Strider was part of PlayStation Plus’ instant game collection recently, so it comes as no surprise that it’s top of this week’s WeView poll.
Strider is a side-scrolling platform game in which you play as an assassin named Hiryu. As the youngest ever graduate of the Strider organisation your mission is to assassinate Grandmaster Meio and to bring an end to his oppressive regime.
Personally I didn’t have much luck with Strider; it’s really not my type of game. I found the game incredibly difficult and got stuck early on, eventually leading to me deleting the game. However, if Strider gets a positive WeView reception I’ll be sure to give it another go.
Peter reviewed the game for TSA scoring it 7/10. He said that despite starting “with a limited move-set, the difficulty of the foes you face are measured against this”, meaning it’s not overly difficult to begin with (for some at least!). New abilities are then rolled out at a “pace considerate to the repetitive nature of the action” with enemies becoming increasingly tougher requiring you “to vary your attacks accordingly”. The only difficulty spike Peter encountered was during the end sequence, but he admitted he “should have explored a little more” before facing the final stage.
He also called Strider was “a great looking game too”, saying the “brightly coloured attacks and the more sparsely graduated shading of the resulting smoke create an interesting art style”.
Of course the game wasn’t without a few flaws. Peter slated the unskippable cutscenes as “clumsy, basic and poorly voiced”, and the character animations as “a little rough around the edges”. In addition he said the “user interface is not particularly successful at marrying the arcade simplicity and large-text stylings from its arcade influences to the bold outlines and drawn-backgrounds of its Manga influences”.
Strider is an enjoyable game but it’s not one that particularly stands out against others of its type. It is cleverly designed, as this style of game must be, but not so much that it earns the right to sit alongside the genre’s ageing greats like Symphony of the Night and it’s not quite up to the complex replayability of modern classics like Shadow Complex. It’s a decent game that generally looks very nice and will while away a few hours, but you won’t be rushing to tell your friends about it and you might not want to return after completing it.
What did you think of Strider? Let us know in the comments below, and give the game either a Buy It, Sale It, Plus It or Avoid It rating. Be sure to get your comments in by Sunday evening to be in with a chance of being included in next Monday’s verdict article.
We forgot to embed the poll properly in yesterday’s verdict article, so you can vote here instead.