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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.
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While I never actually played these games when they first came out the HD collection series with its improved graphics and audio made this purchase a good choice. Overall it's a must have for mech fans as you have free roaming space for the most part in the battles and a pretty good storyline as well. Still for those unsure try seeing if you can try out a demo online or at a game store to see if this is one game you'd like to add to your library.
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on January 1, 2015
Zone of the Enders HD Collection for the Xbox360 is an amazing remastered videogame. Hideo Kojima graced us with a compelling storyline and galactic conflict. By going against the trope of pre-teen mech suited pilots and damsels in distress. The English-language dubbing of the cohesive dialogue between pilots Artificial intelligence units and other red shirt characters is entertaining to hear after all of these years. The creative and otherworldly designs of the mechas or aptly named Orbital Frames allows gamers to delve deeper into the mythos. Subtle improvements, like Dolby 5.0 sound, HD graphics and solid controls aid the game's funfactor.
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. Trying to get all of the achievements in the first game is going to take some doing.

Difficulty: 5/5 This can be a punishing game to some and a breeze to others. Try it on Normal to earn as many achievements at your leisure. Pattern memorization and timed responses are your friends.

Bonuses 3/5: Konami also kept the 2-player split-screen Versus Mode which unlocks after you compet the first game. I have yet to enjoy it. It would been nice to have a behnd the scenes DVD style option. Because in this case I feel like you get the game, and not much else. I think there is an art gallery somewhere.
Enjoyment. (4/5)

Team ZOE really had something with this game, the visuals, character development, voiceovers, and musical score may show it's age. However, the experience that results from re-living the White-knuckle battles, to level up Jehuty in zero gravity, the camaraderie, loss and the ethical dilemmas that harden both battle scarred heroes, heroines and villainous veterans aren't to be missed.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner certainly lives up to the hype surrounding it's predecessor. With a maturation in visuals, feel, and sound. I haven't quite played it it yet though. So suffice to say, I am a bit biased towards it. I can share that Kojima Productions really gave the mech pilots something to enjoy, during the early PS2 era, and that it's worth another look. Two great games for the price of one, can't be beat. Thank you Kojima Productions and Konami fans for demanding that this galactic epic to be preserved for future generations.
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on April 1, 2015
Zone of the Enders is probably one of the most well-crafted games of its genre. Do you like giant robots? Do you like giant robots doing crazy, insane anime-esque fights? This collection lets you do that, by giving Z.O.E. 1 and 2 an HD reboot better suited for modern tvs than their original PS2 releases.

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.
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on April 26, 2013
This is a great game for those who enjoy fast pace gameplay. I'm a huge fan of giant robots, but I've generally been somewhat disappointed at how most games of the genre are fairly slow moving and generally. Not so is the case ZoE. Infinite Boost! which means dodging and moving at high speeds! They weren't exaggerating when they put "High Speed Combat" in the sub title of the game.

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:
Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics : 9/10
Storyline: 6/10
Multiplayer: 8/10
Replayability: 7/10

Overall Score: 9/10

A really fantastic game, give it a go!
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on April 7, 2015
Zone of the Enders was a favorite of mine, moreso the 2nd Runner than the first game but both are solid titles.

The HD remaster makes the game look quite nice and the fast paced mech action is still in place. ZOE1 is a decent but very short title that lays the foundation 2nd Runner which is a much better game.

If you like fast paced action games set in a sci fi universe, this is worth the shot as you get 2 iconic games for a low price! If you played them before then you know what you are getting, as this is a solid package with upgraded visuals.
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on June 25, 2014
Zoe, I remember playing this along time ago on the PlayStation two. It was awesome, actually it was amazing. This is different, in. A good way. the gameplay is still amazingly fast and fun to learn and play. Fighting groups of enemies in mass and destroying things quickly is key. Moving around using your jump jets and quickly switching to the weapons never takes away from the battle, fact get your moments strategy to figure out what you going to do next. Zone of the Enders requires a lot of patience but it is very rewarding once you learn how to pilot the orbital frame correctly. And for the price of this game, why aren't you buying this right now? Buy it, it's two games that are amazing for a great deal. The music intertwines with the gameplay very nice, I can honestly say the second game is better than the first. The first game is more of a training manual for the second one. Why oh why didn't they make a sequel to the second? It is well-deserved.
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on April 13, 2015
i feel i missed out on being in the moment when these games came out on their original consoles. its a great story and really cool game overall. was just being curious when i picked it up. dunno if ill ever pick it up again though. masterfully executed nonetheless.
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on May 20, 2014
This game is a HD remake of the awesome Zone of Enders games back on PS2. To find it on Xbox....that makes me happy. The graphics have been updated yes, and it looks very good. The gameplay is smooth, the action is fast, the controls are tight. If you like mecha games, play this game, because it's better than Armored Core or Mech Assault. I grew up on Gundam, and this game gets me closest the to the feelings that the anime evokes, even more so than the actual Gundam games. Looks like Konami needs to make the next open world Gundam game...
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on August 19, 2013
I played the original two ZOE games when I was younger on the PS2. I picked this game up mostly for nostalgia's sake.

The graphics face-lift is good, ZOE 2 especially looks good in HD.

Gameplay hasn't aged so well, by modern standards the games are a bit plain, straightforward, vanilla, etc. But the combat still has its gems.

I just with they had added a bit more content with this re-release but if you enjoyed the originals then I'm sure you'll still enjoy this.
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