Mega Man: Powered Up
features two single player modes: Old Style and New Style. Each carries the same look and goals with the main difference being level layouts. Old Style is basically the original Mega Man
with new graphics. Level designs remain untouched, as are several other elements. This mode is more for nostalgia buffs.
New Style, on the other hand, is a completely reworked version of the game. Level designs have been revamped and feature multiple paths that can be unlocked by using certain boss weapons. Doing so adds replay value since many of the alternate paths will lead you to new tile sets to use in Construction mode. Two new robots, Time Man and Oil Man, also join the original six. The new layouts and bosses are pretty tough; something you wouldn’t expect from a game that looks like it is aimed towards younger players. Some levels, like the Guts Man stage, will really work your platforming skills.
Another addition is the ability to play as Wiley’s robots once you defeat them. However, unlocking these robots as playable characters requires you to only use your arm cannon, so there is some challenge there. Playing through a level as a boss robot isn’t that big a bonus and, at times, it felt more like fan service than a whole new experience (like Maverick Hunter X’s Vile Mode).
The two single-player modes are enough game for anyone, but Capcom has gone ahead and thrown in additional modes, Challenge and Construction, to ensure you’ll have Powered Up spinning in your PSP for a while.
Challenge mode is a series of 100 modes that test your skills. Some are simple platform jumping exercises, while others are a little more complicated and will require both mastery of skills and a little luck.
As the name implies, Construction mode is a level editor that lets you build your own levels from the ground up. After choosing the basic “blocks” that will make up your level, you can easily piece it together thanks to a very simple layout interface. Once the level is done, you can go back in and set traps, enemy placements and boss encounters. Even better, you can trade your levels online or download other people’s creations.