ZONE OF THE EN­DERS: THE 2ND RUN­NER – MARS

The mech se­ries takes an­other run at suc­cess

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When does a 4K re­mas­ter of a HD PS3 up­grade be­come an es­sen­tial game to add to your 2018 most wanted list? When it’s Zone Of The En­ders 2, piped into PS VR.

To give it its due, Kon­ami’s ven­ture into VR could be as big as the game’s name is long. ‘Zone Of The En­ders: The 2nd Run­ner – Mars’ hardly trips off the tongue.

The orig­i­nal game hit promi­nence be­cause it was Hideo Ko­jima’s pet project, but luck­ily it was more than a fan-bait­ing re­lease. The blend of melee and pro­jec­tile com­bat, mixed with a beau­ti­ful an­ime styling that sent rock­ets and lasers fizzing around the screen en­sured Zone Of The En­ders was an in­stant hit.

The story puts you in the seat of a stolen mech, the Je­huty Or­bital Frame. Ahead of you is the full force of the op­pres­sive BAHRAM mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion, and you’ll need to smash ev­ery­thing that flies your way in order to save Earth and Mars from its tyran­ni­cal grip.

VIR­TUAL VIEW

While the game’s PS4 Pro 4K tex­ture over­haul fresh­ens the 14-year-old vi­su­als, it’s the promise of play­ing the en­tire game in­side a vir­tual re­al­ity cock­pit that re­ally has us ex­cited, but also con­cerned. How can the speed and dex­ter­ity of Zone Of The En­ders be trans­ferred into first-per­son VR? The an­swer ap­pears at the bot­tom-right of your vi­sor, where you can see a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Je­huty as it ap­pears ‘out­side’ VR. It would seem to be a neat solution.

In bat­tle Zone Of The En­ders’ crack­ling fire­work dis­play fills the screen. Lock-on cir­cles buzz in front of your eyes as you scan the hori­zon for ene­mies, be­fore mis­sile trails and lasers flow across the screen.

Fun­da­men­tally, Kon­ami is of­fer­ing Zone Of The En­ders in PS VR. What’s not to get ex­cited about?

Zone Of The En­ders: The 2nd Run­ner – Mars will be re­leased early 2018.

As well as the PS VR edi­tion, you will also be able to play the 4K PS4 Pro re­mas­ter.

The de­pic­tion of the Je­huty mech will help ori­en­tate you in the vir­tual space.

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