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One of the greatest Mecha action games, revisited.
on January 19, 2013
Zone of the Enders is a series that always surprise me. First, when I played the PS2 version of Z.o.E, I wasn't expecting much - I had bought it for the demo disk of Metal Gear Solid 2, as "everyone" did - but I was surprised to find a nice storythat pays homage to japanese mecha series such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Macross/Robotech. It has fun gameplay, and as the title says, "high speed robot action". The game has a few flaws, but none that detracts much enjoyment of the overall package.
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.
If you love mecha, buy this game. If you love sci-fi action, buy this game. If you like Hideo Kojima, buy this game. If you want to own a small fraction of videogame history, then by all means, buy this game.
And please, may there be another entry in this series.