Strider (Sega Mega Drive) (Old Review)

So a remake of Strider is coming soon…will you game companies please stop remaking classics, first there’s Duck Tales, then Castle of Illusion and now Strider, these were some original classics that were fun and remaking them means that you’ve ran out of ideas, adding more flaws to the game than the original, if you wanted to show a newer generation of gamers games based on the classics, just release the originals and make new original games because this is getting desperate and ridiculous…what the heck is wrong with me today?

Anyway, Strider, developed and published by Capcom for the arcades and funny enough UK rapper Tinchy Stryder’s surname was based on Strider as he played it as a kid. I’ve played and beat the arcade original on the Capcom Classics Collection on the PSP (I have no idea why I sold it to CeX), but I have the Sega Mega Drive port which is pretty much a perfect port of the game.

Keep in mind this story is from the Mega Drive instruction manual. The year is 1998 (???) and there have been many disasters and stuff I guess and people decided that instead of kicking each other’s ass, they decide to help the poor and homeless. A few years later and everything’s good but an Eastern European nation called Kazafu are attacked by some creatures and destroyed stuff, went to other European countries and do the same thing then do the same thing to 5 other continents and the remaining survivors were used as slaves.

Meio, the Grand Master studied Earth and decided to rule the world via his own space station The Third Moon. So after 80% of anything living was gone, an island Moralos who train Striders decided to assign Hiryu, a strider who is the youngest ever man to achieve the rank of A-Class Strider, to save the world and beat Meio.

Gripping story aside, the gameplay is spot on, Hiryu’s abilities are basically a jump and a cartwheel jump, but he has his important weapon, Falchion, a plasma sword that will slice any enemy in his way. His attack techniques are cool, you can run and mow down his enemies and sliding enemies to death. You also have your option robots: the Dipodal Saucer that fires electric blasts in the direction you’re swining your sword, Terapodal Robo-panther which tear the prey for a limited time only and Hawk Robot which damages enemies for a limited time too.

So now you know your weapons, the 5 stages are yours to battle, examples include Kazafu stage 1, slice everything in your way and battle stage 1 boss and battle Urobolos which is basically a robotic version of the Human Centipede (don’t ask) and Siberia, wolves getting sliced, and the robot King Kong, kill a Pirate and Chinese Kung-Fu fighters. This game is brilliant, it’s challenging, it’s fast paced, nothing ever slows down, you need quick fingers and a lot of skills to beat the game, but this also means that it’s also a trial and error game, you’ll die constantly if you play a couple of times but after some memorising you’ll do fine. I’ve played both the Arcade version and the Mega Drive version, and they’re basically the same, it’s a perfect port to a console, I can see why people have put this on their top 10 Sega Mega Drive games of all time, it’s just fantastic, both have aged very well.

The story is quite decent if you ever read the instruction book, the controls are good but you’ll have to get used to how Strider controls because he can get floaty when he jumps so timing is key. It’s a must recommend for any gamer. Let’s just hope the remake can deliver the same amount of great gameplay as the original.

You can get it on the Amiga, Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Master System, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, Virtual Console, Wii & ZX Spectrum.

Rating: 4/5



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