Summary: (Update) Alright a patch was FINALLY released for the PS3 version of this game. There's just one problem, the first game still runs very clunky. The Second game in the collection now finally runs as good as the original on the PS2 did (or at the very least close enough that you won't really care. Now the game actually only seems to slow down in the exact same places it did in the original game as far as I can tell so far.
Awesome game, but Limited Edition not worth an extra $20
3 November 2012
Summary: LIMITED EDITION: I was expecting a lot more out of this Limited Edition. The Artbook is something only a little bit better quality than the Metal Gear Solid 4 artbook I got for free from reserving MGS4 from Gamestop so many years ago (Same quality you'd find in a $15 strategy guide, a lot less pages though). Then the CD is just...I wouldn't call it horrible, but it's pretty bad.
Summary: Having played through ZOE one, and currently playing ZOE 2 I am very surprised to find that this game slows down quite a bit during intense fighting sessions. It is apparent that High Voltage games did not capitalize on the opportunity to give themselves a good name by giving us a good HD transfer. I still love these two games, and I am still having fun playing them, but it just seems like a wasted opportunity. The cut scenes in ZOE 1 look pretty bad.
Summary: I was excited for this and when I got it not so much. The transfer or HD remake was done poorly by a third party studio, Konami let this fly which is unacceptable. The PS3 version has some low frame rate, while it does play better than the PS2 version why they couldn't get this working is beyond me. So the game is playable but not silky smooth like you hope it would be. The packaging on the collectors edition is also poor.
Summary: I just wanted to note to anyone buying this for the soundtrack: it's eight songs that are all remixed. If you like dubstep, then you'll like the remixed soundtrack. I was hoping the remixes were just going to be slight edits, but some of these songs...
Add three stars to my score if this ever gets patched (UPDATE: Read note at bottom)
30 October 2012
Summary: Make no mistake, I love the Zone of the Enders games. Next to Virtual On and the newer Armored Cores, they are some of the most fast, fluid and intense mecha games ever created, with the added bonus of a compelling sci-fi narrative masterfully crafted by Hideo Kojima. So why do I award this "HD remastered" collection of the two PS2 ZOE games one star? Next to the dire Silent Hill HD, this is one of the sloppiest HD collections yet released.
Summary: As a re-release, this game is really only best for those who have played it before. I've played games for about 25 years, and I understand the effect of nostalgia. The story is extremely cliched. Coming back to this game after roughly 10 years - it's amazing and great, but trying this game for the first time, it's a bit of a chore.