If you've played any of the games in the Dynasty Warriors series, you can expect more of the same from Samurai Warriors 2. This time, Koei threw in just enough changes to keep the DW fans interested. However, if you didn't dig Dynasty Warriors, you probably won't be digging this, either.
If you hated Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires for the XBox 360, you can probably stop reading right now. It's doubtful that you'll find anything different enough to warrant keeping you around for this game. However, fans of DW5 will find some fairly significant differences here that may be worth a look. I, for one, like the differences and find that they make SW2 different enough from DW5 to keep me interested.
Many of the gameplay elements of the DW series stay the same in SW2. In-game, you race around the battlefield on foot or on a steed, and try to meet certain battle conditions - usually taking out a certain enemy officer or officers. Along the way, you can stop to hack up the weak cronies, and knock out the "Reserve Officers" that allow enemy reinforcements to magically stream in from outside of the battlefield.
Along the way, you'll increase your character's statistics earning new weapons to increase your attack power and so on.
At a high level, you'll notice the following new changes: - Earn gold in battle to purchase attribute boosts instead of finding items. - Purchase weapon attribute boosts. - Varied combos and unique special moves for each character. - Monopoly-like bonus board game. - Still no online co-op version.
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
This game used all the old Dynasty Warriors type play, even has the same feel and Xbox 1 look. If you like this type of game I would suggest getting the far superior 99 Nights, at least it will look 1000x better and have some things that make it feel better
posted by r1rockstar (UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA) Apr 8, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
i have been a fan of all the dynasty warriors games, my preference is the xtreme legends version of the game. I was interested in trying this game based on the fact that it is made by the same company and japan has a rich and bloody history, i thought that was a great recipe for a quality "hack & slash" game. Was i ever wrong. I felt like this was a repackaged version of and older dynasty warriors(like 2 or 3). Character felt alot slower than those of Dynasty Warriors 6, a game that I have enjoyed alot.