Neo Hong Kong City (ネオホンコンシティー) is the first stage in Strider 2. The stage's official full name is "Take out the terrorists who are occupying the city" (都市占拠テロ殲滅, lit. Eliminate the Terrorists Taking the City).
Originally known as the city of Hong Kong, Neo Hong Kong has now become a megacity with a distinct two-layer structure formed by Upper and Lower districts. Recently constructed on top of the older area of the city, the Upper district has the appearance of a futuristic metropolis with hovering Aircars running across the skies of the residential areas, as well as high-rise buildings and huge skyscrapers taking over its skyline. The city's wealthy and greedy upper class live in this area, having moved away from the older sections of the city. In turn, the lower and older district soon became abandoned slums overrun with derelict and ruined buildings, and inhabited by the poorer social castes. As a result of this Neo Hong Kong City is known as "the megacity of corruption and decadence".
The city has been taken over by the Chinese Mafia through a violent terrorist strike, prompting Hiryu to come out from beneath the city's dark alleys to stop and exterminate all terrorists, wondering himself if "that man" is the one pulling the strings from the shadows. Infiltrating from the lowest part of the city where the destruction has advanced the most, Hiryu proceeds throughout the city's two districts all the way to the highest point, eliminating all the Mafia's armed goons and hired assassins in his path, and finally destroying their trump card: the mechanical Emperor Dragon.
Lower Class Detroyed Area (下部階層被破壊エリア)
Known as "Neo Hong Kong City" in the English script.
The bottom of the Lower district, who has suffered not only the abandonment of all but the lowest classes but also the brunt of the terrorist strike. Formed by what was once the old Hong Kong, most of the area consists of a long concrete street that has suffered heavy damage, being shown cracked, sunken and broken apart into sections. Several neon signs can be seen in the background, promoting bussiness such as the "Neo Hong Kong Cinematheque" and a restaurant. Broken remains of old cars are scattered across the whole area as well.
Hiryu starts out in a small sunken area of the street, followed by an elevated section. Across this area he fights off the Chinese Mafia's grunt troops and flying Shishi turrets. The road splits into several small pits before reaching the Transport, Hiryu's first boss enemy. After destroying it, there's a long pit and a final stretch of road at the other side. After clearing the pit, Hiryu faces the Terrorist Honghuo in front of a burning car.
Lower Class Upper Area (下部階層 天面エリア)
Known as "The slums of the city" in the English script.
An urban area which appears to be a wide corridor or tunnel which zig-zags up then down, and ends in a small hall protected by the Mafia's Spider Form. At the end of this hall stands a building and an ascending path, which leads into a large spacious exterior area. This area is a long ascending incline housing a large lift platform which slowly moves up and down, leading into a vent connected to the next area. A large sign portraying an unknown old man (perhaps the city's governor) can be seen atop the building on the right.
Hiryu faces the 2nd Spider Form in this area, using the lift to reach it as it flies high above him; then confronts the final Spider Form after it descends from the vent.
Class-Connecting Elevator Room (階層連結昇降室)
Known as "A dirty passageway" in the English script.
The middle point of Neo Hong Kong, which connects the Lower district with the Upper one. This area is clearly split into two sections: the lower floor appears to be an abandoned shopping mall, while the top floor is a large circular room with four moving platforms in the middle. The background of this area is a large window with a view of the city's residential area.
Hiryu starts in front of a working moving stairway faced by the Mafia's goons. Dashing upwards, there's an opening into the ceiling reaching into the top floor, and a small room all the way east with a few crates. The top floor has a constant surge of Goblins and flying turrets, as well as items at each wall and on top of the platforms. Hiryu must travel upwards through the platforms and walls to reach the small exit in the ceiling.
Upper Class Residential Area (上部階層居住エリア)
Known as "The high society residential area" in the English script.
The residential areas of the Upper district, where the upper class makes a living. The area Hiryu arrives to is a heavily transited aerial route, where Aircars can be seen driving back and forth around huge skyscrapers. In this short area Hiryu faces the Kuniang martial arts team, jumping from one moving vehicle to another while avoiding their deadly kick attacks.
Upper Class Highest Area (上部階層最頂エリア)
Known as "The wealthy area of the city" in the English script.
The highest area in the city, atop the rooftops of the buildings inhabited by the most wealthy members of society. Hiryu begins in a rooftop connected to a construction site, an I-beam structure filled with Goblins. At the start, a crane next to the construction site is raised, blocking Hiryu's path. It lowers only after destroying the two Tiger Forms. Following the crane, there's a large satellite dish where Solo ambushes Hiryu. After the battle, Solo moves away to a nearby set of rooftops for the final battle.
This final area is set on the top of two rooftops with a wide gap between them, and a large skyscraper standing to the right, which can be climbed all the way up for a few hidden Score Up items.
Neo Hong Kong Skies (ネオホンコン 上空)
Known as "The skies of Neo Hong Kong" in the English script.
For the final confrontation against the Emperor Dragon, the machine takes Hiryu to the skies of Neo Hong Kong. Hiryu battles the mechanical dragon as it twists and turns above the skyscrapers, attempting to throw him off to his death.
Enemies present in this stage include:
- Tianhou Troop (Scenes 1, 2 and 3)
- Shishi (Scenes 1, 3, 4 and 5)
- Goblin (Scenes 1, 2, 3 and 5)
- Transport (Scene 1 Mid-Boss)
- Fei Bao Ping (Scene 1)
- Terrorist (Scene 1 Boss)
- Piao Dan Ju (Scenes 2 and 5)
- Spider Form (Scene 2 Boss)
- Bianfu Bo (Scene 3)
- Kuniang (Scene 4 Boss)
- Tiger Form (Scene 5 Mid-Boss)
- Solo (Scene 5 Boss)
- Emperor Dragon (Scene 6 Boss)
A listing of locations for all known hidden Score Up items in this stage.
|Scene 1 Locations|
|#1||Once reaching the first gap in the stage, climb down the left wall and strike right.|
|#2||Reach the second gap in the stage, climb down the left wall and strike right.|
|#3||Once on the inclined street with the inverse "30", stand at the top of the number and perform a Double Jump left. Strike the area in mid-air to reveal the item.|
|#4||Stand on the bottom of the 30, jump straight upwards and strike.|
|#5||Found right above #4, requires jumping from the top of the slanted street to reach.|
|#6||After beating the Transport and before jumping off, strike at the area in front of the twisted girder high above Hiryu.|
|#7||Climb down the wall before the big jump leading into the Terrorist all the way down and strike right.|
|Scene 2 Locations|
|#1||Strike the area in the ceiling where the camara makes a turn.|
|#2||Reach the red arrow pointing up, then backtrack all the way to the beginning. An Item Box will appear.|
|#3||Destroy the Spider Form 1, then rush to the right and grab the item at the right wall on the ascending shaft. This item will disappear if not picked quickly, making the following ones unobtainable as well.|
|#4||Instantly after grabbing #3, perform a Hassou Jump to the left wall to grab the item that appears. This item appears right after picking the previous one and disappears instantly, so it must be grabbed very quickly.|
|#5||From #4, perform another Hassou Jump to the right wall to grab the item that just appeared. This item appears right after picking the previous one and disappears instantly, so it must be grabbed very quickly.|
|#6||From #5, perform another Hassou Jump to the left wall to grab the item that just appeared. This item appears right after picking the previous one and disappears instantly, so it must be grabbed very quickly.|
|#7||From #6, performs another Hassou Jump to the right wall and quickly climb up to grab the item next to the large sign. This item appears right after picking the previous one and disappears instantly, so it must be grabbed very quickly.|
|#8||Go back down the shaft and climb next to the vent entrance. The item can be found floating just above it, on the shaft's left wall.|
|Scene 3 Locations|
|#1||Instead of following the two arrows up, continue right to find an Item Box on top of a metal gray box. Strike the space on the left of this metal box while climbing to reveal an item floating there.|
|#2||After getting the Item Box in #1, go back and cling to the underside of the floor. An Item Box is now found floating to the right.|
|#3||Continue moving right from #2 until reaching the end. An Item Box is now found floating at the top-right corner of the wall.|
|#4||Drop off from #3 and walk towards the staircase. An Item Box is now found in its base.|
|#5||Climb to the side of the moving platform located at the right side of the area and strike right, in front of the small alcove between floors.|
|#6||At the right side of the exit. Its found floating below the vent opening, so it may require dropping out from the ceiling and slashing while failing.|
|Scene 5 Locations|
|#1||Once the 1st Tiger Form battle starts, go back left and climb down the red structure until you reach a small area in the middle. Strike at the top-right corner.|
|#2||There's a downwards descend in the middle of the red structure, with two girders marking its sides. Move right (this activates the 2nd Tiger Form boss) and strike at the lower corner of the girder.|
|#3||There's an Item Box at the top of the metallic crane that was raised before the boss battles. Once the crane is lowered after the 2nd Tiger Form is destroyed this item becomes unobtainable.|
|#4||After the crane is lowered, cling to its underside and move all the way left to its base. Strike at the area to reveal the item.|
|#5||From #4, move right and strike at the direction to reveal another item.|
|#6||Reach the satellite dish next to the crane and climb down until the part where the dish meets with the metal bars. Stop in the middle of the last set of metal bars, turn left and strike.|
|#7||From #6, continue right until reaching the base of the dish and strike at the space near the wall.|
|#8||The item is hidden around the top of the area for Solo's 1st battle. Jump forward after the intro ends and strike at the right direction, above where the red arrow appears.|
|#9||Before jumping into the building for the 2nd battle with Solo, strike the space at the base of the satellite. This location is above the Item Box found at the bottom of this area.|
|#10||In the area where you fight Solo for the 2nd time, move right and climb the right-most skyscraper all the way to its top.|
|#11||From #10 stand in the rooftop of the skyscraper (not the pointed tip, but the flat surface below) and jump left, then strike when in the apex of the jump to reveal the item.|
|#12||Go to the gap between buildings, climb down the left side until the part where the incline ends and strike to the left.|
|#13||Same as #12, only at the right side instead.|
|Scene 6 Locations|
|#1||Strike at the space on the top left after the Emperor Dragon stops shooting its initial volley of 3 projectiles. This happens at around 2:24 from the beginning of the scene.|
|#2||As soon as the Emperor Dragon dives down, strike around to its right space near the moon. This happens at around 1:56 from the beginning of the scene.|
|#3||At around 1:42 the Emperor Dragon starts flying straight, jump left and strike the space around.|
|#4||At around 0:53 the Emperor Dragon starts flying straight down, strike at the right side around where the moon stands.|
|#5||At around 0:40 the Emperor Dragon will once again start flying down, strike at around the middle space to its right.|
- One of the neon signs in the background of the first area shows the number "202x", perhaps an indication of the year the game takes place. The sign itself appears to read "Sparrow Restaurant" (雀飯店), which is possible to be "Vermillion Bird Restaurant" (朱雀飯店), with one more word "朱" ("Vermillion") added.
- The large sign in the second area has written the phrase Tenjō Tenge Yuiga Dokuson (天上天下唯我独尊), a phrase attributed as being the first words of Gautama Buddha ("In the heavens above and (earth) beneath I alone am the honoured one."). This sentence is ascribed to every Buddha, and so this is possibly implying that Grandmaster Meio is worshipped as one himself.
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- Capcom (September 1999). JAMMA AM Show Game Flyer (English).
- Capcom (February 22, 2014). Strider Hiryu Visual Chronicle (Japanese). Pg. 37
- Capcom (1999). Strider Hiryu 2 Pamphlet (Japanese).
- Staff (Autumn 1999). "Strider Hiryû 2". CFC Style Fan-Book CAP! (11). Pg. 4
- Capcom (December 1999, Arcade). Strider Hiryu 2 (Japanese). Stage 1 Briefing