Mega Man X3
The newest addition to the Mega Man X line breaks through the barrier of redundant supplemental releases normally expected by fans of the Mega Man series. This latest version breaks new ground with the ability to play not only as Mega Man but also his brother Zero. Calling on his brutish strength and the ability to take damage that could kill two Mega Mans, you can now advance through beginning enemies that would normally stop the star character dead in his tracks.
Level passwords and unlimited continues like in the countless other releases can be used to repeatedly attempt levels. Custom controller configuration is also supplied letting the players who are particular over their control satisfy their needs.
Sound and graphics follow the traditional look and feel of Mega Man. The background music has the same up-beat rhythm expected from action games, but with a carnival feel to It. The weapon and action effects are also good and fitting, but are nothing new to the MM X line.
Visuals have hardly changed, keeping the same appearance in X3 as in all of the others. The size and appearance of the characters and enemies remains virtually unchanged.
The overall feel of the game has remained the same. The biggest change fans of Mega Man X will notice, besides the ability to play as Zero, is the way you can custom configure Mega Man by building your own selected balance of power-ups to improve certain areas. Each player can fill the four standard upgrade slots but you can only add the special power-up (which is the ultimate addition to your character) to one.
This allows you to have a character that can jump seemingly off the screen or have a weapon with the power to destroy small cities. In Mega Man X3 the choice is yours.
The level design and layout have changed, now being a lot larger than before and filled with enemies that are all blessed with the uncanny ability to reappear, taking out all their frustrations on you as you try to reach the new level and mid-Bosses.
The ever-increasing level of challenge that has been incorporated into all the previous releases has been carried over into Mega Man X3, continuing to give even the most seasoned players a rough time. Although the Mega Man name has been worn out to an unrecognizable status, this one has evolved and is bound to be loved by Mega Man fanatics everywhere. Add it to your collection.
WHAT THE ?!
Capcom's ever-watchful eye over the production of the Mega Man X series is evident in the ability to use Street Fighter-style moves after completing a specific trick. The first release let you throw a fireball at enemies while the second allows you to clean up with a dragon punch that traversed most of the screen. We can only wait and see what trick shows up for the third version. Compulsive Mega Man fans keep their eyes and ears open to see what may have been included in the latest version.
- PUBLISHER - Capcom
- DIFFICULTY - HARD
- THEME - ACTION
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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Mega Man fans who were put off by the cutesy Mega Man VII can breathe a sigh of relief with Mega Man X3. This game won't win any awards for gameplay innovation, but it's still a worthy installment in the 16-bit series.
More Than Zero
As with the previous Mega Man X games, maverick Reploids are the enemy. This time the super intelligent Doppler leads them, replacing Sigma as the king bad guy.
The most noteworthy option is the ability to play as Mega Man's colleague, Zero. While Zero's abilities resemble his friend's, he's still a good alternative for those weary of playing the little blue bomber. Zero's awesome three-stage charge attack complements excellent jumping abilities. Could a solo Zero game be waiting in the wings?
X3 contains all the elements that give the series its personality: versatile power-ups, hidden areas, cool bosses, and multiple weapons. In addition to the usual enhancements for Mega Man, a new super enhancement can power up one of his weapon systems. Additionally, hidden stages await investigative gamers, and new limits on the energy power- ups increase the difficulty.
Mega Man is endowed with excellent controls. He flawlessly dashes, jumps, and blasts his way through the huge stages.
Same Look, Better Effects
While the game looks similar to the prequels, some of the new visual effects have more pop. Several weapons, like Mega Man's superpowered shot, will impress even veterans of the series, as will the various bosses the hero confronts. A few of the more incredible visuals come courtesy of Capcom's C4 chip: The attacking holograms and some of the cinemas will blow you away. The trade-off is some slowdown when the screen gets busy.
The sound is solid, if not exactly revolutionary. The rockin' tunes are enjoyable to listen to in their own right; the sound effects, though, are mostly holdovers from previous episodes.
ProTip: The drill is one of the most powerful weapons. It not only smashes through ice and walls to reveal hidden passages...
...but it also destroys the Volt Catfish in short order.
Use powered-up special weapons to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.
Third Time's a Charm
Mega Man X3 covers extremely familiar territory, but the game still manages to provide surprises and some clever elements in the gameplay and graphics. It may be routine for experienced players, but anyone who hasn't played a 16-bit game in this series will discover Mega magic.
- You can deploy Zero's charge power incrementally. After he is fully charged, tap the Attack button once for a powered shot, again for another powered shot, and a third time to use his trusty katana.
- Dr. Light can super enhance only one of Mega Man's weapon systems.
- Stock up on reserve energy before going into this hidden level.