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Rent this game if you enjoy action or fighting
posted by volition (HOUSTON, TX) Apr 21, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
if you've ever hated mech games you must try this
posted by RomesFu (DENVER, CO) Aug 21, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The Holy Grail of Mech Combat
posted by Delta782 (RALEIGH, NC) Jun 18, 2006
Member since Oct 2005
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The graphics are pretty good, considering that this game is 3 years old. They make you feel like you're playing a more mature, "Gundam-like" anime movie. The combat is very smooth, with the ability to switch between targets on the fly and with very smooth animation transitions. The enemy AI is pretty good, but sometimes you get enemies who just rush at you and wait for you to almost kill them before they make an attack. The scale of some battles is incredible. You mostly fight by yourself in an enclosed space, but when you get into a large scale battle, you definitely feel the intensity and chaos of the fights going on around you.
The only cons I have with this game is that a couple of the boss fights felt like they were just thrown in for the sake of having another boss fight. Some of the objectives you have might require you to experiment a little bit until you find out what you need to do. Unfortunately, you have to make these experiments in the heat of battle, which can either be fun or annoying.
The story is decent, but don't come in expecting it to be like Final Fantasy. The only sort of multiplayer is a versus mode, which is alright for 5 minutes, but gets boring quickly.
I feel that I can safely say that Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is the best mech combat game out there, even 3 years after its release. Rent this game, and you won't be disappointed.
Traveling Beyond the Bounds
posted by Saviour (MANCHESTER, CT) Feb 14, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
Sadley though if your one of those people who power house through games, you'll find this game has a short storyline, of cdourse thats met with surprisngly difficult missions that require you to do things that are more challenging then it seems, from carrying machines across levels to defeating over 500 machines at once (yeah it's that big).
one of the things I found to be a big nuisence is that half of the boss characters you fight can't be hurt by physical attacks until you do something drastic, such as picking up specfic objects and throwing them at the correct time.
So to play this game you need to be good at hack n slashing and have good timing, otherwise you'll hear your pilot going "Aw C-R-A-P!" ALOT.
Beware though, if you find yourself eaisly distracted, during some of the cut scenes playing with your analog stick can mess with the angle and/or zoom of either your pilot's camera or your mechs Point of View, which I have found on numerous occassions to have distracted me from the storyline leaving me guessing as to what happened. The game starts out with highly difficult missions but once you get the hang of it, it's nothing to worry about, this game is good and worth a rent, I'm not surprised on how rare this game might seem, honestly I believe it deserved a "Greatest hits" version.
Until then, I'll enjoy what I remember, this game is worth a rent and if you can find it in a store for cheap, BUY IT.
Aw C-R-A-P! My review's over
posted by Zack18 (WELLINGTON, FL) Oct 10, 2007
Member since Sep 2007
Gotta like anime
posted by cb7tuner (MONTEBELLO, CA) Apr 6, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
Just plain fun.
posted by Jeremymia (GAINESVILLE, FL) Mar 21, 2007
Member since Oct 2006
Whiny-old Leo is back from Zone of Enders one, and he's been improved greatly: Specifically, he's not the protaganist. You'll enjoy a much more interesting (and less annoying) main character in a much better game.
But first, some notes on this series. This is not a game where you need to play the first to enjoy the second, although there will be some minor spoilers (if you care - the plot from the first game isn't exactly compelling.) The first one was a great game, but its sequel is just superior in every way. The graphics are, surprisingly, improved. So is the story (it's actually good now), and ESPECIALLY the gameplay.
This game has a perfect gameplay. It's not easy and the creators have pulled off a difficultly that does not rely on tedium, and not only skill, but also strategy.
I played on hard mode at first, which was frusterating at first - I died a LOT - but it was so enjoyable when I came up with a winning idea. The word here is "SATISFYING"!
The game is short, but you'll replay it.
Now, some notes on improvements from the first:
-As said before, better story and protaganist
-Less of those "save the citizens!" missions.
-More variety in gameplay
-More interesting cinematics
-Subweapons used to be useless. Now they're not only useful, but they have a variety of uses that are best in different situations.
-Lots of bosses, all but one of them fun.
-And most importantly, combat is just better.
So many games try for THIS. Short and punchy, with well-paced inreases in difficulty. This game pulled it off PERFECTLY. You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't play it, because I don't think it's possible to dislike.
Taking it up a notch
posted by Rytiko (Estero, FL) Mar 5, 2007
Member since Aug 2006
Also improved are the graphics. Rather than the attempt to make computerized anime style cut scenes, they actually did it anime style. The in-game graphics are also more than respectable, mixing in that anime style with the sleek beauty of the robots. You feel exactly as you should – like you’re fighting in a giant robot anime. And despite the constant action, countless explosions, and hundreds of laser beams, missiles, and beam swords flying by and flailing around, it maintains a consistent and smooth frame rate.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner truly is everything a sequal should be. The game is an improvement of the original in every way imaginable, and if it weren’t so short I would recommend that you buy it. There is a versus mode and extra missions to be unlocked, so you’ll still be playing long after you clear the single player campaign if you have friends to play the game with or if you just get a kick out of blowing some more stuff up. You can also replay the game with all your sub weapons.
Beyond The Bounds!
posted by PerfectCha (SHORELINE, WA) Feb 5, 2007
Member since Jan 2007
The story line is jaw dropingly complex and fascinating, the cut scenes drawn out in a superb anime like fashion.
The gameplay is relatively simple yet has many advanced niches that totally change the experience, but are not necessary to complete the game nor conflicting with the more "basic" elements of the control scheme. As a result, beginners and expert gamers alike can play this game and have a blast, with just the right amount of challenge and explosive action, ZoE: The 2nd Runner blows any competition out of the water.
The music is amazing as well, from the theme song to the end boss music, the fast paced, intense soundtracks enthralls you into the game's story and gets you hyped up for some High Speed Robot Action, just as the game was meant to. The voice acting is perfect, translation is mostly perfect with only a few variations here and there from it's Japanese sister title, it's hard to find a flaw in this game.
Undoubtedly, this is a must play title. What are you waiting for? Go and do whatever it takes to get your hand on this rare gem of a game!
With all said and done, there's only one question remaining...
Do YOU request control instructions?
Awesome but short
posted by Dacjr05 (CHICAGO, IL) Dec 30, 2006
Member since Sep 2006
posted by kodaikun (CAROLINA SHORES, NC) Sep 25, 2006
Member since Jun 2005
Boss battles are varied, from easy to almost insane. The different types of weapons also helps make this better than a typical action game.
Downside is that it's short, which can be good if you're looking for a quick shoot-em-up fest.
Voice acting is decent. I've seen worse. Have also seen better, but it helps add to the story, even if it does drag on at times.
In the end, ZOE2 improves on ZOE, and makes a game everyone should give a go at.
posted by DarkScion1 (MANORVILLE, NY) Sep 9, 2006
Member since May 2006
ZOE2 is fast paced, non stop action, and fun throughout the whole game. Some boss battles can be frustrating, and others are way too easy. These are the only faults with ZOE2, along with the game taking 6 hours to beat. Despite these minors flaws, you will won't find many more solid games on the PS2.
It's hard to classifly what kind of game ZOE2 is. Some consider it a "mech" game, but the mechs in ZOE2 are more like the ones in the Gundam Wing anime series. Basically ZOE2 is a mech game that blends arcade flight simulator and hack n slash like Devil May Cry.
The weapons, the gameplay, the graphics, are excellent, thus making for an excellent game. All I can say is play ZOE2.
posted by stryfe1986 (Tempe, AZ) Sep 9, 2006
Member since Aug 2006
posted by Jonathan (CARPINTERIA, CA) Aug 17, 2006
Member since Apr 2006
Graphics: 9 Gameplay: 10 Overall: 12!!!!!
posted by ColdEl (DENVER, CO) Jul 13, 2006
Member since Jul 2006
frames (Mecha type machine) and you begin to realise that you are unstopable, even on hard it is easy lol, but still it kicks substantial butt. There is versus as well to play around with your friends and that can be very interesting and fun fun! I recomend this game for anyone who Love mecha anime like robotech ot rahzephon! Please do your self a favour and purchase this game! Because Game fly does not seem to get the picture that this is a near perfect game! :D
ZOE 2: Image of perfection
posted by NewRevan (BAKERSFIELD, CA) Jun 23, 2006
Member since Aug 2004