Originally released in Japan in April 23, 2004, then in Europe on September 3, and finally in North America on October 5 of that same year. The game takes place two months after the events in Mega Man Zero 2, where Zero confronts a new enemy, Dr. Weil, the Dark Elf, and Omega. There are new and returning allies and enemies as well. Mega Man Zero 3's gameplay is the same as the first two, but also has some new features, weapons, and more.
Plot. Two months have passed since the events in Mega Man Zero 2; Zero, Ciel, and two soldiers come across a crashed spaceship, emitting similar energy to that of the Dark Elf, and Zero sets out to investigate. Upon investigation, Ciel and the two soldiers are captured and taken prisoner, but unharmed. Zero confronts a behemoth machine named Omega, who easily defeats Harpuia, Leviathan, and Fefnir. Soon thereafter a Dr. Weil is introduced, as well as a new Copy X who has reclaimed leadership of Neo Arcadia, much to the chagrin of Harpuia. Now Zero must fight again, and this time, to destroy Omega and prevent global destruction.
Another new addition is Cyberspace. Due to the appearance of Omega, Cyberspace has been opened up. When going into a portal, Zero is transported into Cyberspace, in the same room, but with a green tinge to it. Secret Disks are dropped by enemies, containing info on previous games such as: enemies, allies, bosses, and so on. When beating the game, players unlock Hard Mode and New Game Plus.
Concept. Zero begins in a snowy field, infiltrating a crashed spaceship where he confronts Omega for the first time, and makes a retreat with Dr. Weil. Then, players must fight against the first four bosses, also against returning bosses which are much stronger than last time, and then the final four. After that, they fight against the final bosses of the game. Performing certain actions in Cyberspace can lead to a fight against a secret boss, Hidden Phantom.
Design. The gameplay and designs have not changed much since the first two games, but the music, story and action makes it unique for the darker tone of Mega Man Zero.
Rantings. The difficulty still bothers me up until this day. Also, I forgot to mention that there are some stages that bother me constantly with all the spike traps being so rampant. The boss fight against the two Baby Elves was a bother, and very annoying.
Good Aspects. Unchanged gameplay, but still a great game. The darker storyline of the game makes it very unique in it's good and bad aspects.
Overall. Mega Man Zero 3 gets an 8.3 out of 10