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Battle Arena Toshinden 2 is the first sequel to Battle Arena Toshinden.

It adds three new starting fighters; Tracy and Chaos with the original game's final boss, Gaia returning un-armoured and with a completely new move set. There are also three new bosses and hidden characters raising the total number of fighters to 15 (up from 10).

Toshinden 2, on top of additional special attacks for every character, adds several running attacks to each character: the ability to strike a grounded opponent with new ground attacks and the powerful Overdrive attacks that one must fill up a bar by using other attacks to be able to use.

Toshinden 2 also does away with the free-form combo system of the original Toshinden replacing it with a simple combo system (i.e. light attack, hard attack, special or light attack, light attack, hard attack, special). The 3D movement in Toshinden 2 has also been made notably slower to prevent the heavy abuse it could be used for in the original.

As a result, while the core game play is similar, this sequel is more tactical than the original game. Where as in the original Toshinden, one could throw normal attacks (i.e. light slashes) around with fairly reckless abandon and sidestep repeatedly without fear of their opponent being able to counter them easily, opponents in Toshinden 2 are able to capitalize on individual missed attacks.

As a result, Toshinden 2 is more balanced than its predecessor. This balance was further tweaked with a re-release called "Toshinden 2 plus" in Japan.

Unlike the Playstation release of the original Toshinden, Toshinden 2 was not re-dubbed for releases outside of Japan.

Also unlike the original Toshinden, the PC release of Toshinden 2 for Windows computers, is a straight port of the Playstation version and supports Direct3D rather than specific 3D cards.


Battle Arena Toshinden 2 Windows Title screen
Battle Arena Toshinden 2 PlayStation High flying antics. Fo dodges Chaos' scythe with a high leap.
Battle Arena Toshinden 2 PlayStation Spear beats...uh...giant club? Rogue monk Mondo faces off against Rungo, who looks like a modern day version of Soul Blade's Rock.
Battle Arena Toshinden 2 PlayStation Think your boss is bad? Chaos may seem like a complete madman, but his bio describes him as a coporate executive.

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Alternate Titles

  • "闘神伝2" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus PlayStation Apr, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Mega Fun PlayStation Mar, 1996 85 out of 100 85
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Mar, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jun, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Jun, 1996 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 03, 1998 67 out of 100 67
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1998 48 out of 100 48
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Aug, 2000 48 out of 100 48
PC Player (Germany) Windows Feb, 1999 29 out of 100 29
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 24, 2001 D- 16


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