The Last Blade 2

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The Last Blade 2
The Last Blade 2 arcade flyer.jpg
Developer(s)SNK
Code Mystics (PSN)
DotEmu (PC)
Publisher(s)
Writer(s)Hidetaka Suehiro[1]
SeriesThe Last Blade
Platform(s)
Release
  • Arcade
    • WW: 25 November 1998
    Neo Geo AES
    Neo Geo CD
    • JP/NA: 27 February 1999
    Dreamcast
    Virtual Console
    • JP: 21 August 2012
    • NA: 11 October 2012
    • PAL: 6 December 2012
    PlayStation Network
    • NA: 24 May 2016
    • WW: 25 May 2016
    Windows
    • WW: 17 November 2017
    PlayStation 4
    Xbox One
    • WW: 15 February 2018
    Nintendo Switch
    • WW: 21 June 2018
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)
Arcade systemNeo Geo MVS

The Last Blade 2[a] is a video game developed and released by SNK in 1998. Like its predecessor, The Last Blade, it is a weapons-based versus fighting game originally released to arcades via the Neo Geo MVS arcade system, although it has since been released for various other platforms.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay screenshot showcasing a match between Akari Ichijou and Hibiki Takane.

Gameplay elements remain the same as its predecessor with some minor adjustments. An "EX" mode was added to play, which is a combination of "Speed" and "Power". The mood is grimmer than its predecessor through the introduction to the game. The characters are colored slightly darker, and the game's cut-scenes are made longer to emphasize the importance of the plot. Characters are no longer equal, hosting greater differences of strengths and weaknesses than before.

Plot[edit]

The game is set one year after the events of the first game. Long before humanity existed, death was an unknown, equally distant concept. When death first came to the world, the "Messenger from Afar" was born. With time, the Sealing Rite was held to seal Death behind Hell's Gate. At that time, two worlds, one near and one far, were born, beginning the history of life and death. Half a year has passed since Suzaku's madness, and the underworld is still linked by a great portal. Our world has been called upon. Legends of long ago told of the sealing of the boundary between the two worlds. The Sealing Rite would be necessary to hold back the spirits of that far away world.

Characters[edit]

Three new characters were introduced:

  • Hibiki Takane: daughter of a famed swordsmith, she is searching for the silver-haired man that requested the last blade her father made.
  • Setsuna: a being believed to be the "Messenger from Afar", he requested a blade to be forged by Hibiki's father.
  • Kojiroh Sanada: Shinsengumi captain of Unit Zero; investigating the Hell's Portal.

Home versions[edit]

The Last Blade 2 was made available for various consoles, including SNK's own Neo Geo AES and Neo Geo CD. The Neo Geo CD version includes an extra quiz mode, voiced cutscenes, and a gallery section featuring art from both Last Blade titles. Most of these additional features were also included with the Dreamcast port titled Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai, released in 2001.[2] The Neo Geo CD and Dreamcast versions added an additional character named Musashi Akatsuki.

The Last Blade 2 was subsequently bundled with the original Last Blade for a PlayStation 2 compilation released only in Japan; both games are arcade perfect emulations of the original games. At PlayStation Experience 2015, SNK Playmore announced PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of The Last Blade 2 developed by Code Mystics.[3]

Reception[edit]

In Japan, Game Machine listed The Last Blade 2 on their December 15, 1998 issue as being the second most popular arcade game at the time.[17] According to Famitsu, the Neo Geo CD sold over 9,379 copies in its first week on the market.[18] Blake Fischer reviewed the Dreamcast version of the game for Next Generation, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "A unique 2D fighter for Dreamcast which is a welcome break from the plethora of Street Fighter variants we've seen in the States. Too bad you'll have to track down an import to play."[8] In 2012, GamesRadar+ included Last Blade 2 among the little-known classic fighting games that deserve HD remakes, calling it "one of the Neo Geo’s prettiest, deepest fighters."[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Bakumatsu Roman Dainimaku: Gekka no Kenshi - Tsuki ni Saku Hana, Chiri Yuku Hana (幕末浪漫第二幕 月華の剣士 ~月に咲く華、散りゆく花~)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suehiro, Hidetaka (February–March 2011). "Game Design in the Coffee. Lovable Game Design by SWERY". Game Developers Conference. Informa. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  2. ^ "Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai". IGN. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  3. ^ Keisuke Nishikawa. "The Last Blade 2 Strikes PS4, PS Vita on May 24". blog.us.playstation.com/. PlayStation Blog. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  4. ^ Knight, Kyle (1998). "The Last Blade 2 (Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  5. ^ Frankle, Gavin (1998). "The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai (Dreamcast) - Overview". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 14 November 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  6. ^ Park, Andrew (13 August 2001). "The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai Review - All things considered, The Last Blade 2 for the Dreamcast is a faithful port of a good game". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  7. ^ "Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai - Agetec delivers what might be the last great 2D fighting game for the US Dreamcast". IGN. Ziff Davis. 2 August 2001. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  8. ^ a b Fischer, Blake (May 2001). "Finals - Dreamcast - Last Blade 2: Final Edition (Japan)". Next Generation. No. 77. Imagine Media. p. 82.
  9. ^ Dillard, Corbie (18 October 2012). "The Last Blade 2 Review (Neo Geo) - Last Blade Part Deux". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  10. ^ Frear, Dave (2 July 2018). "The Last Blade 2 Review (Switch eShop / Neo Geo) - Another contender for Switch fighting champion". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  11. ^ Roure, Maxime (March 1999). "Test NeoGeo - The Last Blade 2". Consoles + (in French). No. 86. M.E.R.7. p. 99. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
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  13. ^ Hellot, Grégoire (March 1999). "Zoom - Sorties U.S.A.: The Last Blade 2 (Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System)". Joypad (in French). No. 84. Yellow Media. pp. 124–125.
  14. ^ "Review - The Last Blade 2 - Dreamcast". Power Unlimited (in Dutch). No. 92. VNU Media. October 2001.
  15. ^ Karels, Ralph (April 1999). "NeoGeo Test - The Last Blade 2". Video Games (in German). No. 89. Future-Verlag. p. 78.
  16. ^ Karels, Ralph (July 2001). "DC Import: The Last Blade 2 Final Edition - SNKs letzer Streich auf Dreamcast?". Video Games (in German). No. 112. Future-Verlag. p. 84. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  17. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - TVゲーム機ーソフトウェア (Video Game Software)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 578. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 December 1998. p. 21.
  18. ^ "Game Search". Game Data Library. Archived from the original on 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  19. ^ Sullivan, Lucas (October 20, 2012). "29 obscure fighters that deserve HD remakes". GamesRadar+. Future US. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2020-10-01.

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