• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2004
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. If you're an action-RPG fan, you definitely don't want to miss this one. [July 2004, p.6]
  2. First they have a really immersive storyline, then a great fighting engine that hardly ever gets stale, and a wonderful camera.
  3. A good game that could be great with slight improvements. The nagging camera problems really create an issue, and the tediousness of the never-ending supply of enemies will drive some people insane.
  4. 85
    The combat system is one of the best you're likely to see in an action game of this sort. It's so solid that Crimson Sea 2's "kill everything that moves" formula doesn't become stale or tedious until quite late in the game, which is a huge accomplishment for a game based on such a simple concept.
  5. 84
    For those of you lucky enough to give it a shot, we're confident that you'll find it just as endearing as we did. Flawed but fun, Crimson Sea 2 may be mindless but at least it has a soul.
  6. The map and radar are easy to read and use, and the environment nicely detailed. Combined with a soundtrack that still gives of a distinctly ocean going whiff, it adds up to quite a quality audio-visual effort, and puts this title into the upper echelons of the fleet.
  7. It's all carefully honed and balanced...and, furthermore, harnessed by elegant controls that are adaptable for any combat situation. [Apr 2004, p.58]
  8. If you’re looking for a good action RPG game that you can just jump into and blow some stuff apart, it’s a pretty good bet that Crimson Sea 2 will fill your needs.
  9. 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - 32 gold [Vol 801; 23 Apr 2004]
  10. With its mix of "Dynasty Warriors" gameplay, "Starship Troopers"-type setting (complete with umpteen million giant bugs to kill) and interesting characters Crimson Sea 2 is an above-average hack-and-slash adventure.
  11. Just make sure you've got an itchy trigger finger because Crimson Sea 2 will scratch that itch down to the bone and continue to saw right through to the other side.
  12. Guaranteed to raise the purple manga-style hairs on your neck.
  13. 80
    Crimson Sea 2 has sharp, exhilarating gameplay and a distinctive style that pervades the story line, characters, and space-opera soundtrack. The variety found in the missions is truly commendable, and you're generally free to play the game at your own pace.
  14. If you're looking for a game in which you can shoot up or cut up hundreds of ugly aliens for hours on end, you've come to the right place.
  15. Like most of Koei's games, Crimson Sea 2 has a learning curve as steep as a black-diamond slope. But put in the training time, and Sea 2 plays like a faster-paced "Phantasy Star Online." [May 2004, p.95]
  16. Repetitive and somewhat cliched, the action is still pretty intense and the multiplayer options really help the fun. [May 2004, p.32]
  17. A fast, frantic action game starring a gun- and sword-wielding fellow fighting legions upon legions of baddies.
  18. A sturdy title for those who know and love their third person kill-fests. Those seeking anything of a cerebral nature should go elsewhere and many may find the harsh difficulty and heavy repetition something of a turn off.
  19. Crimson Sea 2 goes to great lengths (making you manage two camera buttons and a radar map) to disguise the fact that the developer screwed up by not simply offering a decent view of the action. [Apr 2004, p.98]
  20. Hacking and slashing my way through legions of intelligent monsters was surprisingly enjoyable, as was the addictive challenge to always increase my combo count. Overall, the space opera mixed with kick alien ass produced a fun bout of story-driven hack-n-slash, that gives as good as it gets.
  21. If you love the gameplay in "Dynasty Warriors" but are tiring of its setting, Crimson Sea 2 offers a refreshing change of pace with a familiar style of gameplay.
  22. An eminently playable actionfest in which you play what seems to be a descendant of Dante—a thousand or so years in the future.
  23. But while the adventure is lengthy, the feeble multi-player modes will not sustain interest.
  24. What truly rains on the game's parade, however, is the constant button bashing through the one too many levels, which after a while, simply numb the brain.
  25. The all-new split-screen multiplayer modes are a bit hit and miss, but still welcome nevertheless.
  26. Kill stuff, level up, and do it all over again. Whether the endless repetition is a good thing or not really depends on your threshold for endless button-mashing and levelling-up, since there’s really nothing else to the game.
  27. 60
    A fairly enjoyable game. With introductions to new characters and enemies in every mission, the option to customize and improve your weapons, and a hardy plot, there should be enough to make a rental worthwhile. [June 2004, p.71]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    6
    A PS2 exclusive sequel to a game that was an Xbox exclusive. Nice one. The game isn't bad though, but in order to play you should tape downA PS2 exclusive sequel to a game that was an Xbox exclusive. Nice one. The game isn't bad though, but in order to play you should tape down the fire button before doing anything. Lots and lots of revisiting the same map shooting the same aliens can get wearisome really quickly, does have some light RPG elements, Japanese weirdness. Didn't like the camera, but the game includes a half-hour's worth of FMV from the first Crimson Sea which you can watch whenever you like (good). Full Review »
  2. RamiW.
    May 15, 2006
    10
    Loads of aliens means loads of killing. Thanks Koei.