Worst to Best – Mega Man X series

Posted: January 10, 2015 in Game reviews, Worst to Best
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Aside from the classic Mega Man series the only other sub series I’ve really gotten into is the Mega Man X series. With a futuristic look, darker themes and fast flowing action this felt like an evolution for the series. So I am now going to rank the main 8 games (I’m not including Command Mission) in order from my least favourite to favourite. Bear in mind I haven’t beaten all of these games as this series is WAY harder than the classic series, but they will still be ranked on how I enjoyed them from what I played.

Mega Man X banner

8. Mega Man X6 (PS1)

Mega Man X6

Urgh, now I have to talk about this game? X6 was just a huge pain in the ass. First off the concept of nightmares was just stupid, yeah that’s a worthy follow-up to X5’s epic story. The worst thing about X6 though is the levels are designed to be as frustrating as possible (I especially DETEST Blaze Heatnix’s stage). It seems like they focused too much on making the game hard that they forgot what made the X games fun in the first place. This is the only X game where I couldn’t even be bothered to defeat all the mavericks because it was too frustrating, and is one I simply cannot recommend.

7. Mega Man X7 (PS2)

Mega Man X7

X’s first foray into the world of 3D was a big gamble, and one that didn’t entirely pay off. Play control was a little wonky, most of the weapons were next to useless, the voice acting is pretty damn bad, and the game has terrible vehicle segments. But some levels could be fun as the game’s lock on feature also made it easier to just run through and blast stuff, I liked Axel’s ability to copy enemies and most of the bosses were fun, putting a variety of different shooting and dodging techniques to the test. It’s definitely a patchy effort and not one for everyone but for a 3D Mega Man game I enjoyed it enough.

6. Mega Man X2 (SNES)

Mega Man X2

Even though this game is considered on par with the original something here just doesn’t click right with me. I don’t really like most of the mavericks here, some of the new additions were a beating (Item tracer is stupid) and some of the secrets are almost impossible to figure out without a guide. Perhaps most disappointing though is the soundtrack which just feels weak and lacks the kick of the other games. Other than that X2 is a very well made game, but the overall fun factor falls flat. Probably the weakest of the SNES games.

5. Mega Man X8 (PS2)

Mega Man X8

As a lot of fans were unhappy with X7’s attempt at 3D X8 knows where it’s loyalties lie and goes back to 2D sidescrolling. Though I haven’t played this game for that long it’s pretty damn good. The stages have creative concepts, some mavericks are cool and all the characters are fun to play as. This is also the only Mega Man game which I can say actually has good voice acting, a rarity indeed. It would definitely cater more to the hardcore fans but those who do decide to play X8 will find a fun and reasonably challenging game.

4. Mega Man X3 (SNES)

Mega Man X3

Taking the better aspects from the first game and improving on some of X2’s shortcomings X3 made for quite the thrill ride. This game has much more memorable mavericks than it’s predecessor, an awesome dark and gritty soundtrack and some fun powerup items. This is also the first game where you get to play as Zero, though sadly this experience is short lived. Some stages are a bit bland and I think the game starts out too difficult, but still if you like platformers then this is one of the finest the Super Nintendo has to offer.

3. Mega Man X5 (PS1)

Mega Man X5

Originally intended to be the last game in the X series X5 was prepared to go out on a bang. As it stands this game feels like a tribute to a lot of the previous games as well as the classic ones. This game also lets you equip multiple armour to X, allows more freedom in selection for X and Zero, it has probably my all round favourite selection of mavericks along with some great boss battles. Even though this game has an epic story the over-abundance of text does slow things down too much, also some of the levels contain ridiculously stupid design choices. Those flaws aside X5 is a great game and had it been the last it would’ve made for a worthy closure.

2. Mega Man X (SNES)

Mega Man X

The one to start it all also ranks as one of the best. It felt like a breath of fresh air after the NES Mega Man games were starting to get stale. The game plays smoothly, is very fast paced and has some fun as hell weapons to use, especially Chameleon Sting. This game also has some of the best 16 bit rock music you’ll hear on the SNES. The stages also sometimes change depending on whether or not you beat a certain stage beforehand, so good replay opportunities for those who want to play the stages differently. Nothing much else to say as this is a solid game all round.

1. Mega Man X4 (PS1)

Mega Man X4

Hell yeah, this is what I’m talking about. Taking the best aspects from the previous Mega Man X games and combining them all together makes this game a monster, in a good way. The levels all feel different, the action is always frantic, the powerups are fun, and the music, my God the music. This game has quite possibly the best soundtrack of all the Mega Man X games. This game also has two separate campaigns for X and Zero, both of which have different playstyles, again great incentive for replayability. Also you will definitely get a laugh out of the poorly dubbed English voice-overs, but the rest of the time during gameplay you will have a good time. For that X4 is easily my favourite game in the Mega Man X series.

And now I leave you with this, because you know you want to see it. 😉

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