Game Type: 2D Platform
Run, jump, shoot. 8 bosses, each one you kill gives you a new weapon. If you're not familiar
with the Mega Man series after over 20 games you need to nip off and shoot yourself in the head
Finally, finally you can play as Zero for real! In X3 you only got to use him for a
tiny part of each stage, and switching characters all the time simply wasn't worth the effort.
Now he has a whole separate storyline, his own anime cinemas, even his own attacks from
each of the 8 bosses. Since any of these special moves can be executed at any time with a simple
button combination, Zero might even be the character of choice (almost reminds me of Shinobi III,
although the special controls need a bit more work). Unfortunately you can no longer switch
between Zero and X at will, but that hardly ruins the game.
The graphic style is almost exactly the same as Mega Man 8, meaning you can expect beautiful
animation (God, Zero's hair is cool) and backgrounds, but the character art could use a bit of
work. The characters could stand to be a bit larger and a lot more detailed. But this probably
won't bother players too much. The FMV anime cinemas are cool but like in MM8 they're practically
all still shots.
Aaaaggghh! Is Capcom trying to kill me? This is the worst dub I have ever
heard, videogame or otherwise. You'll be appalled at the voices even if you're not a pro-sub
otaku like me. The in-game samples are only mildly annoying, but the cinemas are completely ruined
by the awful voice acting (and the story could have actually been decent, too). It actually
diminished my enjoyment of the game. I don't think I've ever recommended importing the Japanese
version of a game after its American release, but if you're a true Mega Man fan you might actually
want to consider getting Rockman X4 instead.
I don't think even the Japanese version would have gotten a 90 rating from me, though. The
boss designs just aren't as polished as in MM8, making some of the fights tedious, and the
overall game is way too easy. (I beat it with Zero the first night and got all the special items,
too). Since this is basically just a rehash of Mega Man 8 I can't recommend getting both unless
you're a die-hard Mega Man fan.
|X's Ultimate Armor
||Highlight X on the Player Select screen. Press C, C, L, L, L, L, L, L, hold L1 and R2, and
press Start. (In Rockman X4 press X instead of C.) During the game enter any of the armor capsules
and X will be given a suit with all the special abilities and unlimited use of the Nova Strike
|Zero's Black Armor
||Highlight Zero on the Player Select screen. Hold R1 and press R, R, R, R, R, R, release R1,
hold C, and press Start. (In Rockman X4 hold X instead of C.) During the game Zero's armor will
be black instead of red.