Dynasty Warriors 2 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. 90
    A wild, chaotic, and intense strategy game as much as it is an action title, so those of you who've always wanted to be a war hero can strap on some armor and get to it.
  2. Antagonist
    The best action/adventure-style game in the PS2 launch, so if you're looking for a beat-em-up with depth, DW2 is your game.
  3. Being part of a battle on such massive scale has never been as convincingly portrayed before.
  4. It's as close to a non-EA Sports "must-have" game as any of the PS2 launch titles.
  5. Despite its simple core, Dynasty Warriors 2 is appealing to me. The action gets very intense with the sheer number of people on screen.
  6. 80
    If you like relentless beatings with no real plot or thought required, definitely pick this one up.
  7. 79
    It's a great game despite its limitations, but I just wish that after three levels I wasn't bored to tears smashing the same set of buttons over and over.
  8. Dynasty Warriors 2's beat-'em-up gameplay is simple enough to make it easy to get in to, and the game is interesting enough to keep you entertained for a while.
  9. Da Gameboyz
    A bit too simplistic and lacks in replayability. Unfortunately there is also no multiplayer option, but the smooth graphics and unique elements to the game may redeem this.
  10. Daily Radar
    It's certainly not the game for everyone, but those of us seeking a slightly more sophisticated take on old-school beat-'em-ups will find many hours of blistering goodness.
  11. The more aggresive and less deep cousin of "Kessen" (the system's current champ for armchair generals who dig the strategy more than action, the exact opposite of "DW2"), and a fine way to kill an afternoon without having much to show for it.
  12. CNET Gamecenter
    Character detail comes at the cost of the environments, which are bland and plain. However, the onscreen action gets so hectic that players won't have much time to hang out and take in the sights.
  13. The best thing about the game is the freedom to do whatever you want.
  14. You get the feeling that they're on the verge of something great. With a few more strokes of the design pen -- more control, better AI, improved graphics -- this could be a fantastic game.
  15. A lack of any multi-player action just adds to the pain and is as heinous a crime that a videogame could commit.
  16. Graphics alone can't make up for blunt, repetitive gameplay and a grating soundtrack.
  17. Spank!
    If you've only got an attention span of ten minutes this is great. If you've got an IQ in double digits you should take this as a direct insult to your man/womanhood. Absolute cack.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 6, 2016
    This note is only temporary, this can change if better settings are found in the future on another OS and rig:
    Which OS to load, which user
    This note is only temporary, this can change if better settings are found in the future on another OS and rig:
    Which OS to load, which user account and what hardwares:
    5 Sept 2016 … normal 100% playable game speed (50 to 60 FPS), at very good graphic = play this on Win7 64-bit, user account “3hirdt33r”, Phenom 965 o'c to 3.8GHz with GTX 670 2GB. ... run it on PCSX2 1.4.0 ... full sound working fine, no jagged lines.
    Pre-cfg for the PCSX2, look for: vojrri486e2odf54chrurd.txt
    Full Review »
  2. RamiW.
    Mar 4, 2006
    simply amazing.Good Graphics.
  3. ZackB.
    Jun 1, 2005
    It is one of the best games ever!!!!