On Xbox One, Strider's visuals look like a natural extension of the excellent graphical design of Killer Instinct. The palette is rich and doesn't skimp on saturating the primary colors. Hiryu is fun to control, but he's almost as much fun to watch. He claims a spot on the list of excellently-animated ninja heroes -- alongside Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa and Shinobi's Hotsuma. Ninjas are the only individuals who can rock the scarf (hipsters only think they can), and Hiryu's might be the best; it's a wispy crimson slash that appears to be made of vapor. Environments might not hold up so well alongside all the insane on-screen action, but they are faithful to the original.
Strider's audio design takes cues from the past, much like Bionic Commando: Rearmed does. There are some hints of what once was, but they are blended into something arguably more modern, which is apt, given both the game's futuristic setting and the technological renaissance we are currently experiencing in our own world. The voice acting could have been skipped altogether, but what's here thankfully doesn't take itself seriously at all. In this day and age, nobody can insert a ton of stereotypical evil Eastern Europeans into a game and not crack up laughing.