Warriors Orochi 2 - Xbox 360

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Warriors Orochi 2 (Xbox 360)
Also for: PS2, PSP
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Omega Force Soft. Co.: Koei
Publishers: Koei (GB)
Released: 19 Sept 2008 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Hard Disk Drive


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In case the return of Dirty Den in Eastenders - or maybe Jason Vorhees for our overseas readers - didn't prove it, Warriors Orochi 2 shows that you just can't keep a good (or bad, however you want to look at it) villain down.

In the first Warriors Orochi game, the nefarious Serpent King kidnapped the Samurai Warriors and the Dynasty Warriors in order to test his might against the most formidable warriors from across time and space. That didn't go so well for him, and he wound up dead. But (yes, there's a big ol' but) a dark alliance is hatching a plot to bring the snakey sovereign back from beyond the grave, and it's up to our heroes to stop him.

Once again, the action takes the form of hacking-and-slashing as you select your team and head into battle against the hordes of evil.

A handful of new modes have been thrown in for the sequel, including Dream and Survival modes. The most significant, however, is Versus mode. It lets you face off against another player in traditional beat 'em up style with only two characters on-screen at any time, although you will, of course, be able to swap in and out at any time.

This time, the Serpent King has to be killed once and for all. Lend a hand, eh?