|System: PC, PS3*, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One|
|Dev: Double Helix|
|Release: February 18, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
In fact, there’s no place that the old school feel of the game becomes more apparent than when you face off against bosses. Bosses have truly massive amounts of health, and you are only going to defeat them with patience and accuracy. It’s a game of pattern memorization as you wait for the boss to throw the right attack that leaves them open for multiple strikes. Players who are more used to modern games with easier difficulties may find these bosses a bit off putting as you can easily die in only a couple of hits, but gamers who relish the feeling of a hard won victory over a difficult opponent will be in heaven here.
The presentation of Strider is truly top notch. The graphics are glorious and smooth, perfectly rendering enemies exploding into bits as Strider slashes through them. The environments are perfect, each of them a throwback to an old Strider stage both in design and in the background music. The voice actors are great too, if not a little hilarious. It feels like they are purposefully hamming it up at points, but that is part of what gives the game its old school charm.
There are a couple problems with Strider worth mentioning, however. First of all, it’s short. Casual players will beat it in 5-6 hours. Speed runners will likely blow through it in less than one. Some levels that we were shown as the game was being developed seem completely absent. Many enemies are reused from level to level and some levels do have a same-y feel to them. This doesn’t make the game get stale, but it does make slashing through the same enemies over and over again feel less thrilling.
But these are just nitpicks about a game that is otherwise pretty good. There aren’t a whole lot of hardcore action platformers out there these days, so Strider’s release is a welcome boon to the hardcore crowd. You’ll love Strider if you like being challenged, but more importantly, you’ll like Strider if you are a Strider Hiryu fan, and there are a lot of those. At the very least, Strider is worth a try, and as long as you are OK with its short length, you should definitely pick it up.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: February 18, 2014