X to the Second Power
My personal favorite Mega Man series of the seven: Classic, X, Legends, Zero, Battle Network, ZX, and Star Force would have to be the Mega Man X series. While it hasn't been of consistent quality in later installments (particularly X6 and X7), it has delivered a huge amount of entertainment for me for the games that are incredible. Joining Mega Man X and Mega Man X4 in the upper echelon of X titles is Mega Man X2. Even today there are heated conversations over which of the Super Nintendo X trilogy is the best. Is Mega Man X2 twice as good as its predecessor?
It has been six months since Mega Man X and Zero led the charge to defeat Sigma and his Maverick minions. Now X and his fellow Maverick Hunters are wiping out the last of the Mavericks. Is this truly the end of Sigma and his followers? Spoiler: Well, the tail end of Mega Man X heavily hinted Sigma's return, so no, the Mavericks are nowhere near finished. With that out of the way, X not only has to worry about cleaning up after Sigma's mess, but he also has to deal with a trio of self-proclaimed X-Hunters who are targeting the idealist reploid. The story of Mega Man X2 is a cut above X1. The characters are more fleshed out while the story is more involved.
|More Mavericks just means more target practice for X.|
|The Sonic Slicer deals serious damage to Overdrive Ostrich.|
|Perhaps there's even a capsule to give X a shoryuken move.|
Impeccable level design is a must for these types of games, and Mega Man X2 fits the bill unbelievably. You're taken through all sorts of interesting venues, from alligator-shaped aircraft and volatile volcanoes, to crystal caverns and desert highways. It seems every enemy placement and obstacle serves its own purpose and you understand why objects and foes are where they are. There are seldom, if any, blind jumps or cheap parts to the game. Finding hidden goodies gets to the point where you can develop a sixth sense for how the makers of X2 think and uncover secrets without the assistance of a guide.
|The long arm of the law.|
|This first boss may look big, but he's a pushover.|
[SuperPhillip Says: 9.5/10]