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Zone of the Enders HD Collection is an Action video game collection featuring two games from Hideo Kojima's, Zone of the Enders series. Originally developed for PlayStation 2 in 2001 and 2003 respectively, the included games - Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - are remastered in high-definition, and feature an engrossing story based in humanity's expansion into space and the conflicts that result. Features include: the full classic games, dramatic and action-oriented flying/floating mecha (robot anime) combat, new opening animations, Xbox LIVE achievements, and a demo for the upcoming 2013 Konami release, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Zone of Enders
The population has exploded, pollution has grown steadily worse, and natural resources are drying up. Unable to continue life on such a small planet as Earth, mankind pushes out into space. The Moon and Mars are incapable of supporting the entire population, so man eventually extends its reach to Jupiter. A torus space colony called Antilia is built at the L5 Lagrangian point of Jupiter and Europa to support mining operations. Man's farthest outpost in its sphere of existence, Antilia houses approximately 100,000 residents involved in mining and transport. It also serves as a development outpost for BAHRAM, the military organization of the Martian anti-Earth state, Vascilia County.
Antilia is mankind's farthest outpost, and allies itself neither with nor against Earth. Since Nereidum Universal Technology (NUT) and BAHRAM lost their development outpost during the Deimos Incident, they see Antilia as a perfect opportunity to establish an R&D facility for Orbital Frames, humanoid weapons surpassing LEV mecha. Their two most advanced Orbital Frames, Jehuty and Anubis, conceal incredible offensive capabilities plus a certain something of even greater importance.
What if there were an action game that let you dart through the air in any direction? This was the inspiration behind mecha anime simulator Zone of the Enders. The "Orbital Frame," as the game's primary mecha is known, does everything that might be expected of a humanoid machine - grabbing enemies, unleashing a whirlwind of blade strikes up close, and firing off guns from a distance, all while spiraling freely in the open air. With its seamless transitions between omnidirectional battles and story sequences, the game is like diving into a mecha anime where the fate of outer space lies in the player's hands.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
Mankind expands into the depths of space in a search for new land. The terraformed Mars is home to colonies from various Earth countries, and mankind's push continues on to Jupiter. However, with new resources and new territory come new problems. Mars consists of 16 counties, which are equivalent to the "states" comprising many Earth nations. Martians and the colonists of the Jovian system are ruled by Earth with an iron fist. Such people living on the frontier of civilization are called "Enders". An irreparable rift forms between those bound by the chains of Earth's gravity and those floating free in space, and over time the hostility between the governors and the governed grows.
In the course of exploring space, man discovers a new ore called Metatron. It gains attention not only for its use as an energy source but also for a multitude of other purposes. However, the incredible energy it provides also comes to be used for military designs, as anti-Earth forces on Mars employ it to secretly develop the giant humanoid weapons known as Orbital Frames. The Orbital Frames possess overwhelming mobility compared to Earth's LEVs, similar humanoid weapons. Once unable to compete against Earth's sheer numbers, Martian anti-Earth forces finally have a weapon with which they can fight back.
Released two years after the first Zone of the Enders, The 2nd Runner upgrades the mechanics of the original in every way. Its intuitive controls make each action even more exhilarating than before. Anime and CG come together to create a visual style like no other, and the stage layouts and story offer a nonstop entertainment experience. The game also boasts incredible sound effects, a pumping soundtrack, memorable voice performances, and topnotch production values in every detail. This is the next level of high speed robot action.
Key Game Features
- Two Classic Games In One Release - The two classic PS2 games Zone of the Enders, and its sequel Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner are included
- Dramatic Japanese Mecha Action and Storytelling - Lose yourself in dramatic Japanese mecha robot action combat, set against an enthralling sci-fi off-world storyline
- Diverse Weapons - In addition to mecha units' hand-to-hand abilities, players will utilize both swords and projectile weapons during combat
- New Game Opening Animations - In addition to the animations found within the original games, The Zone of the Enders HD Collection includes new opening animations for both games
- An Advanced Look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Players enjoy an advanced look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance through the demo included
Mecha and human characters.
Diverse weapons and attacks.
Soar freely around battlefields.
Graphics remastered in HD.
Platform: Xbox 360
Top Customer Reviews
Then, I played Z.o.E the fist of mars for the Gameboy Advance (sadly not included with this collection) and was surprised again: now as a turn-based grid strategy rpg, but with the same enjoyment as the first Z.o.E. And finally, Z.o.E the 2nd runner, the best game in this series yet, and one of the greatest mecha action games ever, building a great game over the flaws of the previous one. Z.o.E the 2nd runner is one of the best mecha games, and one of the greatest games on the PS2.
And now you get to play it in HD, on the PS3/Xbox 360, with the intro animated by studio Sunrise - the one that animates one of the very series Z.o.E pays homage to: Mobile Suit Gundam. And to top it all, the HD collection inclused a demo disk for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It's funny, and a "tip of the hat" to the history of the series, as well as an almost trademarked "Kojima joke".
The HD collection has a few hiccups: slowdowns on certain events such as too many enemies on the screen (more noticeable on the PS3 version, I've heard), etc. but nothing too serious and just a minor nuisance. The first Z.o.E game hasn't aged too well I'm afraid with some pretty bad voice acting, and quite short, but it all pays when you reach The 2nd Runner.Read more ›
While the game's instruction manual lacks much depth.
Implementation and Design (3/5)
The first game teaches you how to play through in-game tutorial. A feature that I think was well designed and implemented. The classic reluctant hero and bloodthirsty tyrant trope works well for the story. This was a foray into the psyche of a war beleaguered bystander and his struggle against the horrors of war. The post-cataclysm environmental stage design was ahead of its time. Orbital frames are sleek, fast, yet still posess massively destructive components. You will be reminded of their ferocity by screams of besieged innocents, and unseen colonists on the planetary civilization of Mars. Your fight for liberation will traverse the cosmos. Albeit with rather lonely looking loading screens in between scripted dialogue and combat manuvers.
Enough of the angst ridden story. Here's the rundown- Achievement support 5/5
I for one am appreciative of the Achievement support, and I am ready to take on the challenge of hopefully completing the game from start to finish.Read more ›
The controls are tight and well-executed, the updated graphics are simply gorgeous, the music is amazing, and the story is every bit as ridiculous and nonsensical as it's creators other works on the Metal Gear series.
This release also needs a bit of an history lesson for those purchasing for the first time. The original Zone of the Enders games contained a demo disk for the newest Metal Gear Solid. For a lot of Z.O.E. fans, they got into the series because they wanted the demo, and played the game because it looked fun. The fact that the HD collection contains a demo disk is simply a fan send-off from a creator that knows just -why- a lot of players got into Z.O.E. It's an in joke to be sure, but it's a good one.
The storyline isn't the greatest I have seen, fairly typical stuff (I won't spoil it) The gameplay is really where this excels. Graphics are pretty awesome as well, though during the first game they did not update the cutscenes, as they are still using the older versions, but in the second game they have, and its the more important one out of the two, so its not a big blemish.
Multiplayer is pretty fun too. There's nothing quite like boosting around like crazy with a friend and attempting to hit the other while dodging the others attacks. It's fairly intuitive and simple gameplay, but very rewarding.
All in all:
Graphics : 9/10
Overall Score: 9/10
A really fantastic game, give it a go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a great game . The controls may be a little challenge to some but it is worth learning because the games is fun. 👍Published 1 month ago by Ken F
I paid 50 dollars for this on ps1, so now that its been re-done and super cheap its great for someone looking to play the game the anime movie and tv show were about.Published 7 months ago by Code Name M