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Zone Enders Collection honours series
Dec 10, 2012
By Alexander Cattani - G4 Canada
Released over ten years ago, the original Zone of the Enders was an ambitious title that never really achieved greatness. Created by Hideo Kojima, well known for his famous Metal Gear Solid series, it told the story of Leo Stenbuck, whose home colony of Antilia, endured a relentless assault during the game's opening.
Leo, frantically running for his life, comes across an orbital frame - a flying mech of destruction named Jehuty. After accidentally piloting the craft, Leo's escape soon turns into a mission of action as he is unwillingly thrust into the middle of a conflict.
The sequel, Zone of The Enders: The Second Runner, follows new character Dingo. After being attacked during a routine mining job, Dingo flees for safety and mistakenly finds Jehuty. After Dingo nearly dies by the hands of the games main antagonist, he awakens from a coma and sets off stop him using his new found Orbital Frame.
Since both games are from the same mind who crafted the Metal Gear Solid series, expect long drawn out cut scenes, which rather than add to the story make them a chore to sit through. What's more, I unfortunately found myself cringing at some of the dialog in both games, the first release being the worse offender. The Second Runner feels slightly better crafted, it attempts to take a more mature approach at storytelling and introduces slightly more likeable characters. Though compared to the overall blandness of the original's tale, this isn't saying much.
In both games, when the action heightens, the frame rate unfortunately takes a hit. This is especially more prevalent in the second game as combat is more intense and has more happening onscreen.
For the most part, Konami has greatly improved on its formula in The Second Runner. The experience feels more polished and has more variety throughout. Another thing the second release does remarkably well is its frenetic boss battles. Boss encounters move at a breakneck pace but remain fair and challenging; its moments like these in The Second Runner that clearly make it the stronger of the pair.
Though the first release in the series is flawed, it remains a serviceable action game with good ideas. The Second Runner, on the other hand, is a great action packed ride with enough thrills to keep you playing and improves on almost all the shortcomings of the first. Not to mention, the collection comes with a playable demo of Metal Gear: Revengence to sweeten the deal.
Zone of the Enders HD Collection
Rating: 7.5 / 10
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