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=/ Ok I guess
posted by Emisary (LAFAYETTE, IN) Sep 11, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
But not bad for people who are into Japan and stuf.
Surprise of My Membership
posted by PaleHorse (MOBILE, AL) Jul 20, 2007
Member since Apr 2007
16 out of 19 gamers (84%) found this review helpful
The game is also more that just a button mashing experience. You can fight that way, but there are also may more things you can do which I am just learning about.
Graphics are good enough, and the stories are excellent. All of the scenarios are based off historical event, and so are the characters. Of course they take a good bit of liberty because you can play any character and have any outcome, but what fun would the game be if they didn't. However if you search for any of the main characters or generals they you will not only find the game, but historical facts, which are not to dissimilar to the starting scenario of the game.
Samurai Warriors 2: That same game from 2001...
posted by Twizlex (DAUPHIN, PA) Feb 27, 2007
Member since Jul 2006
26 out of 36 gamers (72%) found this review helpful
The Empire mode is, in my opinion, better than the regular old campaign mode of the non-Empires game. You have the option of selecting from a number of scenarios and playable officers, or you can go the more creative route and customize your own character. You have a few options like selecting your family crest, voice, and moves set (and weapon), and then you commence button-mashing to level up your skills. Between button-mashing bouts, there are some strategic elements that you can participate in, or skip through (though it makes the game harder). You get policy cards that you can use during combat or to build up defenses and agriculture in your territories. You can even delegate your lieutenants to fight in battles while you go do something else. Defeated officers can be hired into your group and money earned can be spent on new policy cards. There's even a co-op mode but only via split-screen, i.e. no online modes.
Basically this game is a mix of Samurai Warriors 2 and Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, in that they tacked on the Empire mode into this already existing game. If you enjoy a little thinking, planning, uhh... strategy if you will, in your button-mashing game, then this game is right up your alley. If you just want to button-mash and not think, just get the original Samurai Warriors 2 that came out last year. I enjoyed the game, but it's just nothing new or innovative... and I've basically already played it 8 times. If, however, you've never played any of the Warriors games before, this would be the best one to get.
GAH...Another game with potential slips away.
posted by Zman008 (AVELLA, PA) May 8, 2008
Member since May 2004
3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
An Imperial Dissapointment
posted by SyChOFaSt (LONGMONT, CO) Mar 5, 2007
Member since Jan 2007
10 out of 25 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
My biggest complaint would have to be the cinematics, script, and character voices through out the game. Repetetive "that base is mine", and "I'll go down with that base", are just the start of the annoyances. The tough appearance of a samurai, ninja, or any other character on the battlefield is really brought down by the quote "I opt to live another day, and retreat".
Another complaint of mine is the graphics. Next gen is definately not what I would call them. They look like common original xbox graphics, and what really could have been beautiful Japanese scenery was greatly reduced.
Now to the good stuff...
The tactical portion of the game is great. You can use it to your advantage by getting upgrades and what not, however it can devestate you by throwing a blizzard at your strongest fief.
The good old button mashing is fun as ever, and many of the characters have some great moves. If you've ever played the other samurai warriors games, its the exact same, so don't expect anything revolutionary.
All in all, i was dissapointed in this game. The idea of taking over Japan is awesome, but the silly voices and lack of graphics really drags a good game into the "mediocre" category.
Samurai Warriors 2 or Poo?
posted by MKFreak (NASHVILLE, TN) Jan 3, 2008
Member since Sep 2006
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
1st.There are no new characters
2nd.there are no new game modes well actually there is the same "story" mode as last just with a new name plus the took about 3 really fun ones away.
3rd.The character customization sucks dead im seruis, there are only about 5 character models for male an female and the best character was one given by the game.
And 4th but thankfully freakin' last, This is a repetive hack and slash and don't even get me started on those cheese voice like, "Go cry to your mommy coward" and the reply, "Your going to pay for that insult (In a very panzish voice)" And the constant General that keeps saying defend that base and that base there, im all over it. I didn't even want to waste my time on the review but i did for all you gamefly customers cause i love gamefly, and you should blame this game on them...
:The only cool part is leveling up and the ability to use horses.: 1 point is for having something to do for about a day and two for have some rpg elements
Do Not Buy, Do Not Rent
posted by Fivemagics (SYOSSET, NY) Sep 26, 2007
Member since Aug 2007
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
Build up your button mashing muscles
posted by kuru00 (TWIN FALLS, ID) Mar 5, 2007
Member since Aug 2006
1 out of 9 gamers (11%) found this review helpful
Samurai Warriors 2: Facepalm edition?
posted by AltLoveOV (CAMDEN, NJ) Jul 12, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
Graphics: Most people complain about the graphics of the Warriors games. While I do agree that they are dated, I don't mind them. Honestly, it may be better that they are dated, because if they used better graphics, there is a chance that the game will lag more, due to the amount of objects on screen at one time. Therefore, the graphics are not an issue to me.
Sound and Music: I've always enjoyed the bgm's that Koei chooses for the Warriors franchise. Yes, some can get repetitive after awhile, but most are enjoyable and loop well. I really dislike the voice acting in this particular one the most. Well, not exactly just the voice acting. I don't mind the fact that they sound overly dramatic half (or maybe all) of the time. But, when you hear the same overacted lines over and over again, ("I'll go down with this BASE, if necessary!") it tends to grate on one's nerves a bit.
Overall gameplay: This particular game is too easy compared to the others. If you have a decent (not even good, just decent) weapon, all you have to do when invading a fief is set your allies to defend, cap a couple bases that will form a line to the enemy main camp, kill the enemy general when he spawns, and then do the same thing in the next invasion. It's even easier than that when defending, since you don't need to cap anything to get the general to spawn. You just ride to him, and own him, done. This got very boring after awhile.
And for achievement hunters, one achievement in particular is a pain to get (Osaka Campaign), because you have to set it up a specific way to get the event to happen, and it is a pain to keep retrying.
Overall, as a fan of the franchise, I am so very, VERY disappointed.
kill some time
posted by rojoroger (CHESAPEAKE, VA) Mar 9, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
MIGHTA LIKED IT
posted by Hi5mypbanj (SLATINGTON, PA) Feb 25, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
WTH!!!!!!! gamefly gave me the worst disk in the world i was getting into a little samuri fling lately and thought i check out a game and when it got here i was siked to play it but when i put it in failure to read disk so i tried to clean it and that didnt help so i said FML and sent it back thanks alllot for ruining my samuri dreams gamefly.
posted by nUtScRatch (MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA) Sep 9, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
ACHIEVEMENTS ARENT TOO HARD
how bad sw2 is!!!!!!!!!
posted by agentofsor (DAVIE, FL) Aug 1, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
Slaughter gets an update... A very small update.
posted by Sparktacus (HIGH POINT, NC) Jan 19, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
I say that so I can just skip the part about SW2:E being a repetitive button masher and everything else that is inherent in the genre. What you really want to know is what sets SW2:E apart from others like it, right? There's the "Empires" tag, for starters. Essentially, they've fused Warriors with Risk. Risk isn't the most complicated strategy game, but Koei includes enough enhancements, like policy cards to manage settlements and others to be "played" before and during battles for a variety of advantages, to keep that element interesting. You are also able to recruit or capture new officers, including main characters and those that you've created, to serve in your army.
Variable game and difficulty options (most are unlockable) are included along with multiple "campaigns" (just alternate territory arrangements) in an attempt to add replay value.
Now for cons. The in-game story is non-existent. "Easy" difficulty is too easy, and yet "Normal" will frustrate even experienced players. However, SW2:E's fatal flaw actually comes from the "Empires" twist. A linear storyline allows creative control: you can add a variety of scripted events to give flavor to an otherwise bland experience. Koei had to release this control to allow players to carve out their empires as they see fit, and, as a consequence, every battle is 95% the same. There probably are/were ways to make each battle more dynamic and inject the diversity SW2:E so badly needs in its battles: the core of this genre, but none were used. Ironically, although SW2:E allows more freedom on the surface, its heart is more afflicted by monotony (the signature flaw of Warriors games) than, arguably, ever.
There are better variations on the theme out there. Still, SW2:E is well worth a rental for a fan.
Better than the Original
posted by RedBlinky (DE LEON SPRINGS, FL) Nov 4, 2007
Member since May 2007
All in all if you like Koei games this is one of the better ones.
fun but repetative
posted by mullethawk (MOUNT LAUREL, NJ) Jul 10, 2007
Member since Mar 2006
a great game
posted by GAMEHAM (DEMOREST, GA) Jun 17, 2007
Member since Jun 2007
A bit disappointing, but still acceptable game
posted by darkspaz37 (CONROE, TX) Apr 9, 2007
Member since Jan 2007
When I played through this game-which, by the way, took only a meager 10-15 repetitive hours-I was pushed away by the lack of innovativeness and customization. I mean, sure, you can play through any storyline as any character, major or not, and dominate Japan. You also can create your own character and revamp all of the major battles into your own complete takeover of the country-which is a really good feeling by the way-but in the end the game leaves you with a feeling of wanting something more. Like a solid ending. If you have played any other DW or SW game, you know what I'm talking about. You finally beat the Story Mode for the final character in the game! Now what? No recognition, no final ending scene, no...nothing. The same holds true for Empires. Also, the customization was pretty solid, all things considered-like musou symbols and character weapons-but in future games I think it would be better to have some kind of customization that didn't involve your created character looking like a guard or secondary officer with a different colored robe.
The game is relatively easy to pick up and play, even if you have never played a game like this before. The strategy phase is lacking but gets the job done, and picking and choosing which general to pummel next is always pretty fun, but like I said earlier, games like this always leave you wanting something more. All in all a good game, especially if you are playing your first Warriors game, but if you've played one, you've played them all, and that is definitely the mood this game gives you.
If you have Warriors, don't bother with Empires
posted by McSkoons (SACRAMENTO, CA) Mar 27, 2007
Member since Aug 2006
The actual strategy and combat mode of the game is very interesting, if a bit basic, and allows for greater NPC control (as previous versions of empires did). If you liked having both the original and the Emipres version of the old school game, then you will be more than happy with this release. However if you thought that the original Empires and Samurai Warrior was 2 games that should have been combined as one you Won't be rid of that feeling just because these titles have the number 2 behind them.
Way too much goin' on !
posted by drg007 (READING, PA) Mar 9, 2007
Member since Dec 2006