I miss this guy so much :(
The first time i played this game i was 10, and i fell in love with everything. The music is stuck in my head to this day. That's the reason I chose to write this review actually. It's because the soundtrack stumbled it's way on down to my brain, and it hasn't left. I love everything about this game. I remember taking a screenshot of the wonderful game review this user Yrtnej had made for this game so that i could optimize each and every play-through JUST how i would've wanted it.
This game set me on sort of a megaman phase, as i hadn't been the biggest fan prior to discovering this gem. I recall searching up many megaman games, brushing up on my megaman lore, and falling in love with megaman command mission (that's how you know this game is old but gold :D ) This game incited a bit of a paradigm shift for me, in a lot of ways. It helped me through tough times, and it sparked an interest in many different areas, like coding, and capcom in general. (I never had the passion to take that coding interest and work it to fruition)
I always had X as my Support, Axl as my Mage, and Zero as the main damage dealer because i always thought (and still do) think that he was the coolest of the bunch. I remember the first time zero's cannon shot purple blasts afterr i upgraded him and was like "this is the best game ever" haha. Everything about the game is mindbogglingly charming. I remember waiting year after year before giving up on hoping for a sequel release. The cliffhanger hit hard every playthrough i'd completed. (I chose to go accompany X, everytime.)
This game really holds a special place in my heart. I remember the goosebumps I got when i found the arena demo, and when Chamber mentioned this might be some sort of a teaser for a possible chapter 2 release. I spent a lot of time in the speed run obstacle course, trying to cut seconds off my time even after i'd completed it. I remember being ten, reading the monologue addressed to Capcom pertaining to the copyright issues, and seeing how personal and heartwarmingly touching it was, while at the same time being humorous and charming and thinking; "this is gonna be a good game."
I spent HOURS and HOURS on chip builds and different upgrades, in faithful accordance and harmony with Yrtnej's review, and i was mesmerized by the detail put into every little detail. The dialogue, the sprites, the combat functions. It was such a lovely feeling. This game, for me, is the heart and soul of newgrounds, it's the gem at it's center. Truly a wonderful display of dedication and passion. Oh man, that feeling i got when i found the deaf guy's eye-pod, and the stress when i was deciding which item i wanted to take as a reward. And when i fought and defeated the secret boss on my first try, and i tried my VERY best to decrypt all the strange messages and signs (to no avail, unfortunately haha). And the heart-rending feeling when i saw the "game over" message when i died while fighting to get the bounty on those rebels.. I realized I had to start from the VERY beginning, I basically cried. But it renewed me with a hardened, more seasoned vigor.. I knew I would never fall prey to those same traps again.
And then I had to restart because the game bugged out when i was fighting dynamo in the battle simulator.
Hopefully you're doing well, Chamber. I really do hope that you're happy wherever you are, and if you aren't with us anymore.. I want to let you know that your hard work and effort may have not worked out in the way you thought it would have, but it DID truly change and impact a young boy's life in a very positive way. For whatever that might be worth.
With heartfelt regard
-Your #1 Fan, Nelson.