Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Feb 27, 2014
    90
    Strider returns victorious. Great boss fights, responsive controls, interesting level design... those are only some of the elements that make this side-scroller such a success.
  2. Capcom revives one of its most hallowed franchises and conjures up one of the most rewarding side-scrolling slash-‘em-ups in recent memory. Loud, proud, and always a blast.
  3. 90
    Whatever minor flaws Strider might have are very well hidden amongst exciting gameplay, great platforming, and epic boss battles.
  4. Feb 18, 2014
    90
    An awesome "metroidvania" experience, long and compelling, focused on a fast paced action.
  5. Feb 18, 2014
    90
    A slick pastiche of ‘80s retro cool and modern gameplay, Strider is both faithful to its source material and still capable of finding its own identity. It’s basically the raddest Saturday-morning cartoon you’ll ever play.
  6. Feb 18, 2014
    88
    Strider is a great reboot for old-school arcade junkies and at the same time a fresh action experience for newcomers to the franchise.
  7. Feb 21, 2014
    87
    It pays homage to every facet of the franchise’s history with its gameplay, and the only way it could do more would be to include the past entries along with all of the older character designs as extras.
  8. Feb 18, 2014
    86
    After 15 years, Strider comes back in excellent shape with a title that fans of the original, or just 2D action/platformer fans will love.
  9. Apr 29, 2014
    85
    Strider is a great example of how you can reboot an old arcade game with modern sensibilities and still keep it true to its roots.
  10. An update worthy of the source material. Old-school platforming worth jumping into [April 2014, p81]
  11. Mar 13, 2014
    85
    Double Helix has managed to capture what made the original game so much fun, while fleshing out the story in some very wacky ways. Unfortunately, too much of the game is spent indoors and there's a little too much backtracking, but Strider is a great start to what will hopefully be an ongoing series.
  12. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The less resilient player can and will die more than they have in quite some time; the good ones will be just as excited going back for more after the hundredth Game Over as they were at the first.
  13. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    Clocking in at around six hours with dozens of cyber unlockables hidden away waiting to be found and giant cyber bosses just begging to be cut down, this cyber ninja comes out slicing and dicing in his return to the proverbial cyber stage.
  14. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The best compliment I can give Strider is that it is a game that will succeed on its own merits and not by comparison to the original.
  15. Feb 21, 2014
    80
    Strider successfully reinvents a classic. With its tight, super-fluid control, engaging and dynamic 2.5D presentation, and excellent balancing throughout, the game is destined to hook you from the outset.
  16. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Strider hits all the right notes and winds up being an experience not soon forgotten.
  17. Feb 19, 2014
    80
    Strider is admirably true to the game that Capcom released on arcades in 1989 and will delight those who still hold a candle for the original, with its unaltered core gameplay and polished production values. With these qualities on side, it's easy to overlook the game's shortcomings and deem it worthy of the Strider name.
  18. Strider is a great meaty throwback worth the $15 offer price.
  19. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Inspiring and intriguing reset of one of the Capcom cult classics. Strider HD is a gorgeous game with frantic and appealing gameplay, tons of secrets and nice graphics. Enjoyable experience.
  20. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    The Strider franchise rises in the XXI century, thanks to a game that will undoubtedly be one of the downloadables of 2014. Game development is inspired by the best Metroid and Castlevania bidimensional games, resulting in an essential one.
  21. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    While his world is a little drab there’s still plenty to explore even after the job is done. Strider is fun, pure and simple, and serves as a fitting revival of a classic video game hero.
  22. Feb 18, 2014
    77
    Strider comes back with a great sidescrolling game and awesome presentation. Arcade gameplay and average difficulty are its best assets... although Playstation 4 could do more.
  23. Feb 24, 2014
    75
    I definitely think Strider is worth checking out, whether you’re a fan of the original or not.
  24. Feb 18, 2014
    75
    This reimagining of the original Strider establishes developer Double Helix’s firm grasp on the essence of the joy of movement that makes Strider Hiryu such a great character.
  25. Feb 24, 2014
    74
    You will find some joy in the action and some sort of satisfaction in killing tons of enemies, but if you’re looking for something with any rich substance to it at all, Strider may not be enough of a good experience for you.
  26. Aug 25, 2014
    70
    A quality remake that is well worth the price tag.
  27. Feb 21, 2014
    70
    At its blistering best, Strider is a joy to play – its silky smooth controls making it difficult to not feel like the unstoppable agent himself. It's a welcome return to a beloved franchise, but it falls just short of maintaining the momentum that's expected of it, and instead opts to slice its way into a new generation with some less than exhilarating gameplay additions.
  28. Feb 20, 2014
    70
    It’s a decent game that generally looks very nice and will while away a few hours, but you won’t be rushing to tell your friends about it and you might not want to return after completing it.
  29. Feb 18, 2014
    70
    Double Helix has done a good job with the brand new Strider, turning a pure arcade game into an honest Metroidvania. The lack of colours and a plain rhythm are the main issues of this Capcom game.
  30. Feb 18, 2014
    70
    The mixture of old school, new school, and Metroidvania works surprisingly well – even if Strider’s long-awaited reboot still feels slightly too safe.
  31. Feb 18, 2014
    69
    The new Strider isn't a bad game, but it sure isn't on par with the series. Its "metroidvania" style has some pacing problems, and the design feels too generic.
  32. Feb 18, 2014
    65
    The new game didn’t bring anything new, instead opting to jam Hiryu into a formulaic experience that looks good on a whiteboard...This is a competent platformer. But when it comes to Strider, I’m not looking for competent. I’m looking for crazy.
  33. Feb 21, 2014
    64
    It’s a game torn between two personalities, and it shows. The new Strider is at its best when it’s delivering arcade-style action moments, but sadly these come too infrequently and too late for its own good.
  34. Mar 10, 2014
    60
    The Metroid-style design could be a great fit for Strider, but this first outing comes up a little lacking.
  35. 60
    This is an above average title for what Strider does do – provide action and wall climbing.
  36. Feb 24, 2014
    60
    Carving up an indefinite amount of faux-Soviet robot soldiers isn't the worst way to spend a couple of hours, but Strider won't go down in the annals of history is a modern day action classic.
  37. Feb 20, 2014
    60
    With more variety to its combat and some more time spent smoothing out its rough edges, Strider could have been a significantly better game.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Feb 24, 2014
    10
    Definitely worth the money in terms of graphics, gameplay and controls. You have to stay on your toes when it comes to combat, and the variety of enemies is pretty high. You won't be bored and you won't regret having spent the (very affordable amount of) money on it. Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2014
    8
    If you played and loved Strider in the past, don't even think - buy this game.
    If you enjoy Metroid-likes this is definitely in the upper
    echelons of the genre with rapid combat and exploration elements and a satisfying equipment progression system. I dare you to not feel like a bad ass once you start being able to reflect lasers back at the bad guys.
    A few things to note: the game is too easy on 'Medium' difficulty if you're a regular to this kind of game and I would recommend you start on Hard; occasionally the camera will freak out if you fall a very long way and fail to keep up with the player character (a minor issue); as some others have said you sometimes can't quite see what's a platform and what's background, but a quick glance at the mini-map is always enough to confirm what you can and can't stand on and finally, there are some sections with broadcasts that cause a large orange dialogue box to take up the bottom part of the screen every 15 seconds or so, which can be a little annoying when you're trying to do pixel perfect jumps.
    Lots of collectibles, plenty of exploration, challenges (combat and traversal) to unlock and a good mix of duel-style boss battles and giant arcade style fights. And while it might not be the best looking game on PS4 it has fantastic art direction and a rock solid frame rate, even when the screen gets busy.
    If this sounds like your cup of tea, don't hesitate!
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  3. Feb 21, 2014
    9
    Well first off I have to say $15 well spent. This new Strider is a classic throwback to original while still keeping it fresh and new. Visually the game is stunning and colors just pop. When you first get the eagle you will know what I mean. The combat is generally fast pace and quick which is a very good thing for me because it keeps you on your toes. The enemy variety is there as well I had faced 6 different types of enemies in the first hour and a half of the game. The pacing I believe is excellent in the game well. Boss Battles seemed placed perfectly which is rare thing now. The game does kinda hand hold but only if you let it. You are free to explore the entire area you are in at almost any given time which again is a rare thing. The one and only problem I have with this game is right now it seems a bit easy but I am Normal so I think if I crank it up to hard that will immediately disappear but it so minute anyway that it doesn't even stop the epic amount of fun you have slicing up enemies left and right. This game is a great addition to the Franchise and Capcom finally did something right. I literally had to force myself to quit so I wouldn't play through most of the game in one sitting. Definitely purchase this title. Full Review »