his after dropping off a load there as well things go from worse to worse until he’s embroiled into a plot by a man who has lived for centuries and only wants to become flesh again so that he can become all-powerful and rule the world (or something like that).   Big Trouble in Little China is probably one of the best movies that John Carpenter has ever made and there were always people asking him if he will ever make a sequel.   The movie is about these group of people who get caught up in an ancient ritual to bring Lo Pan back to life from his undead existence.    There is a lot of action in the film and it is easy to just sit back and enjoy it.

The comedy is timeless, and the film is a cult classic though I am sure that a lot of people would never think of showing it to the new generations and them enjoying it.  There are the three storms in the movie who I think are under-used but are also fun and add a lot to the story and the action.  The movie also happens to be one of Kurt Russell’s best and most memorable characters, and again this is because of John Carpenter’s directing and also the writing and music all of which was done by Carpenter.   It’s really sad what Carpenter has become, making only halfway decent movies as opposed to the kinds of films he used to make in the 70’s and 80’s.    Maybe he could go back to those kind of movies again one day in the future?

This is my list of 5 films that I think everyone should see, rather they are 10 or 20 or 30 or even older.  Do you have a list of five films from the 80’s that are classics in your eyes?

Roads, where we’re going we don’t need Roads….

Its been 25 years since the release of the first Back to the Future and I finally have some free time in my week to put down my memories and thoughts on one of the best trilogies of films ever put on film.

I didn’t see the first Back to the Future in theaters, I was really too young to see it and remember it anyway when it was released in 1985, and that is the reason why I probably didn’t see it in theaters, but I did see it when it came to homes.  Back then that was a longer undertaking though and by the time that I did see it they had already added the: To be Continued to the end of it so I have no memories of seeing the movie before that was put on the film and thus I didn’t know until I got older and learned through interviews with Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis that they had not planned on making a trilogy when they shot the first movie.

I do remember though four years later in 1989 standing in line at our Lowes theater waiting  to walk in and see Back to the Future Part II the line was so long that it actually went out the door and down the street a little way.   To say the least the second Back to the Future came out it was a big deal and everyone wanted to see it in our area of the city at least and I am sure it was the same elsewhere as well.  I remember watching the first one on tape so much that I actually wore the tape out, I loved Doc Brown and Marty McFly because they were cool characters and the story was so strong that you couldn’t help but want to watch it.

There is something timeless about the story of Back to the Future, the way that Marty gets stuck back in 1955 and how he screws up everything for his parents to the point that his own mother actually has “feelings” for him was all fascinating and made for great laughs.  I remember the scene where he’s on her bed and only in his underwear and she keeps calling him Calvin Klein and he’s trying to figure out why she keeps calling him that.   That’s when you remember back in 1955 there was no Calvin Klein and as far as they knew there never would be!   On top of that Marty doesn’t fit into this past world but he tries his best to do so in order to get his parents back together so that he can save his own life and that of his siblings as well.

The best thing about the first Back to the Future isn’t just the fact that Marty almost messes up his entire life to the point that he never gets born but it’s also his relationship with Doc Brown.   It’s strange that the Doc is almost like a second father to him, perhaps in the original time line Marty just needed someone like Doc to be a friend and perhaps a secondary father figure and then back in the past of course he knows there is only one person who can help him get back to 1985 and that’s Doc Brown.    Every single character in the movie is played with great comic and dramatic timing throughout the entire film by some of the best actors in the business.   Because of this it all feels deeply real and is a fun ride throughout.

Back in 1985 Michael J. Fox wasn’t showing any signs of Parkinson’s, he was one of the best young comedy actors in the business with his role in the hit show Family Ties and then he came along and did this movie which pushed him into super stardom at the time.   There still isn’t anyone who was alive in the 80’s and 90’s who doesn’t get why Michael J. Fox is so popular.   He has perfect comedic timing and he uses it to full effect in the Back to the Future movies along with Christopher Lloyd who plays Doc Brown.   The two on-screen together made us laugh, and more than that they had the chops to make us stop and feel something besides just laughter.    The first movie ended with Marty managing to not only keep his family together, but to give his father something that he never had in the first time line, a backbone which changes his father’s life dramatically and also changes Marty’s families life as well….that is until the sequel came along.

I won’t get into the problems with Back to the Future II and III both movies have flaws that were inherit because of things that happened in the first movie or things that happened in the second movie.    They didn’t plan on a trilogy but when they got around to doing one they made it unforgettable.  Some say that the third movie is the weakest of the series, and perhaps it is but it is still one of the best comedies made.    The second movie picks up where the first left off with them going to the future to fix a problem with Marty and Jennifer’s kids.   The problem ends up being one that is a direct result of something that happens to Marty back in the past of his life, which makes sense as there is always something that can and does go wrong in life.

The second movie also has one of the best twists in the series dealing with a sports almanac from the future that Biff takes the past and makes himself rich beyond his wildest dreams to the point that he creates a dystopian future where he rules a city that has become rundown.   Where George McFly is dead (a way around Crispin Glover and the studio not able to come to an agreement) and Marty’s mom has remarried to Biff.   This dark and crazy present is explained really well while we by now have totally forgotten that the present they really belong in was re-written by Marty already in the first movie anyway back in the past.    So they go back in the past to fix the problem and this leads to just more problems cropping up until in the end Doc Brown gets send back to 1885 which leads to the third movie in the series.     The second film is arguably the strongest of the three movies, it has the most range and the most character development for Marty and Doc Brown (the two characters the movies are really all about).   Though in the end I still feel that the first movie is the best in the series.

The third and final film in the series takes place in a semi-old west style world (it’s not actually totally believable but close enough) where the ancestors of nearly everyone in the town exist and are all causing problems just like those in the first two movies did for Marty and Doc Brown.   The third movie gives Doc Brown a love interest which interestingly enough helps create a cartoon series starring their two sons Jules and Vern along with Marty of course!   I loved the cartoon series as well, it was simple but had everything you could want from a cartoon series based after a comedy trilogy series.   The final movie though helps close out all of the loose ends in the series including Marty’s need to prove that he is not a chicken and Doc Brown finally finding true love.   It closed out the trilogy completely and made you happy to have watched all three movies and sit back and enjoy them over and over again.

There are some weak points in each movie, but never is it something that makes you not want to watch.  As I said before everyone does their job so well in all three films that you never once doubt that they are the characters they are playing.   Lea Thompson is great as Marty’s mom, as his mom at a younger age, and even as his ancestor’s wife, to the point that you don’t really realize that it’s the same girl because while its her playing all these characters she does each one differently.     Crispin Glover was great in the first Back to the Future and it’s really a shame that he didn’t agree to do the following films.   This series is still Christopher Lloyd at his best and I doubt we’ll ever see him do better, he will always be remembered as Doc Brown.    Though she doesn’t have a huge role in the second or third movies Elizabeth Shue (she did not play Jennifer in the first movie) does really good with what she is given including a classic scene when she meets her older self.

In the end there wouldn’t be a Back to the Future without Marty McFly, and this is where we really see Michael J. Fox at his best.   The role was not originally intended for Michael J. Fox but every time I see the movies I am thankful that the movie was not working with Eric Stolz.  Don’t get me wrong I love Eric Stolz I think that he is a very underrated actor who has done a lot of good roles but the movie just wouldn’t have been Back to the Future without Michael J. Fox.   The fact is that even the people responsible for Back to the Future felt the same way that they always wanted Michael J. Fox but he wasn’t available at first.    Michael J. Fox is Marty McFly there is no real way to explain it other than that is who he is, it’s the role he was supposed to play.    The movies would never have worked with someone else in that lead role.

In the end Back to the Future is and always will be a classic movie that represents what Hollywood can do with the art of Movie making when they really have talented people behind a really talented script and a talented director who gets to work with his vision and what he wants it to be and the studio doesn’t shoehorn him into their ideas.   The trilogy is coming out on Blu-ray soon and on top of that I think its our duty as the older generation to make sure that the kids of today see these films…they may not have been born when they were made or released, but they will love them because like Superman or Indiana Jones or Star Wars they are timeless movies that anyone of any age no matter when they were born can enjoy and should.

The Legend of Sword Shooting

There was a time when all you needed to have an awesome game was great gameplay and an easy to understand control scheme with a lot to do. That is what brings us to perhaps one of the best classic games of all time The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the past. What begins as a simple story of a boy who rescues a princess on a dark and stormy night ends up becoming a story of dark wizards and an evil man bent on remaking two worlds into his own twisted vision of what they should look like. It’s the classic story of destiny for one hero and a princess.

I remember the first time I put that cartridge into that SNES and loaded it up watching that opening sequence about the wise men who sealed the Evil Gannondorf away in the golden land which he corrupted with his dark wishes and desires. Then the game began with my uncle going out in the rain one night to save the princess and I just decide to go out as well after getting my trusty lamp from the chest. Destiny quickly goes from there to getting the sword from my uncle to saving princess Zelda from a fate worse than death.

This is where the real game begins and you start to realize how much bigger the world is as compared to the world in the first Zelda on the original NES. Upon getting out there in the world you begin to transverse the three dungeons to get the three pendants to prove that you are the hero of legend who can use the master sword to strike down Gannon.

Those first three dungeons are short but not too difficult because they are teaching you about the use of your weapons and preparing you for the dark world dungeons to come.

Zelda has a simple set up, each dungeon that you go to has keys for doors, dangerous creatures to fight, chests to open, and a weapon that you will need to either get through the dungeon or to beat the boss or both.

There is very little in the game that is not set up this way. Regardless of the simple premise the game offers a deeper set of exploring while not necessary to do in order to beat the game it does make it easier to do so. By the end Link can be one tough customer with 20 hearts and dozens of weapons at his disposal. My only real disappointment with Link to the Past is and always has been that there is no real final dungeon to get to Gannon all you have to do is blow up a wall and walk through.

The ending is as simple as the beginning but somehow every time I play Link to the Past I canning stop and that is why it is a true classic of gaming culture.   In the end Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was the first game in the series to add more story and it started to show the way that the series would evolve with the following entries in the series.   Without A Link to the Past there would be no Ocarina of Time which is perhaps the best game in the series.      As proof of the game’s lasting appeal as well Nintendo has re-released it multiple times and each time it has been successful continuing the legacy of Link to the Past.

In the end I will always be a fan of Zelda, but its Link to the Past that brings up memories of when I was a teenager and what it was like playing games back then before they became what they are now, deeper richer experiences with deeper stories…still sometimes you just want a simple story with simple characters and motivations….sometimes you just have to save the princess from the evil Gannon.

The Legend of the Moon

Final Fantasy II

First Released: November 23, 1991

Re-Released: December 12, 2005 (GBA), July 22 2008 (DS), March 8th 2010 (Virtual Console)

Sequels: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

I love role playing games, and the Final Fantasy games have always been my favorites, the first one I ever played was Final Fantasy II, which in Japan was actually Final Fantasy IV but was released over here as Final Fantasy II because we didn’t get the second or third Final Fantasy games. The idea behind the series was that it was SquareSoft’s last attempt to make a game that sold and what they came up with was Final Fantasy, which went on to spawn thirteen sequels (the latest coming this fall as an MMO).

The first one in the series I played was Final Fantasy II, before playing this game I was mainly a fan of action games though I loved Legend of Zelda and perhaps from the love of that I found love for other RPG’s including Final Fantasy. I remember getting that box, those huge SNES boxes with the game logos on the front and on the back of the packaging was of course a description of the game and what it was about along with screen shots. I remember not really knowing what to expect with Final Fantasy II, other than it being a game with strange characters and cool settings.

Back then graphics were impressive if they did certain things and what Final Fantasy II did with its graphics, especially the overhead graphics when you were out and about on the map was impressive for a game of that time. When you first meet up with Rydia and she casts the Titan that rips the land in half that was really impressive. Seeing a summoned monster for the first time was always impressive. Some would argue that Square has lost focus with this in later incarnations of the series (starting with VII) I disagree. Even back with Final Fantasy II you could kind of see where Square was going to go one day with more games in the series.

I remember playing the game and being amazed by the story, I had never seen a game present a story in such a fashion before playing this game. You get thrown into the world of Final Fantasy pretty quickly when you play as Cecil a dark-knight in the service of his king and kingdom of Baron. He flies in an airship known as a redwing and with his group they go to a small town and take the crystal there which sets off events that will change Cecil and his friends lives forever. When he returns to Baron he is demoted, his command of the Redwings taken away and thus begins his journey.

The story is one of redemption, the bottom line is that this is not a story of revenge or even anger and tears though all of that is present. This is the story of Cecil and his redemption from a corrupted man into a just Paladin that can save two worlds and the people within them. You see the world of Final Fantasy II is in great danger, the crystals that keep the balance of the world are being gathered by an evil man named Golbez who has also taken Cecil’s best friend Kain under his wing and kidnapped Cecil’s girlfriend Rosa.

When you first meet back up with Kain and he is evil and there is no real explanation as to why it is like a stake into the heart and worst of all he takes Rosa with him and its obvious that he is in love with her as much as Cecil perhaps.   More than that Kain later becomes a member of your party again and in the end betrays you once more, going back to the side of Golbez, this just drives the dagger further in.  Yet at the end Kain does manage to redeem himself, and proves that he truly is Cecil’s friend.

Like most games in this series nothing is as it appears at first, II has some of the most twists and turns in the entire series, you never really know who the villain of the story is until the end of the tale, when the final revelation happens. There are other noteworthy things here though, first this game had not one, but three worlds for you to explore. More than that the game pushed the boundaries of what you could do, there were real relationships here. Cecil and Rosa felt like a real couple, two young people in love with one another who will do anything to protect each other.

There is also Tellah a man bent on revenge towards Golbez whom he blames for taking the life of his daughter. He is so bent on revenge that he unlocks a deadly Magic that has the potential to destroy the world all in his need for revenge. His story and the story of the bard Edward intersect in a very interesting way because of this and we get the classic line: “you spoony bard.” from this game though we have no idea what it really means.

The battle system is not too complex, each character has their own specific skill set and unlike earlier or later final fantasies there is no mixing, each character is set with their own skills and that is all that they can do. Square would not revisit this idea until Final Fantasy IX. Because of this and also the fact that for more than 3/4ths of the game you do not get to choose who is in your party it sort of reminds me of the recently released XIII.

Final Fantasy II didn’t have the most characters in the series, but it was the first game in the series to push the boundaries of what you could expect in an RPG, it is perhaps the game responsible for all others that came after it. Square used Final Fantasy II to prove what they could do with stories, and also with SNES graphics. The story is ultimately one of redemption and family and what it means to protect the world around you.

If you haven’t ever played it before I recommend it, especially the Nintendo DS remake which is called Final Fantasy IV, as that was the original name of the game when it was released in Japan.

Retro-Evolved: The Can I Get a Clue Edition

May 24, 2010 1 comment

Perhaps you know of the movie Clue that came out in 1985, and perhaps you had never heard of it.  Well if you’re of the latter group and not the former perhaps this little article will make you want to watch one of the better simple comedies of the eighties.

The thing about Clue is that it is a movie for all ages and all times.    The movie is based upon the popular board game of the same name and they even managed to find a wonderfully old mansion to use as the setting for the film.   What the writers John Landis, and Jonathan Lynn did was craft a simple story based around the clue board game and also add some intrigue and mystery to it with the inclusion of three alternate endings.

I first saw Clue when I was ten, and I barely remembered it because the whole movie was not on the tape that I recorded it on.  Basically there was only 3/4ths of the film on the tape as the other part of the tape was taken up by another movie unbeknownst to me that I had also tapped.   Clue was fun, and there was a section of the movie where a group of the actors crash into one another that I wore out rewinding as a kid because I thought it was funny.   I have seen clue over a 100 times, I have actually probably seen it more than Star Wars.   That is how much I love the film.

Clue starts with all of our major players arriving at house up on a hill in the middle of a dark night.   There’s Colonel Mustard  (Played by Martin Mull), who arrives first and tires to figure out why he shouldn’t just use his real name when speaking with Wadsworth the Butler (played by funny man Tim Curry).   He meets Yvette the maid and things get moving from there.   Mrs. White arrives (Played by Madeline Kahn) and Mrs Peacock arrives (Played by Eileen Brennan) followed by Mr. Green (Michael McKean) and Mrs. Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren) and professor Plump (played by Christopher Lloyd) .  As you can see it really is a cast of good comedy actors who can all hold thier own in one respect or another.

Things proceed to dinner and then the revelation that all of these people are being blackmailed by the mysterious Mr. Boddy who knows a deep secret about each of them.   Well someone attempts to kill Mr. Boddy and suddenly other people start dying as well.  I won’t spoil the deaths for you or even tell you how it all resolves as I think you should watch it for yourself to see how the movie comes out what I will say is that the endings all three of them are satisfying though my favorite is the second one.

There are some classic lines in this movie as well like:

Mrs. White: He was always a rather stupidly optimistic man. I mean, I’m afraid it came as a great shock to hime when he died, but, he was found dead at home. His head had been cut off, and so had his, uh… you *know*.
[Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and Mr. Green cross legs]
Mrs. White: I had been out all evening at the movies.
Miss Scarlet: Do you miss him?
Mrs. White: Well, it’s a matter of life after death. Now that he’s dead, I have a life.
Wadsworth: But, he was your second husband. Your first husband also disappeared.
Mrs. White: But that was his job. He was an illusionist.
Wadsworth: But he never reappeared!
Mrs. White: [admittedly] He wasn’t a very good illusionist.

Or How about this series:

Wadsworth: You see? Like the Mounties, we always get our man.
Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?
[Colonel Mustard slaps Mr. Green, who turns to get slapped by Wadsworth]

It goes on with more slapstick comedy between the characters.   The best thing about this movie for me is that for some reason it never gets old, its like opening an old book and reading through it again, you may not find something new but you’ll enjoy it all the same because it’s just a fun ride from start to end.

So check it out and see what you think, I’m sure you’ll get a chuck or two out of it!   Till next week!

This is Retro-Evolved saying we didn’t do it…but we think Mr. Green might have in the Kitchen with the dagger…perhaps.

To All a goodnight…see you next week with an all new Retro-Evolved!!!

Retro-Evolved: The Mega Man 2 Edition (Premire)

-This is a new weekly column that I’m introducing called Retro-Evolved (I might change the name).   It’s basicly about things from the past, although there is no definite time-period that I am setting this in, this week is Mega Man 2, next week could be something from two or three years ago instead of ten or more.  Also note: it’s not always in gaming either.

Gaming: Robots and Floating Disappearing Bricks

When I first played Mega Man 2 I was still a pre-teen boy who liked challenging games like Super Mario Brothers and other such games, Mega Man 2 was one of the best of the bunch mainly because it had an interesting mechanic in the fact that you got the weapons from the robot masters that you beat.   Mega Man 2 is the story of a Robot known as Mega Man (Rock in Japan) who fights robot masters that Dr. Wiley has stolen from Mega Man’s creator Doctor Light.   The story is pretty simple and basic and it’s not the story that makes the Mega Man games addicting.

Mega Man 2 was produced by the series creator Keiji Inafune who would go on to work on Mega Man for a while longer, he would go on to help create the Mega Man X series and Resident Evil 2 (the game that single-handedly made Survival Horror popular).  He would also help create the Breath of Fire series and Dead Rising among many others.   IF not for Mega Man 2 though it is doubtful if Capcom would have ever given Inafune more control over future projects.    What he and the group of programmers and others did with Mega Man 2 was impressive and proved that they could do a good job creating games.

Mega Man 2’s premise is simple, battle the robot masters each of the eight of them have their own levels.   Bubble Man has the water level, Air Man the Air Level (mostly annoying), Quick Man had a level designed around speed, Heat Man had the fire level including disappearing bricks, Wood Man had a level designed around forests, Metal Man’s level was designed around well not a lot that made sense but it worked, Flash Man’s level was designed around light, Crash Man’s level was similar to Metal Man’s level where it didn’t really fit but worked none-the-less.   After you fought all Eight Robot masters you went on to Dr. Wily’s Level where you fought through more stages until you finally reach the Mad Scientist himself and you have to beat him until he finally surrenders.

The game doesn’t use a save system, instead it uses a password system, that was until it was re-released for the Wii’s virtual console.  On the Virtual Console you can save where you are which makes the game no easier just lets you pause  your play instead of remembering passwords.     What makes the game so great is the fact that after you beat each robot master you get their weapon to use on the other robot masters.   Each one is weak against another masters weapon.   The trick is finding out in what order to beat them so that you can have an easier time beating each one of them.    In the end Mega Man 2 is a great classic game that if you’ve never given it a chance you should because its a lot of fun.

Related Posts:  Mega Man 2 From Wikipedia
Mega Man 2 From GameFaqs

Next Week: A Murder Most Fowl (A look at the very funny movie Clue)