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Published on August 26th, 2013 | by APant1

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Megaman 4: Minus Infinity Overview

I can remember times when I’ve been frustrated enough at the lack of good games in a series or genre that I thought to myself “If a good one doesn’t come out soon, I’ll just have to make one myself.” Someone else went ahead and made one of the best Megaman games I’ve ever played, so I can go and cross that off the list. Minus Infinity is a ROM hack of Megaman 4 made by PureSabe. A ROM hack is a video game that has been altered by fans or pirates based on the original game’s data, or ROM. A hack like this can be something as basic as translation or defeating anti-piracy measures, but others practically make an entirely new game. Plus, the creator is still updating it. At its core, it is the Megaman 4 we’ve all come to know and love, but the levels have been completely redesigned, the weapons function differently, and the game is jammed full of new and interesting features and content from other games in the series. Pharaoh Man’s stage will afflict you with “curses” at various points, like auto-firing your Megabuster or switching to random weapons in your arsenal. The game even introduces new and rather advanced mechanics, like labyrinth-style levels that have you activating switches to go to new areas. The game has random critical hits, and enemies that will knock you back instead of killing you outright. Cutscenes? Of course. It’s even got multi-stage boss battles that are better than some modern games. Taking a page from some of the later NES entries in the series, it has plenty of secrets and hidden items too. It’s even got buttons to quick-switch weapons. The only downside is the game is blisteringly hard. I literally cut my teeth on classic gaming, my NES controllers have the bite marks to prove it, and I am struggling with the difficulty. Since it’s a ROM file, you’ll need to download an emulator to play it. Instructions and hints can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/rockman4mi/. It’s free, so it’s worth a shot if you have any interest in retro gaming. Curious about the world of retro game emulators and the legality thereof? I wrote up a nice place to start with plenty of resources.


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