posted by Jeremymia (GAINESVILLE, FL) Mar 21, 2007
Member since Oct 2006
One Sentance Review: Better than the first in all ways and one of the only games that never slows down and is just FUN the entire time, which is what games should be.
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.
The game only has you going for 7-8 hours, maybe less. Every second of it is fantastic, though. The new and improved game play perfectly fits the anime-style mech combat that the first game was obviously influenced by but failed to provide. The combat is amazing, pitting you against a minimum of 3-6 enemies at a time, ranging up to a massive battle of possibly a thousand or more. In fact, the challenge can be more than overwhelming at times, and you’re sure to screw up somewhere and get totally pwned by the countless number of AI frames or fleet of battleships. After all, the AI is more than respectable, adapting to your fighting style and getting slightly more challenging each and every time you fight them. However, this challenge is made much easier by the amazingly smooth controls fitting to the stature and speed-orientation of the Orbital Frames. You’ll be carrying out an action so gracefully sometimes you’ll wonder if you even pressed the button to do that.
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.
This is undoubtedly one of the best games for the PS2 I have ever played, full of ultra high speed combat, with the zero shift feature being the most fantastic combat element I've ever seen in a game.
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...