The Mega Man X team has found its way into a new RPG, but a bounty hunter is chasing them too.
Capcom is showing their new Mega Man RPG, Mega Man X: Command
Mission. Many fans have been looking for an RPG in the Mega Man X style
rather than the newer Battle Network style for some time. The current demo is
brief, but some interesting elements on the battle system and story are present.
Command Mission is presented in a cel-shaded graphic style, resembling last
year’s Network Transmission. Movement in the exploration sections of the
game is surprisingly limited, without even a jump button, and all you can really
do is walk around and talk to other characters. Although Mega Man X, AXL, and
Zero are present in the game, it sticks to typical RPG wackiness by only showing
Mega Man X outside of battles.
There was one cut-scene featuring a confrontation between Mega Man X and
an enemy robot, but the conversation quickly ended when the offending robot
was blown away by a mysterious stranger. The stranger identified himself as a
bounty hunter, claiming to be neutral to the conflict, seeking only to gain the
high price Mega Man X has on his head.
A battle ensues, and you take control of Mega Man X, Zero, and AXL, who all
have unique attacks. X attacks with his Mega Buster, Zero with his sword, and
AXL with smaller pistols. It’s a turned-based battle system, but rather than
selecting commands from a list, you push X or Y for secondary attacks, Z to
defend, B for a menu with items and other selections, and finally the A button
delivers the main attack and ends the turn. The battle animations are also
interactive like in the Mario RPG games, so rapidly pressing buttons or pressing
them at specific times will dole out more damage. If you make it to the end of a
battle without losing any of your team, you can deal out a huge attack with all
three fighting simultaneously. You’ll even be given a score for the combo you
At this point, there’s not much to judge the game on, but it looks like it may turn
out to be a decent RPG, especially for Mega Man X fans.