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Hailed as a successful remake of an old classic in a similar vein to Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Double Helix's Strider reimagining is often praised for its faithfulness to the core principles and atmosphere of the original game and Strider 2, maintaining their tight and responsive controls and total freedom of movement, and for the integration of the exploratory elements to the original formula. On the other hand, it's mostly critizised for its little variety in environments and color palette, decreased and unbalanced difficulty and a general formulaic or "risk-free" approach to its gameplay and set pieces.

The game has received a mostly positive reception from critics and fans alike, with the PlayStation 4 version taking first place in North America's February sales chart[1] and 10th in the March sales chart[2]. Strider also reached Top 20 in its first two months in Europe, ranking 5th in February and 16th in March.[3]

Critical ReceptionEdit

Strider has received a mostly positive reception. Joystiq awared the game a 4/5 stars, lamenting the game's lack of challenge which weighed the whole experience down, but stating these were minor issues overcome by the game's "absorbing fusion of action and platforming" and rewarding focus on exploration, referring to it as a successful ressurection of a long-forgotten franchise[4]. GamesRadar gave it a score of 4.5 of 5 stars, noting it was "a slick pastiche of '80s retro cool and modern gameplay" as well as "both faithful to its source material and still capable of finding its own identity"[5]. Polygon gave the game a 8.5, describing it as managing "to balance a sense of its history with the push for modernization", nailing the basic second-to-second thrill of being "the ultimate ninja badass" and that it captured the "wide-eyed exploration of 8-bit adventures" and married it to "razor-sharp side-scrolling combat".[6]

Edge Online gave the game a 7/10, stating it to be "a sensitive update for a series many thought would stay stuck in the past"[7]. Eurogamer scored it with a 7/10, citing it to be a competent, workable game which drew inspiration from the right places, but which ultimately failed to stand out among other Metroidvania-style games and was rarely anything but "a cover version of the greats". He also noted the varied quality of boss battles and the "samey" looks of each area as negatives[8]. IGN gave it a 7.5 score noting that, while Double Helix had a firm grasp on the essence of the joy of movement that makes Strider Hiryu such a great character, its slightly unbalanced design, mostly in terms of enviromental variety and boss battles, held it back from being a genuine classic.[9]

Strider made Kotaku's list of the 12 Best Games for both PlayStation 4[10] and XBox One[11] and ranked #6 in the "Top 10 Things We Love This Week" Must List from the February 2014 issue of Entertainment Weekly. It was also listed as one of the top 50 games of 2014 by Game Informer[12], and its soundtrack was named "Best Video Game Soundtrack Of 2014" by Sumthing.com[13]. In July 2015, Game Informer listed Strider among a top ten list of the best "non-Metroid" Metroid style games[14]. In 2016, ScrewAttack listed Strider 8th in its "Top 10 Capcom Games" list[15] and GamesRadar included it in its list of the 15 greatest reboots on the history of the Xbox.[16]

In Japan, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Strider were reviewed by Famitsu in its February issue, receiving individual reviewer scores of 9/8/8/9 for a total score of 34/40[17]. The PlayStation 4 version of Strider also ranked #16 in PlayStation Japan's list of the 20 most downloaded PS4 titles of 2014.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dunning, Jason (March 10, 2014). "February 2014 PSN Sales Charts in North America Have Strider at #1 on PS4". playstationlifestyle.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  2. Massongill, Justin (April 08, 2014). "PlayStation Store Top Sellers: March 2014". Official PlayStation Blog. Retrieved July 13, 2014
  3. Dutton, Fred(April 08, 2014). "PlayStation Store charts, March: InFAMOUS Second Son powers to #1". Official PlayStation Blog Europe. Retrieved July 13, 2014
  4. Cavalli, Earnest (February 18, 2014). "Strider review: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go". joystiq.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  5. Roberts, David (February 18, 2014). "Strider Review". gamesradar.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  6. Gies, Arthur (February 18, 2014). "Strider Review: Running Man". polygon.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  7. Edge Staff (February 18, 2014). "Strider review". edge-online.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  8. Parkin, Simmon (February 18, 2014). "Strider review". eurogamer.net. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  9. Ogilvie, Tristan (February 18, 2014). "Strider Review: Style Over Substance". ign.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  10. Kotaku Staff (April 14, 2014). "The Best Games For The PlayStation 4". kotaku.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  11. Kotaku Staff (April 17, 2014). "The Best Games For The Xbox One". kotaku.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  12. Brian (February 2, 2015). "Game Informer ranks the top 50 games of 2014". Nintendoeverything.com. Retrieved February 03, 2015.
  13. Geno, Anthony (January 8, 2015). "Pound For Pound, The Long-Playing Standing Ovation: Geno’s Top 4 Video Game Soundtracks Of 2014". Sumthing.com. Retrieved February 03, 2015.
  14. Reeves, Ben (July 3, 2015). "Ten Metroid-Like Games To Play While Waiting For Samus’ Return". GameInformer. Retrieved November 04, 2015
  15. Staff (January 1, 2016). ScrewAttack's Top 10 Capcom Games. ScrewAttack Youtube channel. Accessed February 17, 2016
  16. Sykes, Tom (November 9, 2016). "The 15 greatest reboots in the history of Xbox". gamesradar.com. Retrieved November 24, 2016
  17. Romano, Sal (February 12, 2014). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1315". gematsu.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014
  18. Dunning, Jason (January 9, 2015). "PlayStation Japan Reveals Top 20 Most Downloaded PS4, PS3 & PS Vita Games in 2014". PlayStationLifeStyle.net. Retrieved February 03, 2015.

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