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In a future ruled by tyranny and evil, a lone Strider named Hiryu must use his sharply honed skills to fight for justice and peace, and defeat the Grandmaster, an evil dictator who has taken over the world.

Strider 2 is a fast-paced, arcade-style action game. Unlike its predecessor, it features 2D animations placed on 3D backgrounds. There is a range of new moves including a double jump, backward somersault and dash, which allows him to perform longer jumps. He also has the ability to boost his weapon, the Cypher sword, enabling it to release homing plasma waves. There is also a Savage Slash attack, with random slashes.

There are numerous bonuses that can be collected in the levels. These either boost Strider's vitality, increase the power of his sword or increase the player's game score. Another addition to the game is a Boss Gauge which lets the player know how much energy the mid- or end of level boss has left before it dies.


Strider 2 PlayStation Strider intro
Strider 2 PlayStation Antartic level
Strider 2 Arcade Story
Strider 2 PlayStation Climbing an ice wall.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ストライダー飛竜1&2" -- Japanese Spelling.
  • "Strider Hiryu 2" -- Japanese (original) title
  • "Strider Hiryu 1&2" -- Japanese Title.

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Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation May 26, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN PlayStation Jul 27, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Consoles Plus PlayStation Apr, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Cheat Code Central PlayStation Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 03, 2000 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Video Games PlayStation Apr, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet PlayStation Oct, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun PlayStation Apr, 2000 55 out of 100 55
Gaming Age PlayStation Sep 14, 2004 C 50


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The game also includes a bonus stage and the ability to play as strider Hien (Hiryu's rival) if a saved game from the original Strider is found on the memory card.
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