Strider returns in a brand new adventure, complete with incredible side-scrolling action, and lightning fast combat all in a massive interconnected world! Download the full game February 19th and become the original assassin!
User reviews: Very Positive (687 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 19, 2014

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"A great interpretation of the classic sidescroller with slick visuals and metroidvania elements."
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Reviews

“Hiryu is back, and better than ever”
9.5 – Destructoid

“Strider is a great reboot and a fresh action experience for newcomers to the franchise”
8.75 – Game Informer

“Strider nails the thrill of being that ultimate ninja badass”
8.5 – Polygon

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About This Game

Strider returns in a brand new adventure, complete with incredible side-scrolling action, and lightning fast combat all in a massive interconnected world! Download the full game February 19th and become the original assassin!

Key Features

  • The ultimate ninja returns – Strider Hiryu, the original assassin that inspired many third person action titles returns in a completely new game for a new generation of gamers as he takes on the Grand Master Meio.
  • Lightning fast combat – Use an arsenal of moves and weapons against your enemies whilst slicing your way through a massive interconnected game world.
  • Plasma Cyphers – From scorching enemies to freezing them in their tracks or deflecting a host of bullets, the indestructible plasma charged cypher offers a range of action tactics for players to use against their foes.
  • Seamless Traversal – Jump, climb and run through the expansive game world with the speed and agility of a ninja whilst climbing surfaces to gain that extra height and engaging the enemy from virtually any direction.
  • Varied enemy design – From cybernetic soldiers to immense bio-mechanical creatures the enemy types in Strider guarantee engaging and unique combat challenges.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, 2.83GHz / AMD Phenom II X3 720, 2.8GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 / GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics solutions not supported. Controller recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Highly enjoyable reboot of the classic Strider series. Metroidvania elements, tight controls, and fun combat. Solid game all around. Worth the 15$. Pick this up if you're looking for a unique and entertaining combat oriented platformer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Solid Metrovania style game that does the original version proud. There can be a few times where the game may seem unfair but if you rethink your approach and use the provided skillsets those challenges can become much easier. The only thing I wish I could change would be the dialogue between characters as it's a bit tiring and melodramatic. If you want a good game to kill an afternoon with than I would easily recommend Strider.
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
not recommended - complete waste of time
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23.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Perfect
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6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
very cool game with great visuals and tight controls on top of the metroidvania gameplay makes for an awesome game
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13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Awesome game. The story line is sweet and the game play is great. ill give it a 11/10
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10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
this game is super fun and fast. sadly it ends fast once you collect all upgrades but definitly worth picking up and playing.
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7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Fantastic. One of the best metroidvania-style games I've played in recent memory. The game is fast-paced, very well optimized, has a great soundtrack, looks fantastic, and is packed with content. An excellent reboot of one of Capcom's lesser-known series.
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19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Bring back the exciting ninja action of original Strider, with modern usability to make it not a chore to play. You feel like a badass, whether you're just button mashing, or you've mastered the system. On of the best Metroidvania titles you come out in a while.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
So many good ideas executed very poorly. I have not played the original Strider, so keep that in mind when reading this review. Also this is my first impressions after playing it for about a little over an hour.

Controls could have been better, but they are tight for the most part. Strider's animations are very good and overall graphics (especially shader effects) are pretty sweet. Sound effects and music are lacking though. There are times where you are very aware that a sound effect is missing or that the music is trying to pump you up but falls flat. Title screens and transitions seem to lack polish as well.

Not enough variety in enemies. It also does this thing where bosses (middle bosses?) become normal enemies (further reducing the enemy variety). Normal enemies are mostly one-shot, which I really like in this kind of game. And the harder enemies require a little more, but not enough to slow down the pace.

It tries to be a metrovania game, but I don't feel it. There is not that much back tracking and the fast pace makes it even less obvious that there's backtracking. Upgrades come at relatively good timings and keeps the gameplay fresh. Love the fact that it's an arcade style side-scroller, which means no levels, experience, talent trees, etc, etc.

Overall I would say that this game seems to lack polish. It's not a bad game by any means, but probably will not be playing it again. Simple, fast-paced sidescroller with limited exploration. For it's original price ($15 at the time) I would say it's barely worth it. Any more and I wouldn't recommend it.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Mark of the Ninja makes you feel like a ninja by having you sneak around, cool and calculated. Strider makes you feel like a ninja by throwing you into huge firefights armed with only a sword and reflexes. You also have an inexplicable glowy laser scarf. GLOWY NEON COLORS EVERYWHERE. So pretty.

The default difficulty level is kind of high; I recommend playing on easy. You can attack as fast as you can mash the attack button, and higher difficulties just up the HP of enemies.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This is how you do reboots.

Strider Hiryu returns, along with his arsenal of animal friends (now plasma entities as opposed to robots) and his trusty sword.
Everything from previous Strider games can be found here, though this game feels alot more fleshed out in comparison to the arcade titles.

Hiryu's moveset's been given an upgrade, with some of his Marvel vs Capcom moves making an appearance. His heavy launcher from UMVC3 is here, for instance. Enemies can be juggled, certain projectiles can be parried and alot of the "outside the box" stuff from modern action games are also implemented. I really appreciated being able to pull off some combos utilizing the launcher attack and the directional light attacks in the air. Along with special moves such as a ground slam ability you obtain, there's some depth to the combat system.

Strider's an assassin, he's not a tank. As the player, you'll be dodging attacks and avoiding bullets as opposed to blocking them. Hiryu's really mobile, so it's no problem. The lack of a block button might be off putting to those more comfortable with modern games, but I really liked figuring out patterns and dodging gunfire.

Boss battles are frequent and all of them feel satisfying to defeat.

The only real issue I found with this game is that the PC port does not seem to be optimized pretty well. I have a decent machine and was experiencing some slow down in certain areas, and constant screen tearing. Especailly during cinematics.


I would definitely give this a shot if you are a fan of Strider's previous games or just action platformers in general. It's a fantastic reboot, which often times feels like that'd be an oxymoron, but it works very well in Strider's case.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Genre - Japanese Sci-Fi Action/Platform
I played the original back on the Atari ST and I don't remember getting much past the first boss, but I still enjoyed it. This is a change of pace with difficulty settings and power ups to help even the odds. The graphics look ace and Strider is a cool character to play. The bosses can be a challenge even on the easier modes. It can get a bit repetitive though so I would recommend playing it in small doses.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
What I liked most about this game was the focus on old school game fundamentals. The game takes the formula from the old Strider games and only expands the map size a bit. There’s hardly any dialogue or cutscenes at all. It’s no-nonsense ninja sidescroller action. I can’t remember the last time I played something that felt this stripped down and focused. Even the logos when you start the game go past faster than other games. This is the game for everyone who’s ever complained about modern game trends, and that they “just want to play the game”. It does this without wallowing in nostalgia. This isn’t a retro sidescroller, this is better than them.

I had a good feeling about Strider after I saw a clip of it, but even so I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. It does basic things right, such as putting the coolest stuff at the end, and the second coolest stuff right before that, and so on. The controls are as responsive as the Itagaki Ninja Gaiden games, and details like the sound design augment how good it feels just to move around and do things. I only have minor quibbles with it like how mouths don’t animate in cutscenes, and that you can’t skip some of them when you retry bosses. On the whole it’s one of the best sidescrollers I’ve ever played. Sections of the game had me thinking of Turrican 2, which is always a good thing. I loved it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
If you enjoyed any of the previous striders or are looking for a fast paced metroidvania styled 2D platformer.

Look no further. This game is the ♥♥♥♥.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Pretty cool game, the main character's movements really make you feel like a ninja. The ending made me shed a tear and is what really sets the game apart, it was spectacular and i'm trying to control myself not to spoil it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
CYBERNINJA. SLASH SOME STUFF AND GRAB UPGRADES. MAYBE SOME DIFFERENT COLOR SCHEMES IF YOURE INTO THAT SORT OF THING.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This game to begin with really put me off, its not until a gd hour into it your begin to enjoy yourself. Once you gain a few special powers the game becomes alot more enjoyable and there is quite a few to aquire! The bosses are enjoyable to fight but seem a little to easy and that rings true for the entire game aswell. Theres alot of collecting, outfits etc etc and I do suggest you try and collect them all to get the most from the game. Overall its very enjoyable, just dont be put off when you first start playing
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This is exactly what a reboot should be. A good action-platformer franchise taken into the new generation with fantastic, fluid graphics, a constant rush, and all the Metroidvania aspects you'd like to see! Really, even if you're only familiar with Strider from the 'Vs.' series, you'll see all the stuff you remember him throwing out in this, and it's all done so well! This is very highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
10/10 GOTY MAKES MY THUMBS HURT
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