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Zone of the Enders

by Konami
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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  • ASIN: B000059Z8I
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 27, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,121 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The humans living on Antilia, a colony orbiting the planet Jupiter, think of themselves as Enders, as they're essentially at the end, or furthest reach, of human civilization. After a sudden attack by a fanatical Martian military regime known as the Z.O.E., Ender Leo Stenbuck finds himself with access to the one weapon that can save Antilia: a mechanized attack vehicle called an orbital frame.

In Zone of the Enders, you'll command the orbital frame against several robotic opponents. The game features agile 3-D movement, both in the air and on land, and smart camera work that keeps your opponent in view during the most intense, furious battles. The game also comes with a playable demo of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.


Konami's big bad robot battler from the future is nearly upon us, and PS2-toting fans of classic anime and classic arcade action have good reason to be enthused. The game is gorgeous, the designs are gorgeous and the action is (mostly) uninterrupted, fast and furious. Thanks in no small part to a superb, free-floating camera that dives and wheels about to capture the action, players find themselves feeling like the hero of their very own anime adventure -- many games have sought to capture this sensation, but Z.O.E. succeeds.

The game is designed as a single-player experience, replete with that uniquely heavy-handed melodrama that could only have come from the east. Thankfully, maestro developer Kojima and team have included the opportunity to go mano a mano, and while it's not got enough depth to be a game in itself, it's good fun -- especially with a friend on equal footing. Getting started is simple: Simply select 2 Frames (the giant robots), adjust for handicapping, select an environment and then go to it!

The versus mode serves a two-pronged purpose: First, it enables pro Frame Runners (that's what pilots are called in the colonies) to test their skills one-on-one against computer-controlled enemies, providing an uninterrupted melee with a foe whose vitality can be adjusted before starting the match. The second, more interesting feature is the ability to go head-to-head with a human foe.

What's interesting is that despite its 3D trappings, the versus mode doesn't feature a splitscreen -- one player tends to be in the foreground while the other is in the back. It's not flawless, but anyone who's familiar with the game's excellent controls will find that it's easy to adapt to. As you'll see from these movies, it's a fine demonstration of one of the best-handling cameras and control schemes we've laid hands on -- and the opportunity will be yours soon.

-- DailyRadar Review

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I am sure there is not a single person who bought this game who popped it into their ps2 before the MGS2 demo, and rightfully so, but I am not going to address the demo in this review, I am going to address the game you paid for. ZOE had and still has so much promise. The camera engine is mindblowingly perfect for a game of this sort. The programming team at konami gets all of my respect for taking the zelda z-targeting camedra and refining it even further. Not only does this camera allow you to never get lost in the action, but it makes the on-screen battles appear to be beautifully choreographed mech duels that would fit in the best directed anime movies. The graphics are some of the first that convince me that my ps2 is more powerful than a dreamcast, and the detail in the completely destructable environments is astounding. I had a lot of fun with this game while it lasted. ANd that gets to my first complaint. This game ends just as you think it is getting started and I mean that literally. I had no clue that I had fought the final boss battle when I did. As the credits begun to roll, I thought to myself "Its odd that they put the credits in the middle of the game" but an unsettling feeling sunk in as I realized that it was over. The plot (which is pretty poor, due in part to some horrific translation and voice acting) had really gone nowhere by the time the game ends, and this game gets my vote for having the most shamelessly loose-ended, wait for the sequel ending of any game since Soul Reaver. My second complaint is that the gameplay, while fun, is very basic and has little to no variety. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The game with the Metal Gear Solid 2 Demo! April 5, 2001
That is what Zone of Enders will always be referred to. I find this incredibly sad, because Zone of Enders is truly a solid game. It's fun, visually stunning, and nothing like we've ever played before (except in the arcades). But I know tons of people buying this game solely to play the MGS2 Demo.
But Konami already knew that.
Anyway, Zone of Enders is a very easy game with what is supposed to be an indepth storyline. Unfortunately, the storyline is about as indepth as say "The Bouncer," and it leaves you hanging. The motivations for some of the actions to the characters were quite pathetic and even annoying at times. The only voice-acting I thought was solid was ADA, who was monotonous anyway. Everyone else was just annoying. Regardless, the game is fun to play and look at.
Now, the Metal Gear Solid 2 Demo- it's pretty incredible. You only play one level, which can actually be finished in under 10 minutes, but there's a lot more to do in the level than just finish it. If you've never played Metal Gear Solid before, the controls take some getting used to, but once you do, it's incredibly fun.
Some of the effects you run into during the game are incredible. You can see the individual hairs on the characters' faces. When people shoot you, and you're against a wall, blood splatters on the wall. When there's a pool of blood, and you step in it, you leave blood footprints for a while, and the enemy can see it and sound an alarm. You can take an enemy hostage and drag him around and not get shot at. You can surprise an enemy and point a gun at his head or at his groin and he'll give you stuff (like health). You can have your back up against a wall, and you can tap the wall to call attention to the guard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game for the Anime Fan April 6, 2001
At last a game with mech combat that doesn't make you want to throw your system out of window, ala Armored Core 2. Zone of the Enders is a game that brings in a control configuration much like Metal Gear, thank god. The action is incredible fast paced and furious. Yet the challenge comes in trying to prevent damage to building where civilians are currently located as well as stay alive.
The Story is quite interesting, although very reminisant of "Gundum 0080: War in the Pocket", "Neon Genisis Evangelion" and "Gundum Wing". This is partly due to the fact that the story is writen by the same man whom wrote "Gundum". You play as a emotional damaged young man whom has just seen his friends killed and could not save them. While running from the carnage of war he finds a proto-ytpe mech that he must piolet to stay alive, and to protect the future of mankind. Some nice plot twists and great characters truely make this a classic. I will put a warning that this game is quite dark and contains some scenes of graphic war like violence and language. This game is more for the 15 and up crowd.
If you want a game that truely plays like an anime it just does not get any better!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the . . . that's the ending?! April 24, 2001
I am sure that numerous players purchased Zone of the Enders
(Z.O.E. for short) for both Z.O.E. and the demo of Metal Gear Solid 2:
Sons of Liberty (MGS2). I, on the other hand, not only didn't care if
I got the MSG2 demo, I never actually bothered to play the MSG2
demo. As of this writing, my MSG2 demo still has yet to see the inside
of my PS2. So naturally, this review is solely for the
Z.O.E. game.
I was nervous about purchasing Z.O.E. since I had heard
about the complex controls of the game and in the past, any game that
had overly complex controls generally didn't survive long in my
collection, not because the controls were complex per se but because
the game programmers tend to forget to allow gamers full customization
of those controls. Not only were the controls of Z.O.E. a surprise,
but this game has the most intuitive controls since the days of Super
Mario Bros. The game splashes you right down into the controls of the
Orbital Frame "Jehuty" (Most fans will think of it as a
Mech, robot, or something similar, depending on their favorite
universe) In the beginning, the control buttons are minimized to the
most basic functions for close combat, distance fighting, and
movement. As the game progresses, the Jehuty picks up (or learns) new
abilities and teaches you how to use them. Just as you grasp the
concepts and fine controls of the Jehuty, the lessons stop. Not a bad
thing really, since I never noticed that the lessons had stopped,
since my attention was focused on fighting.
For every single game I
have ever played, I was always able to spot A.I. deficiencies in the
game. Most game programmers never could get the A.I.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The product arrived in great time and I throughly enjoyed the...
The product arrived in great time and I throughly enjoyed the experience of the game once again, great price as well I recommend this seller.
Published 22 days ago by C. W. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Underrated Games
Over looks by the developers most known game, Metal Gear Solid, but ZOE is equally as good of a game. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars 4/5 What can I say, I like mechs.
The game came with everything as advertised with no scratches on the disc. Big fan of Kojima and mechs. The combat is nice but the story is ridiculous.
Published 9 months ago by Jamar A. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting game
Got the video from library for the kids, and the robot/spaceship cracked me up. What is up with that cockpit placement??? Had to get the game for them.Nice music. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sally29
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this product came in on time if not earlier. item was descibed exactly as it was in the description. thanks.
Published 19 months ago by Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
great game, the condition was awesome. the gameplay is awesome ive only been playing it 10 minutes and i already want to get the second one
Published 19 months ago by aremis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful game
Everything feels smooth compared to the feel of other games of this style (armored core type games). I can't wait for the HD pack on the 30th.
Published 21 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars a Classic that came out before it's time.
so I'm running out of video games to play since PS2 doesn't have a lot of good new games coming out anymore so I been trying out a lot of older ones. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by T. Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Because Kojima worked on it and Yoji Shinkawa
I was not very pleased with control schemes, but I was excited because the art is very Yoji Shinkawa. I bought this game because I am a fan of kojima san and of Yoji Shinkawa. Read more
Published on February 4, 2009 by Fernando F. Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in play
Like many stories of depth in a series, this opening volume may seem a little convoluted and hard to grasp. Read more
Published on October 1, 2008 by Mithlas
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