ZONE OF THE ENDERS: The 2nd Runner - M∀RS

23 critics

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Richard SeagraveSep 13, 2018
Make no mistake about it, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS is a game that will only really be appreciated by fans of the series. Even with its VR mode, there’s nothing here that newcomers will find particularly impressive. Time hasn’t been kind to the gameplay of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, and without any work being put in to remedy its now dated mechanics, this remaster feels pointless and defunct.
Kai PowellSep 25, 2018
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - M∀RS is still one of the best mecha action games to grace any platform, although the decade and a half since its original release have caused Jehuty to lose some of its luster. While the native 4K60 and PSVR support is a great improvement, some other aspects of the game just feel out of date.
Paulmichael ContrerasSep 12, 2018
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS is a solid remaster that fans of the original shouldn’t hesitate to pick up. Having said that, the game hasn’t aged all that well. Combat can quickly get repetitive, and new abilities are hardly used before another new one comes along. Top it all off with a campaign that only takes 6-10 hours to complete, new players may wonder what all the fuss was about when the original released (especially with the script’s hilariously bad translation).
Justin ClarkSep 14, 2018
While Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner pushed the envelope when it first launched, it's more admirable for the ways in which it tries to inject depth into a formula that never required it to be successful. There are certainly ambitions to be appreciated, and Konami has at least put some effort into preserving the experience as it was, for better or worse. Still, those ambitions aren’t enough to fight the feeling that it hasn’t been outclassed several times over in the years since.
Chris CarterSep 08, 2018
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - Mars may have flown under the radar in 2003 but it now has the chance to shine again 15 years later. Just know that the budget price reflects the fact that not a whole lot has been added: so if you didn't like it then you won't suddenly be smitten.
Lou ContaldiOct 09, 2018
The true recommendation of this game will come down to your attitude on older games. As I mentioned, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS has had nearly two decades of development since it first released, and more than a few strides were made in game design. If you are interested in the DNA of content creators and preserving the feel of these increasingly-retro titles, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS will be for you.
Jamie FelthamSep 07, 2018
There are those expected magic moments of robo-battling ecstasy, but they’re weighed down by archaic design and somewhat awkward integration. It’s way past time for Konami to stop obsessing over the preservation of this cult classic and start thinking about what a great Zone of the Enders game might look like in the years to come. That, I suspect, is where the real magic lies.
Mollie L PattersonSep 21, 2018
It’s easy for me to understand how Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner captured the attention of players back in the PlayStation 2 era, as it offered, and continues to offer, some gameplay ideas and experiences that still don’t exist in abundance to this day. Even back then, however, some of what it does would have been inexcusable to me—and playing the remastered Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS in our modern era, those weaknesses are just too hard to ignore.
Michael KeenerSep 15, 2018
It's a hidden gem to many and a doorway to nostalgia for others. The updated gameplay that runs at a smooth 60fps and native 4K makes it feel as though it is an imagination developed in today's time. The work of Hideo Kojima is lovely, even from slightly older eyes, and it's an exciting movement from Konami that raises hopes for other works of art to be re-released soon.
Dominic LeightonSep 11, 2018
Hideo Kojima has been accused at various points of promoting style over substance, and in this remaster of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner that’s more apparent than ever. For all of its fantastically designed mech, and its tight and often enjoyable combat, Zone of the Enders 2nd Runner is an ugly, poorly-told and overly short slice of nostalgia that can’t be saved by the introduction of VR.
Garri BagdasarovSep 17, 2018
For the most part The 2nd Runner is the same, if not better game as a stand alone title. It’s just unfortunate that the biggest addition to the PS4 version is also its weakest. Ultimately, I feel like the inclusion of a newly mastered version of the first Zone of the Enders would have been a better addition then the disappointing VR mode we have here.
Remington JosephSep 11, 2018
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS is without a doubt, the definitive way to play Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. The game holds up perfectly after all these years and performs flawlessly. While I personally would’ve preferred a brand-new title or even an enhanced version of one Zone of the Ender’s side stories alongside this one, VR support does bring something major for returning players to enjoy.
David MartínezSep 12, 2018
Pese al paso del tiempo, ZOE 2nd Runner sigue siendo un buen juego de combate, con diseños espectaculares y un ritmo frenético. El modo en realidad virtual (que nos permite jugar la campaña completa) es una excelente incorporación. Nos hubiera gustado que las secuencias anime también estuviesen en 4K.
DefaSep 10, 2018
Mi recomendación siempre es intentar probar cosas nuevas, así que si nunca le haz entrado a este juego y tienes ganas de algo con mucha acción, una gran historia y con el sello del Konami de hace casi 20 años, entonces te diría que busques hacerte de una copia de Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS.
Ramón VarelaSep 07, 2018
Por otro lado, la inclusión del primer ZOE con la compatibilidad VR habría hecho ganar valor a este lanzamiento, que únicamente queda reservado para quienes no hayan descubierto el juego de Kojima Productions o los poseedores de cascos que busquen otro título con el que exprimir el dispositivo. Ni siquiera la realidad virtual es una novedad rompedora en este caso, pero ZOE 2 bien merece nuestra atención.
Toni PiedrabuenaSep 12, 2018
Zone of the Enders 2: The Second Runner Mars es una ocasión estupenda para volver a disfrutar del clásico del año 2003. Aunque es capaz de arreglar y mejorar algunos problemas de la edición HD de PS3 y Xbox 360, la realidad es que no se convierte en la versión definitiva del clásico. Lleva el enfrentamiento de Jehuty y Anubis a los 4K y a una meritoria perspectiva en primera persona para realidad virtual.
David Arroyo SantayanaSep 22, 2018
Al margen de las VR, echamos de menos un trato similar para el primero y alguna novedad jugable para los fans de toda la vida, pero qué duda cabe de que estamos ante una oportunidad de oro para probar un juego que marcó a la industria y sigue siendo tan rompedor, original y fresco como lo fue en su día.
Javi AndrésSep 12, 2018
Han pasado 15 años desde que Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner sorprendiera a muchos en PS2, y ahora con esta reedición MARS en PS4 y PC lo que hace la remasterización conformista y sencilla es permitir juego con realidad virtual, en reescalado 4K, sonido envolvente, pero sin cambios o extras más allá de la desaparición del nombre de Kojima y del resto del equipo de los créditos...
Mathias OertelSep 12, 2018
Schade ist allerdings, dass die Filmsequenzen in ihrer niedrigen Auflösung belassen wurden, während man nach wie vor darauf verzichtet hat, die japanische Sprachausgabe als zweite Tonspur neben Englisch anzubieten und auch die gelegentlich hektische Kameraführung weiterhin Bestand hat. Dennoch: Im ohnehin in den letzten Jahren stark ausgedünnten Bereich der Mecha-Action nimmt Zone of the Enders The 2nd Runner Mars immer noch eine Ausnahmestellung ein.
PanthaaSep 19, 2018
Ce nouveau pan de l'expérience, grosse innovation de l'édition, ne fait tout simplement pas honneur au matériel d'origine, ni même à la réalité virtuelle d'ailleurs. Quant au titre de base, jouable ici en 4K, avec des textures améliorées et quelques options graphiques, il reste agréable à parcourir mais méritait sans doute une bien meilleure remasterisation...
Julien InvernoSep 19, 2018
Malgré des défauts encore plus prégnants quinze ans après, Zone of the Enders : The 2nd Runner possède toujours cette aura aussi envoûtante, portée par ses designs, sa mise en scène, sa musique. Et combien de bons jeux de méchas sont aujourd'hui proposés aux amoureux du genre ? Malheureusement, il ne faut pas voir dans cette version à la VR optionnelle une édition ultime : la réalité virtuelle est ici complètement anecdotique et pour le reste, c'est le strict minimum.
Emanuele GregoriSep 07, 2018
Se siete tra coloro i quali non hanno avuto il piacere di toccare con mano il gioco tre lustri fa, oppure avete voglia di testare le possibilità generate dal supporto alla realtà virtuale, questa riedizione è proprio ciò che fa per voi. Buon viaggio, piloti di Orbital Frame.
Sebastiaan QuekelSep 25, 2018
Zone of the Enders The 2nd Runner Mars is door zijn eigenzinnige sfeer en lineaire gameplay zeker niet voor iedereen weggelegd, maar voor de gamers die Japanse robots, eenvoudige hack 'n slash gameplay en kleurrijke personages een warm hart toedragen is deze remaster zeker het proberen waard. Heb je de game jaren geleden al gespeeld, dan raden we je toch aan dit spel opnieuw te proberen, al is het maar omdat The 2nd Runner Mars in VR als een gloednieuwe game aanvoelt.