Welcome to the mini review, where I will be providing brief impressions on games that I never had the chance to play until long after release. Maybe you’ll see a game you want to try.

Strider 2 (PS1)

Completion Time: About 45 minutes

What is this game?

Strider 2 was originally released in Japanese arcades in 1999 and ported to Playstation in 2000. It’s a side-scrolling 2D platformer with some 3D backgrounds and environments. “In the future, one man controls the world. Calling himself the Grand Master, he rules with an iron fist of tyranny. Plagued by his insane dictatorship, the world spirals toward cataclysmic annihilation, but somewhere within the insidious corruption, a hero rises from the shadows. With the fate of the entire planet in his hands, he strives to complete his mission of destroying the Grand Master!”

This game was a little weird for me. I had never even heard of it until recently and I have never played the original. There was a problem in the U.S. release in that the game was packaged with the original Strider, but the games were on the wrong discs. Strider was on the Strider 2 disc, Strider 2 was on the Strider disc.

What I liked:

The controls are intuitive. The game was short, but sweet (never got bored or tired of playing). After you beat the game, you can unlock another character to play. The game almost never interrupts the action with cut-scenes or story. The story was simple enough that it was explained on the loading screens with one image. For example:

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The boss and level designs were really cool. During a certain boss fight, gravity was altered and you could jump in a certain way so that you would float around it, constantly slashing at it.

What I didn’t like:

There’s no real punishment for dying. You die easily, but you score does not seem to be affected by it. The arcade version punishes the player by having to spend more money in order to play the game. This is more of an issue with arcade to console ports, so it’s not really that big of a deal. It was a little too short of a game. It was also a little too easy. Also, this game progresses so fast that you barely have any time to see what the enemies really look like.

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Conclusion:

It’s pretty fun, you should play it. Because it’s short, there’s not much of a time commitment.