• 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. If you are a die-hard "Dynasty Warriors" or "Vagrant Story" fan, you can probably overlook the flaws in the game and find that it really does offer up pretty nice options.
  2. The main culprit here is the bad voice acting and bad Japanese-to-English translation. It’s like playing cowboys and Indians except that there’s one noisy kid who never really gets into character.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    50
    I hope that you have learned much and that your journey through Way of the Samurai 2 is filled with wonderment and awe - but unless you're sniffing gas there's no chance of that.
  4. Unless you are a die-hard fan of the series, most of us can probably stay clear of this one.
  5. Edge Magazine
    60
    WOTS2's intentionally short running time (most story paths can be finished in little over two hours), a steady stream of unlockable rewards, and the gradual appreciation of its combat system's depth can make replays strangely compelling. [July 2004, p.105]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    55
    While the different endings are the most interesting aspect of Samurai, they also introduce a whole pile of tedium, as you're forced to sit through the same lengthy cut-scenes over and over. [Aug 2004, p.104]
  7. Something of a disappointment. Players hoping for an expanded, polished version of it's odd (but strangely beguiling) 2002 predecessor have instead been handed a bland, dated game with an extremely creaky plot and a near-broken combat system.
  8. The concept of the game isn't well executed, resulting in an awkwardly paced experience that will only be appreciated by patient players willing to look past a variety of flaws.
  9. Rather ordinary presentation and outright laughable voiceover acting.
  10. Suffers greatly due to poor plot execution. The pace at which this game plays out, and the tedious cut screens you have to endure really kill any momentum you might have going.
  11. GMR Magazine
    60
    Basically an expanded version of the original game. It won't win over any of the game's skeptics, but fans of the original will definitely find something to like here. [Aug 2004, p.100]
  12. 60
    It's mediocrity, to be sure. Still, there is some truly strange allure about Way of the Samurai 2. Mysteriously, it's enjoyable for a short period.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    If you liked the first Way of the Samurai, then this provides more of the same type of play. But don't expect anything new or exciting. [July 2004, p.88]
  14. If you're looking for a good samurai game to add to your collection, spare yourself the trouble and shell out the $10 to $20 the first game is going for.
  15. 65
    Capcom updated the combat system from the original game to make the movements seem more authentic. It also added the ability to kill your opponents in a single counterattack finishing move. This doesn't add to the game, but it makes waxing anyone who gets in your way laughably easy.
  16. You learn more moves, you collect different swords of various qualities and you can get into a scrap at anytime, anywhere. It's all very much in keeping with the loose cannon samurai lifestyle, that's just a bit too loose for it's own good.

Awards & Rankings

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

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  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 »