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D-2 (Dreamcast)

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Description

It 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.

Screenshots

D-2 Dreamcast Title Screen
D-2 Dreamcast Map
D-2 Dreamcast Wander through the snow
D-2 Dreamcast Kimberly Fox

Alternate Titles

  • "Dの食卓2" -- Japanese spelling
  • "D no Shokutaku 2" -- Japanese title
  • "D2" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Jack of all trades, adequate in none אולג 小奥 (168604) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
D-2: Judgement Day MasterMegid (897) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
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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Trivia

Development

The 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 version

Despite 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 variations

In Japan, there are four different packaging for this game:
  • Regular cover -- same as manual front (Laura's face on the cover)
  • White cover -- titled "Hope against Hope" on the spine card
  • Silver cover -- titled "Bliss for Loving and Being Loved" on the spine card
  • Black cover -- titled "Eclipse: Eclipsed by Anger" on the spine card


  • Information also contributed by Sciere
    msl (335) added D-2 (Dreamcast) on May 25, 2001