Mega Man X4 brought a the series to a whole new level with enhanced graphics, new storyline, new characters, new gameplay, enhanced music and so on. The game also featured anime sequences in which featured voice acting segments.
The game is also playable on Mega Man X Collection.
Plot. In the year 21XX, two large Reploid armies exist to counterattack Maverick rebellions and uprisings. The Maverick Hunters and Repliforce have cooperated in several missions, and during that time, Zero befriended the Colonel and his sister Iris. One day, the Sky Lagoon is attacked and crashes in the city below, killing millions of innocent humans and reploids. As Repliforce was present during the incident, they are under suspicion and Colonel was asked to surrender for questioning. Having great pride, Colonel refuses and leaves with Iris. This incident causes great indignation on the General, and begins to perform a coup d'etat to create a nation only for Reploids, and not wishing harm upon the humans. Nevertheless, they are considered to be Mavericks, and a war starts between Repliforce and the Maverick Hunters. But someone else is behind this war, and is bent on overthrowing the two factions.
Concept. Depending on which character they choose, the story is the same. However, when Zero is chosen, players get to learn more about Zero and his darkest past. Players battle on 13 different stages; they first start at the Sky Lagoon, then battle eight different bosses, and finally the last three stages of the game. In the final stage they have to face the eight bosses again, until they get to the final boss in the game. This game can also be very challenging at times.
Design. This game was released during the rising times of the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. The graphics were enhanced to 32-bit, evolving from it's 16-bit predecessors. Also the game featured enhanced music and sound effects.
Music. The music of the game was composed by Toshihiko Horiyama, who is well known for composing in the Onimusha series. My favorite stage theme is the one from Storm Owl, which was the coolest theme ever played on a Mega Man X game. In the Japanese version, the game had opening and ending themes that were performed by J-Pop singer, Kotoko. The themes are named: Unbeatable Love I Surely Have, and One More Chance.
Voice Acting. Some of the voice acting was ok, but in many ways they exaggerated too much in the English version of the game. For example, one of Zero's most famous lines has become an Internet meme among fans of the game. I personally did not like X's voice at all, he sounded like a guy who got castrated.
Rantings. As I said in the voice acting previously, I found it too exaggerated, and quite frankly I found it very stupid in some scenes. Why they chose a girl to voice X? I mean, he's a guy for crying out loud! Honestly, the stage that I hated was Jet Stingray's stage, oh my God, this took me so many days to beat it when I was a kid. The boss that I hated the most was Cyber Peacock, boy he was annoying. Another thing that I hated, was one of the scenes with Zero. In Japan, it sounded more sad, while here in America, it sounded so exaggerated that I laughed, and now it has become an Internet cult classic among fans of the game. WOW! That is just, AWESOME!
Good Aspects. The story was very well made, I really liked how Capcom decided to add a much more darker tone than it's predecessors, and in the sequels it becomes far more darker than it was before. I really liked the enhanced graphics, music, and the gameplay was unbelievably awesome, even if it still followed in it's own tradition from the old games. I also loved playing as Zero, because, he is not only my favorite character but a very interesting one to know. The reference to the main antagonist of the Mega Man series was really a surprise.
Overall. Mega Man X4 is considered by fans and also myself, to be the best game in the X series. It is a great game, with high replay value, and very enjoyable. This game gets a 10 out of 10.