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Kessen II

by Koei
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews) 71 / 100

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  • 1 Player
  • Digital Control
  • Analog Control
  • Vibration Function
  • New "Agent Technology" allows for 500 soldiers on screen at once.

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  • ASIN: B00005QIQP
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,732 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Become a Chinese general and conquer the world in Kessen II from Koei. Players plan out strategies, then watch as armies carry out their orders in real time. The tale of two warring Chinese generals, Liu Bei and Cao Cao, sets the stage for war in a scenario similar to the background of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms saga. Magic will play a part in the action: lightning, tornados, and earthquakes can all be summoned to wreak havoc among enemy troops.


Kessen II, the bigger brother of PlayStation2 launch title Kessen, is a tactical title that requires great patience and bags of time to play, but rewards the player who sticks with it. In typical Japanese style, the story revolves around the feudal period of the country's history, with the themes of honor and betrayal on a grand scale. Think of it as a console war game involving ordering huge units of troops around a battlefield and you won't be far wrong.

As a gaming experience, Kessen II can be rewarding and at the same time oddly frustrating, given the relatively poor quality of graphics during planning phases and the ponderous and overly intrusive cutscenes. The fighting sequences are all very impressive, though, with up to 500 troops on the screen at any one time, and magic users who can throw hellfire, damnation, and some very large boulders.

For a game of such complexity, the learning curve is nicely balanced, and it never feels as if it's going to get too difficult too quickly. But what may really hold the game back is its core subject--a tactics game set in feudal Japan will appeal to a very limited market. That said, if you fancy a break from Metal Gear's military tiptoeing and Grand Theft Auto III's blatant "shoot first and never mind the questions" attitude, there's a lot to be said for Kessen II. --Chris Russell --

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda fun, but too simplistic November 30, 2001
Having played both games, I found the first one to be much more interseting than this. Sure, the story is vamped up and is actually a story, sure, you can now control the general and all that, and the new battle system looks cool. However, while it is fun to play, I think it's even more repetetive than the old game for a few reasons
1) You can no longer directly determine what to do with the units in terms of placing them and the grand strategy involved. All the unit commands have to be issued after you adopt one of the three strategies you can choose from in the beginning of any map. The problem with this is that sometimes it completely determins how you can play, for example the battle between Cao Cao and Sun Quan -- where you place the mines determine where you units go. Also, the maps are small in comparison with the old game, and there's just not much room to move a lot of times, limiting your strategic choices. Battles often end up as a crash of two lines and not much strategic nicety involved.
2. It seems like the game is even more heavily geared towards the special moves that you can use -- if timed properly, the fight between the two units is over in minutse. If your guy has no special maneuveur left, there's no way to try to get one (no more zeal rating) and you just have to wait it out, which could be painful.
3. There's nothing that really goes on in addition to what happens in the battle. Whereas in the previous game you can pick who to use, who to try to convince to come to your side, etc, in this game all there is is to choose one of three options that upgrade one thing over another. It's very simplistic -- I think too simplistic -- to be fun.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted History Fill with Beautiful Women October 1, 2001
Romance of Three Kingdoms (RTK) history turned into a fantasy type movie. Koei has twisted the story of this game and base the theme on love. Just like a prince on a quest to save the princess. The main character is focusing on rescuing his lover than bring peace to China.
Characters are beautiful in design (especially WOMEN with big breasts - even Lui Bei got distracted by them). You even find Zhange Fei's 3 daughters in this game. In contrast to the traditional RTK series, there are no women in there. So, this is a welcome change. However, the voice over is a bit off due to the difference in Japanese and English. The characters' mouths aren't synchronizing well.
Here is where the game falls - The battle field/scene. Unlike "Dynasty Warrior II", the battle fields are vast and empty of trees, rock, and pointy grass. They are smooth as a chessboard. Fighting style is also limited. You hit the enemies the same sequence over and over. Moreover, the characters can't even tell the different between allies or foes. For Example, if your ally and foe are next to you, when you hit the X button to hit your foe, you will hit your ally too even if you don't want to. Duel - Duel is my favorite in many RTK series, BUT NOT HERE. I have Zhange Fei (one of the strongest general, second only to Lu Bu) duel with weaker generals and female general. He lost all 3 duels. Same goes with Guan Yu. I don't know what the outcome of the duel is base on and you can't control it. In RTK, duel is base on characters' strength. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED in this game. That's why I gave it a 4 stars.
If you a fan of RTK, then you might want to give this game a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by RoTK Beautifully....more so than "Based Upon" February 16, 2003
By J. N. K
But for a game of this technical and imaginative level, I say "who cares?!" Sure, the gameplay is definately imperfect, but ask yourself this: how many RTS games on a console have played anywhere as nicely as this one? Answer: none. Starcraft 64, eat your heart out.
Firstly, the game utalizes simple commands to execute larger-scale movements. When forces are in thousands of soldiers in size, in real life you'd probably lose immediate and fast control over them all pretty quickly too....this game as such seemed to be more realistic in that fashion. There're really only three unrealistic aspects to the gameplay: 1) you can command a force that's miles away from you instantly; 2) there is lots of sorcery; and 3) how do you get so many legions of men to fight the corrupt?
Secondly, the graphics are amazing. Full of color and activity. Seeing 500 troops with only partial slowdown is very nice, and the fact that you can control an officer to get involved in the combat to see it up close. When you're not in control, an automatic camera changes perspective of your troops, be they running or battling (something the original Kessen lacked graphically, putting me to sleep, personally). The game is also full of great special effects (and I'm not even brushing upon the SFX in the FMV, or the FMV itself yet!). When dueling, sparks fly, and energy is shot out from these heroes' combatting, and the spell effects are simply huge in scale, and destruction.
Thirdly, the music is worthy of purchasing the soundtrack even if you haven't played the game. It's fully symphonized, somewhat catchy, easy to listen to, and full of emotion. True, the voice work here and there cries out: "I'm a good actor, but I don't know what I'm doing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good game.
Good game.
Published 3 months ago by Fullmetal5550
5.0 out of 5 stars Kessen
in my opinion the greatest strategy game of all time. fun gameplay combined with a great story. and its not too long of a game
Published on January 15, 2013 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Have not played this game since my ps 2 went belly up but am still hanging onto case I ever buy a backward capable ps3 or another ps 2 absolutely love this game
Published on December 31, 2012 by Daniel S Brockett Sr
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!!!!!!
I have never heard of this game, my boyfriend convinced me in buying it. It looked like a fun game and i found it at a game store for $3, so why not. Read more
Published on December 2, 2012 by Erica .D
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. game, for those who like KOEIs games...
Kessen 2 is a game which suits me fine. Good graphics, Cool music and excellent gameplay. However, if you are not into ROTK stories and strategy / Epic battle games maybe you... Read more
Published on August 4, 2006 by Lenny Blade
4.0 out of 5 stars A real-time / ground level vision of Three Kingdoms
As one of many players with a background in old-school strategy / war simulation games, I have played several installments of KOEI's Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Read more
Published on July 23, 2006 by Sean Malowney
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
OMG... U ppl dont just get it its not china, its japan and the reason i rate it the best is because it has samurais and ninjas plus funny parts but if they had more higher rates in... Read more
Published on March 14, 2006 by halodude1993
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Game
I got Kessen 2 for christmas a long time ago, around when it came out. Since then it has kept me entertained. Read more
Published on February 27, 2004 by Tim Rollinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Much jabbering, little action
I am most likely not alone when I say I bought this game because it was on sale for around ten dollars. Read more
Published on February 7, 2004 by Motoko
3.0 out of 5 stars An exciting game but....
I bought this game because it featured characters from the romance of the three kingdoms series. That, and the fact that it was cheap. I got it on sale because it was used. Read more
Published on November 6, 2003 by Bilbo Baggins
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