Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2

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Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2
DynastyWarriorsVol2.jpg
Box art of Dynasty Warriors Volume 2, featuring Xingcai.
Developer(s) Omega Force
Publisher(s) Koei
Series Dynasty Warriors
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • JP March 23, 2006
  • NA October 24, 2006
  • EU November 17, 2006
  • AUS November 30, 2006
Genre(s) Hack and slash
Tactical action[1]
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 (真・三國無双 2nd Evolution Shin Sangoku Musō Sekando Eboryūshon?, Shin Sangokumusou 2nd Evolution in Japan) is a Hack and slash video game, part of the widely popular Dynasty Warriors series, developed by Omega Force and published by Koei. The game was released exclusively on the PlayStation Portable.

Gameplay[edit]

Identical to other Dynasty Warriors games, the game characters and models are all from Dynasty Warriors 5, but it includes new features and some from Dynasty Warriors (PSP), including multiplayer fight up to 4 players and the ability to trade officers wirelessly with other players. In addition, Vol. 2 fixes the HUD problem found in the original Dynasty Warriors PSP title.

Like the previous Dynasty Warriors PSP title, the game features unique characters from the Samurai Warriors series as special bodyguards. In this game, the characters and their models are taken from Samurai Warriors 2.

Unlike the Dynasty Warriors series' console iterations, the map is divided into a grid system. Each grid contains enemy troops that will retreat if their morale bar hits 0. Sometimes it is necessary to defeat the enemy officers before the enemy retreats.

Each stage usually has two winning conditions, each of which will lead to another possible battle stage. In this way, the story can be quite different each time you play.

The player will earn extra officers after each map is completed. More officers can be gained by either completing a certain character's Musou mode, obtaining 100% in a stage or clearing an entire faction's stages 100%. As the player unlocks more and more officers, the player has a very wide range of characters to choose from as subordinates, with lots of different advantages and costs. The player can only have between 1 and 4 officers in battle at the same time, depending on the rank of the officers. The player earns more officer command points after each level up.

Some officers only cost 1 command point, but some of the more famous officers cost above the 20 command point mark. Some officers also have special skills you can use by choosing the officer with the D-Pad and then pressing Right on the D-Pad. Most effects are similar to the old 'spoils of war' in previous games, such as replenishing the Musou bar or attack up for 30 seconds. The special abilities can be used every time a star is present on the character's name. The star will then turn into a red circle, which is gradually filled with white, until it becomes a star again.

Stages[edit]

Each kingdom (Wei, Wu, Shu, and Other) has its own unique stage map. The path each player takes through the levels depends on conditions met in each level: the levels have either one or two conditions, of which one must be met for victory. The player begins with a limited number of levels; additional levels will be unlocked during gameplay.

All levels have a hidden treasure trove (a couple have two) and/or a "village mission" that the player may conquer during gameplay. Doing so, along with meeting the condition(s) for victory, will unlock the additional levels.[2]

Treasure Trove areas require that you to defeat a strong "Bonus" enemy officer, many of the "Bonus" officers are from the Samurai Warriors series. If you defeat them quickly they will join you.

Village Missions on the other hand involve defeating a certain number of bandits or defending villagers or mayors in a minute. Sometimes the mission can be to defeat the bandit leader. If the mission fails, the village is lost, and the player cannot complete that mission again without reverting to an older save, or playing the map again.

Wei[edit]

Wei Stage Tree.png

Wu[edit]

Wu Stage Tree.png

Shu[edit]

Shu Stage Tree.png

Other[edit]

Other Kingdom Stage Tree.png

Officer Combinations[edit]

Officer Combinations
Undying Loyalty Reliable Peers Guan Clan Garden Oath Proud Friends Zhang Clan
Shu Character.png Liu Bei
Shu Character.png Zhao Yun
Shu Character.png Zhao Yun
Shu Character.png Huang Zhong
Shu Character.png Guan Yu
Shu Character.png Guan Ping
Shu Character.png Liu Bei
Shu Character.png Guan Yu
Shu Character.png Zhang Fei
Shu Character.png Guan Yu
Wei Character.png Zhang Liao
Shu Character.png Zhang Fei
Shu Character.png Xing Cai
Sworn Friends Xiahou Brothers Spirited Friends Firm Loyalty Benign Loyalty Honest Friends
Wei Character.png Cao Cao
Wei Character.png Xiahou Dun
Wei Character.png Xiahou Dun
Wei Character.png Xiahou Yuan
Wei Character.png Dian Wei
Wei Character.png Xu Zhu
Wei Character.png Cao Cao
Wei Character.png Dian Wei
Wei Character.png Cao Cao
Wei Character.png Xu Zhu
Wu Character.png Sun Ce
Wu Character.png Zhou Yu
Mr. and Mrs. Zhou Strategist Legacy Academic Friends Wu Scholars War Comrades Bound by Fate
Wu Character.png Zhou Yu
Wu Character.png Xiao Qiao
Wu Character.png Zhou Yu
Wu Character.png Lu Meng
Wu Character.png Lu Xun
Shu Character.png Zhuge Liang
Wu Character.png Lu Xun
Wu Character.png Lu Meng
Wu Character.png Lu Xun
Wu Character.png Sun Ce
Wu Character.png Taishi Ci
Others Character.png Lu Bu
Others Character.png Diao Chan
Mutual Interest Invaluable Friends Worthy Opponents Shu Scholars Dragon and Phoenix Mr. and Mrs. Zhuge
Others Character.png Dong Zhuo
Others Character.png Diao Chan
Shu Character.png Liu Bei
Shu Character.png Zhuge Liang
Shu Character.png Zhuge Liang
Wei Character.png Sima Yi
Shu Character.png Zhuge Liang
Shu Character.png Jiang Wei
Shu Character.png Zhuge Liang
Shu Character.png Pang Tong
Shu Character.png Zhuge Liang
Shu Character.png Yue Ying
Old Friends Cao Clan Accursed Adoption Fierce Loyalty Mr. and Mrs. Liu Father and Daughter
Wei Character.png Cao Cao
Others Character.png Yuan Shao
Wei Character.png Cao Cao
Wei Character.png Cao Pi
Others Character.png Dong Zhuo
Others Character.png Lu Bu
Others Character.png Lu Bu
Wei Character.png Zhang Liao
Shu Character.png Liu Bei
Wu Character.png Sun Shang Xiang
Wu Character.png Sun Jian
Wu Character.png Sun Shang Xiang
Little Brother Elder Brother Younger Son Older Son Valiant Loyalty Feather and Sword
Wu Character.png Sun Quan
Wu Character.png Sun Shang Xiang
Wu Character.png Sun Ce
Wu Character.png Sun Shang Xiang
Wu Character.png Sun Jian
Wu Character.png Sun Quan
Wu Character.png Sun Jian
Wu Character.png Sun Ce
Wu Character.png Sun Jian
Wu Character.png Huang Gai
Wu Character.png Sun Quan
Wu Character.png Lu Meng
Protecting Loyalty Former Loyalty Former Bond Xi Gentlemen Champion Archers Intimate Peers
Wu Character.png Sun Quan
Wu Character.png Zhou Tai
Others Character.png Yuan Shao
Wei Character.png Zhang He
Others Character.png Yuan Shao
Wei Character.png Zhen Ji
Shu Character.png Ma Chao
Wei Character.png Pang De
Shu Character.png Huang Zhong
Wei Character.png Xiahou Yuan
Shu Character.png Huang Zhong
Shu Character.png Wei Yan
Handsome Comrades Dark Loyalty Casual Acquaintance Inevitable Fate Illusionist Simply Friends
Wei Character.png Xiahou Yuan
Wei Character.png Zhang He
Wei Character.png Cao Pi
Wei Character.png Sima Yi
Wu Character.png Lu Meng
Wu Character.png Gan Ning
Wu Character.png Gan Ning
Wu Character.png Ling Tong
Others Character.png Zhang Jiao
Shu Character.png Pang Tong
Others Character.png Zuo Ci
Wei Character.png Xu Huang
Wei Character.png Cao Ren
Style Evangelists Mr. and Mrs. Cao Mr. and Mrs. Sun Silent Heroes King and Queen The Two Qiaos
Wei Character.png Zhang He
Wei Character.png Zhen Ji
Wei Character.png Cao Pi
Wei Character.png Zhen Ji
Wu Character.png Sun Ce
Wu Character.png Da Qiao
Shu Character.png Wei Yan
Wu Character.png Zhou Tai
Others Character.png Meng Huo
Others Character.png Zhu Rong
Wu Character.png Da Qiao
Wu Character.png Xiao Qiao
Childhood Friends Ma Brothers Southern Kings Southern Chiefs Yuan Brothers Sound Heroes
Shu Character.png Guan Ping
Shu Character.png Xing Cai
Shu Character.png Ma Liang
Shu Character.png Ma Su
Others Character.png Meng Huo
Others Character.png King Duosi
Others Character.png King Mulu
Others Character.png Ahui Nan
Others Character.png J. Sanjie
Others Character.png D. Dongzhu
Others Character.png Yuan Tan
Others Character.png Yuan Xi
Others Character.png Yuan Shang
Shu Character.png Huang Zhong
Shu Character.png Yan Yan
Guan Du Heroes Faithful Son Ling Clan Heirs of Shu Fugitives Loyal Retainers
Others Character.png Yan Liang
Others Character.png Wen Chou
Shu Character.png Jiang Wei
Shu Character.png Xu Shu
Wu Character.png Ling Cao
Wu Character.png Ling Tong
Shu Character.png Liu Chan
Shu Character.png Jiang Wei
Wei Character.png Xiahou Mao
Wei Character.png Ma Zun
Others Character.png Shen Pei
Others Character.png Zhang Ren
Wealthy Friends Traitors Guan Brothers Zhang Siblings Heirs of Chaos Tiger Hunt
Shu Character.png Mi Zhu
Wei Character.png Li Dian
Wu Character.png Lu Su
Others Character.png Zhang Song
Shu Character.png Fa Zheng
Shu Character.png Guan Ping
Shu Character.png Guan Xing
Shu Character.png Guan Suo
Shu Character.png Xing Cai
Shu Character.png Zhang Bao
Others Character.png Li Jue
Others Character.png Guo Si
Others Character.png Wu Song
Others Character.png Tiger

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 59.93%[3]
Metacritic 57/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10[5]
Game Informer 5/10[6]
GamePro 3/5 stars[7]
GamesRadar 3.5/5 stars[8]
GameSpot 6.1/10[9]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[10]
GameZone 6.5/10[11]
IGN 5.4/10[12]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4/10[13]
PALGN 6/10[14]

The game was met with mixed reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 59.93%,[3] while Metacritic gave it 57 out of 100.[4]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Chen Jia Tong. "Treasure Troves Location." Neoseeker.com.
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  4. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ McCarthy, Dave (18 January 2007). "Dynasty Warriors Vol.2". Eurogamer. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2". Game Informer (164): 156. December 2006. 
  7. ^ Smith, D. F. (24 October 2006). "Review: Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2". GamePro. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Hruschak, PJ (24 October 2006). "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Navarro, Alex (20 October 2006). "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Leeper, Justin (26 October 2006). "GameSpy: Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2". GameSpy. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Hopper, Steven (22 October 2006). "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Lewis, Ed (14 November 2006). "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 134. December 2006. 
  14. ^ Jastrzab, Jeremy (17 December 2006). "Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

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