Strider is a dynamic platform game that is a part of Capcom's popular series. It was developed by Double Helix Games from USA but the production was supervised by a Japanese team which consisted of many veterans of this series.
The game is set in a grim future where Earth is ruled by a cruel dictator – Grandmaster Meio. As Hiryu, a young warrior who achieved "Super A" rank as the youngest member of the titular organization, we must put an end to Meio's rule and kill him. The developers didn't focus on plot that much. Instead the story is only an excuse to fight with hordes of enemies.
The developers stayed true to the previous games in this series. The graphics are in full 3D but the mechanisms are 2D-based. The gameplay focuses on exploration levels full of obstacles and fighting with enemies. A special emphasis has been placed on the controls. They allow performing complicated acrobatic maneuvers and attacks in a blink of an eye. We can, e.g. run on walls, fight in mid-air, deflect projectiles with sword, set enemies on fire and use robot allies.
However, the developers didn't forget to implement new mechanics. Instead of having separate levels Strider offers a nonlinear world that consists of maps connected to each other. Players have a lot of freedom in choosing an order in which they want to explore locations. As the game progresses Hiryu learns new abilities that, upon going back to already visited locations, allows him to enter previously unreachable locations.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core i5 2.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB (GeForce GT 640 or better), 3.7 GB HDD, Windows Vista(SP1)/7(SP1)/8