Strider 2 is an arcade game about Strider Hiryu, the second in the series.
"In the future, one man controls the world. Calling himself the Grand Master, he rules with an iron fist of tyranny. Plagued by his insane dictatorship, the world spirals toward cataclysmic annihilation, but somewhere within the insidious corruption, a hero rises from the shadows. With the fate of the entire planet in his hands, he strives to complete his mission of destroying the Grand Master!"
The game consists of six levels, with the last level being a bonus level (Only available on the Playstation port) being unlocked after the completion of the original Strider game.
Mission 01 : Neo Hong Kong City
Take out the terrorists who are occupying the city!
Mission 02 : Fortress Wahnen
Invade and attack the armed fortress!
Mission 03 : The Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf
Infiltrate the research facility!
Mission 04 : The Flying Battleship Balrog
Pursue the flying battleship Balrog!
Mission 05 : The Third Moon
Terminate the Grand Master!
Mission 00 : Waterfall
Investigate the Ancient Ruins!
While the graphics now consist of 2D images in 3D backgrounds, the gameplay remains similiar to it´s predecessor. Hiryu can perform new actions in addition to the ones he had in the previous game. Hiryu can walk, jump, crouch, slide, double-jump and dash by pushing the joystick left or right twice. Hiryu can perfrom a thrust jump by pushing the joystick to the opposite direction of the wall, which can help reach places more faster. He can also perform a ``Savage Slash´´ by pressing the joystick down and up in mid-air. The character currently in play can power up by using a ``Boost´´´, which makes the character launch plasma waves directly at the enemies for a period of time until the boost gauge runs out. Throughout the game, the player can pick power-ups, such as a health replenishment and extension, a cypher extension and boost stocks.
- Some items that the player can obtain from the game, like the barrel, Holstein, Son Son, Mobi-chan, and the Yashichi, are references to other Capcom games.
- It was developed for the ZN-2 arcade board, and later ported to the Sony PlayStation as well as being planned for a release on the Sega Dreamcast - however the Dreamcast 'died' before that port could be released. It was also considered to be ported onto the Nintendo 64 but was also cancelled, much like the Dreamcast version.