ACTION, GENRE PLATFORMER DOUBLE DEVELOPER HELIX GAMES PUBLISHER CAPCOM PLATFORM PS4, PS3, XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, PC
Techno Ninja, Retro Ninja
When Strider first came out in the late 80’s as a side-scrolling arcade game, many gamers were enthralled by its colorful visuals, fast-paced gameplay and eclectic mix of music. Along the way, the titular ninja assassin appeared in two wildly different sequels, with the latter released for the first PlayStation console. Now that 14 years have passed, the time is ripe for Capcom to revisit the roots of the red-scarfed swordsman for the next-generation consoles (and gamers).
Developed by Double Helix Games, the Strider reboot revolves around Hiryu, a special A-Class rank Strider tasked to infiltrate Kazakh City and assassinate its tyrannical dictator, Grandmaster Meio. As players progress though the game, they will encounter numerous enemies and unlock many of Hiryu’s signature abilities, weapons and upgrades. While you will need to find the abilities and weapons to access certain areas of the game, the upgrades are completely optional.
Hack and Collect
Hiryu moves very fluidly around the various zones and in combat. In keeping with its arcade roots, fighting in areas with a lot of platforms can be rather tedious, as getting hit hard will cause Hiryu to be knocked back and most of the time, players will fall to the bottom and have to do the jumps all over again. With that said, Hiryu is able to slash as fast as you can mash the attack button, and it’s incredibly satisfying to master his many abilities to exploit the enemy’s weaknesses.
While navigating the various zones, players will come across strange floating POW icons and 8-bit Hiryu icons. These icons serve as the collectibles in the game, which include character skins (that’s the 8-bit Hiryu icons), game modes, concept arts, dossiers and story intels. In the end, it’s safe to say that Strider is a faithful reboot of the series. With a very Metroidvania style of exploration, Strider should satisfy both new generation and old school gamers.