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Strider 2 is a video game released in 1999 by Capcom, and is a follow-up to Strider I, the first game in the series, produced by the same company. The game was released in Japan and was considered more popular than the original version.
The action happens 2000 years after the events in the first game, when The Grandmaster returns to life after his death in the previous version. He took over the world again, but a new incarnation of Strider Hiryu, the main character of the game, appears to stop his plans. Strider Hiryu was the one fighting and bringing The Grandmaster to death in the first game, so they encounter again in Strider II.
The graphics of the game consist of 2D character sprites overlaid over 3D backgrounds. The gameplay is actually pretty much the same as in the 2D side-scrolling Strider I. The character can be controlled by an eight-way joystick and there are three action buttons. In this second version Strider can perform new actions, besides the ones in the first game. He can walk, jump, crouch, slide and climb walls and ceilings as in the original game, but he can also dash by pushing the joystick twice to left, double-jump by pressing jump in mid-air, and do a backward somersault jump while sliding.
Strider can perform a thrust jump when climbing a wall, by holding the joystick away from the wall and pressing the Jump button. Besides the normal sword attack from the original version, Strider can now "Savage Slash", possible by pressing the joystick down and up in mid-air.
In this version of the game there is also a "Boost" option, which can be used if the character has at least one boost item in stock. While the player is in this mode, he can shoot Plasma Waves with his sword until the Boos gauge. As the Boost item is, Strider can pick up power-up items in the game, such as health items, a cipher extension or other additional boosts.
The game was released for PlayStation in 2000 and has a bit of a different storyline, but finishing both games and saving them on the same card will unlock a secret level called "Mission 00". This is a waterfall stage.
The game was considered very popular back when released, unlike the original version, which was not really a hit. However, the game was considered as not challenging enough and as very short, but was rated with high scores on GameSpot and IGN. GameSpot users and critics rated the game with 8.1 and 7.5 out of 10, while IGN users and critics rated the game with 8.1 and 7.