• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 4, 2018
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: JEHUTY lives. And there, ANUBIS thrives. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner returns with 4K and VR support on Steam.

    Relive the experience Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS as a full-length remaster of the classic fast-paced 3D robot action game, recreated in VR, native 4K and in full
    JEHUTY lives. And there, ANUBIS thrives. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner returns with 4K and VR support on Steam.

    Relive the experience Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS as a full-length remaster of the classic fast-paced 3D robot action game, recreated in VR, native 4K and in full surround sound. Enter JEHUTY's cockpit and fly through Martian skies!

    The year is 2174 and the despotic BAHRAM military organisation is using new Orbital Frames robot technology to secure its grip on Mars and Earth. Seizing control of the JEHUTY Orbital Frame, the player is the last hope for the stricken planets. Strike deep at the heart of the BAHRAM army with unrivalled powers! Written and directed by Shuyo Murata, The 2nd Runner MARS is recognised as a masterpiece among space action titles.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Sep 4, 2018
    100
    If you can master the somewhat difficult controls, there is a great deal of enjoyment to be found in Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – Mars. Fans of the series should buy this immediately, and giant mech fans will also want to add it to their libraries. For others, it is certainly worth investigating, though the challenging controls might prove off-putting for some.
  2. Sep 11, 2018
    85
    The definitive way to play the best entry in the Zone of the Enders franchise.
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    80
    The 2nd Runner – M∀RS brings back the gorgeous arcade shooter gameplay of Zone of the Enders, with an adrenalinic VR twist. Welcome back Jeuthy.
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    72
    A game that fans of the series and old school gamers mustn’t let escape. Great combat, adult plot and anime scenes build the identity of this classic from Konami, plus the VR and 4K technologies. A cult game has arrived on PS4.
  5. Sep 23, 2018
    70
    The standard game is an excellent high-definition remaster and is the best version of the game to date. The VR mode ruins that impressive achievement and is wholly unnecessary. In short, play this for the high definition remaster and give the VR mode a very wide berth.
  6. Sep 19, 2018
    65
    Beyond the resolution increase, improved audio mix and middling VR, there’s really not much to this remaster. The exclusion of the first game also makes recommending last gen’s collection easier.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    50
    A faithful remaster of a game that time has not been kind to. It fails at modernizing it for 2018 standards, making it feel like a clunky mess to play. It pains me to say this because of how beloved the series is.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 8, 2018
    10
    GIANT GUNDAMS + SUPER FAST COMBAT! Nough' said.

    More seriously, it's too bad there is no japanese audio still in this version - but then,
    GIANT GUNDAMS + SUPER FAST COMBAT! Nough' said.

    More seriously, it's too bad there is no japanese audio still in this version - but then, this is basically your original game really neatly brushed up in 4K and VR - definitely not a remake. As a fan of the game, works for me, but not for everybody!
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  2. Sep 6, 2018
    10
    The mech are soooooo smooth! I can't believe slashing giant robots feels this good are so many years, the remastered look really is lookingThe mech are soooooo smooth! I can't believe slashing giant robots feels this good are so many years, the remastered look really is looking sharp. Wish it was longer - but if you're into fast battle and japanese game, treat yourself! Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2018
    10
    15 years later and slaying in VR - the style and flow of the game is incredible! Can't wait to see ZOE3
  4. Mar 8, 2020
    9
    Very smooth and addictive mech game... play this if you loved the original on PS2.
    Misses out on 10 due to some lazy voice acting and poor
    Very smooth and addictive mech game... play this if you loved the original on PS2.
    Misses out on 10 due to some lazy voice acting and poor camera angles.
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  5. Jul 6, 2020
    9
    Попытка в очередной раз продать ту же самую игру. А мы и не против. Игра великолепна, сюжет отличный, что ещё надо?
    Если когда-нибудь хотели
    Попытка в очередной раз продать ту же самую игру. А мы и не против. Игра великолепна, сюжет отличный, что ещё надо?
    Если когда-нибудь хотели поиграть в этот малоизвестный шедевр Кодзимы, то это лучшая версия.
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  6. Nov 17, 2019
    8
    Good story line, nice graphics and 3d models and fun combat overall. A few problems such as a part where Ken guides you on a mining field. SheGood story line, nice graphics and 3d models and fun combat overall. A few problems such as a part where Ken guides you on a mining field. She keeps yelling "stop" and making you walk in circles. Besides that great game overall. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    8
    As a person who played and beat the PS2 original, I was elated when I heard a VR version of this game would be coming. When the demo arrived,As a person who played and beat the PS2 original, I was elated when I heard a VR version of this game would be coming. When the demo arrived, I was ecstatic and after playing it, knew I would be happy with this version.

    Aside from Eve:Valkyrie, the VR has really lacked versatile cockpit fighting games. Granted ZOE is a linear game, but the immersion of the VR and versatility of Jehuty (not to mention the myriad of various enemies) makes the combat anything but linear. Its fast-paced, action filled, and more captivating since you have to be more careful of your surroundings than playing it in the 3rd person view like many other game.

    I've heard a bit of the complaints with controls, but again, as a veteran of the game it wasn't that hard of a transition. Also, hard controls are what makes the game more immersive since, as mentioned above, you are more immersed in the cockpit than simple hack and slash.

    The only knocks on the game are length and not adding anything particularly new for the game (as well as the graphics could have been a bit better even in the VR mode after 15 years since the original. However, if you are looking for finally having a gundam/armored core like experience from the cockpit in VR, this should do nothing less than tickle your fancy.
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