Warriors Orochi 2 Review
Warriors Orochi 2 box art
System: X360,PS2, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Omega Force 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: KOEI 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 23, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Graphically, Warriors Orochi 2 is simply out-of-date. Don’t expect any changes or upgrades from the past version, as Koei and developer Omega Force haven’t done anything to improve the visual experience of this game. What they have done is simply recycle everything in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Warriors franchise, with character designs and environments as flat-looking and jagged as ever.

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Hair on many characters lacks texture, and many stages look dull, lacking any realism whatsoever. In the year since the past Warriors Orochi, developers obviously haven’t done any work on past stages to upgrade them visually. It is the uncanny similarity to past installments, including everything from the overall structure to presentation, which offers little reason to purchase this title. It doesn’t take long after you begin playing to realize how unchanged everything is from rehashed animations to recycled, dull voice clips that are far too familiar.

The biggest addition to the series is Dream Mode, which allows you to choose three different characters from around the Warriors universe to work together in a series of challenges, with 28 different stages in total. As teams are pitted against each other with various objectives, it’s a nice crossover element that includes characters from Dynasty and Samurai, offering something new to the franchise. Survival Mode places the player into a series of tag team battles that get more difficult as you move on. Versus Mode allows two players to battle against each other with four different challenges, carried over from Dynasty Warriors 4. While two-player action is definitely a fun and welcome addition, the franchise continues to lack any online multiplayer. It is head-scratching why a series that has been so successful still hasn’t offered any online functions besides an online leaderboard in Survival Mode.

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With all the music compiled from some of the best tracks on various Warriors games, the mix of content from past installments on one disc is definitely the most appealing factor of Orochi 2. Unfortunately, the focus of packing in a cast of characters and a few new stages takes a back seat to visual upgrades and gameplay improvements to distinguish this title from any other Warriors installment in recent years.

Simply, the inclusion of several new characters and a few new levels may not be enough of a reason for Warriors fans to check this one out. WO2 just does not offer enough new features to warrant anyone other than the most serious fans of the series to make a purchase. It is apparent that Koei is less concerned with releasing innovative and groundbreaking product and is more concerned with releasing a Warriors title they know will sell to its loyal fan base.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.3
Graphics
Dull, unimpressive graphics have been given no improvements since past Warriors installments.
2.2
Control
Typical button-mash mechanics offer absolutely nothing new in this crossover.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A nice mix of music from various past games, though there is absolutely nothing new about voiceover work or sound effects.
2.9
Play Value
Offering little new to longtime fans of the series, the only appeal this game has is its new characters, stages, and the ability to interact characters from each series.
2.3
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The game's main Story mode features storylines for the kingdoms of Wu, Wei, and Shu, and the Samurai Warriors, while a new Orochi storyline looks back to the first series of wars to expose some of the Serpent King’s secrets.
  • The game's Dream mode features an original storyline different from that of Story Mode.
  • A new two-player Versus mode comes action-packed with four different games including Tag Team matches that pit individual fighters in lethal head-to-head combat.
  • The popular Team Battle System which lets players create their own three-person fighting unit returns for this sequel. At any given time, one warrior will be engaged in battle, while the other two are recuperating; restoring their Life Meters and Musou Gauges.
  • Over 90 playable characters from both franchises.


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