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  • Summary: Long before the twilight of the samurai, Japan was ruled by powerful leaders hungry to unite the land under one banner. The samurai and ninja who defended their land and honor became legends. Features 26 playable characters in all. 10 new warriors are ready for battle including the legendary Musashi Miyamoto, the unifier of Japan Ieyasu Tokugawa, and the enigmatic ninja Kotaro Fuma. Once forbidden secret techniques for each warrior are revealed. Set traps, summon ninja decoys, and more. Use powerful Linked Charge attacks and for the first time power up to three Musou gauges. Now castle warfare blends seamlessly with field combat. Take control of castles on the battlefield to gain a significant morale advantage. Experience new tales in Story, Free, and Survival modes. Team up with friends for two-player Co-op play or compete with them at "Sugoroku," a bonus party game for up to four players. Challenge an opponent in two-player Vs. play exclusively through Xbox Live. Over 70 cinematic sequences supervised by Shinsuke Sato, director of the cult hit, "The Princess Blade" and new music from fusion artist Minoru Mukaiya. [KOEI] Expand
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  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. A finely tuned beat-'em-up, Samurai Warriors 2 once again drops players into feudal Japan for a series of epic brawls. [Oct. 2006, p.57]
  2. A fun, if simplistic battle game that is certainly well above average and worth giving it a spin if you find it at the right price.
  3. A somewhat major retooling of the combat system has allowed a one-trick pony another chance, as it seems to be a step in the right direction for bringing back those alienated by the milking of ancient Oriental history.
  4. Like just about every other sequel in Koei's Warriors franchises, Samurai Warriors 2 offers an overly familiar and ultimately mundane hack-and-slash experience.
  5. Several modes of mindless violence and one mode of a Monopoly-like board game. There's nothing new or exciting about this title.
  6. Your comrades regularly demand help from the other side of the battlefield, right when you're in the middle of something else. But failing to come in time can blow the whole battle.
  7. With twenty-six unique charaters and as many stories to play through, this is the hands-down, be-all, end-all, motherload of button pushing. The rest of us, however, understand why George Jetson hates his job. Ok, you can stop doing it now.

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  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    really very good you never get boring while unlocking the 4th weapon's or either unlocking the three special horse's and the co-op is great very good to play in the weekend with a friend! Expand
  2. GRooveL
    Apr 6, 2008
    10
    The boardgame "Risk" meets "Battle Chess" and on a nice-sized screen doing 1080p, this game looks pretty slick! The characters are awesome and if you can combine the right ones within the same area on the map, they'll interact through very humorous dialogue and sometimes they'll even get together! At the start, your options (available "Policy Cards") are very limited and this hinders gameplay somewhat, but once you start to expand your empire, you get access to new policies such as "Provoke Enemy" into defecting certain key figures or breaking off completely from their ruling clan and joining your side. It's satisfying to coax an enemy state's major officers into joining your side, taking their armies with them, then attacking their former state and maybe using the policy "Capture" to snap up any officers that were not willing to be bribed earlier. I've only yet explored the "Empire Mode" of the game... and managed to unite all of Japan under a single clan... it's probably the most fun I've had on the xbox360 to date... I am impressed by the thoughtfulness that has gone into the creation of this title... especially with the subtle interactions between the main characters -- the stuff they say to each other is hilarious! 10/10 rating, no doubts! Expand
  3. GRooveL
    Apr 6, 2008
    10
    The boardgame "Risk" meets "Battle Chess" and on a nice-sized screen doing 1080p, this game looks pretty slick! The characters are awesome and if you can combine the right ones within the same area on the map, they'll interact through very humorous dialogue and sometimes they'll even get together! At the start, your options (available "Policy Cards") are very limited and this hinders gameplay somewhat, but once you start to expand your empire, you get access to new policies such as "Provoke Enemy" into defecting certain key figures or breaking off completely from their ruling clan and joining your side. It's satisfying to coax an enemy state's major officers into joining your side, taking their armies with them, then attacking their former state and maybe using the policy "Capture" to snap up any officers that were not willing to be bribed earlier. I've only yet explored the "Empire Mode" of the game... and managed to unite all of Japan under a single clan... it's probably the most fun I've had on the xbox360 to date... I am impressed by the thoughtfulness that has gone into the creation of this title... especially with the subtle interactions between the main characters -- the stuff they say to each other is hilarious! 10/10 rating, no doubts! Expand
  4. mistersachmo
    May 15, 2009
    7
    I've really enjoyed this game. While not very advanced, I find the simplicity of the controls refreshing, as I don't have to mash buttons trying to find different combinations for attacks. The graphics aren't stunning, but the game has enough hook to keep me coming back for more. As a bonus, my son loves to play as well! Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2011
    7
    Story: 4 Characters: 9 Graphics: 8 Setting: 8 Multiplayer: 9 Soundtrack: 6 Audio: 5 Gameplay: 7 Re-Playability Value: 7 Fun Factor: 8 Score: 7.1/10 = B- Expand