A recent Maverick attack has been blamed on a Reploid army by the name of Repliforce. But Repliforce has not only denied these allegations, but take them as a grave insult. They have decided to revolt and establish their own settlement away from the humans who would so quickly label them as enemies. Which, of course, has labelled them as enemies of mankind. X and Zero have no choice but to regard Repliforce as Mavericks, and battle against the insurrection.
Welcome to Mega Man X4! We’re leaving the Super Nintendo behind for the Sony Playstation this generation, which means a bit of an overhaul for the X series. The jump may not be as big as the Classic series’ shift tov16-bit, but it’s not insignificant. And joining us for this new style is Zero, who’s feasibly playable without a hack this time around! In fact, X and Zero have distinct playstyles and slightly differing perspectives on the game’s storyline. Add that to some solid level design and bosses, and you have a good first impression for the PSX’s X games. Savor it while you can.
Part 1: Repliforced Conflict
Part 2: Stingray Operation
He destroyed the city and escaped to the sea? Well, we can’t let that stand, so we’re going after Jet Stingray first. Lo and behold, this is the gimmick stage, where you ride a hoverbike and crash a lot. Maybe this isn’t the best example of what X4 can do, but at least we don’t need anything fancy to grab the upgrades and we don’t have to worry about the gimmick stage in the future.
Part 3: Jungle-Wide Web
The Repliforce has no shortage of weapons at their disposal, and today X moves to take out one of them. Within the jungle lies one of the army’s cannons, protected by Web Spider. It’s up to X to brave the jungle and squash today’s Repliforce leader.
Part 4: Back to the Walrus
We’ve taken care of the secret weapon hidden in the jungle, but as it turns out, there’s also a secret weapon hidden in the arctic. Well, looks like Zero’s going to have to take care of that one. And this time around, he’ll be fighting a giant walrus man who just looooooves violence.
Part 5: The Colonel After the Storm
Well, it seems like it’s as good a time as any to stop Repliforce from having an air force, so let’s have X go up and deal with that! The leader in this case is Storm Owl, no familial relationship to Storm Eagle. But he’s also in charge of an airship, and he’s not too bad at aerial combat either, so this fight might seem a little familiar.
Part 6: Split the Chestnut
There’s an old lab that’s been occupied by Repliforce. What are they doing there? Who knows, but there is a very angry mushroom that’s attacking anyone who comes near it, and that’s a good enough reason for Zero to head and out take down another Maverick!
Part 7: Cyber X
The internet is in danger! Cyber Peacock lives there, but he hates it, and now he wants to destroy it. X races off to stop him, even though Cyber Peacock probably has the most noble goal of all Repliforce.
Part 8: Dot Slash
Repliforce is moving supplies, and the Maverick Hunters can’t have that! Zero hops on board a military train guarded by Slash Beast to cause as much damage as possible before their confrontation.
Part 9: Dragoon, From Volcano
We’ve taken care of just about all of the major Repliforce members. However, one remains: the very Maverick that started this incident by dropping Sky Lagoon, Magma Dragoon. Why did Dragoon defect? The only way X can find an answer is by charging into an active volcano and asking Dragoon directly.