Strider (1)

Released shortly after the launch of the Xbox One, Strider isn’t the best looking Metroidvania available on the format. It still stands out though, thanks to its high-octane action.

Taking control of Strider Hiryu is a pleasure, making exploring the futuristic Kazakh City an absolute treat. As usual, you’ll find yourself defeating enemies and obtaining upgrades that allow you to explore new areas. Strider doesn’t really do anything to progress the genre, but then it doesn’t really need to.

It doesn’t take a great deal of time to complete, and boss difficulty can be a bit erratic, but if you’re after a fun Metroidvania that’s full of fast-paced action, you can’t really go wrong with Strider.