Zone Of The Enders HD Collection: It’s Jehuty In HD

By Spencer . October 31, 2012 . 6:40pm

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Jehuty has been lying in Konami’s intellectual property basement between Bill Rizer and the Vic Viper. Since HD re-releases are all the rage Konami handed Jehuty to The Conduit developer High Voltage Software to make Zone of the Enders HD Collection and for the sake of nostalgia it has a Metal Gear demo. You can try Metal Gar Rising: Revengence if you have a copy of Zone of the Enders HD Collection. It’s like 2001 all over again.

 

In Zone of the Enders you play as Leo, a kid caught in the middle of war on Antilia. When BAHRAM invades the space colony, he stumbles upon an Orbital Frame called Jehuty and destroys his attackers. After the fight, Leo gets a message from Elena pleading for him to become a "runner" and bring Jehuty to Mars. As Zone of the Enders progresses Leo bonds with Jehuty’s artificial intelligence, Ada, through wooden dialogue. Zone of the Enders HD Collection uses the original voice acting and localization.

 

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Antilia is essentially a hub world in Zone of the Enders. Ada tells you where you should take Jehuty, but you can branch off and rescue civilians in war torn towns. Once you’re in a field you’ll see enemy robot groups guarding the area. You can fly around them to avoid a fight or crash into them if you want a fight. Jehuty’s attack changes from a sword when you’re close to an enemy robot to laser blasts if you are far away. You can also earn sub weapons like the Phalanx which sprays bullets and a sniper rifle by collecting passcodes. If you missed Zone of the Enders, combat is fast and furious. The game is also really short, speedrun short.

 

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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner drops the world map, but beefs up the graphics and combat. Jehuty can grab enemies and spin them around before throwing them. The robot also has a lock on missile attack that lets players target multiple enemies by holding down the attack button. Zone of Enders HD Collection does not support pressure sensitive buttons like the original games. You either tap or hold down the attack button to lock on to more targets. The control change affects sub-weapons like the Phalanx’s range for firing bullets. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner has an older protagonist who isn’t afraid to fight. Dingo Egret, an ice miner, also just happens to find Jehuty when BAHRAM comes down to attack. Since Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is a direct sequel you’ll see Leo too and boy has he changed.

 

Zone of the Enders HD Collection greets players with a new animated opening from mecha animation studio Sunrise. The bulk of the work was done by High Voltage Software and I believe this is their first HD conversion. While High Voltage Software showed a HD demo for a game called The Grinder most of their work has been doing Wii and PSP versions of licensed games or licensed Kinect titles. While the graphical upgrade is nice, Zone of the Enders HD Collection stutters at times. Konami sent us an early copy of the Xbox 360 version and I noticed choppiness in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner when enemies fill the screen.

 

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All of the content from Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Special Edition like the extra battles in story mode, bonus missions, and more difficulty options. Since Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Special Edition was only released in Europe and Japan, this content is new for North America.

 

Japanese blog PS360 has an excellent comparison between the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2 versions of the game.

 

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The short story is the frame rate is better on Xbox 360 than PlayStation 3, but both are choppier compared to the standard definition version on PlayStation 2. It’s disappointing especially since Konami and Bluepoint Games did a fantastic job with Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. I guess Bluepoint Games was too busy with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale to polish giant robots.

 

Zone of the Enders HD Collection could have been handled better, but are the games still fun to play, though? Yeah. Speedy combat and big boss battles makes the games in Zone of the Enders HD Collection just as entertaining as they were a decade ago.


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  • MrTyrant

    How will be the Vita version? I wonder…

    • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

      If by any chance Bluepoint will do it. Than I will be glad to wait for Vita version.

      • Elvick

        That would be awesome…

    • Corey Owens

      Hasn’t been any word on it for quite a while.

  • Curan_Altea

    I’m currently really enjoying this collection. Got the limited edition of course, and having never played the original Z.O.E. I get 1 game I’ve never played before. And the demo for Rising….. Blown away.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    2nd Runners is pretty good with Jehuty’s improvements adding a lot of variety to the gameplay. The missions help to reduce the repetetive element. One important thing is that you should not watch the 5 minute long intro before starting the game cos it shows you almost everything that happens in the plot (it spoiled me the ending one day I forgot to skip it as I could get what was happening!)
    Dingo’s voice actor made some scenes dull as he acted casual even when talking about a good friend who died. Ken’s actress also bothered me in the beginning as she acted very calm when punching Dingo despite knowing how dangerous was he. Leo’s voice actor in 2nd Runner is probably the best in the cast but it’s too bad he doesn’t get too many scenes or team ups with Dingo.

    • LynxAmali

      -Leo’s voice actor in 2nd Runner is probably the best in the cast but
      it’s too bad he doesn’t get too many scenes or team ups with Dingo.

      Leo’s VA is the same as it was in the first game, believe it or not.
      Aside from few odd scenes with Dingo and Ken being monotone, I actually liked the VAs for them. There was a few scenes like you mentioned though that bothered me.

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    its very dissapointing to see how poor konami have been handling their HD convertions, a framerate drop is a huge issue on a game known for its rapid and frantic gameplay, and specially on a game that could had the purpose to introduce people/raise awareness about the upcoming game, and this from a person who expended 100+ hours on the second game on PS2.

    • Altin

      Damn, that’s some dedication right there. I am currently playing it w/ patch 2.0. Doing my first extreme runs. These Cyclops pry my Jehuty butt wide open man..

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Has anybody noticed that the orbital frame’s cockpits located… in the crotch?

    XD Nah, to be serious the Orbital Frames are awesome mechas. Jehuty and Anubis are like combinations between Metal Gears and Evangelion Units. The weaponry is really awesome and it has even more weapons than a Gundam.

    • LynxAmali

      It was a joke.
      Even the mecha designer said so in an interview.

  • http://twitter.com/HaohmaruHL HaohmaruHL

    this disapppointed a bit but damn, it’s zoe, i’ll get it anyway
    maybe a fix will be out in the future, like for the bad SH hd ports?

  • Christopher Nunes

    Seeing the PS2 version of 2nd Runner compare to the PS3/360 really shows how fast and smooth is it and I’m a little disappoint that even though we finally got the special version of 2nd Runner it came at the cost of lower framerate. Hopefully we’ll get a patch in the future that will clean that little problem up, even if it isn’t a major problem, it would be great to play at the exact same speed as the PS2… which is ironic given that the PS3 and 360 is more powerful than the PS2 and yet the PS2 plays the game better than them.

    The developers really need to not be so lazy with these ports and really polish the game better, people would appreciate them more if that did. But still I’m really enjoying my copy of Zone of the Enders for my PS3 and I love it! I’m curious about the Vita version… I might pick that up in the future as I love the series and it would be great to play it on the go!

  • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

    Great preview, thanks for adding those comparison vids.
    Had my ps3 version pre-ordered for awhile now just waiting for it in the mail. It’s unfortunate that this version has the poorest frame rate. I guess I’ve learned my lesson about jumping on the pre-order button when it comes to HD versions of some of my favorite games. The money probably would have been better spent re-buying the PS2 version, but I did want those extra missions.

  • Corey Owens

    Had the LE preordered until the last day when I saw the framerate issues.  I can’t justify spending $60 on something I already have which runs twice as smoothly.  I’ll camp out eBay for the artbook.

  • $30632660

    Extra battles,bonus missions, and difficulty options for 2nd Runner?! This is the first I’ve ever heard of that!

    Japan/Europe exclusive content until a HD Remastered comes out the next generation……

    I never realized my american version of the game was missing content until today and I loved playing 2nd Runner more than ZOE1.

    I don’t even know how to feel right now….

  • Lucky_x

    I don’t see much of a difference between 360 and PS3, but definitely a difference between PS2 and the latter two… Kinda disappointing. I might just wait for this to drop in price after all.

  • SolidusSnake

    The framerate issues are REALLY disappointing. At least they’re not on the same level of fail as the Silent Hill Collection, but it’s a shame more effort wasn’t put into this port. At least I was able to switch my preorder to the 360 version after the video comparisons hit the scene.

  • idofgrahf

    In slow paced rpg, low frame rate, while annoying, is not a deal breaker, but if its fast paced fps or mech action,  30 fps minimum is a must else….whats the point? I mean a slow down from say 45-30 is not unplayable but a slow down below 30 for fast paced games is a deal breaker for me.

  • Syn

    Okay, am I missing something here, aren’t the more powerful systems supposed to eat up this game for breakfast in terms of frame rate, I mean common, the speed difference between the PS2 and the PS3/360 versions is ridiculous(ps2 version does not drop below 50fps whereas the hd versions both drop past 30fps at some points), the sheer speed of ZOE 2nd runner was what set it apart from the first game, *sigh* poor optimization is really not what I expected for ZOE HD, especially the PS3 version, real poor performance there.

  • SirTeffy

    I would not be surprised if High Voltage was using beta source code again… apparently Konami doesn’t bother holding onto final source for even their major hits *points at Silent Hill HD Collection*, why would they still have it for a “flop” like ZoE? It’d explain the frame rate issues.

    • Göran Isacson

      Huh, that’s an interesting claim. Is there any source for it somewhere, or is it one of those “heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend” kind of deals?

      • SirTeffy

        It’s a “Tomm Hulett spoke openly about the issues with the HD collection, and claimed they were forced to use beta code since the final source was lost”, and I wouldn’t be surprised if ZoE HD had the same issue.

        There’s 4 or 5 sources, but I’ll use my second-favorite gaming website’s source: http://www.destructoid.com/silent-hill-hd-was-made-from-incomplete-code-228158.phtml (first is still Siliconera!)

        • Göran Isacson

          Well now.

          I suppose that assumption makes a certain amount of sense now. I also guess that I should be pleased this game doesn’t have removed graphical effects like Jehutys glowy lines or something equally horrendous as the botch-job on SH HD, so… is it strange if this actually makes the ZoE HD collection look BETTER? It could have been worse, after all!

  • KrazyBean

    The HD versions are in full widescreen throughout the game, are in HD (obviously), have no screen tearing, and run almost as good as the PS2 version.
    Even though it’s a shame about the frame-rate issues, the HD versions are better overall (the 360 version is the optimal version though). Plus you Americans get the Japan/European Special Edition version with your copies =)
    I mean its not like the original ZOE2 didn’t suffer serious lag…it’s still a great game regardless of frame-rate issues.

  • squirrelmecha

    I have the PS3 version  And I no problem with play or famerate. I do agree with  360 looking better then PS3.  But their still both flawed.  Way it looks  It’s was better silent Hill HD.

  • VenerableSage

    …I think this has officially turned me off of getting *any* HD remakes coming from Konami for the foreseeable future; I bought NMH and got burned and I’m glad I decided against picking this one up since I already own the originals.

    Aside from MGS, I can’t think of any other HD remakes that they’ve actually gotten right. -_-

  • ギャビン

    So how about that Vita version?

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