Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner MARS

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

38%

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5 / 10
Sep 13, 2018

Zone of the Enders comes to the current gen in better shape than ever, but still an artifact of its time.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2018

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - Mars may have flown under the radar in 2003 but it now has the chance to shine again 15 years later. Just know that the budget price reflects the fact that not a whole lot has been added: so if you didn't like it then you won't suddenly be smitten.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – MARS is, in the end, the best possible version of the classic mechas title. The sci-fi game brings renewed joy to the players once again with a mix of anime scenes in this sequel. Even if the gameplay gets a bit tough in the beginning, it is easily managable. Furthermore, the feeling of immersion is very impressive, especially if we use a virtual reality device.

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5 / 10
Sep 11, 2018

Hideo Kojima has been accused at various points of promoting style over substance, and in this remaster of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner that's more apparent than ever. For all of its fantastically designed mech, and its tight and often enjoyable combat, Zone of the Enders 2nd Runner is an ugly, poorly-told and overly short slice of nostalgia that can't be saved by the introduction of VR.

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72 / 100
Sep 12, 2018

15 years after its original release, ZOE 2nd Runner is still a good robot combat game. Thanks to a great remaster in 4K it doesn´t look too outdated, except for the anime sequences. We enjoyed the VR mode, which allows us to play the entire game in first person perspective.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2018

Overall, the standard game is an excellent high-definition remaster and is the best version of the game to date. The VR mode ruins that impressive achievement and is wholly unnecessary. In short, play this for the high definition remaster and give the VR mode a very wide berth.

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8.1 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2018

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS is (still) the best mecha videogame.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

Konami wants to show its best past, but the company does it by eluding the original creative team. Zone of the Enders MARS: The Second Runner works well with virtual reality, but we miss some extra content and more effort to maintain the cult work.

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60 / 100
Sep 8, 2018

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner --- M∀RS is one of the best looking mech games out there, despite being a remaster of a 15-year-old game. Its fast, flashy combat still looks and feels good, but is constantly undermined by an extremely unwieldy camera. With its short, linear campaign, dull story, and terrible dialogue, The 2nd Runner seems stuck in 2003, despite its slick graphical upgrade.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2018

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - M∀RS is still one of the best mecha action games to grace any platform, although the decade and a half since its original release have caused Jehuty to lose some of its luster. While the native 4K60 and PSVR support is a great improvement, some other aspects of the game just feel out of date.

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