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  • Summary: Originally released in 1989, Strider remains one of Capcom's most enduring franchises. The game tells the story of Hiryu, the youngest ever "Super A" ranked agent of an elite corps known as the Striders. Strider Hiryu receives orders to assassinate Grandmaster Meio, supreme dictator of Earth, who has plunged humanity into a dystopian dark age. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    89
    The right way to update a classic.
  2. 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]
  3. Mar 10, 2014
    82
    Strider's pacy combat cuts deep and its challenge escalates at a consistently rewarding rate. [Apr 2014, p.74]
  4. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    This Strider Reboot is a complete success. Frantic, quite difficult and deeper than its predecessors, thanks to a Metroid-like structure, it brings Hiryu back to life with style.
  5. Feb 18, 2014
    78
    The new Strider isn't maybe the best example of a balanced metroidvania style, but ultimately represents a good actualization of a classic that could have been too old for modern standards.
  6. Feb 18, 2014
    75
    By combining classic Strider elements with a new Metroidvania structure and speedrun tilt, Strider in 2014 is fresh, relevant and fun.
  7. Feb 18, 2014
    70
    A sensitive update for a series many thought would stay stuck in the past.

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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. Collapse
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. Mar 5, 2014
    8
    Its a classic done right! brought back some awesome memories from back in the day. Some may complain about the bosses being to hard but guess games were harder back then. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2014
    8
    A great remake of an equally great game back from the 80-90s. Strider 1 and 2 were two of the best coin-op conversions on the Amiga home computers and the Sega Megadrive games console. Today it hits current gen consoles with eye-catching graphics and fast -very fast- action! I've been a great fan of the original game and I must say that this remake is fantastic, at least to my taste. Recommended for people who still love 2D action games. Expand

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