￼Improved graphics, timeless game play.
99%G: Today we’re happy to have Aleksander from http://www.stickmangames247.com/ to give us a review of Zone of the Enders HD. The recent increase of guest posts is due to me being unwell at the moment, but rest assured I’ll be back posting prolifically soon.
If you scratch beneath the anime-infused veneer which is kinda cliche, the Zone of the Enders series offers unparalleled and hugely thrilling midair combat which is carried out with tight controls and a really surprising and skilled dynamic camera system. Whilst the monotony and the brevity of the first Zone of the Enders gave us the impression of it being little more than a pimped up concept demo, the release of its sequel, the Zone of Enders: The 2nd runner, definitely presented a far greater spectrum of scenarios, emotions and milieus which would ultimately make it more popular that the original.
The 2nd runner also ran at a far more impressive frame rate, which further seemed to emphasize the breakneck and scorching pace of combat. The HD collected offer improved resolution which is a welcome addition; however, this unfortunately taxes The 2nd Runner’s frame rate – which is the best game in this collection.
To be fair, the re-mastered edition of the original Zone of the Enders game picks up the pace a little, but the game can still be completely in less than 5 hours. That’s 5 hours of repetitive environments and hammy dialogue and, well, just plain embarrassing acting to boot. If you’re familiar with the Zone of Enders series you’re not going to find anything new here, it certainly doesn’t warrant slogging through the original game yet again.
So we’re down to the sequel – the classic 2nd Runner. This is where you’re going to be spending most of your game time with this new HD collection. The narrative has expansive scope and the missions are varied and the environments surpass the best of the best in the original. As well as hugely upgrading the avatars and cut scenes, Konami created an animation sequence that ties the 2 games together. There’s more new content including extra difficulty levels, extra missions and some VR training features.￼￼
I would have to admit that both of these titles suffer somewhat from story-related as well as technical shortcomings but you can’t get away from it that there are definitely moments when the excellence just shines through and you get a glimpse of what made these two games so thrilling and so enjoyable all those years ago. Finally you will find yourself immersed in engaging and exciting midair combat as you battle against anthropomorphized mechs. Combat is without a doubt the most enjoyable and engaging aspect of both these games.
Author Bio: Aleksandar is an avid gamer who enjoys gaming on all platforms. He runs his own gaming website offering sniper and shooting stick game at