After playing the MGS2 demo I thought Hideo Kojima was God, I mean seriously the man who made it all. MGS2 raises the bar for videogames period and that may take years to even be touched. Now after spending countless hours with Z.O.E I realize that as great as Kojima is he does have a few flaws. Not many mind you, but none the less some.
This is a category I can not fuck with in this game. Running at a solid 60 FPS (minus some slow down in super heated battles) and the resolution is incredible. The models are very nicely detailed and the lighting is groundbreaking. The way the electricity flows through Jehuty is just awe inspiring. The cities are nicely detailed, for instance when you destroy a building it crushes into several pieces and you can even see shards of glass falling…truly stunning.
The voice acting? I was not impressed, after MGS I guess I have high standards, but the main character was annoying as hell. The only voice I though was great was the voice of Jehuty’s main computer. The music however is astounding. A subtle mix of orchestrated bliss with a slight hint of techno. Simply amazing, I must own the soundtrack!
A solid toss up here, on one hand you have incredibly responsive control. On the other you have a game that just lacks variety. After playing the first mission you can guess what the rest of the game is gonna be like. Fight, slide, slash repeat. Doesn’t sound like 50 bucks worth of entertainment does it? Well to defend it the game does offer 4 difficulty settings (none of which are that hard) and a Vs. mode after your first time through which is quite fun.
This is not a title that you should not play through. It is an excellent game with just a small lack of variety. If you are a fan of any sort of mech or action based title I highly recommend this one because it is one of the best. Not a solid hardcore gamer’s game, but a great game none the less….ZT