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Zone of the Enders HD Collection review

On December 18, 2012 by Aaron Meehan

Zone of the Enders is a fast paced mech combat game and it’s the brainchild of Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima’s talent is on full display with a nicely fleshed out universe and a story which keeps you wanting more.

Now let’s talk about the collection.

Zone of the Enders was originally released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 while the 2nd runner was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 as well.

The plot of the game resolves around a mech (known in the game as orbital frames) called Jehuty and how it can be used to turn the tides between the Space Forces and BAHRAM a military organisation based on Mars, whose leader wants to destroy everything. The protagonists of both games sides don’t exactly side with the Space Forces, but since their cross you do end up helping them.


Combat in both games is fast paced and at times unforgiving. There is never a dull moment when as the game constantly having you move around dodging, blocking and attacking up close with a sword or far away with a large variety of weapons. Combat is at its most unforgiving when it comes to boss battles as they truly test your skills especially in the second game (The 2nd runner) where boss battles test your patience as well as your timing.

I’m sure I could go in depth about both games, but this is a HD re-release, so how does it look in HD? The first game doesn’t look like it has received much of a HD improvement with improvements to the texture quality barely noticeable and while sound is clear it doesn’t feel as crisp compared to games available right now. In contrast the second game looks to have received a far better HD upgrade, textures look better as does the sound and overall feel. Some people have stated that the frame rate has been reduced on the HD Collection, this issue can be made obvious at times with character feeling slow, but it doesn’t affect the overall performance of the collection.


Finally the HD Collection includes a new opening animation created by Sunrise who in the past has animated various mech series including Gundam and Code Geass. The animated opening is well done and gives players a brief insight into what they will see and do in the game. The anime opening from Sunrise can be seen below.

Overall Zone of the Enders: HD Collection contains two enjoyable games that are let down by an average HD upgrade. The collection primarily appeals to fans of the series that are waiting for the supposed third Zone of the Enders game. In short the collection is a game for fans of the series, but that said as person who never played the games on the PS2 I rather enjoyed it.

SCORE: 70%

Zone of the Enders: HD Collection is an average HD upgrade for a highly enjoyable and entertaining mech combat series.

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Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.

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