• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
Buy On
  1. DW2 has just enough improvements to make it smoother and slightly more enjoyable than its predecessor.
  2. Once players become proficient at darting from one cluster of soldiers to the next sending enemies spinning into the air with stylish attacks, this game is likely to become a fun way to pass time during commercials, like it did with me.
  3. Another solid instalment in a brilliant series of games, and with the single-player campaign's branching structure providing about a million campaigns and battles, there's certainly enough to keep you going till Vol 3.
  4. Really just more of the same. While it isn’t totally lame, it does have a number of flaws that make it inferior to other hack and slash titles; in short, it’s a whole lot of action you’ve already seen.
  5. As long as you're looking to kill thousands of bad guys, you'll find something to like in Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2.
  6. A half-baked multiplayer mode and the same ‘ol gameplay mean that the Dynasty Warriors series is showing its seams.
  7. From a company that has been making the same game for some many years, you start to expect them to put something together more impressive than this.
  8. Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 might as well be Dynasty Warriors Vol. 1.5, with its few minor upgrades, less-than-enjoyable multiplayer mode, and done-to-death hack-and-slash gameplay.
  9. 60
    Behind the sharper graphics and the bigger kit of options, though, there's still an unfortunately shallow, repetitive game.
  10. 60
    It's got its love/hate bits like every other entry in the franchise, but the bite-sized level maps, bulk of content, and portability of this version make it a decent purchase choice.
  11. Koei's epic brawler continues its adventures on the PSP, and improves a bit from the washed-down original with decent multimedia and a large cast of fighters.
  12. PSM Magazine
    Unfortunately the game also shares many of the same flaws as its predecessor; the poor draw distance, the camera issues, and the bland story presentation. [Holiday 2006, p.83]
  13. The biggest change in Volume 2 is that the display now takes up the entire screen, instead of having the right side partitioned for a status bar. The rest of the additions aren't terribly exciting, unless you really find that collecting a stable of horses and elephants to be all that interesting.
  14. It may offer more than the first one, which was a launch title, but it doesn’t offer that much more.
  15. 60
    Even though most players have been here and done this, Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 actually provides reasonably portable hack-and-slash action. That is, if you can put up with it.
  16. Dynasty Warriors Volume 2 at least adds in a few multiplayer modes, but these fall short of justifying the failure to address the wealth of deficiencies the franchise has suffered for what’s now its third handheld instalment.
  17. All in all it feels like a very limited sequel, one aimed at removing the more major problems of its predecessor rather than trying to bring anything new to the table.
  18. At the end of the day Volume 2 is more of the same with some nice improvements, refined strategic gameplay and working multiplayer.
  19. 54
    Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 cleans up its act a little bit, but it's nothing to bring back anyone who's become bored with any of the previous games.
  20. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Low on strategy, devoid of inspiration, it's the same hack 'n' slashing that got more tired than man in full samurai battledress doing a marathon. [Feb 2007, p.78]
  21. This is not the Dynasty Warriors that you've played on consoles. It's better than the first PSP game, no doubt, but it still has a long way to go before it feels at home on Sony's little wonderportable.
  22. There are a couple of better features including new multiplayer battle games and quicker loading during the battle segments. The graphics are unchanged and problematic, especially when it comes to camera control. Then there's the gameplay, which still relies too heavily on the same old combo systems.
  23. Game Informer
    There is nothing here that you can't experience elsewhere in a better game. [Dec 2006, p.156]
  24. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    A competent sequel, but we've seen all of Dynasty Warriors' tricks before and the option to fiddle with your steed is unlikely to attract any new converts. [Christmas 2006, p.97]
  25. AceGamez
    Long-time die-hard fans of Dynasty Warriors may well find a lot to like here, and truth be told there are a lot of battles to plough through, provided you've got the patience. However, for everyone else - including anyone who vomits at the mere mention of the series - this offers absolutely nothing to hook you.
  26. Pure Magazine UK
    Good for short periods but it just gets worse the longer you play. [Jan 2007, p.70]
  27. 40
    With nothing new in story, gameplay, or looks, Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 eventually suffers the same fate as the previous games before it- it just gets too old, too damn quick.
  28. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    With a full year since the original and no majjor changes to implement, this should have been great. Instead, it's just more "Dynasty Warriors." [Dec. 2006, p.134]

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    Dynasty Warriors Vol.2 is good, but it's not great. Sure, it's better than the first installment on the PSP, but it isn't as good as the DWsDynasty Warriors Vol.2 is good, but it's not great. Sure, it's better than the first installment on the PSP, but it isn't as good as the DWs you would see on the consoles. If you are a hard-core fan of the DWs series, then this is a game you will really benefit from. If you are new to the DW experience, it's best you stay away. Full Review »
  2. LazyMe
    Oct 25, 2006
    I like it. Much better than Vol.1. Much of the players who enjoy this game also understands the background of the Chinese history. We can I like it. Much better than Vol.1. Much of the players who enjoy this game also understands the background of the Chinese history. We can relate to every battle and every character in the game. Full Review »