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Mighty No. 9

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Robot action game has challenging but monotonous play.

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While the fast and frantic gameplay makes it feel like the spiritual successor to Mega Man, there isn't enough depth to the gameplay to keep you interested for a long period of time. The various objectives and Challenge levels extend the 12 story levels, not to mention a few secrets littered about, but the side-scrolling mechanic gets tiresome quickly, the fighting and level design become monotonous, and the boss enemies can be taken down with your regular weapon without needing the upgrades. The production values are also lacking: The graphics are outdated, the frame rate takes a hit when there's a lot of action on-screen at the same time, and while the 3-D cut scenes look good at first glance, the lip-syncing is terrible, as is the voice acting. While this single-player game might be fun in short bursts, pushing your reflexes to their limits, there simply isn't enough here to justify the $30 price tag for the PS Vita or the $60 cost for home consoles.

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