Many gamers from my generation – particularly those who cut their teeth on arcade machines – remember Strider fondly. The arcade version of Strider was far superior than the console ports, and provided one of the most adrenaline-pumping side-scrolling hack and slash games at the time.
The second one brought more of the same, but slapped it on a 3D engine that uses detailed 2D sprites, making for one of the most beautiful and unique looking games at the time (you’ll keep hearing that phrase, it’s important to put things in the proper context.)
However, the current gen saw very little of Strider Hiryu, and the best that fans were able to get was an appearance in Capcom’s series of crossover fighting games, which was good enough but doesn’t do justice to the franchise. Thankfully, Capcom’s Osaka Studio and California-based Double Helix Games are willing to give it another go via a new sidescrolling reboot of the franchise, which is scheduled for release in 2014 for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows.
You can check out the trailer below: