Strider II, also known as Journey from Darkness, and Strider Returns in the U.S.A, is a platformer developed by Tiertex and published by U.S Gold. It was released for various home computer formats in 1990 and later ported to the Mega Drive and Master System in 1992.
Capcom gave the license to produce a sequel for Strider to U.S Gold and Tiertex due to the success of their home computer ports of the original game. Although the original computer versions of Strider II got mixed to positive reviews. with time the reviews became a lot more negative. Capcom later made their own sequel for the arcade and the PlayStation in 1999 titled Strider 2, ignoring this game and rendering it non-canon.
Why It Sucks
- Subpar graphics.
- Uninspired, dull and bland level design which doesn't allow the player to fully make use of Strider's platforming abilities.
- Clunky controls - yes, the original has this problem also but the levels were designed in such a way that they didn't ruin the game.
- Choppy animations.
- Unforgiving difficulty- precise platforming, enemies are way faster than you and they spawn randomly.
- Sloppy hit detection.
- Frequent slowdown issues.
- Random glitches (e.g: you can hit enemies from behind walls).
- You don't even play as Strider Hiryu, Capcom didn't give the license of the character and so instead you play as Hiryu's son, Strider Hinjo who is nowadays considered a joke character amongst fans.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Fortunately, this game is non-canon, as Capcom made the TRUE Strider 2. Needless to say, Capcom's Strider 2 is vastly superior than this game in every single way.