• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2004
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. A text book example of how to make the perfect follow up. Take everything that was popular in the first then power up the graphics, level up the characters and open up the shops so that they stock a larger range of items and spells. Bigger, better, and hell of a lot sweeter.
  2. From Software always manages to amaze me with each new game they create, and Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors is their best work yet. Make this one an instant purchase.
  3. A mesmerizing tone dominates the heavily Japanese landscape, built off of a rich spirit of what feels like ancient folklore and mysticism. This translates - brilliantly, tangibly - into the connection with the combat and the control of the characters. [Oct 2004, p.71]
  4. Combines slick, well-tuned controls with an accessible combo scheme with unbelievably thick visual effects to create a complete third-person action package. [Nov 2004, p.92]
  5. Your enjoyment of this game will correlate directly to whether you dig the highly Japanese flourishes and style...If this is your bag, Otogi 2 offers some of the most lavish ass-kicking destruction around. [Nov 2004, p.124]
  6. One of the best hack and slash games of the year.
  7. Those that take a chance on Otogi 2 will find a unique and beautiful hack-n-slash title that sprinkles in plenty of variation thanks to some limited RPG-like upgrades, diverse playable characters, and a challenging story mode.
  8. It's a marvel. I logged at least 25 hours my first time through and I hadn't even come close to seeing everything this game has to offer. Even with the games flaws front and center at times, all of the innovations and extras add up to a sequel worth crowing about.
  9. Featuring some of the best visuals and voice acting currently on the market, it will please anyone looking for an aesthetically pleasing game.
  10. Beyond its gorgeous surface trappings, Otogi 2 may not be as deep or satisfying as "Ninja Gaiden," but the minute you rack up a 200-hit combo or smack the snot out of a gaggle of headless ghouls, there's no denying it - Otogi 2 deserves to be experienced by all gamers who have a spot for pretty things and are unafraid to get in touch with their button-mashing side. [Nov 2004, p.82]
  11. Aesthetically, the first Otogi game was a real knockout, and Otogi 2 ups the ante considerably. In truth, there are few games on any platform that come close to this level of polish, and it's surprising the series isn't selling like hotcakes on the merit of its visuals alone.
  12. Whether it's the brute strength of Kintoki and his mighty axe or the agility of Sadamitsu and her swift scythe, there is fun to be had by all and close to twenty hours to do so.
  13. Offers a stunningly beautiful fighting frenzy. It is frustratingly difficult at times, but also rewards persistence and experimentation. You will break a sweat just thinking about all the action. [Mar. 05]
  14. Action fans owe it to themselves to play Otogi 2: Immortal Souls. Don't be fooled by its art house sensibility – this is non-stop action and it has everything you want, plus a little extra.
  15. Everything about Warriors is imaginative at its mind-blowing best. And it's all packaged with some amazing graphics, a haunting soundtrack, perfect controls, and enough gameplay to last over 20 hours if you're the thorough type. Don't miss it. [Dec 2004, p.164]
  16. If you are looking for a game full of non-stop action and not much thought involved, Otogi 2 is the game for you.
  17. With its gorgeous visuals, haunting musical score, addictive game play, and a plethora of unlockables, Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors is an amazing game.
  18. 84
    FromSoftware has yet to turn this one into the masterpiece it could be. Action fans will love it as it's a non-stop butt-whoopin' good time. If the term "beautiful destruction" gets you all tingly inside, this is the game for you.
  19. Retains much of its predecessor's unique and awe-inspiring style, thanks to a great new cast of characters, some completely new types of challenges, and a presentation that's second to none.
  20. Easily one of the most graphically intensive Xbox games to date and, unlike earlier titles that garnered this title (I'm looking at you, "Wreckless"), it's actually fun to play.
  21. For action-game fans, Otogi 2 is one of those titles they won't be taking out of their Xbox any time soon. It's stylish, fast-paced, and loads of fun. [Nov 2004, p.NP9]
  22. In keeping with the original, Otogi 2 is something of an empty vessel, but it's one of the most ornate and accomplished around, possibly the most excessively and obscenely beautiful videogame yet made. Games that are this electric and uniquely rewarding don't come along very often, whereas those with more complexity are commonplace. Take your pick. [Mar 2004, p.104]
  23. The added characters, the RPG elements, combined with the beautiful stylings of the previous game sum up to one quite incredible game.
  24. It's something different, a fighter that refuses to succumb to more worldly pretentions, but one that feels so right. [Xbox World]
  25. If you're into dreamy and surreal landscapes, then you'll be into Otogi 2.
  26. Such a humble gem of a game deserves recognition on the scale of more publicised actioners on release, and any self respecting beat 'em up fan definitely needs this in their life. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  27. 80
    The plot doesn't make a lick of sense, but once you start knocking demons around the way Barry Bonds hits fastballs, trust us, you won't mind one bit.
  28. 80
    A quality game that has turned out to be much better than its predecessor.
  29. Although simplistic in many ways, Otogi 2's character variety, non-linear progression, and sheer level of chaos are all big points in the game's favor. This is a must-see sequel for anyone with a destructive bent.
  30. Its sweet symphony of particle effects and rock solid gameplay put Otogi 2 in a class all its own. Yes, the slow down gets annoying, but that's a small quibble compared to this game's majesty.
  31. Otogi 2, while often frustrating, is a lot of fun for anyone who has the simple urge to play a simple game where furious attacking is all that's required to hack, slam and kill enemies while at the same time being able to destroy just about every element of the scenery.
  32. 7 / 8 / 8 / 7 - 30 silver [Vol 785]
  33. I found myself frequently resisting the urge to throw down my controller in frustration. This wasn't my cup of tea, but I can't help but admire its dramatic artistic sheen. [Oct 2004, p.140]
  34. 70
    A solid game that offers a little more variety than the first with equally amazing graphics, but doesn't do much to improve upon the first game or address its problems.
  35. 70
    Though the game features many replayability features the casual gamer won't be compelled to do so considering the fact that the game gets repetitive and difficult early on what with the constant fighting and all.
  36. Unfortunately, the game is plagued by a cumbersome camera system that takes an age to rotate around your character. But the gorgeous look of the game and the intriguing storyline should be enough for most gamers to overlook these problems.
  37. Otogi 2 is an ultra stylish, straightforward action game that relies heavily on its attractive visuals and Japanese mysticism. It might not be as original as the first game, but as whole, it's better. [May 2005, p.71]
  38. 65
    Bigger, longer, more complex levels and more challenging opponents (not just easily-destroyed peons and the occasional complex boss) are what could make this more than eye-candy -- the character system is already where it needs to be, and in fact it sometimes feels too detailed in comparison to the challenges on offer.
  39. 60
    Whenever the player is required to utilise aerial combat within an enclosed space the camera blithely decides to exhibit erroneous behaviour, and offers no rhyme or reason as to how it can be controlled in its new form. This is utterly catastrophic for any kind of action game because it inhibits the player from interacting with the in-game environment, and means having to battle with the game system instead.
  40. Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors attempts to improve on the formula established in the first game, but does not succeed; instead it feels almost exactly like the first game, but better looking.
  41. 60
    Playing Otogi 2 not only reconfirmed our opinion of the original, but it also disappointed us as it's nearly just as constrained. [Nov 2004, p.108]
  42. 60
    While those who distained the first for being too weird and having annoying floaty physics won't like this one, fans will love it. It's a solid action title, with wall-to-wall destruction all wrapped up in an artistic and impressive, very Japanese package.
  43. The video game equivalent of a bag of M&M's: candy coating on the outside, mindless hack'n slash on the inside, and not a lot in between. That was fine the first time, but we expect a little more nutrition out of our sequels.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    10
    Otogi 2 is probably the the game that transposed better the ancient japanese folklore/mythology on the screen of a videogame. Graphic and musics are PERFECT. You know, when you heard taiko drums with that crescendo with all of those demons' screams and a really solemn gong or koto, you can feel a some kind of magic atmosphere...the stages are really wonderful, graphic is stunning...everything is sourrounded with a "fairytale" atmosphere. Awesome. The combat also is really elegant...seeing Raikoh and his companions spawn in the stage surrounded by a twist of cherry blossom petals is...magical, stunning. Full Review »