Mega Man X4 finally pulled out all the stops for its debut on the PlayStation by upgrading Zero to a fully playable character that learns entirely different abilities than X. Zero’s also much more responsive than in his X3 appearance. Because he must dispatch his enemies in melee, his playstyle is considerably riskier than the range-centric X. X4 in general has a much glossier 2D look than its predecessors and feels floaty and slightly less fluid. X4 does a lot well, but commits a sin the X series would continue to repeat by featuring a miserable auto-scrolling jet bike level.

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