Strider

AC­TION, GENRE PLAT­FORMER DOU­BLE DE­VEL­OPER HELIX GAMES PUB­LISHER CAP­COM PLAT­FORM PS4, PS3, XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, PC

HWM (Malaysia) - - REVIEWS - WORDS KEVIN BATES

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.

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