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  • Summary: From "Metal Gear Solid 2" producer Hideo Kojima, comes the sequel to the anime inspired mech combat game "Zone of the Enders." Take control of a lightning fast mechanized robot and fight an evil militaristic force with new weapons, maneuvers, and tactics. Conflicts and settings of ZOE2 takeFrom "Metal Gear Solid 2" producer Hideo Kojima, comes the sequel to the anime inspired mech combat game "Zone of the Enders." Take control of a lightning fast mechanized robot and fight an evil militaristic force with new weapons, maneuvers, and tactics. Conflicts and settings of ZOE2 take place in cityscapes, enemy fortresses, and even in the depths of space! Features fast-paced fighting action with unbelievable cinematic visuals and a gripping epic storyline. Target and destroy hundreds of enemies on screen at the same time. All new sub weapons enhance strategic play during combat. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Fun to play and offers a great story and awesome visuals. The hardest thing you may have to decide is when to hit the save button and stop playing. The game draws you in quickly and holds your attention.
  2. The game is very story-heavy and linear because of the heavy focus on story. Outside of that, though, the game is a vast improvement over the previous game.
  3. Everything the first game was not, and far more. Not only did the developers correct, expand and improve upon every aspect, they have authored one of the most utterly perfect synergies of gameplay, direction and storytelling that I've ever witnessed.
  4. It might be a little light on content for the full price, but if you’re a fan of eye candy, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better source of pupil fodder on the PS2.
  5. Combat is intuitive and intense, it looks absolutely gorgeous, and it never gets boring. [Apr 2003, p.55]
  6. The strikingly impressive robo scrapper returns. Cracking stuff. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  7. In action the game is undeniably pretty, as long as you can stomach the monstrous camera. But beyond ther anime-inspired visuals, the action turgidly limps along without ever really engaging or entertaining. [May 2003, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Jeff
    Mar 13, 2003
    10
    a 0? a 0? this means that ZOE2 has nothing at all to make it a video game. a stick would get a 0, not a brilliantly animated, well thought a 0? a 0? this means that ZOE2 has nothing at all to make it a video game. a stick would get a 0, not a brilliantly animated, well thought out awesomely fun one such as this. You, my friend are the one who is pathetic. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2014
    10
    In one word: OUTSTANDING.

    This IS a true classic game. I cannot find any flaw whatsoever. Story, Characters, Music (to this day I still
    In one word: OUTSTANDING.

    This IS a true classic game. I cannot find any flaw whatsoever. Story, Characters, Music (to this day I still listen to the opening song from time to time), battle mechanics, animation, character growth, robots, graphics, etc. Everything is just awesome.

    if you haven't played this game, go and play it! It is highly addictive, it is fun. This is how games should be!
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  3. Oct 3, 2012
    10
    This is a great game with fantastic gameplay and good graphics for its time. It makes full use of all the PS2's hardware, utilizing theThis is a great game with fantastic gameplay and good graphics for its time. It makes full use of all the PS2's hardware, utilizing the pressure sensitive buttons and rumble for the controller and pushing the system's GPU to it's limit. The anime style is well presented, and even manages to hold up fairly well against the test of time. Expand
  4. DanielH.
    Aug 11, 2003
    9
    This game is superb if you don't buy this game ur head needs testing exclent game play. excellent control system. the best sub weapons inThis game is superb if you don't buy this game ur head needs testing exclent game play. excellent control system. the best sub weapons in a game on ps2, hell on any console. amazing cut scenes. all mose exclent fps due to slow down when fighting 60 mechs in a burning factory. beats the pants off the orignal to u need to play the first to enjoy second runner at its best. if you dont buy this game your eyes don't know what they are missing ! who ever rated this game at zero needs a serious but whooping buy konami exclent job konami!!! Expand
  5. Dec 26, 2013
    9
    Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is what the original Zone of the Enders should have been. Its excellent combat system, combined withZone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is what the original Zone of the Enders should have been. Its excellent combat system, combined with blowing up everything in sight, makes for an enjoyable gameplay experience. The game also looks excellent and the soundtrack is amazing. The story is interesting and entertaining. The only downside is that this is a short game. Expand
  6. kyuudmc
    Feb 25, 2009
    9
    I just cant give this game a score lower than 9 !!! but unfortunately, its critically underrated and was a commercial disaster considering I just cant give this game a score lower than 9 !!! but unfortunately, its critically underrated and was a commercial disaster considering its a Hideo Kojima game! Too bad we probably wouldn't see a sequel. Anyway, ZOE2 is must have for any Playstation 2 owner. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Mar 8, 2003
    0
    This game is pathetic.

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