[Beyond PlayStation] Blast Master Zero 2 Review
Blaster Master Zero II was announced and released during the last Nindies showcase, and boy was it an awesome surprise! Learn more about this gem in our Blaster Master Zero II review!
Blaster Master Zero was a game that released during the Nintendo’s Switch’s first year, and it was a very fun remake of the original adventure with some extra twists and turns, gameplay mechanics and an expanded story – as well as several extra DLC characters that allow you to go back to the game with a different way of playing. During the last Nindies Nintendo Direct video, we were treated to not only the surprise announcement of Blaster Master Zero 2 but also to the great news of the sequel releasing on the same day for the Nintendo Switch!
The story for Blaster Master Zero 2 picks up right where the original ended. Eve’s body has been corrupted by some sort of poison that is slowly killing her, so for this sequel, Jason and Eve must race against the clock as they search for a potential cure that can save her before it is too late. Unlike the first game, which had to work with what the foundation that original Blaster Master had established for its story beat way back when on the Nintendo Entertainment System, for this sequel Inti Creates has gone all-in with a very interesting story that I really liked.
As was the case for the previous game, Blaster Master Zero 2 mixes up different gameplay mechanics and sections for your entertainment. You’ll have 2D sidescrolling action sections while riding around your powerful sci-fi tanks, as well as some dungeon crawling action from a top-down view. The game’s universe is quite expansive with the game being split up into seven different areas with the themes you’d expect from a video game – fire, ice, rocks, the works. Each location has a primary and lots of sub-planetoids to explore, so there is quite a bit of fun to be had on the exploration side of things!
Gameplay-wise some things have changed. Jason can now target enemies outside of his field of vision with a weapon that has a homing missile-style function and kill them without ever getting hit, but doing so will heavily deplete your ammo supply. Thankfully, the enemies you defeat will often drop some ammo which you can collect to resupply your weapons. It’s a really neat mechanic that might seem to you like it could make the game too easy, but this is not true since the challenge is still there to account for it.
This is a standalone release, but since it’s a continuation of the previous adventure, I do recommend you first play Blaster Master Zero on the Nintendo Switch before you dive into Blaster Master Zero 2 so that you can better understand the overall story arc. It’s not needed, but it will definitely help you connect in a better game with this one. The game continues with Eve being infected, so both Eve and Jason scour the galaxy in search of a cure. Along the way, as they explore each and every planet they can they will meet an interesting variety of NPC, some of which are friendly and some of which are not quite so. Each one has their own tank, which I thought was really awesome as it makes you realize that while Jason and Ever are special, they’re not the only characters out there that are like that.
As you progress in the game you will be rewarded with various upgrade unlocks, not just for Jason and Eve, but also for your newly upgraded Sophia III tank. Those upgrades will increase the firepower for the sub and primary weapons, and you can switch between them on the fly, which is really handy during boss battles because they are very challenging battles! As with the prequel, there are plenty of power-ups, and you will learn abilities that will allow you to gain the upper hand over your enemies.
Blaster Master Zero 2 is an excellent sequel to Blaster Master Zero that has allowed Inti Creates to flesh out the Blaster Master story and universe beyond what was shown in the original release back in the Nintendo Entertainment System days. Thanks to this, we get a release that feels as if it was part of a completely original series while still paying homage to the original, making this a must-have for all Nintendo Switch owners!
This Blaster Master Zero 2 review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Inti Creates.