Sengoku Basara 2
|Sengoku Basara 2|
Original PlayStation 2 version cover art
|Artist(s)||Makoto Tsuchibayashi (character design)|
|Release date(s)||PlayStation 2
|Genre(s)||Hack and slash, Action-adventure game|
|Media/distribution||1 DVD / 1 Nintendo optical disc|
Sengoku Basara 2 (戦国BASARA2) is a sequel to the video game Sengoku Basara (known in English as Devil Kings), released in Japan on July 27, 2006 for the PlayStation 2. A revision with additional features named Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes was released on November 29, 2007. This version was later ported to Nintendo Wii.
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In addition to the familiar Unification Mode (similar to the first game's style of map-based Conquest, but now with treasure boxes that contain weapons and items) and Free Mode (whereby a player can play any field he/she wants) are the new Story and Arena Modes. Each character has his/her own individual Story Mode.
The playable characters are ranked (only the top ten are listed at any one time). There is also a ranking page for the Arena Mode, whereby ranking is determined by the total amount of XP gained and the number of stages completed.
Chōsokabe Motochika and Mōri Motonari are playable as opposed to only being NPCs. Additionally, the issue of "character clones" is removed; in the first game, Uesugi Kenshin and Matsu shared the same moveset and weapon. The same could be said to Sarutobi Sasuke and Kasuga. In the second installment, Matsu wields a naginata and has the power to summon animals. Kasuga wields four kunai per hand connected to razor-sharp wires while having new skills connected to light energy. Kenshin and Sasuke's weapons and skills remain the same as the first installment.
The Basara Attack (Fury Drive in Devil Kings) gauge is filled by killing enemies and taking Basara-items, or when a taunt is performed uninterrupted in the presence of enemies.
Money can be earned throughout the game. Blue chests contain gold coins, as well as yellow boxes carried by enemy soldiers. With the coins earned, player can avail of the Basara Shop, where they can buy upgrades, accessories and weapons. Certain items will have to be unlocked in order to be bought and some items require a certain difficulty to be unlocked.
There are also unique items meant for one playable character's exclusive use, granting the characters varying degrees of usefulness at different handicaps. For example, when equipped with his unique item Date Masamune will have unlimited usage of all six of his swords at once at the cost of lowering his defense and being unable to guard or evade.
Heroes exclusive features 
Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes now allows two players to play the game; though it is limited to Unification, Versus and Tournament modes.
If a Sengoku Basara 2 save file is present, a player may transfer the data to Heroes to carry over character levels, skills and certain items. Money and some items however cannot be transferred to Heroes.
Devil Kings, the Western version of Sengoku Basara, introduced priming as a special attack. In Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes, some of the special moves of the characters can do priming damage, as indicated by the yellow text of the move. It should be noted that this is the first time in the Japanese version of Sengoku Basara to use priming since it originated in Devil Kings.
Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes introduces the lottery system. After a battle, one of the prizes a character can get is a red piece of paper. That is the lottery ticket which can be used in the Basara Shop.
New to Heroes is the Versus mode. This allows two players to compete with each other in eight mini-games.
There are two new arenas to choose from: Grand Tournament, where the player earns extra points for fulfilling specific tasks, and Ultimate Tournament, where the player is given a time limit to finish off the opponents; both arenas can be played by two players. In single player mode, the player can use the new 'Tag Team' system; a player can choose two characters and 'tag' his/her partner anytime and when a tag is made, every time the active character makes a kill, his/her partner will get healed.
When playing in the Unification Mode, Matsunaga Hisahide may be encountered the same way Musashi can be encountered.
The opening song of Sengoku Basara 2 is "DIVE into YOURSELF" by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, while the ending song is "Brave" by Tomiko Van. The opening and ending song of Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes are "BLADE CHORD" by abingdon boys school and "DIVE into YOURSELF" by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR in Wii version. Oichi's ending song in her story is "Nemure Hi no Hana" by Mamiko Noto. The game's player select and menu screens feature the same guitar riff as used in the first level of the Die Hard With a Vengeance game in Die Hard Trilogy (possibly both lifted from an existing song).
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- Official Sengoku Basara 2 website (Japanese)
- Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes - Sengoku BASARA Wiki
- Official Sengoku Basara website