Strider 2 Coming for Vita and PS 3 As a PS One Classic

Posted by at 12:33 pm on October 3, 2014

Strider 2The PS One Classic line-up continues to expand and include more obscure games. This week saw the release of every volume in the Namco Museum arcade compilation series, and next week also sees the return of another arcade classic hero, Strider.

Capcom has confirmed that the PlayStation version of Strider 2 will be released on the PlayStation Store next week on Oct. 7, and it will come with the perfect arcade port of the first Strider as well. Japan saw these releases on PSN back when the HD reboot of Strider launched earlier this year, so it’s nice to finally get what I hoped was coming to us.

For those who don’t remember, one of the greatest bungles ever in video game distribution came from the physical release of these games. Capcom accidentally switched the discs for Strider and Strider 2, and many were confused when they threw the game in their PlayStations for the first time.

Strider 2 is a decent action game with some excellent level designs and a great sense of style thanks to 2D sprites on a 3D background. The original arcade version of Strider is the more exciting game in the package. It’s an absolute classic from beginning to end, and there really isn’t any other action game quite like it. The subtle story elements which unfold in the game’s background animations and the absolutely insane level design are unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

This PlayStation 3 release makes it the most authentic way to play the game on a console. The only other modern version out there is in a Capcom PSP arcade compilation which can only be enjoyed to its fullest on the PS Vita these days.

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