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Zone of the Enders HD Collection

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Hideo Kojima’s legendary series Zone of the Enders arrives on PS3 and Xbox 360 for the first time with the highly-anticipated Zone of the Enders HD Collection. Converted to dazzling high definition graphics and including an all new opening cinematic, this is the way the high speed mech action of Zone of the Enders was always meant to be played. Includes Zone of the Enders and a never-before-released-in-the-US version of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection is an Action video game collection featuring two games from Hideo Kojima’s, Zone of the Enders series. Originally developed for PlayStation 2 in 2001 and 2003 respectively, the included games – Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – are remastered in high-definition, and feature an engrossing story based in humanity’s expansion into space and the conflicts that result. Features include: the full classic games, dramatic and action-oriented flying/floating mecha (robot anime) combat, new opening animations, Playstation trophy support, and a demo for the upcoming 2013 Konami release, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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Zone of Enders

Story

The population has exploded, pollution has grown steadily worse, and natural resources are drying up. Unable to continue life on such a small planet as Earth, mankind pushes out into space. The Moon and Mars are incapable of supporting the entire population, so man eventually extends its reach to Jupiter. A torus space colony called Antilia is built at the L5 Lagrangian point of Jupiter and Europa to support mining operations. Man’s farthest outpost in its sphere of existence, Antilia houses approximately 100,000 residents involved in mining and transport. It also serves as a development outpost for BAHRAM, the military organization of the Martian anti-Earth state, Vascilia County.

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Two games in Hideo Kojima’s PlayStation 2 ‘Zone of the Enders’ Mecha franchise come to the PS3 in a single collection.
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Target enemies with a range of ballistic weapons, or take to the skies in never-before-seen aerial gameplay.
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Antilia is mankind’s farthest outpost, and allies itself neither with nor against Earth. Since Nereidum Universal Technology (NUT) and BAHRAM lost their development outpost during the Deimos Incident, they see Antilia as a perfect opportunity to establish an R&D facility for Orbital Frames, humanoid weapons surpassing LEV mecha. Their two most advanced Orbital Frames, Jehuty and Anubis, conceal incredible offensive capabilities plus a certain something of even greater importance.

Gameplay

What if there were an action game that let you dart through the air in any direction? This was the inspiration behind mecha anime simulator Zone of the Enders. The “Orbital Frame,” as the game’s primary mecha is known, does everything that might be expected of a humanoid machine – grabbing enemies, unleashing a whirlwind of blade strikes up close, and firing off guns from a distance, all while spiraling freely in the open air. With its seamless transitions between omnidirectional battles and story sequences, the game is like diving into a mecha anime where the fate of outer space lies in the player’s hands.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner

Story

Mankind expands into the depths of space in a search for new land. The terraformed Mars is home to colonies from various Earth countries, and mankind’s push continues on to Jupiter. However, with new resources and new territory come new problems. Mars consists of 16 counties, which are equivalent to the “states” comprising many Earth nations. Martians and the colonists of the Jovian system are ruled by Earth with an iron fist. Such people living on the frontier of civilization are called “Enders”. An irreparable rift forms between those bound by the chains of Earth’s gravity and those floating free in space, and over time the hostility between the governors and the governed grows.

In the course of exploring space, man discovers a new ore called Metatron. It gains attention not only for its use as an energy source but also for a multitude of other purposes. However, the incredible energy it provides also comes to be used for military designs, as anti-Earth forces on Mars employ it to secretly develop the giant humanoid weapons known as Orbital Frames. The Orbital Frames possess overwhelming mobility compared to Earth’s LEVs, similar humanoid weapons. Once unable to compete against Earth’s sheer numbers, Martian anti-Earth forces finally have a weapon with which they can fight back.

Gameplay

Released two years after the first Zone of the Enders, The 2nd Runner upgrades the mechanics of the original in every way. Its intuitive controls make each action even more exhilarating than before. Anime and CG come together to create a visual style like no other, and the stage layouts and story offer a nonstop entertainment experience. The game also boasts incredible sound effects, a pumping soundtrack, memorable voice performances, and topnotch production values in every detail. This is the next level of high speed robot action.

Key Game Features

  • Two Classic Games In One Release – The two classic PS2 games Zone of the Enders, and its sequel Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner are included
  • Dramatic Japanese Mecha Action and Storytelling – Lose yourself in dramatic Japanese mecha robot action combat, set against an enthralling sci-fi off-world storyline
  • Diverse Weapons – In addition to mecha units’ hand-to-hand abilities, players will utilize both swords and projectile weapons during combat
  • New Game Opening Animations – In addition to the animations found within the original games, The Zone of the Enders HD Collection includes new opening animations for both games
  • An Advanced Look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Players enjoy an advanced look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance through the demo included

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Mecha and human characters.
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Diverse weapons and attacks.
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Soar freely around battlefields.
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Graphics remastered in HD.
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  1. 29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Half of the package isn’t even properly functional., October 31, 2012
    By 
    Grant Evans (Sylvania, OH) –

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Zone of the Enders HD Collection (Video Game)

    Man, where do I even start. Let me just start with this: Zone of the Enders 2 is one of my favorite games of all time, and easily my favorite robot game ever. That’s probably why I’m even bothering to write this review. When I heard Konami was going to re-release the two games in HD, with a brand-new animated cutscene, and with the special edition of ZoE 2 (which was never released in the USA until now), I was looking forward to playing the 2 games again for the first time in a while.

    However, despite 2 being on this collection, this is probably the most disappointing game-related purchase I’ve made since Metroid: Other M (big Metroid fan here). I know that I’m not changing much by writing this review, but I hope that it can shed more light onto why many people are complaining about this collection and that, in the very slim chance that a Konami rep is reading this, a patch will be made to alleviate the problems with the collection.

    Let me make this simple:

    3 Pros:
    -The Metal Gear Rising Demo is fun, despite being short (especially if you skip the cutscenes).
    -Zone of the Enders 1 looks and runs as it should.
    -The animated opening cutscene is masterfully done and, arguably, the most interesting part of this collection. Check it out on Youtube if you haven’t!

    3 Cons:
    -If I had to take a guess, Zone of the Enders 2 runs about roughly half the speed or so of the original PS2 version. The whole point of the ZoE series is to be a fast-paced robot action game. When the game plays as if I’m playing heavily drunk, something is wrong. I mean seriously, it’s barely playable in this state and it’s definitely not as fun to play as the PS2 version was (which had very minimal slowdowns). I understand that the game was not made for the PS3/360, but come on, Konami: there’s, more or less, no excuse why the game can’t run properly. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection runs almost flawlessly.
    -Zone of the Enders 1 isn’t nearly as fun as it used to be back in the day. It’s also incredibly short at only a few hours long. Somewhat of a weak argument, I admit. However, it is easily the weakest part of this collection.
    -You’re essentially paying $40/$60 (depending on what collection you purchased) for a demo, a really short (2-4 hours or so on your first playthrough), mediocre game (in my opinion), and a decent-length (6-8 hours or so), incredibly fun game (also in my opinion) that’s been absolutely butchered by incompetent programmers. This package is, in its current state (as of November 1st, 2012), worth no more than $20, in my opinion.

    Anyway, hopefully Konami will learn from from this mistake and make some sort of attempt to patch the 2nd Runner as soon as possible.

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  2. 68 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Add three stars to my score if this ever gets patched, October 30, 2012
    By 
    exranza (MA, USA) –

    = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Zone of the Enders HD Collection (Video Game)

    Make no mistake, I love the Zone of the Enders games. Next to Virtual On and the newer Armored Cores, they are some of the most fast, fluid and intense mecha games ever created, with the added bonus of a compelling sci-fi narrative masterfully crafted by Hideo Kojima. So why do I award this “HD remastered” collection of the two PS2 ZOE games one star?

    Next to the dire Silent Hill HD, this is one of the sloppiest HD collections yet released. The porting work was farmed out to High Voltage Software, an American studio notorious for putting out licensed junk like White Men Can’t Jump, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, and Dora the Explorer. They have very little experience with HD consoles, zero experience with porting other developers’ code, and clearly had no idea what they were doing. Compared to the PS2 originals, the framerate of these ports is a complete joke.

    Make no mistake, the games will stutter, lag, slow to a crawl, and possibly even crash across the course of a mission. In the scenes that tax the hardware the most, like certain boss battles, the game is practically unplayable. A huge amount of my enjoyment of the original versions came from how fluid the “high speed robot action” was, where you truly felt you were in control of these gorgeous floating monstrosities. That’s all but gone here. The unacceptably low framerate also has the unfortunate side effect of rendering the difficulty of some previously challenging battles inconsequential, since you are given so much more time to react to your enemies.

    If you are playing the PS3 version, the framerate will be even worse. Konami has claimed that the games play at a smooth 60 frames per second, which is an outright lie. They have also claimed that these ports preserve all the subtle graphical touches and effects of the original versions, which is also untrue. They are mostly intact in the 360 version, but if you are playing on PS3, motion blur is downgraded to be barely noticeable and certain particle effects are entirely removed. There are also strange glitches in background and facial graphics that make it look like you are playing poorly emulated versions of the games.

    There are other major problems that could have been solved by a longer development cycle and more competent programmers. For example, getting a trophy in the PS3 version will often freeze the game for minutes at a time. But they are beyond the scope of this review. Suffice to say, Konami needs to release a major patch for this game to fix its numerous issues. It took them a very long time to do this for Silent Hill HD, and it was hardly a panacea. If the ZOE collection is patched and the hardcore fans determine it to be an adequate fix, by all means buy it. Until then, stay the heck away. These amazing games deserved far better treatment.

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