Some of us may already be familiar with the story and the battle scenarios, but it’s hard not to have our excitement rekindle for the Zone of the Enders Collection. Say what you will about games receiving the HD remaster treatment, but the mere fact that Konami and Kojima Productions are continuing the ZoE franchise in some form is good enough for us, even if it simply consists of the first two stunning games given a fresh HD coat of paint.
There may not be as much hype for the ZoE Collection as there has for other HD collections, but for fans of the mech series it’s good to see Jehuty and the other Orbital Frames return. So far Konami has done a decent job at showing what the game will provide us and now we have a brand new trailer focusing on Zone of the Enders 2 - the game that many consider to be the best entry in the series.
A remake of the original debut trailer for ZoE2, the video we have today will definitely be familiar to hardcore ZoE fans but the most obvious difference will be the visuals. Far ahead of its time as a PS2 game, ZoE2 was beyond impressive visually as its mixture of anime style visuals and dense particle effects wowed those who played it, included myself as I was stunned seeing dozens of enemies on screen only to blow up in a awesome display of smoke, fire, and sparks.
Now on the PS3 and Xbox 360, ZoE2 has gotten an obvious graphical boost which looks nice. Some gamers can be a bit picky when it comes to HD collections such as this, but based on this trailer ZoE2 looks like it’s a faithful port as the visuals aren’t muddled nor are any trademark elements missing.
If for some reason you never played ZoE2 on the PS2 when it first came out then I wholly recommend you check out the ZoE Collection. Far from being as boring as other mech games, the ZoE games were basically the closest we ever got to a faithful anime inspired experience and it’s nice that gamers will be able to go on that journey again via the HD consoles with the added bonus of Trophies and Achievements.
The Zone of the Enders Collection will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 30th in North America.