The Quintessential Platformer
Mega Man X, is, in short, the moment I stopped being a baby-boy gamer and became a young man.
To this day, this game maintains some of the tightest controls, fluid gameplay (minus the few unavoidable segments of SNES slowdown; X is indeed too hardcore for the SNES at times) and rewarding gameplay in video gaming's rich history.
I have beaten this game countless times (and by 'countless', I literally mean I CANNOT count how many times) yet I still find myself being driven to play it again. It is a game where your skill alone will carry you through the game; you won't be dying to dumb luck, random in-game dice rolls, or "cheap" tactics. You will die because you, as a player, made a mistake. This kind of gameplay is the most rewarding, because it is entirely reliant on your performance, which will become more and more fine-tuned as you play the game. Not only that, but the skills you acquire from playing this game translate to virtually every game you will ever play again- the main two skills being twitch reflexes and careful, reactionary play.
I could go on, but at this point I assume most people reading this review are at least moderately familiar with X because it is such a legend of the video gaming legacy. Suffice to say, there's a reason it is held in such high regard. More specifically, there are countless reasons why it is held in such high regard. If you add this game to your collection, you will find yourself never wanting to get rid of it-- on that I can assure you.
Reviewed by: Christopher Chacko from Minneapolis, MN.