Posté le : 19 décembre
DISCLAIMER: This review is based on playing the game on "Perfect" difficulty which forces you to pick up all the pick-ups (failing to do so will result in death and restart of the level). Choosing another difficulty would make the game a lot easier...and less satisfying and not less bad.
I can not recommend this one. I thoroughly enjoyed (and completed on Rather Hard with all gold pickups) Runner 2. Saw this on sale and thought it would be similar and therefore similarly enjoyable. Oh how wrong was I.
Both of these Runner games are well known for their difficulty and while in Runner 2, the difficulty comes from nailing complicated combinations of kicks/blocks/slides and jumps, making you feel like a badass when you manage it, the first Runner puts MUCH larger emphasis on timing your jumps. Mistime a jump by 0,00000001 second and you are done.
Combine that with lazy level design where the set-pieces (sets of obstacles or whatever you wanna call it) are reused over and over even across multiple levels to create longer (WAY longer than any level in Runner 2, also Runner 2 has optional checkpoints) and arbitrarily more difficult levels and you have an awful and frustrating experience.
The game is absolutely brutal. To the point when I finally beat a level after 2 hours of trying, I didn't even get any feeling of accomplishement form it. I felt more like "Oh thank Christ that shit's over, now I can finally go play something else."
Considering this is the first game in the series, it is nice that the developers learned from this game and made the sequel better and more Satisfying to play in pretty much every respect. So in conclusion: Buy Runner 2, avoid this one unless you feel like replaying what's basically the same extremely lengthy level only with obstacles in different order over and over again.