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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44

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  1. Mar 6, 2014
    9
    this is with out a doubt equal or better than strider 2, it has good combat, cool upgrades, the only thing i find wrong with this game is that it deletes your save after you beat the game, making it hard to go back for upgrades.
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    9
    For a game that was utterly unforgiving in the arcades, yes the ARCADES where people had to pay money for each life, this game is remarkably well balanced. One reviewer was whining about bosses being too hard and not having enough energy replenishment. Boo hoo. Stop yer whining and start grinding to beat the boss. Old school games were not about beating a boss on the first or even 10th try. They were mercilessly hard in order to make money. However, steep difficulty also made for more skilled players and more prestige when a person completed the game.

    The game misses the full 10 because it does lack the two other levels. A "reimagining" of a classic should always bring more to the table. Cutting those two levels, no matter how strange the story, gives it a hit.

    This game is the OPPOSITE of "Mark of the Ninja (MOTN)." While Strider does have some sneaky-esque moments, he's a one man army badass that takes on all enemies. The stylized effects and fleshed out story are wonderful for those who have played the coin-op or sega classic. Additionally, in comparison to the non-canon Strider Returns, the official Strider 2, and his appearances in Marvel vs Capcom 1,2,3 this game does a pretty good job of presenting him as an insanely strong character.

    The artistic style takes a few ques from MOTN using shadows and blacked out visuals in the earlier stages. But, it is the immersive feeling of all the MEIO murals and statues that really show the amount of work that went into production.

    The music was also wonderful. I heard remixes from not only the arcade version, but also remixes from the NES version. Which is a sad development point in that the wide ranging level design and different locales from the NES version were not included. However, for 14.99 I'd be willing to pay more for some DLC with the missing Strider 1 coin-op/sega levels and NES levels.

    Overall, this game is a real treat for fans who have played through the entire series previously and can appreciate where things have been retained, updated, and unfortunately sometimes omitted.
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  3. Apr 14, 2014
    9
    Anyone who likes classic and/or metroidvania games will absolutely love this. It's a blast to play, feels incredible, and offers very different upgrades - unlike modern shooters where each gun just shoots a little different, the different cyphers offer completely new functions. My only gripes are that the game doesn't look all too great on current gen, but that is due to console limitations, entering the final boss area prevents you from getting any collectables you may have missed, and there is no New Game Plus. It's cheap, it's fun, and it'll last you a while if you're trying for 100%. Expand
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 11, 2014
    88
    Strider is a very good 2D platform adventure with good combat elements and nice bosses. Checkpoints could be better and the levels are a bit too dark in places. [March 2014]
  2. Apr 9, 2014
    70
    Strider fans and speed-run aficionados will get the most out of this but for everyone else, this is a solid, fast-paced platformer that never lets the pace dip long enough for you to become too bored. [Issue#146, p.104]
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    80
    A modern version of Strider brings out ultimately. It brings stylish gaming setting, hordes of remarkable enemies, and a great action that never gets boring.