So I bought the original version for a 10er on the PS2, pretty interesting. First off I'm absolutely blown away by how gorgeous this game is. It looks like a PS3 game, all the particle effects, the artstyle, the levels, how things blow up, crumble, it is all so well made. The frame-rate is absolutely horrendous though and not even consistent. There can be 20 enemies on screen and be fine at 60fps, but suddenly you Geyser a single foe and the game just tanks.
Was also surprised by the little changes the game had. The radar is gone, you get more detailed stats per sub-weapon in the menu, some fights are a little bit different too in terms of enemy composition. The biggest change by far though was, imo, how Spiders and Viola AI worked. Viola AI behaved very different, at times mixing up attacks etc. Spiders are way more agressive as well, they shot me a ton of times and even stunlocked me once on Hard (of all things). Grab range is also slightly nerfed with Jehuty also not auto-grabbing as easy (he doesn't 'snap' as much). Zakat is *way* more agressive, using his charge nearly 4 times in a fight and using his mega-laser nearly after every shield I grabbed. Really makes me wonder if MARS screwed up his AI. Your regular shot is now also a single shot, not three little shots. Super Hard is also missing in terms of difficulties.
Also loved the rumble here, the controller basically shakes the earth in two when you grab a foe and slam him into another. Great stuff!
Lastly, I don't think I'll ever get a bigger gaming achievement than this in life:
And yes, that's on EXTREME difficulty
. Did a Hard run beforehand and rushed straight to EXTREME, I was just in the zone and doing really well, never thought to quit or save. It wasn't until Anubis that I realized I might not have died yet. Then the tension rose. Almost lost it at the final boss with only a sliver of health left.
This also disproves the notion that for SS you need SS in both events. My 'score' here would then be:
That's a total of 3.5 and you only need 2.5 for SS. Rank notes here: https://stinger.actieforum.com/t75p100-zone-of-the-enders-2-ps4-4k-edition#11450
Also bought MGS2 for the PS2 (it was a buy 2 sale), so might take a look into that later. Kind of want to just do another ZoE2 run though.
EDIT: have to note that I'll now never go to 'pro' mode, since I'd like to switch between versions. I am concerned that there's no solid port then though. Wonder how the HD version plays now. If it is more like MARS or more like the original.
EDIT2: watched some HD footage, that version really is just like this one. The PS3 and Xbox One versions seem to be great, so might pick those up in the future too. Maybe the PC down the line too.