Due to demand (okay Chad suggested it) I will continue giving love to underrated games that most gamers don't play but should. I skimmed through my library thinking about what game to talk about next. While the game for today isn't necessarily an unknown franchise it is a game that didn't get nearly enough love and recognition as it should.
Mega Man Powered Up for the PSP introduced a great premise of remaking Mega Man games at a level of true artistry. Not only was there a graphical overhaul with a great style, but new bosses were added. The level building feature was enjoyable and added a bevy of downloadable content for the PSP game. This was a gem of a remake; it was more than a fresh coat of paint. I wish more remakes were like this one.
Unfortunately it did not sell well and we most likely will not see another one of its kind. Many hardcore Mega Man fans are clammering for Powered Up 2 and 3, covering what many consider the best two Mega Man games of all time. Besides, who wouldn't want to see Metal Man in this new style?
I can't really blame the gamers for this one. Mega Man has been a shell of what he once was in the 80's and 90's. It would only make sense to avoid this like every other Mega Man Star Force Zenon Advent: Version Megatron. It also didn't help that the game came out on the PSP. At the time in its life, the PSP was still trying to figure out what it was. Now that the sales have gone up and it has found its place living in harmony with the DS, this is a title that is easily ignored in favor of newer titles.
Despite this being a game that is in a beloved franchise, I consider this game sorely underrated. It was plague with the problems of being on a system with lower install base, burned fans, and perhaps the choice to remake the first Mega Man game may have put off players. People who remember the REAL Mega Man, the one from our childhood shouldn't pass up the chance to try Mega Man Powered Up. Maybe if enough people find love for this game, we could convince someone at Capcom to give us Powered Up 2 and 3.
Who seriously wouldn't want that?