After Mega Man X7's attempt at fully 3D gameplay, Mega Man X8 reverts to traditional sidescroller action while retaining the 3D rendered graphics. It also maintains the newcomer Axl, along with Alia, Layer, and Pallette as secret bonus playable characters.
Certain enemies and bosses now possess a "guard", which makes them invulnerable to most attacks. However, the Hunters can use Guard Break attacks to break through to damage such enemies. X's is a full Charge Shot, Zero's is his third Z-Saber slash, and every eighth shot of Axl's rapid-fire Axl Bullets. Certain Special Weapons can also instantly Guard Break or ignore barriers, notably Bamboo Pandamonium's weapons and the Sigma Blade.
This devastating move will allow the Maverick Hunters to perform their most powerful moves with their native weapons: X fires a giant blue laser beam which is the powered-up version of the fully charged-shot using Buster Parts I. Zero does his four-slash combo which is the same as when Zero has redeemed Saber Skill +1 using his extended Z-Saber. Axl fires at his targets with two Axl Bullet pistols instead of one using orange-colored bullets.
Pressing the Double Attack button will allow a spherical field to be created around the Hunter that can activate this move. For a successful activation the sperical field has to come into direct contact with any enemy on the screen. Failing to do so will not permanently drain the energy in the Attack Gauge; instead, the energy will be rapidly filled up within seconds and be prepared for any second attempts required. Only when the Double Attack is successfully activated the energy inside the Attack Gauge will be depleted permanently, having to fill up the Attack Gauge again for more attempts of this move.
Once the Double Attack is successfully activated during gameplay, time will be frozen and the background will change to a green virtual field, where the reserve Hunter will warp in to perform the simultaneous attack with the main Hunter. As stated earlier, their attacks will depend on the Hunters being used. Once the Double Attack is complete, the reserve Hunter will warp out and all characters return to the field where the attack was activated while time resumes its normal course, with all the enemies on screen destroyed at an instant.
When all of the Icarus Parts or Hermes Parts are equipped at once, the armor is named accordingly, and a special Giga Attack feature is added to the full armor. While equipping the Icarus Armor, X can perform the Giga Crush in a similar way to that of the Second Armor in Mega Man X2 and the Glide Armor in Mega Man X7, and while equipping the Hermes Armor, he can perform the X-Drive, which powers-up X's normal Hermes Armor abilities. Finally, with the Ultimate Armor, X can perform the invincible dash known as Nova Strike. Unlike previous Armors' Giga Attacks, the Hermes and Icarus Armors' Giga Attacks do not require X's weapons gauge to be completely full to be able to use them. However, if the weapon gauge is not completely filled up before using the attack, the Giga Crush won't be at full power and attack range, while the X-Drive will last a shorter time. While the Nova Strike requires a full weapon gauge to be performed, its energy auto-charges extremely quickly. The weapon energy charge rate from slowest to fastest is as follows: Icarus Armor -> Hermes Armor -> Ultimate Armor.
« View full review »Although Mega Man X8 Download free Full Version uses 3D graphics like Mega Man X7, the development team chose not to opt for 3D gameplay. The game was met with a positive critical reception.
Mega Man X8 Game free Download for PC Full Version was developed by Capcom Production Studio 1. The game's direct predecessor, Mega Man X7, was the first entry in the Mega Man X series to feature full 3D graphics, as well as 3D gameplay. However, as stated by Capcom producer and original Mega Man illustrator Keiji Inafune, the development team chose not to pursue 3D gameplay for Mega Man X8 simply because of its graphical style. Inafune himself was not involved in the production of Mega Man X8, although the game's art designers did consult with him before changing the overall style of the characters. The game's main illustrator, Tatsuya Yoshikawa, was responsible for designing the protagonists, the Maverick bosses, and the newer ancillary cast. Yoshikawa took into account what the characters may resemble if they were toys, and even imitated the joints of Revoltech figures.
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There are a few differences between the PS2 and PC releases of Mega Man X8, the latter of which served as the basis for the X Legacy Collection 2 release and was released everywhere but North America (unless you downloaded it from GameStops).
In the list below, "in stores" means that the game is or was available in stores, both retail and online. "downloadable" is used to indicate that the game can be obtained as a paying download.
Update: game is no longer available.This game can be accessed directly from a web browser for members with valid accounts. It's very playable, and gives you a chance to experience one of the rarest Mega Man games without having to bother with an installation or a large download. Unfortunately, one of the game's core feature is absent: you can no longer play cooperatively with a friend. On the other hand, you can use continues as much as you want without feeding extra coins to a machine!
This game is also available on eBay, and is relatively easy to find. Many of the auctions bundle the gamepad that was available for free along with the game back when it was in stores. If you want to try it, head over to the downloads section to get the shareware demo!
The PC version of Mega Man X3 shows how a port to a more powerful system should be made: the original graphics and controls have been kept, while the music was fully remixed and new video cutscenes were added to replace some of the older static sequences. This is about the same version as what came out for the Playstation.
Just like X4, Mega Man X5 received a direct port to the PC platform: the result here is a game as solid as it is on the Playstation. There's a patch available to fix some bugs in the game. Get it from the downloads section!
In a surprising move, a trial for the PC version of Mega Man X8 came out even before the full game was released. The full game feels very much like a native PC game instead of the Playstation 2 port that it really is. The Japanese version happens to include both Japanese and English modes, the latter turning the game in the whole "Mega Man" experience (voices and text included). The English version has the Japanese voices available as well, but the text is only found in English. The Korean edition happens to have both voice sets, along with the text in Korean, English, and a few European languages.