Okay I saw this game and expected some high-quality remake like Bionic Commando Rearmed and Duck Tales Remastered. You know, they're great classic games, uplifted with polished graphics and sound, but honestly the whole point is to get that dose of retro nostalgia. If you didn't care, you might as well download the rom image and play the old version on an emulator for free, right? For a long time that's what I assumed Strider would be like.
OH WOW WAS I WRONG.
It's so much better than that. This game isn't about nostalgia at all, it was made out of a genuine love of old platformer games and strives to bring something fresh and exciting into that genre. It's like what kids back then thought future videogames would be like, a supercharged progression of what they already have, and now it's come true.
Also, I'm convinced it's THE best "metroidvania" since Super Metroid. I never thought I'd say that.