BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review [Capsule Computers]

Joe Morgan of Capsule Computers writes,

"In a day and age where rhythm games as this generation has known them are on the decline, the development team at Gaijin Games are looking to shake things up a little bit. Gone are the days of plastic guitars and drums sets. Instead, BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien looks to rekindle the days when rhythm games were unmatched with a controller in your hand. Does Runner2 stay in step with the days of glory or has it lost that lovin’ feeling? Let’s find out."

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masterabbott1868d ago

i hate this game, i dont like having to remember things and memorising things when playing a game.. but i guess each to their own.

sdozzo1868d ago

You must also hate memorizing the English language.

TongkatAli1868d ago

He fell into that one, well said.

brewin1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

What is it with this game that makes it so popular? I tried the demo and while the graphics are pretty nice to look at and the production values are high (they got freakin' Mario's voice actor!), I just cant see paying for one button gameplay. Isnt it supposed to be all about the gameplay? IDK, just seemed like a one-trick pony. Maybe I just dont "get" it. I mean, you dont even control the character, just the jumping. Kinda lame IMO.

M1chl1868d ago

Its totally not a one-button gameplay, when you progress further in the game, it gets way more complicated. I bought the game right away, so I don't know what is in the demo version, but I am like half-way through and still seeing new gameplay mechanics.

deafdani1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

I don't know about the demo, but in the full game, you unlock the full range of movement pretty soon, and you slide, kick, slide-kick, shield, perform rythmic sections where you tap A, X, Y, B (in that order) and sections where you rotate your right analog stick. And there's two kind of jumps, with different airtime, that affects your performance, as well. On top of all that, there's dance moves involved that gives you extra points if you put them off successfully, at the risk that timing it wrongly will make you bump into an enemy or obstacle.

When you mix all of these elements together in a single run, it becomes stupidly varied, and stupidly challenging.

So, no, Runner 2 is actually a pretty superb game, gameplay-wise. The rythmic running platforming it has is polished to absolute perfection, to the point that every single time that you die, it will be YOUR own fault, not due to bad controls or glitchy programming or anything like that.

If the demo only has you jumping, then trust me, it's a pretty shitty demo that doesn't make the game justice at all. It's very well worth the asking price of 15 bucks. I've already clocked in about 18 hours or more into it.

brewin1867d ago

Yeah the demo must not have been a good indication of the actual game. Thanks for clarifying. Never bothered with this series just hasn't been my cup of tea but this looks sweet! I'll give it a shot...