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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
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Console: Sony PlayStation 2
Region:U
Year: 2003
RFG ID #: U-072-S-05780-A
Part #: SLUS20545
UPC: 083717200536
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Rating:
M (ESRB): Blood and Gore , Violence

Genre: Shooter
Sub-genre: Mech Fighter
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: DVD x1
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  • 185 of 7409 collectors (2.4%) have this game in their collection
  • 13 of 7409 collectors (0.1%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 1 of 7409 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

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Take control of a lightning fast mechanized robot in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, the most intense mech combat game ever. Fight an evil militaristic force in exotic locations, including huge free-roaming cityscapes, enemy fortresses, and even in the depths of space. With new weapons, mysterious characters, and an epic storyline that touches upon the themes of power, freedom, and love, ZOE2 revolutionizes the genre of mech combat.

  • Execute grab maneuvers-throw enemies into each other or use them as shields
  • Destroy up to one hundred enemies on screen simultaneously with impressive laser weapons
  • Unbelievable cinematic visuals combine with anime cut scenes to reveal an epic storyline
  • Additional gameplay modes, including 2-player Versus, Extra Missions and VR Training
  • From the creative team behind Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Review:

If I must choose my favorite non RPG PS2 game, I would have to give the nod to Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. This game is one of the most action packed, mind blowing experiences I have ever played. Sadly, this game was overlooked by many due to the mediocrity that is the original game. ZoE2 however, is perhaps the greatest direct sequel ever, and must be played by everyone.

Produced by Hideo Kojima, mastermind behind the famous Metal Gear Solid series, ZoE2 is an awe-inspiring masterpiece of beautifully interwoven story telling and balls to the walls action. With nonstop action, beautiful cinematics, and varied gameplay, players will be enthralled til the very end.

The first thing players will notice upon starting the game is the beautiful in game cinematics mixed with anime cutscenes which convey the story to the player. Like all games Hideo Kojima is involved with, this game is heavily story driven; however, unlike all the other Kojima games, this game finds a happy medium between cinematics and gameplay. The story is excellent, it follows the adventures of Dingo Egret, who stumbles upon an orbital frame (mech) named Jehuty. Essentially the orbital frame is one of the two most powerful orbital frames known to man and is the key to executing the most devasting weapon in the universe which will destroy those who are not enders (Mars citizens). As the game progresses the story unfolds more and more, taking twists here and there and introducing Dingo to a wide range of interesting characters. Though the game is a sequel, and there are some recurring characters, there is an option to watch a recap of the events in the original game so you don't have to play that mediocre piece of hype to fully enjoy this masterpiece. Also note, unlike that pansy Leo from the first game, Dingo has no problem killing people.

The game is set up mission based for the most part. You don't get to select your missions, they are simply given to you as you progress, but each mission is completely different. At one moment you will simply be flying through the enemy base killing all who oppose you, the next you'll be in charge of protecting civilians in a metropolitin area, take out an entire space armada, or, my personal favorite, storm the stronghold with an army of fourty against roughly 500 or more. There are much more kickass missions than that naturally. Besides the missions there are also outstanding boss fights which pit you against another mech much like yourself in a fight to the death (for the most part), and much like the Metal Gear Solid series, each boss has an entire background story.

The combat in the game is some of the best seen on the PS2. The mech has the ability to go wherever, and dash about quickly in any given direction. There are short range attacks via means of a sword, long range attacks with lasers, power attacks, and special weapon attacks. The special weapons, roughly 10 in all, each produce unique and impressive effects wihch further help to vary the combat. One of my personal favorite combat maneuvers, though simplistic, is the ability to grab enemies and pieces of the environment and use them as shields or weapons.

Besides the main story and it's multiple difficulty modes the game contains a versus mode, VR trainer, and extra missions. While the VR trainer is simply a tutorial, the other two modes are a blast to play. In the versus mode you have the opportunity to play as 10 different mechs, including the bad guys/girls, each with unique mechanics and movesets, against either a computer or a friend. The extra missions, more than 100 in all, allow you to pick one of the versions of Dingo's mech Jehuty and blast your way through various scenarios attempting to break the high scores.

In all, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is an outstanding game. It is undeniably fun and entertaining. My only real complaint with the game is that the story mode is extremely short. This complaint is minor though considering the high replayability. If you are a fan of the action genre, or you simply enjoy a good story, this game is well worth your time.

RF Generation Review Score


95%

Extra Media:

Manual Back
Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders [Special Edition - Konami Dendou Selection] Konami 2005 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders [Konami Style Premium Set] Konami 2003 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders [Special Edition] Konami 2004 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders Konami 2003 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 France S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Konami 2003 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 Germany S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Shooter
Sony PlayStation 2 Spain S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition, Colour PEGI] Konami 2003 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 Spain S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 United Kingdom S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition - Colour PEGI] Konami 2011 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 United Kingdom S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 Italy S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 Netherlands S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 Austria S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Simulator
Related Games:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders [Special Edition - Konami Dendou Selection] Konami 2005 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders [Konami Style Premium Set] Konami 2003 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders [Special Edition] Konami 2004 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Anubis: Zone of the Enders Konami 2003 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 Germany S Zone of the Enders Konami 2001 Simulator
Sony PlayStation 2 U S Zone of the Enders Konami 2001 Shooter
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Zone of the Enders [Premium Package] Konami 2001 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Zone of the Enders Konami 2001 Action/Adventure
Sony PlayStation 2 Austria S Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner [Special Edition] Konami 2003 Simulator
Nintendo Game Boy Advance U S Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars Konami 2002 Strategy
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