• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 83
    Dynasty Tactics 2 has made some nice improvements over its predecessor. As not only is it better looking, more difficult, and infinitely more expansive than the original, its also more cinematic and open to improvisation as well.
  2. An excellent strategy game that fans of the original Dynasty Tactics will enjoy for the same reasons they enjoyed the first one and that gives new players a chance to experience this highly original, entertaining, and complex style of gameplay.
  3. While there are some similarities to the original title, the addition of the planning phase to build and modify armies as well as recruit and train in more tactics was a good addition which added a little more than just fighting one battle after another.
  4. I would hesitate to say that this game has more depth. It's more difficult but the strategy is still the same as the original. Once you figure out what all the new variables do, you'll think you're still playing the original game.
  5. With only a few minor play control tweaks and touch ups, Dynasty Tactics 2 feels much more like an upgrade than a new chapter. [Oct 2003, p.120]
  6. 85
    A great strategy game. If you liked the original, there's more than enough here to justify the upgrade.
  7. 80
    A first-rate challenge for anyone with a mind for military strategy.
  8. The major strengths of the original title remain undimmed; this is as consumate an example of Koei's design skill as its predecessor and every bit as enjoyable - in spite of having seen it all before. [Dec 2003, p.109]
  9. Once you get the hang of getting your troops in position to pull off huge combos, the game becomes surprisingly fun and addictive. [Nov 2003, p.176]
  10. Much more user-friendly and action-oriented than their "Romance" series, Tactics throws you right into battle early and often; turn-based strategy fans will surely love this one.
  11. The same slow-paced, thinking-two-steps-ahead game you had last time. This is more like "DT: Special Edition" than DT2. [Nov 2003, p.132]
  12. A strangely captivating experience and a very strong entry in a sadly underserved genre. It's a huge improvement over the first game in numerous categories. [Nov 2003, p.41]
  13. A surprisingly satisfying tactical endeavor. With four unique storylines to play through, many hours can be pumped into this game.
  14. 73
    There's just no challenge there at all, the Chain Tactic system just allows you to buy a bunch of straightforward Attack techniques and stab the crap out of everyone.
  15. One fine tactical strategy series...It's just too bad that so little has been changed. This isn't Dynasty Tactics 2, it's "DT: Special Edition." [Nov 2003, p.77]
  16. 60
    Those thus far unacquainted with Koei’s output, but well versed in the likes of "Advance Wars" and "Final Fantasy Tactics," will find much to enjoy here.
  17. 82
    Indeed a very hard game, and is probably not recommended for a newcomer to strategy games, however the hardcore fan will love the challenge, with loads of unlockables and many hours of strenuous wars.
  18. 83
    More than any strategy game I've played, DT2 forces you to think five moves ahead at all times. [Nov 2003, p.52]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CraigH.
    Dec 19, 2003
    It is the best strategy game ever.
  2. BabyGangsta
    Oct 26, 2003
    Needs more graphics and more characters to fight.
  3. AlexanderB.
    Oct 5, 2003
    This is my favorite game. I'm only 13 But trust me I love games, this is the best strategy game I know, I spent over one week collecting This is my favorite game. I'm only 13 But trust me I love games, this is the best strategy game I know, I spent over one week collecting everything in part one im still playing two. Full Review »