Battalion Wars 2 Wii

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. 90
    Its presentation is some of the best on the Wii and will silence those who feel that Nintendo doesn't know modern production values. However, at the same time the gameplay remains the simple and accessible stuff that has sold the console to the masses.
  2. 80
    I really think that in terms of overall storyline, not to mention the variety of missions, soldiers, weapons and vehicles, this sequel has really one- upped its predecessor. When you additionally consider the mostly- intuitive controls, sleek presentation and fun online modes, you have the recipe for a great new installment to the sleeper franchise.
  3. This sequel to Nintendo's console wargame wages a much more successful campaign on free time.
  4. The lack of off-line multiplayer is a shame. The presentation isn't perfect either but holds together just fine, with lots of explosive pandemonium.
  5. 80
    Everything gels when I approach Battalion Wars 2 the way it’s meant to be played--slowly and methodically, like a real-time strategy game.
  6. Battalion Wars 2 is, just like its predecessor, a decent game which has good online functionality next to its single player mode. The controls are smooth and the developer has made its own graphic uniqueness. The largest disadvantage about the game is that everything could be a bit more challenging.
  7. Wii controls do nothing to improve the game, but it's still classic Battalion Wars gameplay. A bit more depth in the strategy department, but overall the game is a bit easier and shorter than the original.
  8. Despite such tactical bugbears, this really is a fun game to play, and the lively atmosphere will keep you coming back for more.
  9. A substantial improvement on the original: better-paced, a bit funnier and with the much-needed addition of online multiplayer.
  10. Allowing the Wii remote to more closely simulate a computer mouse would have increased the game's fun factor even more, but after spending enough time on the game's campaign, gamers are encouraged to delve into multiplayer, where the price tag pays for itself over and over again.
  11. As an action game spin-off from the highly tactical Advance Wars series, Battalion Wars II does its job, but a number of issues with the depth of the command system and the ability to rely on brute force over tactics let the game down.
  12. The quality of the presentation, action-oriented battles, and solid multiplayer mode all add up to a game that is worth a recommendation. With little on the Wii these days aside from ports and mini-games, Battalion Wars 2 is a breath of fresh air.
  13. With some pretty innovative and solid graphics, great sound and the inclusion of online support, this game is pretty much a must buy, especially for strategy fans looking for their fix on the Wii.
  14. The game could stand to be fleshed out in the areas of multiplayer and including something for single players to do after the campaign is through, but what Battalion Wars includes out of the box is still quite fun to play.
  15. Battalion Wars 2 is basically a straightforward action and strategy game, for those who intend to begin exploring the genre.
  16. 77
    Sure there's frustration and flaws to be found if you go looking for them, and they're definitely enough to stop me slapping a huge score at the end and recommending it to everyone, but if you can accept it for what it is and don't look too hard at the ropy bits there's a hell of a lot of fun to be had here if you give it a chance.
  17. Fans of the original can expect a bit more depth and look forward to testing their skills online, but it’s a shame that the single-player campaign amounts to skirmish, and not a war.
  18. 75
    In the end, the formula is shallow and the experience marred by too many small problems. That said, it is a likable and fun Wii title that merges qualities from the action and RTS genres into a one hybrid genre.
  19. 75
    While the game does suffer from a few niggling issues, there is nothing else really like it on the Wii, and is a big improvement over the original. If you're into stategic warfare, give Battalion Wars 2 a go.
  20. Once one gets past the controls and somewhat cold, distant storytelling, what remains makes for a pretty good time.
  21. 65
    Battalion Wars 2 flounders because it lacks both the comic mischief that make cartoons like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner so much fun and the tactical depth to be taken as a serious war game. The no-man's land in between isn't a place where you want to hang around too long.
  22. Rather repetitive and simple. Short with no replay incentive.
  23. 80
    Battalion Wars 2 boasts enjoyable storylines and presentation along with killer weapons and a dose of strategy. That gets a gold star in our book. Four, even.
  24. Fortunately the sequel is just as good, if not slightly better than, the original game. It finds a home on the Wii and fans of the strategy genre should definitely give a spin to see how Kuju Entertainment developed it.
  25. A solid offering that requires both reflexes and strategy skills. If you're a a strategy enthusiast looking for something of faster pace, or a trigger-happy gamer looking for a bit more depth and humor, do consider this game.
  26. 75
    Battalion Wars 2 is a solid title with a hearty single player mode, a decent amount of unlockable content and a fun online component.
  27. 70
    Battalion Wars 2 is a good game with some minor issues that do not detract from its overall quality or enjoyment.
  28. 70
    The sheer variety of playable units combined with a lightweight, paper-rock-scissors-esque strategy component allows for simple fun without the intense learning-curve of a more sophisticated strategy title.
  29. games(TM)
    60
    Few games offer such an entertaining mix of action and strategy, and we’d recommend Battalion Wars 2 to all Nintendo Wii owners looking for a quick fix between the really big first-party releases. [Jan 2008, p.116]
  30. Edge Magazine
    50
    BW2 is a strategy game that doesn't demand much strategy. That doesn't mean it's not sometimes enjoyable, but it's nothing more than an occasional diversion. [Jan 2008, p.84]
  31. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    90
    Good old-fashioned strategic action. [Mar 2008, p.68]
  32. Play Magazine
    85
    This is a game born for the Wiimote and Nunchuck and Kuju makes the best of it. [Dec 2007, p.76]
  33. Nintendo Gamer
    78
    Fan of the first? You'll probably have a blast online. [Jan 2008, p.38]
  34. Games Master UK
    77
    There's an awful lot wrong here, so respect to the good bits for being so enjoyable. [Feb 2008, p.61]
  35. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    77
    An improvement, but not quite enough. [Issue#17, p.78]
  36. Nintendo Power
    75
    The series' transition to the Wii has produced mixed results. [Dec 2007, p.82]
  37. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    75
    The simplicity of all its elements is kind of a trademark for this Battalion Wars. But that can also be held against the game, because it could use a little more depth. But if you think of it for what it is and not for what it could have been you can enjoy it properly. [Jan 2008]

Awards & Rankings

18
40
#40 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
27
#27 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. JosiahH.
    Jan 7, 2008
    9
    I liked the game, but you couldn't skip those frieking tacky CUTSCENES! also, durring Wi-Fi play, some cheaters would shut their power I liked the game, but you couldn't skip those frieking tacky CUTSCENES! also, durring Wi-Fi play, some cheaters would shut their power off and cut the connection 3 seconds before they lost.Cheaters. By the way if you happen to play against me on wi-fi, my screen name is "war-pig" Full Review »
  2. Aug 31, 2015
    10
    One of the best Wii games for sure. Very challenging campaign with an amazing multiplayer. One of the very few games that offered asymmetricalOne of the best Wii games for sure. Very challenging campaign with an amazing multiplayer. One of the very few games that offered asymmetrical gameplay in the MP mode "Assault". One player takes on the role of the defender (including structures) while the other one has to attack and conquer within a time limit. So one player is essentially takes on the role of the CPU in the campaign, but with maps specifically made for this mode. 1vs1 online. Full Review »
  3. Mar 3, 2012
    8
    one of the best army games ever its an awesome strategy game thats mixed in with a shooter you can control pretty much any military vehicle orone of the best army games ever its an awesome strategy game thats mixed in with a shooter you can control pretty much any military vehicle or unit the online is very fun despite wiis awful online compatibility the campaign is also awesome get this game you wont be sorry Full Review »