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Mega Man X Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

X-ceptional

Spinoffs in popular franchises have delivered historically mixed results over the years, but when Capcom spun the X series off of Mega Man, not only did they create a new line every bit as intense and engaging as the originals, but arguably even more polished and fun to a certain degree. And now, after a rather lengthy wait, Capcom have thankfully brought the first release in the Mega Man X series to the Virtual Console.

Anyone that's ever played a Mega Man title should feel right at home with Mega Man X. Not only is the basic gameplay very similar in style and execution, the progression and overall goals are pretty much the same as well. You're able to select any of the eight Maverick stages right from the get-go, and as you defeat each Maverick you'll gain access to that particular robot's special weapon, which just so happens to be Kryptonite to one of the other bosses. So, once again, the order in which you attack these stages will have a significant effect on your battles with the many bosses.

The main character, X, looks and controls much like the original Mega Man. You'll still run, jump, and shoot your way through a variety of situations, but here the developers added a few modern touches to liven things up a bit. Now you can not only hang on to and jump up along walls, you can hold a powered-up X-buster shot and also locate upgrade pods that will give access to new moves like the Dash and an even stronger X-buster. While these might seem like rather trivial enhancements, they add a wealth of new variety to the Mega Man experience.

To say that the developers nailed the controls in Mega Man X would be a gross understatement. The controls are spot-on and provide the perfect level of responsiveness. Even the boss fights feature some amazing movement and attack patterns that will test your wit and problem-solving skills, not to mention your reflexes. And when you toss in a ton of other surprises, like the way defeating a boss in one level will affect things in another level, you get a game that's extremely deep and soaked in replay value.

As you'd expect from the 16-bit step up, the visuals in Mega Man X are nicely detailed and feature all of the vibrant scenery that players have come to expect from the series. The majority of the characters, enemies, and bosses are also quite a bit larger in size this time around, giving them an even more intimidating aura. The developers have even been kind enough to toss in a few special effects to give it that signature SNES appeal.

If there's one aspect of the Mega Man series that's always impressed over the years, it's the game's musical score and sound effects package. And while the game could have easily forsaken the chip tune style given the improved might of the SNES's sound chip, it instead takes the classic chip tune sound and somehow layers it with a host of more modern synthesized audio touches without losing the classic feel. You'll even find a few familiar-sounding tracks to get your nostalgia flowing.

Conclusion

Mega Man X is one of the strongest action/side-scrollers in video game history and a title that more than lives up to the Mega name. Not only does it capture everything that was great about the original NES series, it also manages to add a wealth of new ideas to the mix without taking anything away from the overall experience. There are those who might claim that a spinoff can never be as great as the original, but those people obviously have never taken this phenomenal side-scroller for a spin.

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User Comments (72)

grenworthshero

#2

grenworthshero said:

I already own this on SNES, so I won't be downloading it, but MegaMan X is freaking awesome. I can't beat any of the games in the regular series, but the X series is much more fun and easier for me.

Urbanhispanic

#3

Urbanhispanic said:

I have the original SNES cartridge with matching box and manual to boot. :)

Now there is really no reason to not play this classic title. I hope Capcom releases X2 and X3 to the VC in the near future.

Xiao_Pai

#6

Xiao_Pai said:

Never did beat this game...some of the last bosses you fight at the end caused me to quit. I remember some freaky vehicle thing, and the final boss...which I couldn't even figure out how to defeat. Anyways, need to get this game again somehow, I loved it. :p

Tasuki

#7

Tasuki said:

@Grenworthshero: Wow I have the exact opposite problem. I can beat all the original Megaman games except for 8 but thats cause I cant get pass the voice overs and graphics but find the X series a bit harder.

Great rewiew as always Corbie I will be picking this one up for sure next payday.

BlueBandanaJake

#9

BlueBandanaJake said:

Megaman 10? No no no, Megaman X! So that being said, why not a 10/10?
This game is perfect, and quite possibly the best X Series game (definately my favorite), even though I already own it, I dont mind supporting good ol' X in anyway I can :)

PLUS: classic controller, nuff said.

Bass_X0

#11

Bass_X0 said:

I remember magazines originally rating Mega Man X highly and then a month or two later they got to review Super Metroid and was kicking themselves, stating how Super Metroid was the game Mega Man X should have been and that in the light of Super Metroid, Mega Man X became highly over-rated. Mega Man X is a fun game and I quite enjoy playing it but they were right - Super Metroid is a much better designed game. In comparison, a 9/10 is too high. But don't get me wrong, I am not a Super Metroid fanboy and once Mega Man X is released here, I have a feeling I'll be playing the Capcom game for far longer however you can't deny the huge difference in quality. Mega Man X has the superior soundtrack IMO. While Super Metroid may be atmospheric with a few cool tracks, Mega Man X has the more fun music with Boomer Kuwanger's being my favourite.

WanderFan91

#16

WanderFan91 said:

Great review, Corbie. :) I concur, this game is "X-ceptional"; a 9 well-deserved!
This was the first ever Mega Man game I've ever beaten, and I love it!

Bass_X0

#19

Bass_X0 said:

How is Super Metroid anything like Mega Man X....?

They're both 2D platform shooters? I'll find the magazine in question at the weekend and type the quote up. It was in Super Play.

kkslider5552000

#20

kkslider5552000 said:

I think it didn't get a 10 because X2 is better (X2 is the closest thing to 2/3 or Legends in terms of quality imo).

The Super Metroid comparison is probably because MMX does have sort of that "look for upgrades" stuff you'd expect in Super Metroid, except in a game with linear levels.

thaantman

#21

thaantman said:

@ BellGoRiiing never beat this game either, would make it to the last boss, I believe it was some sort of robot dog, then U would fight the guy in some sort of machine and I don't think I ever figured out how to hit him. I may have to get this, considering you can save virtual console games and don't have to worry about going all the way to the beginning if you lose.

Bass_X0

#22

Bass_X0 said:

considering you can save virtual console games and don't have to worry about going all the way to the beginning if you lose.

You don't get save states on VC games. You can leave a game and then return to the exact position later but thats the extent of its save feature. If you lose, you lose. There's no going back.

SwerdMurd

#23

SwerdMurd said:

one of my absolute favorite side-scrollers ever. X2 is definitely a more solid game though and is prob the best in the entire series (regular or X)

GreatCrippler

#24

GreatCrippler said:

Agreed Swerd. X2 is the best one ever, but the first is extremely solid, and an all around great game.

Ryno

#28

Ryno said:

Definitely want this game, don't know to go with the X collection on PS2 or download this?

TheLonelyGamer

#31

TheLonelyGamer said:

This game needs a 10/10. No words can describe how much I love this game. This was my first ever Mega Man game back when I was 5. Greatest soundtrack ever btw.

TheLonelyGamer

#33

TheLonelyGamer said:

@Ryno: MMX is a lot better than MM7, don't get me wrong, MM7 is a great game, in fact one of my favorite original Mega Man games, definitely worth checking out.

Link-Hero

#34

Link-Hero said:

This was my first Megaman game and I loved it as a child! In fact, its one of my all time favorite SNES games and one of my favorite games of all time.

I agree with everyone about the great soundtrack, smooth controls, and boss battles. The best parts of the game.

Meta-Rift

#36

Meta-Rift said:

@Bass X0: Getting a game over just means you have to restart the level.

Also, Mega Man X would have been terrible if it were anything like a Metroid game, and comparing them like that ridiculous. Two games having a genre in common doesn't mean they are (or should be) the same experience.

Sonic1994CD

#38

Sonic1994CD said:

Well I downloaded it and I got to say it's pretty hard but every time you fail you just want to play it more.

brooks83

#39

brooks83 said:

This game doesn't deserve a 9 because Super Metroid came out afterwards? Both are somewhat in the same genre, but they are completely different games. I've never heard such strange logic.

Retro_on_theGo

#40

Retro_on_theGo said:

Great review! I love the X series. My favorite is x4. This series is the one that got me into the whole Megaman franchise! :D Will download eventually!

BalrogtheMaster

#41

BalrogtheMaster said:

This was my favorite game back in the day! I can't wait to give this one another go, my Megaman skills have rusted over the years.

Capt_N

#43

Capt_N said:

Def gonna d/l after I get more points. I'm savin' my current 500 left from a Christmas card to get MM5. I've already enjoyed Mario Party 2, & Adventure of Link. :)

Edit: Such an awesome game! ;)

brooks83

#44

brooks83 said:

@Capt N - If I were you I would just get some more points now and get MMX. Who knows how long it will take for MM5 to get here.

Fuzzy

#45

Fuzzy said:

One of my favourite games. The dash and wall jump make this more enjoyable to play for me than the originals.

Also, the music is awesome. :)

Bass_X0

#47

Bass_X0 said:

To me, the series went downhill after Mega Man X4, everything before X4 were great.

X4 was great too. X5 was the start of the drop in quality. I quite disliked X8 and Command Mission.

50 or 60 Hz for pal?

Its not out in PAL territories yet but it'll obviously be 50hz.

WaveBoy

#48

WaveBoy said:

I wasn't crazy at all over X5....Things continued to get too anime-fied, seriouse, lifeless and even more distant in terms of art direction and tone for their own good. And didn't X5 have a time limit between stages? Everytime I think of X5, i think of that frustrating battle against Duff Mcwhalen. X6 on the other hand was just down right irritating, and it felt totaly rushed....I'd say it's the worst in the X series, then again i still haven't played X7, X8 OR X3.

Anyways, X4 was a lot more enjoyable than X5, but the original X takes the cake as being the greatest. X2 was probably my favorite X sequal for sure.

Speaking of X7 and X8, which one better and are they even honestly worth playing? Every time I see gameplay videos of the two, it makes my tum tum churn. lol

accc

#49

accc said:

I really didn't like X2 or X3. It felt like they designed the stages and boss battles to be as un-fun as possible. Also they had terrible music. X1 > X4 >>> the rest.

Scottie

#52

Scottie said:

So whens this coming to the UK? We should get a VC release on the 29th shouldn't we? I know its the Royal Wedding by the way!!!

TheLonelyGamer

#53

TheLonelyGamer said:

I disagree, I think after X5 is when the series went downhill, and as what WaveBoy said, too anime-fied, also filled with pointless dialogue, and uncreative Maverick names like Duff McWhalen. I second Bass X0, X2 had fantastic music, X3's was great as well, not as great as the previous titles though. I personally think X4's soundtrack was kinda meh, too techno for my tastes.

WaveBoy

#54

WaveBoy said:

X4's soundtrack was kind of forgettable based on what I remember....The sound was definitly different when stacked up against X1-X2. But, there were some stand outs and catchy atmospheric tracks like Web Spider's which imo perfectly captures the atmosphere and feel of a Jungle, while being upbeat and exciting at the same time.

I'm sure if there were an 8-bit rendition, mega man fans would be jumping up and down. It's easily one of the best tracks in the X series if you ask me. B-)

Jet Sting Ray's is also another great one. It's got this awesome 'I'm going on an super awesome adventure' vibe to it. Easily one of my favorite aquatic themes in the franchise.

TheBigHamlin

#55

TheBigHamlin said:

Mega Man X at 9 is perfect. Cannot give it a 10 since 2, 3, 6, and X2 are better. Yes i said 6...go back and play it. MM6 has awesome music and game design. Maybe 9.5?

Bass_X0

#56

Bass_X0 said:

uncreative Maverick names like Duff McWhalen.

X5's Maverick names were based on band members of Guns n Roses. Someone at Capcom is a big fan of them since some Final Fight characters were named after them too (Axel and Slash). Duff McWhalen was named after Duff McKagen. The more you know...

TheLonelyGamer

#57

TheLonelyGamer said:

@WaveBoy: Yes, I love Web Spider's theme, along with Split Mushroom's theme, in fact that's probably my favorite of X4.

@Bass X0: That is true, I do know that the Maverick names were based off of Guns 'n Roses, I just dislike the names.

Bass_X0

#59

Bass_X0 said:

I just dislike the names.

They're more creative than [name of power] Man that the original series is known for.

WaveBoy

#61

WaveBoy said:

BassX0

True, but the thing I've always kind of disliked about the X series is that the robot masters were were mostly animals and insects instead of actually being men. Now as for the Zero franchise....Capcom took boss names to a whole new level of rubbish....I can't remember one single boss name from MM Zero.....Cleoplupia, Zanixtootoo, Bobaleviothinzki....Yea, random crap like that and you basically get the idea.

Sad

#63

Sad said:

I got this and discovered that the dash feature does not work. Is it one of the learned skills? I thought Mega Man was automatically supposed to do this.

Sad

#64

Sad said:

Nevermind, I did a little research and rediscovered the capsules with Dr. Light. I totally forgot about them.

alex167

#65

alex167 said:

I´ve never played this one on my SNES, so i´ll probably download it, but i´d like to know how does MMX look on a LCD tv? does it have black stripes like MM10? Does it look blurry or as good as Super Mario All Stars or MM9 and MM10?

Retrogamer88

#66

Retrogamer88 said:

mega man x isnt a spin off because it continues after the classic mega man considering that mega man x is ahem! mega man!,out of the tree classic x games i would have to say eather X3 would have to be my favorite though i like X2 and X respectively, i can literally fly threw mega man X because i have played it for years now

Sam_Loser2

#72

Sam_Loser2 said:

Egorapter loves this game. That's reason enough to get it. I passed the Sequalitis test.

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