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  • Summary: Zone of the Enders HD Collection bundles together both of the Zone of the Enders games and updates them with HD visuals.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Nov 3, 2012
    95
    Nobody knows action games better than Hideo Kojima and the Zone of the Enders HD Collection contains two of the best ever from the brilliant mastermind that brought the world other great titles such as the Metal Gear series.
  2. Dec 18, 2012
    83
    Just as brilliant as they were on PS2, ZOE HD is a mech fan's dream. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    The first Zone of the Enders serves more like an introduction to the mythology. The real meat of this collection is the gorgeous and fast-paced Zone of the Enders: 2nd Runner. Complete with all the additional content only previously available in the original limited special edition release, it's still a treat to play. And of course, there's that demo disc of Metal Gear Rising: Revengance.
  4. Nov 6, 2012
    75
    Zone of the Enders HD Collection was one of the most important games on Playstation 2: 2nd Runner, but the original ZOE is as limited as ever, and the remakes suffer from poor frame rate.
  5. Dec 2, 2012
    70
    While Zone of the Enders sometimes feels like a retro grind, The 2nd Runner is stylish and engrossing.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    70
    Ultimately, Zone of the Enders HD Collection is something of a niche product. While the HD remakes are competent, The 2nd Runner is the reason to purchase the collection. It is noticeably the better game, in every respect. The original Zone of the Enders is nice to have for historical sake, but anyone who's not a core fan won't spend a whole lot of time there. It's all about the second outing. If these are ever made available as separate digital downloads, The 2nd Runner will be the one to get.
  7. Jan 25, 2013
    45
    For fans of the series, I am sure this will be an enjoyable romp, going back to the universe and reliving some great memories of the past, but for new players I would recommend looking at one of the more modern masterpieces than picking this up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 6, 2013
    8
    Let's be clear. Do not buy Zone of the Enders if you are thinking of playing Zone of the Enders. This is not what you are here for. 2nd RunnerLet's be clear. Do not buy Zone of the Enders if you are thinking of playing Zone of the Enders. This is not what you are here for. 2nd Runner however is essential classic gaming. It is the ONLY mech fighting game I have found that is worth it's salt. The action is smooth and grace full. The game allows you to feel empowered whilst fighting numbers of enemy mechs and makes you look good whilst doing it. The anime cutscenes are amongst the best in the business to date and the fusion of the Japanese Anime with a grace full yet frantic mech fighting game is perfect.

    Not many people will buy it... Not many people will know it even exists... but to play it is to be converted.

    I believe there is a new one in the pipeline... I hope so!
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  2. Nov 25, 2012
    6
    Zone of the Enders is one of the more 'stand out' titles released by Konami in the previous generation. For the first time, we couldZone of the Enders is one of the more 'stand out' titles released by Konami in the previous generation. For the first time, we could experience mech fighting similar to the ones in your favorite anime. Why a '6' then? Well, the bad news is that the first game aged horribly, with atrocious CGI animation and horrible voice acting. While the second game is still brilliant, it's just plain weird why Konami didn't simply 'reboot' the first ZOE in the first place. What's the point of having an incredible new intro when you are constantly reminded that this is a 'last gen' game. Kojima, can we finally have a next generation ZOE for a change? Collapse