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Review

Strider Review

  • Game release: February 18, 2014
  • Reviewed:
  • XONE
  • PS4
Jeremy Jayne on Google+

Keeping in stride.

Strider is the sort of man who flies a hang glider into a warzone. He doesn’t get bogged down in the details, preferring instead to slice first and ask questions later. His latest hack-and-slash action game is the same way. Without preamble or pretext, you’re dropped straight into the action, cleaving through one hapless guard after another. Strider’s capacity for carnage is boundless, and the acrobatic precision with which he dispatches his foes makes him a delight to control. Right away, you have everything at your disposal to feel like a one man army, and as your arsenal grows, so too will your enjoyment of this well-crafted game.

Simply being Strider feels great. The way he moves from running to sliding to climbing a wall to bisecting a robot is so seamless that you feel like a tempest on the battlefield. From the arc of his jump to the range of his slide, all of Strider’s movements are perfectly measured to give you complete command of the action. In the beginning you can do little more than jump and slash, but by exploring the world and defeating powerful bosses, Strider unlocks new techniques for his arsenal. Reflecting bullets, throwing knives, and summoning a eagle made of pure energy are just some of the powers you earn, and those powers expand your fighting repertoire in new and interesting ways. Instead of mindlessly cutting down the competition, you could send your eagle to intercept airborne foes while you take out those on the ground. Alternatively, you could employ a long-range strategy using the throwing knives and reflection cypher to dispatch foes from afar.

Whichever you choose, juggling these powers together is a real delight, and cartwheeling through the air while dispensing death at 360 degrees is extremely empowering. There are plenty of locked doors to be found early in your quest with no means of entry--this is the game’s way of teasing you with the promise of new powers--and they grant you no choice but to pass them by. As you unlock new powers, referred to as cyphers, you are able to return to these spots and open the doors associated with your new cypher. This can help you advance along the main storyline or reward you with hidden unlockables such as concept art and new costumes.

As you acquire new cyphers, Strider's scarf color will change to indicate which cypher you currently have active.

While Strider’s world is filled with surprises, the backdrop itself is disappointingly drab. The game looks slick and clean, with a subtle scanline effect that harkens back to the ninja’s arcade roots. However, the moment you touch down you’re greeted with a futuristic, industrial aesthetic that rarely relents as you progress. Gloomy pipes and heavy machinery follow you wherever you go, splashed with all the browns, greys, and whites you can handle. Admittedly, this style has the benefit of making Strider--in all his crimson-scarfed glory--pop against the background, but even so, more variety in the different arenas would have been welcome.

Certain enemies also sport a splash of color to indicate a weakness to a particular cypher. Against such a foe, Strider must switch to the appropriate cypher and use it to disable the enemy’s defenses--most often a color-coded shield--before dispatching him. These enemies help keep fights feeling dynamic as they force you to mix up your tactics and utilize Strider to his fullest. One cypher, the cold cypher, does rise above the rest with its incredibly powerful ability to quickly freeze enemies. Frozen enemies can take no action, and are locked in place for several seconds. Other cyphers add to the enjoyable chaos of Strider's combat, but the cold cypher does the opposite. It simplifies encounters and feels more like a crutch than a compliment to your other abilities.

Unlike most rank-and-file grunts, Strider's bosses maneuver around the arena making them very different--and enjoyable--encounters.

Once you finish Strider’s main adventure, you can try your hand at the game’s challenge modes. These challenges come in two varieties: survival and beacon run. Survival challenges are all about testing your combat prowess. You’re granted a pre-selected loadout of cyphers and turned loose against wave after wave of enemies. Beacon runs, on the other hand, are all about speed and agility. Your goal is to pass through each of the beacons on your way to the goal, all the while navigating a trap-and-enemy-infested environment. This mode is especially welcome since Strider is so fun to control and the main game rarely tests your platforming capabilities. When a challenge is completed, you are graded on your performance and can compare your stats against others on challenge-specific leaderboards.

From the moment you embark on your journey right up until the final deathblow, Strider is a blast to play. Controlling this agile ninja feels empowering right out of the gate, and each new upgrade brings with it an enjoyable new way to engage your foes. While his world is a little drab there’s still plenty to explore even after the job is done. Strider is fun, pure and simple, and serves as a fitting revival of a classic video game hero.

The Good
Strider himself is wonderfully fun to control
Steady stream of new powers and enemies keeps combat fresh
Beacon run challenges let you flex your platforming muscles
The Bad
Strider’s world is rather dull and repetitive
The cold cypher is too powerful
8
Great
About GameSpot's Reviews

About the Author

While Maxwell's familiarity with Strider doesn't extend past the Marvel vs. Capcom series, he still knows a good hack-and-slash game when he sees one. After burning through this enjoyable adventure, he is excited to go back and discover the classic games that made this character a gaming icon.

Discussion

162 comments
sagejonathan
sagejonathan

Just beat the game after downloading it from PS+. Loved it. It was a fantastic game and I havent had that much fun in a long time.

StHapns247
StHapns247

The game is $7.49 (50% off) on Xbox Live this week. Seems like a steal.

strawnobi
strawnobi

I've been playing this game for a couple of days and I absolutely love it.  Two of my favorite games of all time are Castlevania SOTN and Super Metroid. I honestly don't understand why people are ripping this game so much.  It is a blast to play.  It very much reminds me of Super Metroid's world.  I thought the graphics are actually pretty good.  But I think whiny gamers have become so spoiled with modern graphics that they expect games like this to be "The Last of Us" level or something every time.  It's pathetic.  Also, I saw some comments about how there isn't much of a story here.  Honestly, who cares?  In this type of game the story doesn't matter much.  The controls are tight.  The weapons are cool.  And its just challenging enough to be fun.  Great game!!!!!  I hope to see more of this dying genera.  8.5/10

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

Will get this game since I haven't played or know Strider before.

Bigboi500
Bigboi500

GS's score is too high while GT's is too low. This game is about a 7/10.

komuchen
komuchen

Is or will it come with the first and second game also? There was some talking about this game being packed with 2 other games.

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

Well... I guess my year and half boycott of Capcom is finally over

I Had higher hopes for it, I wish there was a little more meat to the upgrades and combat system, but It can be pretty fun regardless, The fast paced action does work really well. Boss fights are Ok, nothing spectacular but there are a few that feel a little epic.

All that being said, Its one of my favorite types of game being a 2d metroidvania style game, and on a classic IP.


Heres what I wasn't too happy with.

I personally found the graphics kind of dull, the soundtrack wasn't anything special either, Nor was there very much to the story ingame, but theres alot of backstory you can collect and read from the menu, tho I would prefer getting all the details while actually playing the game.  The controls are pretty tight and feel good, but I just wish there was more depth to the sword play. Using the sword feels alot like it did in Strider 2 even tho that was a great game, this is 2014, that was around 14 years ago, Im sure they could have gave the combat a bit more depth than slash, and charged slash, and pretty useless pop up uppercut for juggling enemies that only works on regular enemies that die in  2 or 3 slashes anyways... 

Dont let my nitpicking discourage you if you want to check it out, it is a pretty good game.

I did have fun with it, and at 15 dollars its easily worth downloading especially if you like games like Symphony of the Night, or Super Metroid. Just don't expect it to be better than either of those games

7/10

chuckratm1
chuckratm1

Does this reviewer think he is some kind of game show host or is he just that bad at recording a voiceover for review? I don't know if I have ever been that annoyed by someone, I literally had to stop it and just read the review.

NTM23
NTM23

I don't liked the forced sounding enthusiasm in the video review. GameSpot staff have an awkward way of going about it with their tones. Eh, I don't really watch the video reviews much anyways, but just saying.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

I'm confused - is this an arcade game?  

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

This game is fucking garbage compared to the original. I have beaten all the ninja gaidens(even black) on master ninja, all the halo's on legendary, all the Devil may Cry's and countless more on the hardest settings and yet I can't get past the freaking hard DEMO on this with getting laser blasted from all angles while trying to scale up the side of a wall. WTF? Here I am mowing down fools without taking a hit by just spamming one button, but I fall down into a section and die while scaling a wall instantly. I know you can't ask for much with it being 15 bucks but jeez, game balance isn't that hard to do in 2014. I used to sink quarter after quarter into the ol strider arcade machine when I was a kid, but I wouldn't give two for this generic shit. Max must have been smoking something when he was playing to give it such a high score.

Tobajas
Tobajas

Max sounds so sarcastic in the video review o.o

zyxahn
zyxahn

Played the hell out of the Strider game on the Genesis.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

I wish Double Helix hadn't been bought by Amazon. I want them to keep making games for all platforms and not just exclusive content for the unannounced Amazon console.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Lol DK gets a lower score when there's more variety and its more challenging. Talk about twisted.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

The game is decent but i miss those pixels.
The graphics and the visual effects(the style) reminds me of Bionic Commando

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

i finished it yesterday, it was hilarious even though i haven't played the original one for it but this one it seems very very Nice game :) 


love it, sadly only 5-6 hours :( one day lol 

Gave it 9.0/10 

wEEman33
wEEman33

STRIDER?



I BARELY KNOW HER!

McGuirex3
McGuirex3

This guy's too funny voice review.

Goron24
Goron24

Is the PC review going to be separate from the PS4 and XBONE? I hear the PC version is a buggy unoptimized mess

sjenke
sjenke

nice. now when's that contra game that was announced at E3 a few years ago coming out?

JustWingin_IT
JustWingin_IT

Good review... keep'em comin'... Wish they'd take a lot more games back to something like this.

croxus
croxus

o, WOW, G$ stopped hyping M$ and EA's new bugfest, titanfall, to make a review for another game??

And they gave it an 8 for a game made from a Japanese company???

Hell has just frozen!!!

akiratasoeur
akiratasoeur

I would have liked to know how it compares to the first arcade version.  I also wish they tested music, sound FX, immersion, game play, graphics and atmosphere separately.


20 years ago, when paper magazines were the norm, games were given scores by 3 reviewers on different aspects to prevent bias.  Sound, music, game play etc.  I guess those days are gone.

forwiiaremany
forwiiaremany

You rate DKC: TF 6/10 and give this generic, unbalanced garbage an 8/10.  Gamespot you lost all the credibility you didn't even have to begin with. I just played this game on Steam and it's average at best, it doesn't hold a candle to even DKCR on the Wii. You were really hungry for clicks with the DKC: TF review, just pathetic.

Defender1978
Defender1978

No Wii U release?  That's BS!  Steam it is.

Gornitzka
Gornitzka

"Unlocking new powers also lets you unlock new DOOOOOOORS!" Priceless.

Sorrow_42
Sorrow_42

Couldn't you be more excited describing the game?


Game's awesome by the way fair score.

snaketus
snaketus

Looks interesting, but why particle effect must be overblown so much. It's very eye straining and can't see anything else what's happening. Another game bites the dust for me, because of using too much and too flashy particle effects.

marceldelta
marceldelta

This game reeks of ballz... just like Shadowrun and Flashback... next step is Another World... you guys heard here first 

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@thebastardsword  Enjoyed the game and grabbed the platinum, but overall wouldn't rate it any higher than  5/10 myself. Fun game all the same :)

ischiasal
ischiasal

@VakarianGirl iam confused too the guy says that the game is dull and repetitive and get 8 .   ARE U KIDDING ME ?

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@rickphoenixxx  Oh we got a badass over here. yeah it's on the easy side but it's still a good game. Being a tryhard died a long time ago. Stop being so uptight. 

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@WR_Platinum  different reviewer, or do you expect Gamespot to have a hive mind? And Mark said the bosses where hard not the whole game. Nice try. 

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

@WR_Platinum  I know. I never take their word for it. I love listening to game reviews who are certainly know what are they talking about.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

This game was developed by Double Helix, an American company. Only published by Capcom.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@chev7781 @Defender1978  And Ironically enough, For a nintendo fanboy your wrong its based off Arcade Strider. Original Strider on NES was about killing Kain not Meio

chev7781
chev7781

@RSM-HQ @Deadlysyns87 Typical fanboy logic: "People that post opinions that I don't agree with are trolls." 

 I don't know if you know this, but ignoring facts is what makes you a troll, moron. 

chev7781
chev7781

@Deadlysyns87 @chev7781@TomMcShea@forwiiaremany Don't you mean "hard on," dumbass? 

And what does that troll post prove? That you successfully defended GameSpot's honor, even though they don't have any, by trolling someone, and ignoring facts at the sametime?

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Deadlysyns87 Yes. Though, overall chev is just here to be a troll. Look below in the comments for more of his failure discussions.


Also @forwiiaremany Strider and Donkey Kong are different games from different genres of games. One is a straight up platformer, and the other a Metroidvania slasher. Come on! Also, it's freaking awesome dood! "generic garbage" it is not.


Mind you maybe your not a fan of slashers?

Strider More Info

  • Released
    • PC
    • PlayStation 3
    • + 3 more
    • PlayStation 4
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One
    Strider tells the story of Hiryu, the youngest-ever Super A-ranked agent of an elite corps known as the Striders. You can explore an interconnected world of Kazakh City in any direction you choose.
    7.5
    Average User RatingOut of 58 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Double Helix Games
    Published by:
    Capcom
    Genres:
    Adventure, 3D, Open-World, Action
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    All Platforms
    Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language