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Zone of the Enders HD Collection
Platform: Xbox 360|Change
Price:$9.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

on September 7, 2016
Great collection of 2 ps2 games, that was released on xbox 360 and ps3. I chose to go with the 360 version instead of the ps3 for 2 reasons. The 360 version came up on here for 2 bucks plus shipping. I've also heard the ps3 version has low down issues. I can't confirm this for sure, but I know the 360 doesn't suffer from this.
These are 2 great mech games. The graphics look slick in hd and hold up pretty well after all these years. Dark futuristic stylized anime graphics, the second game especially holds up well. I think this is an unjustly overlooked game. Yes it can get repetitive but most video games do.The second game is the better of the 2 superior in every way but the first is still worth playing.
The controls are smooth they work very well. Far away shoots with the option to use a charge shot, close up is melee sword combat with charge attacks. Analog moves your mech around while Y ascends and A descends. It's very streamlined works well.
The sound is good not great. The english voice work is good no better or worse than a typical anime. The music is more of an background thing with drum machine loops and a faint techno sound that picks up when combat.
If you love Mech games you'll love this game.
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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 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 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 June 1, 2017
I thought I'd feel the scenes would be a drag in this game but I managed to get through them being engaged, the action was a lot of fun so I most likely will play them again.
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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 March 14, 2018
disk was in good condition and working.
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on January 5, 2017
A shallow game with a plot that makes no sense. Battles are extremely long and repetitive with difficulty mainly caused by poor camera angles. There is little sense of progression in gameplay or character development. The translation is terrible and the characters are constantly speaking as if in some kind of fever dream.
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on December 6, 2016
A good game that can get confusing at times, but is fun overall.
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