Dynasty Warriors 2

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Dynasty Warriors 2
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Developer(s) Omega Force
Publisher(s) Koei
Series Dynasty Warriors
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • JP August 3, 2000
  • NA October 26, 2000
  • EU November 24, 2000
PlayStation Network
  • JP November 28, 2012[1]
Genre(s) Hack and slash
Tactical action[2]
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM
Digital download

Dynasty Warriors 2 (真・三國無双 Shin Sangokumusō?, Shin Sangokumusou in Japan) is a crowd-combat sequel to the fighting game Dynasty Warriors. It is the second game in the Dynasty Warriors series, but the first in the Shin Sangokumusō series. The game was released in other countries as Dynasty Warriors 2, leading to the discrepancy in title numbers. In North America it was released as a launch title for the PS2.

Gameplay[edit]

From this game onward, the player chooses a playable character general, and plays through a number of levels representing particular conflicts in the time of the three kingdoms, eventually defeating both of the other kingdoms and becoming the ruler of a unified China. However this game is not a one-on-one fighting game like the original Dynasty Warriors, but a beat 'em up hack and slash fighting game in full 3D, similar in genre to Fighting Force. Unlike previous games in the beat 'em up genre, Dynasty Warriors 2 allowed players the freedom to roam to any point within the limits of the current stage being played.

This game was the first to introduce Free Mode and Musou Mode to the series. The Free Mode allowed the player to replay any missions that they have already completed in Musou Mode. The Musou Mode is the character's main story, where you play as the officer until the kingdom you are fighting for has unified China. However, due to the small scale of the game at the time, many important battles were missing. This was fixed in Dynasty Warriors 3, as many of the missing battles were added there.

Characters[edit]

* Denotes new characters to the series (There are a total of 28 characters)

Shu Wei Wu Other
Guan Yu Cao Cao Gan Ning* Diao Chan
Huang Zhong* Dian Wei Lu Meng* Dong Zhuo*
Jiang Wei* Sima Yi* Lu Xun Lu Bu
Liu Bei* Xiahou Dun Sun Jian* Yuan Shao*
Ma Chao* Xiahou Yuan* Sun Quan* Zhang Jiao*
Zhang Fei Xu Zhu Sun Shang Xiang
Zhao Yun Zhang Liao* Taishi Ci
Zhuge Liang Zhou Yu

Stages[edit]

Many of the stages are recreations of notable battles present historically or from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, while original creations became more common with the newer installments. This is a list of stages in Dynasty Warriors 2. (There are 8 stages total)

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 71.88%[3]
Metacritic 75/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 3.5/5 stars[5]
Eurogamer 6/10[6]
Famitsu 31/40[7]
Game Informer 8/10[8]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution B−[10]
GameSpot 7.8/10[11]
GameSpy 80%[12]
IGN 7.9/10[13]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4/5 stars[14]

The game was met with positive to average reception upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 71.88%,[3] while Metacritic gave it 75 out of 100.[4] Famitsu gave it a score of 31 out of 40.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Game That Started The Dynasty Warriors Empire Is Now A PS2 Classic". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  2. ^ "EA Signs North American Distribution Agreement with Koei Corporation for Upcoming Tactical Action Game Samurai Warriors". GameZone. 2004-02-24. Retrieved 2004-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors 2 for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Dynasty Warriors 2 - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (December 29, 2000). "Dynasty Warriors II". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "プレイステーション2 - 真・三國無双". Famitsu 915: 86. June 30, 2006. 
  8. ^ Fitzloff, Jay (November 2000). "Dynasty Warriors 2". Game Informer (91). Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ The Freshman (October 19, 2000). "Dynasty Warriors 2 Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Dr. Moo (January 2001). "Dynasty Warriors 2 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sato, Ike (August 16, 2000). "Dynasty Warriors 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ Garbutt, Russell (February 2, 2001). "Dynasty Warriors 2". PlanetPS2. Archived from the original on February 15, 2001. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (October 23, 2000). "Dynasty Warriors 2". IGN. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dynasty Warriors 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. November 2000. 

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