Review by MacDaddy Mike

"A good attempt to beat the original, but I prefer the previous."

Introduction
Finally, a sequel that didn’t totally suck. I still have yet to find a video game sequel that is better than the original though. This game had a few changes from the original, but not as many additions as X3. Out of the 3 for the SNES, I’d say this was the worst.

Story 7/10
It’s been 6 months since the destruction of Sigma, and X has become the leader of the Maverick Hunters, who are still trying to wipe out the last of Sigma’s followers. During a raid on an abandoned factory, X discovers that his ex-partner Zero may have been destroyed, but his body parts remained, but not in one piece. Also, someone has mysteriously sent 3 new Mavericks (Agile, Serges, and Violen), known as the X-Hunters, to retrieve the body parts, and destroy X. X must now find the parts of his old friend, and destroy the rest of the Mavericks. Bubble Crab, Crystal Snail, Flame Stag, Magna Centipede, Morph Moth, Overdrive Ostrich, Wheel Gator, and Wire Sponge.

GamePlay 8/10
This time, you start off with the dash option from the previous game, but other than that, there wasn’t much change. Pretty smooth gameplay, a few secrets to look for, and now all the upgrade capsules are hidden in levels. The Leg upgrade, which allows you to do a straight dash in the air. The Armor upgrade, which absorbs the damage you take into a new attack called the G. Crush. The Helmet upgrade, which hunts down secret areas in walls. The Buster upgrade, which brings the X Buster to a third level of power, and the ability to charge Maverick weapons. The only thing really different, is the “side-quest”. During some of the levels, you will be able to challenge one of the X-Hunters. If you defeat them, you receive one of Zero’s parts. Collect all three, and the ending and final level are different.

Graphics 9/10
Pretty much the same as the previous game. Only difference is that the bosses are more detailed and stuff.

Sound 7/10
The sound was also pretty much the same as the previous game. Maybe the X Buster sound and a couple other things were clearer, but that was it. The music was clearer than X, but it was still horrible.

Replay Value: Medium
This game is definitely the most difficult MMX in the series. There aren’t many secrets, but a lot of the levels are fun (Ostrich’s, Crab’s, Centipede’s, Sponge), and the X-Hunters and Zero make the game even more challenging.

To buy or to rent
Even though there isn’t anything special, it still is a good game, definitely worth playing. I say you should buy it, just so you could add to the collection.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 08/23/01, Updated 08/23/01


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