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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
  PS2Shooter_3DNA  
  opened by paleface at 03:19:34 09/01/03  
  paleface [sys=PS2; cat=Shooter_3D; loc=NA]
           
This is some cool stuff. Gorgeous anime-style cinematic cutscenes blend near-seamlessly fast anime-like mechanized battle-suit combat, helped greatly by incredibly heavy use of various blur, particle, and cel-shading effects. Makes for some good eye-candy. The controls seem quite intuitive and effective to me and you get a great sense of speed and power during battle.
 
The beginning has been quite linear, ie kill a swarm of robots, go through cinematic that takes you to another spot, kill robot swarm there, repeat. That sounds somewhat dull, I admit, but the cinematics and combat are both of such high quality that it's really quite nice, with smooth synth music synching both elements together. Thankfully the cinematics have very good voice acting and even if the plot seems like the editor dropped the sequences of the film on the cutting-room floor, it manages to convey a much greater sense of drama than the first game's petulant child story.
 
I still gotta go back and finish the first but I'm really looking forward to moving on to this one. I only wish your mech didn't have the silly name "Jehuty" again.
    

 
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