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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (2003)

Anubis: Zone of the Enders (original title)
Dingo Egret is an ice harvester on the Jovian moon of Callisto who discovered a lone Orbital Frame, Jehuty. As he is investigating, incoming enemies starts attacking Callisto and Dingo had ... See full summary »

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Shuyo Murata (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Barto Peter Barto ... Dingo Egret (voice)
Cynthia Marcucci Cynthia Marcucci ... ADA (voice)
Roger Jackson ... Nohman (voice)
Renee Hewitt Renee Hewitt ... Ken Marinaris (voice)
Remy Le Boeuf Remy Le Boeuf ... Leo Stenbuck (voice)
Jean Mazzei Jean Mazzei ... Viola (voice)
J.S. Gilbert J.S. Gilbert ... Lloyd (voice) (as JS Gilbert)
Matt Chavez Matt Chavez ... Taper (voice)
Bryan Session Bryan Session ... Captain (voice)
Andrew Chaikin Andrew Chaikin ... Volkovo (voice)
Jim Singer Jim Singer ... Rick (voice)
Desirée Goyette Desirée Goyette ... Angie (voice) (as Des Goyette)
Corina Harmon Corina Harmon ... LEV Navigator (voice) (as Corina Harman)
Willow Wray Willow Wray ... Ellie Kayton (voice)
Ian Swift Ian Swift ... Doctor (voice)
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Storyline

Dingo Egret is an ice harvester on the Jovian moon of Callisto who discovered a lone Orbital Frame, Jehuty. As he is investigating, incoming enemies starts attacking Callisto and Dingo had no choice but to enter and pilot Jehuty. Dingo fights the enemies and upon boarding BAHRAM Ship, Dingo encounters Anubis, an Orbital Frame that is a stronger version of Jehuty. Dingo's Orbital Frame, Jehuty is defeated in battle against Anubis and after that, Nohman, the runner of Anubis told Dingo to come to his office. Upon doing so, Nohman wants Dingo to join him again. Dingo refuses to join and he ended up getting shot in the heart and lungs by Nohman. As Dingo starts dying, a frame runner Ken Marinaris who fought Dingo back at Callisto wants him to help her. Two months later, Ken revived Dingo back to life and told him that his heart and lungs are gone and he must stay in Jehuty so that ADA gives him life supplements for his heart and lungs. Dingo thinks that this is nonsense and as he tries to... Written by kong_oliver@hotmail.com

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ZOE2 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The chorus to the song that plays during the boss fight against the Vic Viper ("Leo! Leo! Leo, let's go!") is effectively cheering against the player. Leo Steinbuck, the Vic Viper's pilot, was the previous pilot of Jehuty and the hero of the original Zone of the Enders. See more »

Quotes

Ken Marinaris: [referring to the original pilot of Jehuty] So who's secondhand?
Dingo Egret: Your father.
[Ken felt slightly saddened from the truth of her father and the medics arrived to retrieve Dingo]
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Alternate Versions

The European version, dubbed the "Special Edition", has features not included in the other versions. Among these are a new opening sequence, extra battle stages, and new difficulty modes. See more »

Connections

References Gradius (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Beyond The Bounds
Lyrics by Scott Dolph & Sanae Shintani (as Sana)
Music by Maki Kirioka
Arrangement by Daisaku Kume
Vocal by Maki Kimura
Strings: Asuka Kaneko (as Aska Kaneko), Kaori Takahashi, Keiko Shiga, Hiroki Kashiwagi (by the courtesy of Rock Chipper Record Inc.)
Mixing Engineer: Takehiko Kamada
Synthesizer Operation: Shinji Kano (Plankton)
Strings Recording Assistant Engineer: Mamiko Katakura (ON AIR Azabu Studio)
Production Assistant: Akiko Nakamura (3-D)
Strings Performer Management: Emi Kobayashi (Planet Arts)
Song Direction: Scott Dolph
Lyrics Concept: Shuyo Murata
Coined Word Transformation: Maki Kirioka
Recording Studios: pathway studio, ON AIR AZABU
Mixing Engineer (Remix): Norihiko Hibino
Audio Track Editor (Remix): Maki Kirioka
Supervisor (Remix): Kazuki Muraoka
Mastering Engineer (Remix): Chiaki Ikematsu (Sony Music Studios Tokyo)
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This game really kicks ass - huge improvement over the 1st game
28 November 2012 | by robotblingSee all my reviews

(www.plasticpals.com) Even if it was kinda mediocre, Zone of the Enders was one of the better PS2 launch titles. It sold primarily due to the included demo for the then-unreleased Metal Gear Solid 2. It had promise, and The 2nd Runner delivers on it and then some by dramatically improving every aspect of it. The storyline no longer focuses on the timid Leo Stenbuck, but Dingo Egret – a hard-boiled runner disenfranchised with the military. He unwittingly becomes the 2nd runner, and unlike Leo he's ready to kick some ass.

Zone of the Enders is a mech action game, not to be confused with simulations like Armored Core. Similar games, such as Virtual On Marz, don't even come close to this one. The action is fast and chaotic, but there is a method to the madness as each enemy demands a specific strategy. Some enemies will defend themselves with shields, some like to rush in swinging, others will stay back and slam you with laser beams.

Jehuty comes equipped with lasers which can be charged up into a seething ball of death, or fired in a huge barrage at multiple targets. If an enemy gets too close, Jehuty's standard attack switches to a sword swipe (which can be charged up to destroy forcefields). You can also grab an enemy, slam them into others nearby or use them as a shield. Players can pilot the mech up and down and in all directions.

As players progress through the game they'll earn a dozen sub-weapons which enhance Jehuty's stock arsenal of lasers and mêlée weapons, as well as add extra functions which keep things exciting.

When it comes to graphics, ZOE2 is arguably the best looking PS2 game out there. Yoji Shinkawa (famed character designer for the Metal Gear Solid series) delivers his unique brand of mecha, called Orbital Frames. His beautiful designs are loosely based on Egyptian gods and look nothing like the boxy contraptions seen elsewhere. Among my favourite details are the energy conduits coursing over the body, pulsing with life. Fans of Konami's Gradius series will be thrilled by the unforgettable appearance of the Vic Viper, an ingenious addition to the ZOE universe.

The designers really went to town on the particle effects. Lasers, sparks, electricity, and cel-shaded plumes of smoke fill the screen. An army of enemies take to the air, often a dozen at a time. In one stage taking a cue from Dynasty Warriors, your radar nearly fills up with red dots representing enemies. While slowdown rears its ugly head in some parts, it is forgivable given the incredible amount of action on screen. The environments range from the icy plains of Europa and desert canyons on Mars, to the futuristic interiors of interstellar craft. Often there are interactive elements in the environment which can be ripped off to use as a shield or projectile.

The visuals are only outdone by the music, scored by no less than 3 composers. Its feeling is similar in tone to the Matrix, mixing electronica with symphonic suites, perfectly matching both the kinetic action and epic storyline.

Unfortunately, the voice acting isn't quite up to the standards set by Metal Gear. Lines are stilted and poorly written, distracting from the situation at hand, but they generally suit the characters OK. It's not nearly as grating as in the original, so at least improvements were made.

ZOE2 features time trials, survival modes, a 2-player fighting game, and several options for future playthroughs. There's even a 3d mini game called Zoradius based on the first level of Gradius, complete with the classic Konami debug code. Players unfamiliar with the events of the first game can watch a short compilation of important events and dialogue. All in all, ZOE2 is a finely tuned action game with a great storyline and memorable characters. The game can be beaten in one sitting on easy mode, so do yourself a favour and play it on normal or hard mode.


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