The year is 2003. The month, September. The game, Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner. A sequel to 2001’s Zone Of The Enders, it came out on the PS2 and amassed a bit of a hardcore, cult following. The striking visuals, high-speed mech action and engaging, anime-inspired story struck a massive chord with PlayStation gamers. JEHUTY… If you know, you know.
Fast forward to present day and enter Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS. Set to be released on 6th September on PS4, it will give the PlayStation nation a chance to either re-live the journey or experience it for the very first time. Not just that, whichever camp you fall in, you’ll be able to play it stunning native 4K and the entire game will be playable in VR too!
Even better news, you can try it out tomorrow when a free demo goes live on PlayStation Store!
But what’s that I hear you say? You haven’t played ZOE 2 in years? You’ve never even played it before!? Well then, this seems like the perfect time for me to impart some wisdom and get you ready for the demo.
1. Start off slow
Not only is the demo playable in native 4K resolution AND VR, we’ve introduced brand new pro controls, giving you even more control of JEHUTY as you battle your way across Jupiter. That said, whether you’re new to the game or a Zone Of The Enders veteran, we wouldn’t recommend jumping in with the pro option straight off the bat. Give yourself some time to adjust to the basics first, stick with standard controls and switch over when you’re ready to take JEHUTY for a proper spin.
2. Practice makes perfect!
We all know just how aggravating it can be when you can’t grasp the way a game works. Mashing buttons and spinning around aimlessly isn’t particularly fun. So, when you get into the demo, take full advantage of the training zone.
Learn the best way to move around, shoot, dodge and basically get to grips with how you can truly enjoy the game. There’s no limit to your time in there, so spend as long as you like practicing away before flying right into the action.
3. Master your own combat style
Going in Orbital Frame first or standing back and observing your options are both useful ways to defeat your enemies. That said, there’s no set way for you to battle in the Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS demo. Get hacking and slashing right away or tactically pick off enemies from a distance – whatever works for you, works for JEHUTY.
4. If you can, do it in VR!
If you have a PS VR headset, you just have to try the demo in VR. Control JEHUTY from the actual cockpit, look at all the controls and check out a 360-degree view of the world. Fighting up close and personal becomes even more intense when playing in VR and locking on to dozens of enemies before you fire at them is hugely satisfying when it unfolds right in front of your eyes (literally)! Stunning visuals, check. Full control, check. COMPLETE IMMERSION, CHECK!
5. Turn up the volume
This might sound like a minor point, but sound design is big part of the Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS package. Much like the visuals, the game’s audio has been remastered to accommodate next-gen surround sound systems. So, turn up the volume and get completely immersed in the world of The 2nd Runner.
But don’t just take my word for it, download the demo for free tomorrow and take JEHUTY for a spin!
Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS is out on 6th September and if you pre-order now you can get 10% off if you’re a PS Plus subscriber.