If I was forced to pick a favorite Mega Man game of all time, it'd be Mega Man X. And I'd consider Mega Man X4 to be the second best X game in the series. I've loved that one for years. Which is sort of weird, because I don't actually think that the X series is all that good or consistent as a whole. But something about X4 has always just kind of clicked with me.
Last night I was sort of between games and not sure what I felt like playing so I fired up Mega Man X4 on the Switch Legacy Collection. I was all set to plow through this game that I'd beaten numerous times over the years. And then something dawned on me. Regardless of how much I was into this game, for some reason I had never bothered to play through it as Zero in the past. So I decided I'd finally do that.
Well it turns out that playing Zero's campaign is like a totally different game. Disclaimer here, I've actually never played any of those Zero/ZX games in the past. Something I might fix now that I've enjoyed his X4 campaign and given the upcoming release of the collection on Switch.
Anyway, Zero differs from X a lot. He uses his sword and relies on mostly melee attacks. He doesn't steal fallen boss robot powers, but instead learns new sword techniques. It's very very different. And it makes for a fun experience to play a game that I knew so well but with new powers and new limitations.
It only took me about two hours to rush through to the end, but I had a good time playing this game in a new light. Good stuff.