Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes
Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes is part of a long-running and very popular series in Japan. This series has spawned multiple games, movies, anime, merchandise, and more. The game I am looking at today is technically the third game in the series as it was an expansion to what the second game offered. It was originally released on both the PlayStation 2 as well as the Nintendo Wii.
Welcome To Feudal Japan
I am always interested in any game that is set in feudal Japan. I am not a historical expert of this time period or anything like that I just think the aesthetic and the mythology that it has spawned is really cool. Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes is very deeply based on this kind of thing and while I will not pretend to fully understand what is going on, I can tell you it looks super cool.
The whole game has a very polished look to it and you can clearly tell that Capcom had tapped the PlayStation 2 to its limit with this game. It looks great, moves at 100 miles per hour and even though this is a franchise I am not all that familiar with, I appreciate the fantastic artwork and attention to detail that is happening here. Plus, the soundtrack does a great job of jacking you up as you play.
Hack, Slash, Repeat
The gameplay of this is something I really like. I love hack and slash games such as a God of War, Devil May Cry, and of course, Dynasty Warriors and that is the kind of game we have here with Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes. It is pure mayhem with tons of enemies coming at you at once and you needing to unleash devastating combos to put them in their place. One thing I like is how there is a great selection of characters and each one has its own playstyle so experimenting is fun.
Stay Busy, Stay Ready
I was very impressed with the number of game modes that were on offer here. The game has a story mode where you play as one of three characters and each one has their own story to experience so there is a reason to play the story with each character. There is another mode called Gaiden Story Mode which is a story mode that is shorter, but lets you play as more characters. These story modes are fun, but also serve as a way to get new costumes for the characters. Conquest Mode lets you try and take over the land by defeating the opposing forces. You also have two types of tournaments that you can take part in as well. For a game that was released all the way back in 2007, it is stacked with content. There is so much to keep you busy here. Fighting games these days have a lot of content, but when this was released what it offered really made it stand out from the crowd.
I was rather ignorant of the series when I went into this, but Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes proved to be far more entertaining than I thought it would be. While I was attracted to the game because of the setting and style. The hack and slash gameplay is so much fun, unleashing massive combos and doing special attacks and unlocking new stuff are very addictive. If you like games such as God of War and Dynasty Warriors you are probably going to like this.
- The game is packed with content
- I loved the setting
- It looks great and the soundtrack is very fitting
- I found it easy to learn the basics
- The combo system is a lot of fun
- If you do not like hack and slash gameplay it is not for you
- It assumes you know about the franchise