» Reviews: Zone of the Enders HD Collection

L.E. Green

|    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
  • Players: Zone of the Enders: 1 Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner: 1-2
  • Rating: M
  • Genre: Third-Person Action, Science Fiction

Zone of the Enders HD Collection North American BoxI simply cannot understand how Zone of the Enders became a cult classic. Yes, the first title was a relatively fast-paced third-person action game, but more “relative” to Final Fantasy than, say, Vanquish. And my lord was the story ever pretentious, with its loose naming connections to Egyptian lore and a plotline following a whiny boy who discovers an “Orbital Frame” (flying mech) called Jehuty and has to become its pilot in order to survive an attack on the space colony upon which he lives. Also, most of the game is a massive fetch quest running you between towns in the colony to pick up weapon programs for Jehuty, instead of combat or engaging plot development (supplemented, instead, by lots of “I don’t want to do this! Fine, I’ll do this”, followed and concluded with even more pretentiousness).

Zone of the Enders HD Collection - 5

Why didn’t Kojima just skip the first title and jump straight to the The 2nd Runner? Sure, the story’s also quite pretentious, and lacks proper character backstory, but it’s far better than the first (it’s better acted to boot), and is positively brimming with action! I can’t possibly suggest buying this Collection, but I will suggest renting it and playing The 2nd Runner.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection - 15

 

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