Way of the Samurai 2 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Jul 7, 2004
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
Buy On
  1. Even the main characters - the ones voiced over in cut-scenes - have an annoying American accent that just shatters the whole illusion, and they sound like they're talking to you through a king hangover mixed with a few pints of disinterest.
  2. Much more frustrating than fun.
  3. Like those vacuum-powered hair trimmers, this one sucks while it cuts. [July 2004, p.116]
  4. 40
    With its fair share of gameplay issues and dated presentation, this Samurai walks away with his blade between his legs.
  5. The challenging combat does spice up proceedings, but the ubiquitous camera problems associated with these types of game and uninspiring graphics will soon make you want to turn your sword on yourself in true samurai fashion.
  6. The disappointing sequel keeps the open ended play of the original, but the menial chores and lacking play mechanics could make any samurai give up on their career path.
  7. It's graceful to the point of being sedate.
  8. Think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure book set in the Edo period of Japanese history—in other words, a very special form of excruciating, ritual torture.
  9. This game is so awful that I can't even recommend it as a weekend rental. Between the load times, boring plot, stiff combat, and lame voice acting, Capcom should've never put its name on the package, and quite frankly, I'm rather shocked that they did.
  10. You have to commend Way of the Samurai 2 for trying something different, but its myriad design flaws, weak delivery and repetitive nature serve as a reminder that different doesn't necessarily mean fun.

Awards & Rankings

#77 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#99 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jun 17, 2012
    10
    A great samurai game to play. It is very hard to find a samurai game better than this. I can't finish all the stories without a guide.A great samurai game to play. It is very hard to find a samurai game better than this. I can't finish all the stories without a guide. However, this game is great. Must play if you are interested in Japanese culture. Full Review »
  2. MarioT.
    Nov 17, 2005
    10
    the best game ever! This game shows how samurais life is hard and endless.Great story, great music & great weapons.
  3. ChrisX.
    Sep 25, 2005
    10
    I like the different time-system and the fights are only akward if you don't have a good weapon. Cut-scenes are annoying as well as I like the different time-system and the fights are only akward if you don't have a good weapon. Cut-scenes are annoying as well as americanized voices, but even Mona Lisa has flaws... Full Review »