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  • Summary: Rengoku 2 lets players assume the role of A.D.A.M., a battle android trapped in a mysterious tower filled with fearsome enemies. Players must now enter a new tower and purge it of the mechanical scourge hosted inside. Players can customize their battle android with more than 300 rare and unique items. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. The whole game seems like an exercise in monotony; a battle-tech demo with refreshing character design. [Sept 2006, p.62]
  2. A dramatic improvement over its predecessor, although the gameplay is more repetitive than we would like to see.
  3. The game ultimately runs out of steam before it's over, but along the way, Rengoku II creates a more streamlined and interesting experience than its predecessor.
  4. It’s another short game in a terrible series that should have been axed at the first try but for some reason it’s back and will be terrorizing the USA later this year. My advice is to look the other way and never touch Rengoku 2 the Stairway to Hell. [JPN Import]
  5. Only marginally better then its predecessor and still suffers from many of the exact same flaws that made the first game so dismal.
  6. Perhaps with better level design, Rengoku II could have been a contender, but as it stands right now the game fails to deliver the goods.
  7. So this makes it officcial: The Rengoku series is stillborn. [Oct. 2006, p.92]

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Aug 8, 2011
    Very fast-paced, very stylish, and with a ton of 'leet' content and delightfully overpowered weapons. It can get repetitive, but I've played it on and off for 5 playthroughs (omg!) and it's still fun to find new ultra-rare loot and test it out on hordes of enemies.

    Besides, the art style and the music is pretty awesome.
  2. JonD.
    Jan 26, 2007
    Sometimes it is forgotten that this is a portable game is lost due to such impressive graphics, sound, etc., butthe fact is that this was designed for "on the go" gaming. So some of the common critics such as a weak story line or repetitiveness are a little rash. This is a great game to pick up, play through a few stages, and turned off. And beyond that, the item leveling-up and character customization puts a unique twist on the game. Expand
  3. NickB.
    Mar 7, 2007
    Sometimes I consider myself lucky to have grabbed a game before reading the reviews. Rengoku 2 is a great example: this game is an excellent handheld, with a slick look, nice UI and easy controls. The storyline is minimal, but the combat and customization of your mech are detailed....but not so much as to overwhelm you. Another reviewer mentioned that this game's reviews seem to forget that the PSP is a portable system, not a console where you sit at home and play for hours and hour. That's more true than ever here, with a game that I find myself interested in playing for that one or two hours a day while commuting, and which I can leave off and come back to pretty easily. Avoid the first one, though. The sequel is much better. Expand
  4. AdamZ.
    Sep 23, 2007
    This game is one of my favourites on psp. it is a pick up and play game, to have a quick blast on and then put down. its simplicity is its strong point. i also love the customisation options. such as being able to change the colour of the character. the combat is also unique and interesting-- this game has some of the coolest characters ever!!! overall this is a fantastic game to play while travelling for short periods of time. it has lots of neat touches that add to a well rounded package of a game. ignore the very negative reviews, they forget this is a potable game its not meant to have a stupidly complex story........ its meant to entertain.- which is why this game is just right for your psp. Collapse
  5. Jun 27, 2013
    This is not nearly as bad as some reviews indicate. It's a large improvement over the first one in every possible way, and although it doesn't offer a good story, it does deliver a lot of creative loot that's genuinely fun to use, and a lot of action. The art direction is above average, and the game is made to be played more than once, as it unlocks new content. I got this for $7, and I'm glad I didn't miss the chance to enjoy this game. Expand
  6. ShulD.
    Mar 27, 2007
    I'm played this game almost non stop right to the end of it, I'm was caught just after I'm picked up and equipped some weapons, the chance to variations of the character are so many, the hunger to get a more powerfully and cool looking character makes me almost complete focused on that goal, that is one of the virtues of the game, so I´m never matter about the tendency to monotony of each level or enemies, is not that bad be cause you are in a tower and not in Chile were you find both desert and glaciers, It was short but fun to play any way, and some of the critics are to out of balance. Expand
  7. ThomasF.
    Jul 15, 2007
    Rengoku 2 is a good game, don't get me wrong, but it can get redundant. The main focus of this game, and the reason i like it is because there are so many different varieties of equipment and that they get stronger as you use them, which builds a desire to keep playing. The storyline wasn't fantastic, but you also have to give the game points for 4 player game sharing. My friends and I play it together all the time and we all think it's great- but not fantastic. Expand