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  • Summary: Konami's "Z.O.E.", which just so happens to contain a demo of "Metal Gear Solid 2" (also designed by Hideo Kojima), features Leo Starbuck, an Ender on a space station orbiting Jupiter, battles to return a giant robot to its rightful owners while battling other pesky robots in the process.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Finally a game that boasts graphics that we have been promised would come out of our PS2s.
  2. This is one game that is not afraid to lay it all out on the table and let the chips fall.
  3. 80
    An enjoyable action title that's easy to pick up and play. If you can get past the preachy narrative and dialogue, you'll be immersed in intense combat and cool weapons.
  4. But although it introduces some exciting new concepts into its gameplay and environment, some of these don’t seem to be as well thought out or tested as they ought to have been, and a few other important game elements seem to have been sacrificed altogether.
  5. 75
    The 3D engine and control scheme they have created are absolutely marvelous, and the game's visual designs are top-notch. It has flashes of brilliant scenario design... So I hope their next game builds on those strengths, and does something about the problems I've already discussed at length.
  6. Fails to live up to the lofty Kojima standards but delivers a technically sound and smooth-playing experience.
  7. The fighting was fun but only to a point. After the endless battles with little variation even the fighting became tedious. Once that happened it was merely a matter of waiting for the game to end. Fortunately it was not a long wait. The game is ridiculously short.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. NoahB.
    Jun 24, 2004
    10
    Z.O.E. is a GREAT game but it's "M" ,it should at least "T".But besides that it's an 11.
  2. AndrewE.
    Jul 23, 2001
    9
    It's very good for a Mech platformer game. I would have given it 7 if it didn't inlcude the "Metal Gear Solid 2" demo. :D
  3. Oct 3, 2010
    9
    What an amazing game, what is even more amazing is that this game was a launch title for the PS2. I am really hoping Kojima one day decidesWhat an amazing game, what is even more amazing is that this game was a launch title for the PS2. I am really hoping Kojima one day decides to continue the series on the PS3. Expand
  4. Aug 14, 2019
    7
    The game's story could be described as descent or mediocre but where the game shines is its gameplay. An action mecha game which combines 3rdThe game's story could be described as descent or mediocre but where the game shines is its gameplay. An action mecha game which combines 3rd person shooter and hack and slash/action elements. Bear in mind though that it gets really repetitive. The controls are just okay and the fixed camera could annoy you sometimes. As long as graphics are concerned, they look fantastic. People who like mecha games and action games in general will definitely enjoy it. Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2016
    7
    Played the HD version (for PS3). Game length is ok, but game objectives can be hard to figure out, and the action does not feel like 100% mechPlayed the HD version (for PS3). Game length is ok, but game objectives can be hard to figure out, and the action does not feel like 100% mech mastery. One cool thing is the story feels cinematic and self-contained, like, you just go along and it tells you a pretty epic story. Expand
  6. KyleB.
    Oct 22, 2002
    6
    This was a fun a fun game, but there was a poor plot. You fall into a robot and then go on to save the world. The fighting is nice and fast This was a fun a fun game, but there was a poor plot. You fall into a robot and then go on to save the world. The fighting is nice and fast and you can cost alot of damage to the surroundings but they weapons you work so hard to get you use quite little and they will probaly rust. The main character is just annoying and you will skip most of the cut scenes. You may get stuck on a certin mission such as finding the raptor. You will spend hours looking for the way to pass the level. Thats if your mission isn't stoped dead on hostage rescue missions. This game is a good rent but a bad buy unless you wanted the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  7. Jul 26, 2013
    0
    This game is unplayable mess from every point of view.
    I strongly suggest you never launch this "game" even if you got it for free.
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    This game is unplayable mess from every point of view.
    I strongly suggest you never launch this "game" even if you got it for free.

    Plot is non-existant, main character makes me want to kill him every time he opens his mouth.

    Worst of all are awful gameplay mechanics and fact that this is unplayable without a strategy guide, because game NEVER explain what needs to be done next so its up to you to decide which of 5 already finished levels you must visit for 5th time to get another "password" to progress further.
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#32 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001