• 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
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 30
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. RamiW.
    Mar 4, 2006
    simply amazing.Good Graphics.
  2. ZackB.
    Jun 1, 2005
    It is one of the best games ever!!!!
  3. TysonB.
    Feb 13, 2004
    I loved all of the fighting sword action. Wait Until you see Dynasty Warriors 3.