• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 4, 2018
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: JEHUTY lives. And there, ANUBIS thrives. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner returns with 4K and VR support on Steam.

    Relive the experience Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS as a full-length remaster of the classic fast-paced 3D robot action game, recreated in VR, native 4K and in full
    JEHUTY lives. And there, ANUBIS thrives. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner returns with 4K and VR support on Steam.

    Relive the experience Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS as a full-length remaster of the classic fast-paced 3D robot action game, recreated in VR, native 4K and in full surround sound. Enter JEHUTY's cockpit and fly through Martian skies!

    The year is 2174 and the despotic BAHRAM military organisation is using new Orbital Frames robot technology to secure its grip on Mars and Earth. Seizing control of the JEHUTY Orbital Frame, the player is the last hope for the stricken planets. Strike deep at the heart of the BAHRAM army with unrivalled powers! Written and directed by Shuyo Murata, The 2nd Runner MARS is recognised as a masterpiece among space action titles.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Sep 4, 2018
    100
    If you can master the somewhat difficult controls, there is a great deal of enjoyment to be found in Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – Mars. Fans of the series should buy this immediately, and giant mech fans will also want to add it to their libraries. For others, it is certainly worth investigating, though the challenging controls might prove off-putting for some.
  2. Sep 11, 2018
    85
    The definitive way to play the best entry in the Zone of the Enders franchise.
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    80
    Granted, outside of the Gundam games, there is little variety for mech combat games, but what is found in Zone of the Enders The 2nd Runner: Mars can be described as an old, almost forgotten game, being polished up into a fine piece of treasure. 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.
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    72
    A game that fans of the series and old school gamers mustn’t let escape. Great combat, adult plot and anime scenes build the identity of this classic from Konami, plus the VR and 4K technologies. A cult game has arrived on PS4.
  5. Sep 12, 2018
    70
    Konami wants to show its best past, but the company does it by eluding the original creative team. Zone of the Enders MARS: The Second Runner works well with virtual reality, but we miss some extra content and more effort to maintain the cult work.
  6. 60
    Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS is a solid remaster with spiffy HD visuals and high-quality audio, but these updates can't cover the fact that it's a PlayStation 2 game at its core.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    50
    A faithful remaster of a game that time has not been kind to. It fails at modernizing it for 2018 standards, making it feel like a clunky mess to play. It pains me to say this because of how beloved the series is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 8, 2018
    10
    GIANT GUNDAMS + SUPER FAST COMBAT! Nough' said.

    More seriously, it's too bad there is no japanese audio still in this version - but then,
    GIANT GUNDAMS + SUPER FAST COMBAT! Nough' said.

    More seriously, it's too bad there is no japanese audio still in this version - but then, this is basically your original game really neatly brushed up in 4K and VR - definitely not a remake. As a fan of the game, works for me, but not for everybody!
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  2. Sep 6, 2018
    10
    The mech are soooooo smooth! I can't believe slashing giant robots feels this good are so many years, the remastered look really is lookingThe mech are soooooo smooth! I can't believe slashing giant robots feels this good are so many years, the remastered look really is looking sharp. Wish it was longer - but if you're into fast battle and japanese game, treat yourself! Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2018
    10
    15 years later and slaying in VR - the style and flow of the game is incredible! Can't wait to see ZOE3
  4. Sep 5, 2018
    9
    From my expernce with playing this new version of Z.O.E 2 I think that Cygames has done a good job of bringing it to ps4, when I jumped intoFrom my expernce with playing this new version of Z.O.E 2 I think that Cygames has done a good job of bringing it to ps4, when I jumped into the cockpit of Jehuty in VR i felt immersed by the VR I like how the design of the Jehuty's cockpit graphics, the VR is enjoyable as it feels comftable and pleasent experience to use VR as ive hardly felt like i was motion sick and the graphics always looks smooth in VR too. I have also cehcked out 2D mode. Even though I dont have a 4K tv or ps4 pro for that matter, the game in 2D through 1080p looks superb and can still tell all the work that Cygames has put in to make it look the best it can for this generation. I also have a 5.1. home theatre system and again z.o.e 2 has never sound this better before, It has great sound direction for various sound effects, the sounds great. So I think they have done a bang up job on the sound department. The extra new modes like 3D model viewer and hangar viewer are great to view in VR. the new pro control schemes are great as well as being given the option to use the original controls as well. I'd say the only drawback to this version is and it's a small gripe is that when I playes the game in VR its off putting that there's a small portion at the start that is in first person not VR until jumping in Jehuty then its truly becomes immersive VR, and the cutscens during the campaign is not VR even though that the CGI cutscens are 3D through the VR headset, I wish this could have been VR. Over all this new version of Zone of the enders the 2nd runner is a really great additon and if youre a fan of Z.O.E or have VR its a worth getting. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2018
    8
    ZOE: The 2nd Runner flew under the radar when it came out in 2003 and now it will again because of Konami's sh*t marketing. Even without VR.ZOE: The 2nd Runner flew under the radar when it came out in 2003 and now it will again because of Konami's sh*t marketing. Even without VR. ZOE: The 2nd Runner is still a must buy. Expand
  6. Sep 10, 2018
    8
    As a person who played and beat the PS2 original, I was elated when I heard a VR version of this game would be coming. When the demo arrived,As a person who played and beat the PS2 original, I was elated when I heard a VR version of this game would be coming. When the demo arrived, I was ecstatic and after playing it, knew I would be happy with this version.

    Aside from Eve:Valkyrie, the VR has really lacked versatile cockpit fighting games. Granted ZOE is a linear game, but the immersion of the VR and versatility of Jehuty (not to mention the myriad of various enemies) makes the combat anything but linear. Its fast-paced, action filled, and more captivating since you have to be more careful of your surroundings than playing it in the 3rd person view like many other game.

    I've heard a bit of the complaints with controls, but again, as a veteran of the game it wasn't that hard of a transition. Also, hard controls are what makes the game more immersive since, as mentioned above, you are more immersed in the cockpit than simple hack and slash.

    The only knocks on the game are length and not adding anything particularly new for the game (as well as the graphics could have been a bit better even in the VR mode after 15 years since the original. However, if you are looking for finally having a gundam/armored core like experience from the cockpit in VR, this should do nothing less than tickle your fancy.
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