[Beyond PlayStation] METAGAL Review
- On April 11, 2019
METAGAL is a new release from Ratalaika Games on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, this time giving us a 2D action platformer that will remind you of a certain blue bomber. Learn more in our METAGAL review!
As you can tell from the trailer above, the game has a big Mega Man feeling, what with the running around a 2D plane, shooting energy blasts at enemies, quickly dashing into action, androids that have been corrupted to be brought to the evil side, and more. Dr. Ray has been found by the big bad Creeper, who wants to take the GAL kids from Dr. Ray so that he can add them to his army. One of them has already been taken by Creeper, turning her into one of his best soldiers: GAL.0X. It seems she has been brainwashed since all she wants to do is help to bring more chaos into the world. With the other GAL taken away by Creeper, it is up to METAGAL to save the day.
At first, you’ll only be able to select METAGAL, so once you do that you will get to learn the basics for the gameplay mechanics of this release. You can move with the D-Pad or the left analog stick, dashing as needed by pressing the Triangle button, and jumping with the X button – the longer you press and hold the button, the higher you will jump. The Square button is for your attack while pressing the Triangle button will allow you to use your special attack, which will use some of the energy you have available in the bar on the upper left corner of the screen. If you want to change weapons, you can do so with the L1 and R1 buttons.
As expected, Creeper has brainwashed the other GAL, so you’ll need to take on each of their stages so that you can reach the end to face them. You can select to take on the four available stages in any order, and each one will have a familiar theme you might have seen in other 2D action platformers – a city at night, water, lava, you know, the usual. There are gears you can collect in the game’s stages, and if you have one on you when you die, you’ll be able to use the rebirth ability from the game over menu to be reborn where you left off. Gears can also be used as a weapon to unleash a very strong attack that you might want to take advantage of during boss fights.
Once you defeat a boss you will get a results screen at the end of said stage that will let you know how many enemies you have defeated, how many times you died, the power you have used, how long it took you to complete the stage (as well as the par time that you should be aiming for if you want to speedrun the game), the total number of hits, and power level. You’ll then be graded based on your performance (D, C, B, A), and you will also get a new weapon for your arsenal, Mega Man style, which can be put to good use both for defeating the enemies you will run into as well as the mighty bosses at the end of each stage.
As for the trophies for METAGAL, this being a Ratalaika Game means you can aim at getting a Platinum trophy for your efforts. Trophy hunters will be thrilled to hear this is a short game to Platinum since you can get all of the trophies you need in around 15-20 minutes at most. All you need to do is watch the intro without skipping it, complete the tutorial, collect three gears (without using any), dying by falling in a bottomless pit, dying by jumping on top of some rather sharp spikes, die and use your rebirth skill by spending a gear, reach a checkpoint, and defeat one boss in the game.
METAGAL is a fun 2D action platformer that pays homage to the classic Mega Man series. My only complaint would be that jumping, for some reason, feels a tad off at first, but after playing the game for a couple of stages, you’ll get the hang of it. The game is only $4.99, and it’s a cross-buy release, so that means you can buy it on PlayStation 4 to get the PlayStation Vita version for free or the other way around.
This METAGAL review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.