Megaton Musashi: Wired

Review: Megaton Musashi W: Wired

Level-5 was one of my favourite developers at one point, working on some pretty incredible games like Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest 8, Rogue Galaxy, and Ni no Kuni. Level-5 has since tapered off in the West, leaving a void. Over recent years, Level-5 worked on Inazuma Eleven, Fantasy Life, and a few other new properties, including the incredible-looking Decapolice, while  I hope for a sequel to Rogue Galaxy.

Surprisingly, Megaton Musashi W: Wired launched last week with little fanfare. I am glad to see Level-5 again launching games outside of Japan, as they have a talented team and entertaining titles.

Megaton Mushashi Is A Blast

In a future where the world is nearly wiped out by the Detractors, an alien race that has drilled a hole into the planet to terraform Earth, only a select few who have been forced underground into bunkers will be able to fight back using Rogues, armoured mechs with the power to stop the invaders.

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Megaton Musashi W: Wired takes you on a wild ride with its protagonist, Yamato Ichidaiji, who enjoys and yearns to fight. Things in Yamato’s life are shaken up one day when he’s thrust into a situation that leaves him stunned to learn the truth. A life Yamato once thought was normal turns out to be a facade, leaving him reeling at the truth presented to him. In minutes, life as Yamato knows it is shattered. As it turns out, Earth is a husk thanks to an alien invasion that left humanity on the brink. Many of those left on Earth are unaware that they live in a controlled environment that protects them from the truth.

What sets Megaton Musashi W: Wired apart is its comprehensive storytelling. It seamlessly integrates the narratives of its predecessors, Megaton Musashi and Megaton Musashi X, along with all subsequent updates. This means players get the full saga from start to finish, experiencing every twist and turn.

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Megaton Musashi W: Wired explores the perspectives of humans and Draktors as the developers aim to tell a compelling story. Throughout the campaign, I found the writing to be good. There are comparisons to Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim dealing with children fighting in wars, reeling from memory loss, and dealing with invading aliens, but Megaton Musashi W: Wired quickly finds a new trajectory worth following.

Save the Planet

As part of the Oblivion Bay program, a group of humans is battling the Draktor aliens from ruling the Earth, and you’ll battle it out for humanity’s future. Many of the characters you meet feel familiar from other animes, with some familiar narrative threads being spun together to mostly successful payoffs.

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Megaton Musashi W: Wired is a mix of cutscenes and rendered environments, but the show’s real stars are the sections where you control your mech — aptly called Rogues here. These suits are piloted by the humans you meet. The best moments are often linked to being suited up and facing against enemies.

You can swap parts on your Rogue, affecting how it handles and looks in battles. You can use five types of melee, and four ranged weapons while working to increase your weapon proficiency by using weapons and taking on missions to improve your stats.  You’ll also build your Rogue’s heart, affecting your combat style.

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Combat is a highlight in Megaton Musashi W: Wired, although it takes a few hours to click. Rogues are a blast and can handle any threats thrown your way. On the field, you can access melee combos and long-range attacks. Depending on the weapon type you’ve equipped, you have access to various combos, and you can equip three weapons at a time to swap between them.

Players have many options to progress beyond just acquiring weapons and armour. One such option is the large skill tree, which can be developed with materials from defeated enemies. The skill tree allows players to unlock and upgrade active skills during battle and passive stat boosts, providing various situational benefits. To prevent players from becoming too powerful, they must install these components on a limited-space motherboard, which requires strategic puzzle-solving to optimize the number of pieces that can be used. There are many ways to approach the installation of components, which adds depth and variety to missions as players experiment with different build types.

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The story missions in Megaton Musashi W: Wired are excellent, while a wide range of optional side missions can be played online with up a couple of players. To ensure you get the best experience, cross-play and cross-save features allow players to seamlessly play together across different platforms,  so you can join in with friends regardless of what platform you’re playing on. A neat online play feature is the console indicator next to your name, so you can see who is playing from which ecosystem, similar to Call of Duty.

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Megaton Mushashi W: Wired includes microtransactions and live service, but they aren’t required to enjoy your time with the campaign. These elements include a battle pass and daily login rewards to keep players engaged. It is worth noting that the rewards offered are mainly related to upgraded materials and cosmetics. These features may seem somewhat out of place in a story-driven action game like this, but they do not negatively impact the overall experience.

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Verdict

Level-5’s Megaton Musashi W: Wired is a great experience — it showcases the developer’s talents and delivers something great. There are some issues, but overall, I was satisfied and fulfilled from my time with it. In a strong year like 2024, we have yet another title offering worthwhile action with fantastic customization mechanics. Fans of mech games will find something welcoming here, with many modes available.

Recommended

[The publisher provided a copy of the game for review purposes.]

Reviewed on: PlayStation 5

Megaton Musashi: Wired
Review: Megaton Musashi W: Wired
Summary
Level-5's Megaton Musashi W: Wired is a great experience — it showcases the developer's talents and delivers something great.
Liked
The story has some great moments
Combat is a blast and controlling mechs doesn't get old
A ton of content included
Didn't Like
Not the most challenging game out there