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'BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien' Will Wear Out The Soles Of Your Sneakers

by Jason Cipriano   March 11, 2013 at 1:00PM  |  Views: 2,247

Run. Jump. Dodge. Those three things make up the major dynamics of most of the video games that have come out over the last 30 years. So, what happens when a game boils its gameplay down to just those three things? That question was answered back in 2010 when Gaijin Games released BIT.TRIP Runner - a running game that challenged players to stay alive through some of the most intense platforming ever released. Now, only a few years later, the sequel to that game, BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien puts players to the test once again, keeping them on the edge of their seats as Commander Video runs, jumps, and dodges his way through the first true successor to the BIT.TRIP series.

Developer: Gaijin Games
Publisher: Aksys Games
Gaijin Games started making a name for themselves in 2009 when they released BIT.TRIP Beat, the first of six games in the BIT.TRIP series that appeared on the Nintendo Wii, and later on the 3DS and mobile platforms. The original games in the series were different chapters in the voyage of Commander Video, and were heavily inspired by classic, retro games. Runner 2 is the sequel to the fourth game in that series, and is the first multiplatform, and high def entry into the franchise.

All you need to do to make it to the end of each level in Runner 2 is run - from left to right, avoiding any obstacles that are in your way. While that may simplify just what is going on in the game, that's the basic gist of it. It gets more complicated when Commander Video is speeding through a level, and players need to time his sliding jumps perfectly so he splits two enemies before needing to grind on a rail to make it to the finish line. Mess up one tiny thing and you'll be sent back to the beginning of the level (or the most recent checkpoint) to restart your run. As long as you can safely navigate your way through the twists and turns of each level, collecting as much gold as possible along the way, you'll help Commander Video escape the strange, alternate realm from which he was mysteriously banished.

Unlike its BIT.TRIP predecessors that were initially only released on Nintendo platforms, Runner 2 can be found in the online stores on all of the major consoles - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.

The original BIT.TRIP Runner helped to resurrect the infinite-runner genre that's now become commonplace pretty much everywhere, and Runner 2 builds on everything in that game. From updated graphics, to an entertaining storyline, to a host of unlockables, Runner 2 brings a lot more to the table, making it a more complete, and fun experience. Just because Gaijin Games are giving their fans more of what they love, it doesn't mean that they are sacrificing anything in terms of gameplay - Runner 2 retains the same simple controls for its maddeningly difficult (and subsequently satisfying) gameplay. Add to that a charming story narrated by the one-and-only Charles Martinet (otherwise known as the voice of Mario), and Runner 2 proves that Gaijin can break out of the retro mode of the early BIT.TRIP games and still create a basic, yet truly enjoyable, experience.