Zone of the Enders HD Collection Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Zone of the Enders HD Collection Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3*
Dev: Konami
Pub: Konami
Release: October 30, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity

Oh, and speaking of story, ZOE 2 has a better story than ZOE 1 as well. ZOE 1 is pretty saturated with anime tropes, following the whole “spikey-haired, idealistic, brooding youth saves the world by accident” plotline. ZOE 2, on the other hand, has a far darker plot. Its characters are more mature, its war is more serious, and the threat of death feels far more real.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection Screenshot

When it comes to HD remakes, any reviewer has to ask this question: Who is this game for? Fortunately, Zone of the Enders HD answers that question in many different ways. This is one of the few franchises whose second game was more popular than its first. ZOE HD allows everyone who came in with ZOE 2 to finally get to play ZOE 1. It also gives everyone in America a chance to play The Second Runner’s Special Edition. Secondly, it’s a perfect value for any gamer who hasn’t played either of the original games, as the HD graphics and lack of slowdown make the game easier to play. Finally, there is one type of fan that this game seems perfectly marked for: Xbox owners. The original Zone of the enders was a PS2 exclusive. Now, Xbox 360 owners can finally see what all the giant robot fuss is about.

If there was ever a series that deserves an HD remake, it’s Zone of the Enders. It may not be Metal Gear, but it’s still one of Kojima’s best works, and this is a great way to experience it all over again. Not only that, but it’s worth picking up the game with the hope that sales will finally push Kojima to make Zone of the Enders 3.

Angelo M. D’Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: November 1, 2012

The graphics in ZOE 1 aren’t the best, but ZOE 2 looks great.
The controls don’t feel as responsive as they used to, but that’s just a function of the game’s age.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voice acting has a bit of a feeling of late-1990s anime to it, but the music is still great.
Play Value
Zone of the Enders is still an amazing series to this day.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Two Classic Games In One Release - The two classic PS2 games Zone of the Enders, and its sequel Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner are included.
  • Dramatic Japanese Mecha Action and Storytelling - Lose yourself in dramatic Japanese mecha robot action combat, set against an enthralling sci-fi off-world storyline.
  • Diverse Weapons - In addition to mecha units' hand-to-hand abilities, players will utilize both swords and projectile weapons during combat.
  • New Game Opening Animations - In addition to the animations found within the original games, The Zone of the Enders HD Collection includes new opening animations for both games.
  • An Advanced Look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Players enjoy an advanced look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance through the demo included.

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