Zone of the Enders
Came for the demo, stayed for the game
Zone of the Enders is truly a well hidden gem. Hideo Kojima and Konami made one of the smartest marketing campaigns with this title, which boosted the sales of this game through the roof! They basically said, "Check out this cool looking game that mostg people don't know about, and you will hopefully like it. Oh, and theres a playable demo of MGS2 included." I had no idea what to expect from this game. I thought it was going to be an Armored Core rip-off, so I was going to stay away from it. Then I noticed that there was "The Demo"!!! So to avoid blowing $50, i went and rented it from the local Movie Gallery, and they put both discs in the case. WIN!!! Anyway, the first thing I did was play MGS2, and fell in love. After about 20 playthroughs, I decided to give ZOE a spin. Let's just say, I ended up returning the game to the rental store. $50 later, I was zombified in front of the TV, loving the visual extacy I was witnessing.
The story goes around the basic "boy escaping his home being ransacked, falls into the cockpit of a powerful war machine, seems to have the ability of controlling it with little effort, and finds out he is the only one who can save the galaxy". Run of the mill, sort of, but of course this is Kojima-san we are talking about, so I am NOT going to throw any twists into this synopsis. Play it to find out on your own.
So where to begin,,, The game is SOLID in every way. Tight controls, excellent graphics, and amazing sound to wrap it all together. (though the voice acting was wonky at times.) Even still, this game was a blast to play.
It felt kinda like a mega man game, in which you earn new weapons from defeating certain enemies, and then you use those said weapons to exploit and take down more powerful bosses.
The stages were set up in the "move through a corridor, come to a room, fight enemis, cutscene, continue on" formula, which was prominent in many "shooters" during this time. What sets this apart, is that the battlefields were in full 360 degree areas, meaning you would try and gain a higher perspective to get an edge on the enemy, or get smoked.
The controls were some of the tightest I have ever witnessed at that point in gaming. Almost virtually NO lag in button presses, with the ability to swiftly move your Jehuty around space, while charging and taking out other robots was near flawless. If you died, it was all in YOUR error.
The sound... Oh the sound... Everything from the music, to the sounds of your weapons firing, and exploding the enemy was just great. Not too much to say here but, AWESOME!!!
So all in all, it is a well needed purchase for ANY collection. So do yourselves a favor, and buy this game right now! (And if you don't have a PS2 or PS3 with B/C, go get one, just so you can play this game)
A classic to Obtain
Zone of the Enders is the first game to be produced by, closely associated with Video Game Designer Hideo Kojima, Creator of the Metal Gear Solid Games. This game is not only rare, but it is Visually Stunning. The Graphics are standard, but smooth and clean, nothing too complex but appealing to the eye. The Environment is nice to look at, and that can distract you from the action. Which brings me to the Gameplay. It is fast and Can be Challenging, especially when there are multiple enemies around. The combat system involves a partial HUD which can be a little cryptic at first, but you'll understand it quickly. The Controls can be a little hard to follow at first, but Hideo Kojima has inserted a Tutorial in the start of the game - here's a tip: go through the tutorial, it does help. The sound is nice and exact in the game, explosions sound really nice, and the sound of weapons fire does make the game intense. Which finally brings be to the story: You play as Leo Stenbuck, a kid who lives in a Space Colony. He (Leo) is a withdrawn youth who has difficulties getting along with others (they pick on him Left and Right). While being picked on, the rampaging forces of BAHRAM invade the peaceful colony, killing and destroying anything they can see. As Leo runs away from the invading forces, he accidentally boards the Orbital Frame, Jehuty, and thus is forced against his will into the war called the Antilia conflict. Sounds good doesn't it ? The Cut Scenes and Voice acting is excellent, and doesn't sound "Phoned In" The only drawback to this wonderful game is that its too short, the game can be completed in less than 12 hours. I didn't let that stop me from playing this game, so don't let it stop you from buying it. It's worth the money, and worth the time to play.
making a hd one for vita
i loved this game and i just found out that they are making the first one and second one in hd for vita i cant wait its going to be epic