After X7, there was really nowhere to go but up, and Mega Man X8 certainly fulfills at least those very low expectations. Mercifully, it returns to a primarily 2D format, although there are some segments that still take place in 3D. As one might expect, these segments are some of the game’s weaker points, including, what else, a fully 3D auto-scrolling level that gives X5 Volt Kraken’s stage a run for its money on terribleness. However, newcomer Axl feels better to play than in X7 and the controls are vastly improved in general, resulting in a much stronger game overall.

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