Jade Cocoon 2 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Dec 17, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. 90
    Different, rewarding, intelligent, funny, and filled with memorable characters and weird creatures. It’s damn fun, too, and will keep you performing the repetitive duties required of a monster raiser for far longer than you’d ever imagine.
  2. Never has there really been a game that allows you to have so much control over breeding monsters and hatching eggs, it truly is a unique experience. Some RPG goers might not like the shallow storyline.
  3. With some innovative visuals, more involved gameplay, and spunky plot - Jade Cocoon 2 places itself a step above the rest.
  4. Game Informer
    The combination of missions, discovering new eggs, and furthering the story keeps this game from hitting that stale spell that plagues many RPGs. [Feb 2002, p.83]
  5. A beautiful game that manages to have the appeal of its predecessor and winds up being both frustrating and addicting at the same time.
  6. 79
    Fans of the original Jade Cocoon, as well as those enamored by games like Monster Rancher and Pokemon, will surely love this fascinating sequel.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Bursting with an ingenuity cure for jaded RPG gamers, JC2 inspires the sleeping role-play addict to awaken. [Feb 2002, p.148]
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The repetitive environments drag it down a bit, but that’s far from a fatal blow. [Feb 2002, p.107]
  9. PSM Magazine
    It’s an interesting system that places emphasis on strategy rather than brute force, but, in the end, it still feels a little limited. [Feb 2002, p.38]
  10. It’s a very nuts and bolts sort of RPG with a fair amount of nooks and crannies to check out, but the game lacks the pop that will keep a player glued to their seat until the wee morning hours.
  11. Despite our disdain of the very concept of this game we did find it fairly engrossing.
  12. 70
    Both the weak storyline and repetitive dungeons become tedium personified before you know it.
  13. Visually appealing and highly addictive
  14. The beauty of Jade Cocoon 2 is impressive but much like a supermodel, when you site down to actually get to know it, there's not much substance underneath all the pretty packaging.
  15. An acquired RPG taste worth sampling with a rental.
  16. JC2 shows promise initially, but a quirky sense of humor and an endearing fairy sidekick aren't enough to save it from becoming repetitive.

Awards & Rankings

#53 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#29 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 12, 2013
    A good game that really does its own thing. At the time, this was a rather unique concept that really was allot of fun. However, I did findA good game that really does its own thing. At the time, this was a rather unique concept that really was allot of fun. However, I did find the game did get very repetitive the longer you played it. With a few more side activities and more in game mechanics, it could have been better. But, as it is, it still good and allot of fun.

    A different, but good game, that perhaps is better played in small doses.
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  2. EvanC
    Dec 14, 2009
    It is december 14th 2009. I have played a fair few hours in Jade cocoon two now, only just got it. I'm pretty hardcore gamer have got It is december 14th 2009. I have played a fair few hours in Jade cocoon two now, only just got it. I'm pretty hardcore gamer have got original Jade cocoon. Review: This game is a case off hit and miss graphically and otherwise. It is 8 years old and still the charecter disign if limited, ie. no muscle animation and mouth does not move during dialouge, it is charming and the charecters have a personality and i almost care about them. The backgrounds and the monsters are where the game completely fails graphically. Every dungeon forest looks identical and quickly gets drab, the monsters too have a very limited number of models and quickly get uninteresting. The voice acting and cutscenes range from embarrising and infurating to amateur. However, THe main charecter kahu and the fairy thing nico are well voiced for the most part, and do add a certain charm and humour. The game is split up into short dungeon type levels, which suits it very well, if making it extremely linear and obviously repetive. The gameplay is original and i'm surprised it hasnt been used or developed further in any other rpgs. The fact that you have to decide on strategy and that its so simple to pick up but infinitely complex makes it a game that any serious rpg hardcore should play if only to see how smart the gameplay system is. Overall you come for the charming charecters and intersting gameplay, you stay to unlock all the possibility of your battle formation and monster merging variations. Any serious RPG gamer should at least own the original jade cocoon as it was a deep experience withgreat producion vlaues [for the time] and if you like the original you will like the sequel. If original and forgotten rpg gems, and gameplay that can teach games developers for the furture about being innovitive and smart. Pokemon it was not, but there are so many original features that have not been adopted by contempary rpgs [that despite its shallow and linear levels and inispirng and drab backgrounds and some annoying voices] it deserves to be played. Give it and [the orignal] a chance. Full Review »
  3. MikeD.
    Jul 26, 2002
    I'll put it to you this way, if i could vote higher than a 10 i would. :) IT ROCKS TOTALLY!!!