Mega Man X5 Review
What is Mega Man X5?
Mega Man X5 is the fifth installment in the Mega Man X series.
It is a 2D action platformer where you battle enemies (Shoot or slash) while navigating through stages to fight a boss at the end of each stage.
Like the other Mega Man games, you can select which stage to play in any order you want.
As X or Zero, you must battle your way through 8 stages to gather the parts necessary to defend Earth against an impending disaster.
The amount of tries you take to complete the 8 stages determines the outcome of the game’s story.
Mega Man X5 is a PlayStation 1 game. You can also play it on PlayStation 2 as part of the Mega Man X Collection and recently it has additionally been released on PSN for you to play on the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita or PlayStation 3.
Who made it?
Mega Man X5 was made by CAPCOM, a Japanese company.
CAPCOM also made Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, Ghost and Goblins, Okami, Viewtiful Joe, Breath of Fire, Strider, Bionic Commando, etc.
CAPCOM is a good company for action games which require quick reflexes and often releases games with iconic characters.
CAPCOM has been notorious recently for releasing multiple versions of the same games (Mostly Street Fighter) as well as getting you to buy a lot of DLC that is locked from the game you bought. Be careful about that. CAPCOM has also been recently known for changing a few established franchises in a controversial way and for cancelling all new Mega Man games it had in production.
What is great about it?
- Solid action and controls.
- Amazing soundtrack. One of the best of the Megaman X series.
- The story tells a conclusive important chapter in the Mega Man X saga. How you play the game will affect the story.
- You can play as both X and Zero.
- Great Maverick designs.
- 2 different difficulty settings (Normal and XTreme)
What is not so good about it?
- Tutorial messages constantly stop you from playing, really hurting the experience and there is no option to turn them off.
- Claustrophobic level design lacks breathing room for you to play around or make mistakes, leading to awkward enemy placements and other problems. The awkward perspective the floors have in the PS1 X games can make playing through these tight levels frustrating. It can be unclear where the floors are sometimes.
- No anime cutscenes or voice acting.
- The tight level design also causes the problem that levels are difficult compared to the bosses that are too easy.
- Backgrounds and enemies are not as polished as in Mega Man X4, leading to a lot of sprite re-use and static backgrounds.
- The names of the Mavericks have been changed and don’t fit the rest of the series.
- You can’t equip the armor parts one by one.
Pick up this game if…
- You enjoy shooting or slashing enemies to a rocking soundtrack.
- You like 2D games that are challenging.
- You are a fan of the Mega Man X series.