• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. 84
    Builds on its predecessor by bringing the player even closer to the action.
  2. A game that is visually striking, with massive spell effects and a histrionic storyline, but one that may not appeal to fans of realistic war simulations.
  3. When it came down to it, I began to wonder if all the info and options available to me made a difference in the outcome of the battles at all. Definitely play Kessen II to blow up guys with meteor showers; just don't expect to do everything with your new abilities.
  4. 78
    More about style than substance. Nevertheless, the style excels, and there's still enough substance to give strategy gamers something worthwhile.
  5. 60
    The difference between the sheer energy in the cinemas and the painstaking gameplay is so striking that it feels like you’re fighting battles less to win them than to see the next visual treat.
  6. 60
    The controls are too simple to make you want to play the game for very long.
  7. Despite its initial luster, it becomes tedious rather quickly.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The gameplay is ironclad; however, a few presentation problems hold the title back. [Dec 2001, p.250]
  9. 60
    If you’re a serious strategy aficionado who expects more than to be seduced by lush eye candy, you’ll lament the restricted control system and the over-emphasis on storyline at the expense of intricate gameplay.
  10. Unlike the original Kessen, KII is far more accessible and the fantasy element gives the whole show a far more epic feel in the style of TV’s Mahabarat (okay, it’s a Hindu show, but you get the idea).
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Inconsistent voice acting and poor plot development. [Dec 2001, p.168]
  12. About as visually-appealing, user-friendly, fun and deep as Koei can make a strategy simulation without watering-down the formula completely, which makes it ideal for newcomers to the genre or the "Kessen" universe.
  13. If DW3 was the video game equivalent of "Braveheart," then Kessen II is Kuroswawa's "Ran" -- just a little more meat in your dish.
  14. The storyline is engaging, and commanding an elephant to tromp through units and trample people is pretty hard to beat.
  15. If you are looking for a historical strategy sim you will be disappointed with Kessen's superficial treatment of military planning. But if you are seeking eye candy and a trite but entertaining story you'll likely be thrilled with this title.

Awards & Rankings

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Harley(Pogo-the-monkey)D.
    Nov 13, 2002
    Absolute brilliance the fights are brilliant the spells are great and the plot is very good! cant i please give it 11 out of 10? (to be Absolute brilliance the fights are brilliant the spells are great and the plot is very good! cant i please give it 11 out of 10? (to be perfect i wish they had summoning abilitys like ff10 and summoner 1/2 now that would make it perfect!!! Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2018
    I loved this game. Like a massive game of risk set in a world of chess, themed within Dynasty Warriors. What's not to like?
  3. Jul 2, 2016
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This **** on fire, yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Full Review »