Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    60
    The story is as epic as it ever was, but the gameplay is uninspired. [May 2013, p.86]
  2. 40
    A monotonous one-note brawler. [Apr 2013, p.87]
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    50
    Ken’s Rage 2 is a passable, sporadically enjoyable game that’s undermined by drab visuals and a campaign with a padded second-half.
  4. 65
    It’s still nice to see Tecmo Koei making enhancements, even if the fundamental formula is a bit flat these days.
  5. Mar 1, 2013
    81
    Ken's Rage 2 doesn't diverge from the first game's structure, enriching it with many more playable characters and the new Legend story mode. If you are Hokuto No Ken fans and appreciated the first game, you will love Koei Tecmo's new title.
  6. Feb 27, 2013
    50
    Despite graphical improvements, streamlined fighting and a broader narrative, it's the same album on repeat, played on a different stereo.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    65
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is a mediocre game, recommended only to the faithful of the comic.
  8. Feb 18, 2013
    60
    Ken’s Rage 2 isn’t the ultimate Fist of the North Star game, but it’s a pretty decent step up from the first with way more characters to play as and a tighter focus on trying to make a good adaptation rather than trying to make it a re-skinned Dynasty Warriors.
  9. Feb 15, 2013
    55
    If Tecmo KOEI had poured as much new content into the game as they removed, it would have been a worthy, albeit campy, sequel. Dumb fun is fine, but Ken’s Rage 2 is a ripoff.
  10. Feb 13, 2013
    50
    Tecmo Koei sometimes doesn't realize when it stumbles upon good ideas, and Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 abandons several gameplay elements of the original title that it didn't need to. The sequel will still satisfy fans that don't mind the Dynasty Warriors design while nostalgically revisiting the animation, but the game's vital points could have been much stronger.
  11. Feb 13, 2013
    50
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is, exactly as the first one was, a bad Dynasty Warriors-like, only saved by its background. Fortunately, this kind of game is disappearing. Obsolete graphics and game mechanics will make you feel very tired after only few hours playing. You'll get it only if you're a very tolerant fan for its high fidelity to the manga.
  12. Feb 11, 2013
    67
    If you’re not a fan of those types of games, this won’t be the one to draw you in, unless you have some obscene love for source material. But as a DW fan, like me, you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of the face punching, body exploding ridiculousness that Ken’s Rage 2 delivers.
  13. Feb 11, 2013
    59
    Koei is Koei is Koei. Kenshiro’s second fight for vengeance is rich with content, but he just can’t step out of the poor base mechanics that make all that content so repetitive.
  14. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    With a sleep-inducing game rhythm and discouraging visuals, Ken’s Rage 2 could have been dubbed years ago as a simple "data disk". But if you’re just looking for a silly brawler, with a rich cast of characters and literally thousands upon thousands of useless enemies, well Ken’s Rage 2 is your game.
  15. Feb 7, 2013
    35
    There's no escaping the issue of this being a shameful followup to a genuinely great brawler. I like Koei, but I'm the first to admit it can cut corners wherever it feels able to get away with doing so -- and even for that particular studio, this is a notably substandard effort. Uglier, more boring, as stale as week-old French bread, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is best ignored by fans of both Dynasty Warriors and Hokotu no Ken alike.
  16. Feb 6, 2013
    58
    Even being quite repetitive, if you're a fan of the manga and the genre, then you'll probably find here what you're looking for. If you're not, you should try it before.
  17. Feb 6, 2013
    65
    With its amount of content and covering the entire original story, Ken's Rage 2 is a sort of encyclopedia of Hokuto no Ken, making it a great choice for the hardcore fan of the series, but its flaws are just too evident for all other players.
  18. Feb 6, 2013
    50
    While certainly useful as an Hokuto No Ken Compendium, Ken's Rage 2 is a repetitive, boring, and technically out-of-date game that demonstrates Koei's inability to evolve the basic musou formula. The gigantic campaign can't really be considered a good point when the gameplay that supports it is this bad.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 31, 2013
    10
    This has to be one of my favorite 360 games! After beating the 'Ken's Rage 1' I was glad to see improved graphics, the characters and texture are much more detailed and the game features more varied locations. The story mode is a single cohesive experience that follows through every major detail form the original manga. Instead of playing multiple repetitive campaigns with different player this game is a single campaign that lets you choose which warrior you want to play as throughout the different story arc's. This game is a great refresher for old fans and can educate new fans in a much quicker and enjoyable way then reading the manga or watching hundreds of episodes of the anime. Now it is a Dynasty Warriors game so repetitive brawling is to be expected, the progression system has been changed and may take a moment to figure out but one you do its not bad, I do feel boss battles have been simplified but the game is still really enjoyable and it does have online or local co-op which is a blast! Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2013
    8
    all lovers of the game would like to see a marked improvement in the second edition of the gameplay and the game in a comprehensive manner. it was not so, but anyone who loves this series has to buy this game to delight with hours of fun and a lot of characters..!! Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    4
    Talking 5 hours, Loading 5 hours, Playing 1 hour.
    You fight against the same enemies 250 times. For the fans of the manga is boring and for
    the people don´t know the manga a torture. Full Review »