Summary: While I never actually played these games when they first came out the HD collection series with its improved graphics and audio made this purchase a good choice. Overall it's a must have for mech fans as you have free roaming space for the most part in the battles and a pretty good storyline as well. Still for those unsure try seeing if you can try out a demo online or at a game store to see if this is one game you'd like to add to your library.
Summary: I played the original two ZOE games when I was younger on the PS2. I picked this game up mostly for nostalgia's sake. The graphics face-lift is good, ZOE 2 especially looks good in HD. Gameplay hasn't aged so well, by modern standards the games are a bit plain, straightforward, vanilla, etc. But the combat still has its gems. I just with they had added a bit more content with this re-release but if you enjoyed the originals then I'm sure you'll still enjoy this.
Summary: I was very happy to get this collection. Zone of the Enders was a great series that not a lot of people got to play the first time around. The improved graphics are nice but the main appeal is own a bit of game history in a much easier to play format. Now if we can only get a HD Collection of Thousand Arms and the Dragon Quest Series.
Summary: The art book that comes with the game is almost worth it alone, since you'd be hard pressed to find the same content without going to asian book stores and paying a lot more money. The box art and presentation is awesome, really classy, really treating the game with respect and flare. I also love the fact that it came with an extra cd for remixes of the classic songs in the game, although I wish it did come with the full soundtrack for both games, but oh well.
Game 5 stars, Artbook 4 stars, OST 2 stars, Packaging 1 star
bernard mcentee, Amazon
24 February 2013
Summary: The HD Collection + the MGR demo is 5 star, the artbook is 4 star because while it has lots of images that are rare they really aren't too special because much of it is sketches. the ost 2 star because doesn't have the main theme, The packaging is 1 star: a glorified clothes box prone to bending. Frankly it's the lowest quality special edition I've ever bought which is a shame because these are high quality games that hold up reasonably well today.
Summary: The only reason I didn't rate this game 5/5 is because I was able to buy it at Gamestop for $10 cheaper. The game is excellent, though - it has tight controls, fast action, and the visuals have been improved. The graphics don't look next-gen, but I don't hold that against the game at all because it is so fun. Perfect for people who are tired of the clunky speed and controls of the Armored Core games. The voice acting isn't great, but I've also heard much worse.
Summary: I first played these games on PS2 back when they were first released. ZoE 1 has been cleaned up and streamlined, the cinemas don't look much better but the gameplay itself looks and feels smoother. On an HD TV though, it doesn't feel too much different from the original. ZoE 2 has been much more improved, cinemas and gameplay look and feel better overall. I preferred this game over the first, this stays true today.