Today, we’ve got another story digest for you! This time from the Rockman X Ultra Encyclopedia, the sequel volume to the Rockman & Rockman X Big Encyclopedia of Secrets, where we pulled yesterday’s Rockman X Confidential Chronicles from.
It roughly picks up where that one left off, and also features a rarely seen uncolored art piece of Zero in his X1 form (that is unfortunately obscured by text and other clip art). Translation ahead!
True Fellowship!! The Revival of Zero
“X! This guy is mine to defeat!” With those words, Zero lunged directly for the ride armor that VAVA was piloting! ZZZ-KA-KA-KABOOOM! When the wild roar of the explosion had settled, Zero lay in pieces……
In the time of Sigma’s first rebellion, it was thanks to Zero’s self-sacrifice that X was able to defeat VAVA and put an end to Sigma’s revolt.
~From “Rockman X“~
Afterward, Sigma was resurrected, commencing yet another rebellion!
X defeated Sigma’s agents, the 3 Counter Hunters, then suddenly standing in his way appeared none other than Zero, who had somehow been restored.
“Please stop, Zero! I don’t want to fight you!”
“Die, X!” ZZZ-FWOOOSH! The crackling hum of Zero’s beam sabre cut through the air! Zero was being possessed by the Sigma Virus. X was locked in a deadly struggle with his friend.
“Come back to who you really are!” X poured his entire soul into one shot that penetrated right through Zero. Zero collapsed…… But then was returned to his former heroic self.
~From “Rockman X2“~
And now, these two greatest of friends will join forces to face off against Dr. Doppler in the most heated battle in history!
X: VAVA!! I’ll never forgive you!
VAVA: Wa ha ha ha ha! I’ll demolish everyone!!
Zero: X!! I’ll never die!!
Zero, how right you are. This story seems to follow the scenario where X doesn’t get all the parts, and so must fight his best friend. Some consider that to be the bad ending, since it marks a failure on X’s part. Bad as it may be, it’s certainly the outcome I got on my first play-through! When I finally figured out that getting all 3 of Zero’s parts meant you didn’t have to battle him, I was amazed but a little disappointed at how much shorter and easier the final stage became! Cool as it was to watch Zero rush in and destroy his evil clone, there was just something totally epic back then about X being forced to fight Zero and trying to save him from Sigma’s influence. It also makes the X-Hunters seem a little more sinister, and less like cartoon villains who bungled everything by letting X get all of Zero’s parts. When I go back and replay X2, I usually let one X-Hunter escape just so I can fight Zero and bring him back from the dark side.
What do you do?