Hiryu loud and clear
People seem to arrive at the Strider franchise in a multitude of ways. Some vividly recall the original arcade version, and the stunningly accurate Genesis port. Others remember Strider on NES, a large-scale platforming adventure that was completely different but just as awesome as the first. Maybe you know him primarily as a Marvel vs. Capcom character, or perhaps you're among the lucky few who played Strider 2. Whatever the case, the new, downloadable Strider reboot seems like it'll have something for everyone.
From the get-go, it's clear that this reimagining still retains the breakneck pace and difficulty of the originals. Strider (complete with his neon red scarf) arrives via high-tech hang glider, dashes with every movement, and can swing his sword as fast as you can mash a button. But, like the NES game, this Strider isn't just about running and killing from left to right. Instead of individual stages, Strider's new target--a base once again ruled by the sinister Grandmaster Meio--is one gigantic area divided into districts. This gives Strider a Metroidvania quality, where exploration is rewarded by hidden secrets and upgrades like new sword slashes or robot assist types.
And just like the original Strider games, this mission is no cakewalk. There's a temptation to simply run forward and slash your sword like mad, but such a mindless tactic will only result in repeated deaths. You'll have to temper your dashing with carefully timed swipes, which can deflect bullets back at your attackers. But we'd expect nothing less than demanding difficulty--this is a Strider game, after all.
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Gotta love that classic metal hawk hang glider.
Strider's sword slashes still give off that unforgettable "SHING!" sound.
Expect to fight multiple enemy 'bots at any given time.
Strider's upswing launches just as well in this game as it does in MvC.
Strider's still able to grapple onto walls with ease--great for exploring levels or evading enemies.
That pose. THAT POSE!
Don't feel like closing distance to kill an enemy? Just puncture his face with a fistful of kunai.
Some opposition, like this shielded drone, require a slide-slash combo to take down.
Our demo ended with a boss battle against this colossal dragon, which we hacked into with impunity.
Each of the game's districts is ruled over by a General, one of which may or may not be pictured here.
True story: this battle sees Strider dueling with the Pooh sisters.
You'll need to master the pinpoint timing of bullet deflection if you expect to get far.