DescriptionIt is Christmas of the year 2000. In the skies over Canada, Laura's plane has been hijacked by terrorists. The plane is filled with screams, shouts and fear as the hijackers terrorize the passengers and crew. In one of the seats a black-robed magician gazes into a crystal, chanting the phrase "Shadow, the final destroyer". Laura's compact begins to glow. A vision of a meteorite hurtling towards the Earth is reflected in the mirror. Suddenly the plane is struck by the same meteorite that appeared in the vision, and falls towards the frozen tundra below.
In the middle of a raging blizzard, Laura opens her eyes to find herself inside a mountain cabin. She was saved by Kimberly, one of the passengers of the wrecked plane. Ten days have passed since the crash but Laura can remember nothing, not even her name. The door of the cabin opens and one of the terrorists enters. While Kimberly and Laura stare in horror, he transforms into a hideous monster. He is not the only one. Other crash survivors and locals have mutated into terrifying monstrosities and attacked people. Is there anyway to survive this living nightmare? At present it is shrouded in mystery.
D-2 is a follow-up to D, though the two games are not directly connected to each other story-wise and also have significant differences in gameplay. D-2 combines a horror theme with shooter and role-playing elements. Exploring the vast snowy landscape and investigating the surroundings triggers extensive cutscenes that advance the narrative. The 3D engine allows free navigation around the world, though in-door locations have first-person navigation with limited movement. It is also possible to pilot a snowmobile, hunt for food, and capture photos.
Horrifying monsters will attack randomly (or serve as boss fights at specific points of the plot), at which point the player is taken to a separate combat screen. Laura must dispatch of the enemies by rapidly shooting at them, in a way not dissimilar to the shooting sequences of Snatcher. Enemies can attack from different sides, so the player often has to turn around and quickly react to their attacks. Laura's default gun is weak, but uses unlimited ammunition; stronger guns with limited ammo can be found by exploring the surroundings. Laura receives experience points for defeating enemies and eventually levels up, becoming stronger and having her hit points increased.
- "D no Shokutaku 2" -- Japanese title
- "D2" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
|Quirky Japanese horror with interesting gameplay ideas||אולג 小奥 (164965)|
|D-2: Judgement Day||MasterMegid (900)|
|Sheer god damn genius!||Sonic Terminator2 (3)||unrated|
The Press Says
|Jeuxvideo.com||Mar 11, 2011||15 out of 20||75|
|Gamezilla||Feb 07, 2001||73 out of 100||73|
|Gaming Entertainment Monthly||Sep, 1999||72 out of 100||72|
|SegaFan.com||Apr 02, 2010||6.4 out of 10||64|
|GameSpot||Dec 30, 1999||6.2 out of 10||62|
|IGN||Aug 22, 2000||6.2 out of 10||62|
|Defunct Games||Jan 20, 2007||60 out of 100||60|
|Just Adventure||Aug 03, 2002||C+||58|
|The Video Game Critic||Sep 19, 2002||C||50|
|Planet Dreamcast||Sep 05, 2000||4.5 out of 10||45|
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DevelopmentThe first version of the game was created for Panasonic's M2 console. The console itself was eventually cancelled when 50% of the game development was completed. The game was reworked for the Dreamcast, but instead of simply porting the title it was entirely reinvented. It was originally intended to be about Laura's son instead of Laura herself.
English versionDespite its Mature rating, D2 was censored in its English version release, specifically the first sequence where you see one of the terrorists mutate into a tentacle-ladden plant-like freak. On the original Japanese version you see how the monster after having entangled Kimberly, raises one of its tentacles to her face and in a scene lifted right out of Urotsukidöji, proceeds to rape her orally (and yes, she swallows, which is actually a key plot point). The English version pans the camera upwards when the tentacle approaches her mouth and has a shorter overall duration.
Japanese cover variationsIn Japan, there are four different packaging for this game:
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