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For all of you out there who have been searching for that ultimate party game on the Dreamcast, your ship has come in. My first game of choice used to be Puyo Puyo 4 for 4-player action, but thanks to Capcom, everyone will have a new obsession. If there are any hardcore import gamers out there who still don't own Power Stone 2, my only question is "WHY!?"
There are very few games I go back to after I've played through them once or twice. PS2 is the exception. For such a seemingly simple game there are limitless ways to entertain yourself. As a reviewer I need to maintain some distance, some objectivity with any game I play. I do not write catchy slogans for a fee--I am not a quote whore. It is not my job to sell product. Taking all of that into consideration, I can say without reservation that you must buy this game! I repeat, buy this game! Pawn family heirlooms, sell blood, get back your deposit for your PlayStation 2, do whatever you can to get this game in your library. You won't be disappointed.
No matter if you're gunning it solo or you have a party going on, Power Stone 2 is just about the perfect 3D fighting game. If anything it's the best of it's kind, and will be nearly impossible to top. Though ... with internet access.
If you want pure arcade action you’ve come to the right place. Power Stone 2 is a fantastic game in every respect and demands to played at all times.
Once more into the breech dear friends, paying $50 for a game is an ugly thing. If you own a Dreamcast and don't own this title, you owe it to yourself to own a piece of history. You can easily snag this for under ten bucks around the way. For those considering in purchasing a DC, let this be a sign that good games don't have to cost $50. There are scores of great games still available for the system, and would totally recommend picking up a Dreamcast along with a few games for well under a hundred clams.
The Next Level
The Dreamcast is slowly emerging as the machine to have if you like 'party' games. With games like Chu-Chu Rocket and Marvel vs Capcom, Sega's dream machine looks to take away the title of best multiplayer system away from Nintendo's N64. Powerstone 2 is just another step towards this realization. With it's great graphics and undeniably fun gameplay, Capcom continues their streak of innovative and extremely fun titles that only proves that the company is still at the top of their game.
Power Stone 2 performs better its predeccessor in that you can see more of what is on screen, making its four-player matches much easier to play in the long run. So, even if you have powered your way through the original, Capcom connects the dots of yet for yet another sucessful fighting franchise worth your interest.
The original Power Stone that accompanied the launch of the Dreamcast was the first true 3-D fighter available to the home console market. Capcom has taken that first effort and made it even better. With superb graphics, stellar sound, huge levels, simple but addicting gameplay and the addition of four-player multiplayer you cannot go wrong purchasing this title. This game will cause many nights to waste away and it definitely belongs in every Dreamcast owner's library. Power Stone 2 earns a well-deserved joystick up from this reviewer.
Power Stone 2: Let's face it. At least 90 percent of all fighters come down to who can mash the buttons faster. Power Stone 2 is the anit-button masher. There are five buttons you'll need to use, not counting the analog stick. The most you'll need to mash the buttons is a three hit combo. The game comes down to pure strategy and luck, no button mashing skills required. Did I forget to mention the 120 plus weapon selection?
Power Stone 2 is everything you've hoped for since the original, with madcap action and four-player mayhem, but a little more depth and less confusion would have rounded this title out nicely. As it is, PS2 is a great multiplayer title that should bring smiles to the faces of Power Stone junkies across the country.
As I sit here with my pristine copy of Power Stone 2 just a few feet away from me, in awe at its addictive platform madness rolled into a fighting game shell, I can't help but feel apologetic. Sorry that I never spent the time with the original game that it so richly deserved. Sorry that it took an entire year for me to finally realize what a revolutionary achievement that is was. And sorry that I'm not playing it or it's sequel with my friends at this very moment. Hooked on Capcom's latest franchise, I'd recommend Power Stone 2 to any one of you on any day of the week. Go out and get it right now!
Superb, anarchic fun from Capcom. Puts some of their earlier offerings to shame. (Don't buy Marvel vs. Capcom 2!) If you've been looking for the perfect multiplayer game on the Dreamcast, or just a beat-'em-up with a hint of originality, you must get this. Be warned: I'm told it takes a certain kind of person to enjoy it. But the reaction I've seen from almost everyone who plays it basically says: if you like fun games, you'll love Power Stone 2.
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Det kan være lidt svært at komme ind i spillet, da det umiddelbart er meget kompliceret og forvirrende. Men når man først har gennemskuet kaoset, er der rigtig mange timer at hente. I det hele taget er Power Stone 2 utroligt underholdende og - sammen med Virtua Tennis - vel nok det bedste DC-spil til at samle vennerne.
Para finalizar me gustaría expresar mi opinión personal sobre este juego. Power Stone 2, al igual que Power Stone, es una compra obligada. Mucha gente opina que es un juego demasiado "loco", confuso con todas esas cosas moviéndose al mismo tiempo en pantalla, más ahora que hay el doble de luchadores contemporáneos; en mi opinión, no es más que una falta de enfoque, basta con centrarse en lo que quieres hacer con tu personaje, y todo viene rodado: lanzarás las cajas como el mejor, cogeras las mejores armas, robaras la piedras del poder a tus contrincantes, y vencerás en cualquier pelea, pero no sin esfuerzo. Power Stone 2 ofrece jugabilidad en estado puro, horas y horas de diversión y risas, solo o en compañía, durante semanas o meses, con vistosidad en todos sus aspectos. Puede no gustarte este tipo de juegos, pero buscarle defectos a este sería cuando menos una injusticia, una vez más, una compra recomendada.
Game Informer Magazine
While the modes don't offer a lot of variation, there is lots to do and collect, and if you like fighting games, the mayhem and action that Power Stone 2 delivers will certainly entertain.
Une suite qui se veut garder l'action trépidante et l'ésthétique si particulière du premier épisode. Le mode multijoueur se retrouve au premier plan, donnant des parties à 4 absolument délirantes.
The Video Game Critic
The two-player matches are hectic enough, so as you can imagine, the four-player mode is lively but VERY confusing. I prefer the excellent one-player Adventure mode that lets you collect items in a series of branching battles. Dreamcast collectors will want Power Stone 2 in their collection, but it's not an easy game to track down. It's definitely one of a kind, but I prefer the simpler brand of melee of its predecessor.
Powerstone is a fast-paced fighting game that's sure to entertain almost every gamer. With plenty of weapons, well-designed arenas, and the excellent implementation of the Powerstone during the battles, this is a refreshing new game from Capcom. Though more advanced gamers might wish that there were some more complicated moves, the ease of Powerstone makes it great for multi-player. This is a strong title and a great addition to the launch of the Sega Dreamcast.
All things considered, Power Stone 2 is a decent game. I enjoyed it enough to buy it and it does so many things right that I just can't help pointing out the minor flaws that keep it from being great. Like many Capcom games, it comes so close to being one of the greatest games in its genre that I just wish they had pushed a little harder when making the game. Oh well, it's still a step above the rest.
Insgesamt gesehen konnte mich Power Stone 2 mehr überzeugen als sein Vorgänger, was hauptsächlich daran liegt, dass man hier alleine etwas mehr geboten bekommt und mit Mitspielern mehr Spaß hat, zumal die Kämpfe durch den gesteigerten Waffenanteil nicht mehr so unfair wirken, wie es in Teil 1 manchmal der Fall war. Andererseits wirkt die Fortsetzung auch etwas liebloser entwickelt, was deutlich an der nicht stark veränderten Grafik und auch an der Menüstruktur zu sehen ist. Man hätte z.B. im Adventure Modus nicht das Gleiche spielen müssen wie im 1-on-1-Modus. So wird selbst das Erschaffen neuer Items irgendwann langweilig. Einen großen Teil trägt dazu aber sicherlich auch die geringe Anzahl an Kampfstages bei. Die 5 Arenen, so ausgefallen sie auch sind, reichen einfach nicht aus. Die 4 Extra-Stages sind dabei eigentlich kein richtiger Ersatz. Hätte man sich darüber vielleicht ein bisschen mehr Gedanken gemacht, wäre das Ergebnis sicherlich noch zufriedenstellender ausgefallen.
All Game Guide
Had the designers persisted with the same gameplay offered in the original game, the Power Stone series would have surely disappeared in the deluge of "me too" fighting games that flood the market. What they've done, however, is crafted a multiplayer experience the likes of which is bested only by Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. games. In this case, more is most definitely better, and surely a third title would not be much too much to ask for?
Seemingly rare dreamcast game ran toward the
multi player focus of gaming, need more games
out there like this, bundles of fun for parties
and for when you have company, but limited to
the game play when in single player mode, tons of new weapons to buy from to keep the replay value up.
Power Stone 2 adds longevity to an already solid formula by bringing the concepts of four-player mayhem to an already crazy fighting engine. The result is a game you will either love, because of its sheer gameplay insanity, or hate, because you won't be able to locate your character in the middle of all the action.
Power Stone 2 boils down to just being more Power Stone, which is never a bad thing. It doesn't completely live up to its predecessor in all areas (ease of play, final boss), but in others (arena design, Adventure Mode) it's actually better. However, rather than call this Power Stone 2, I almost wish Capcom had taken up its Street Fighter hobby and called this Power Stone Alpha -- then I might have been more impressed. Those points aside, Power Stone 2 is yet another solid entry in the Dreamcast's fighting library.
Powerstone 2 est une suite qui a le mérite de surclasser son prédécesseur sur plusieurs points : la convivialité via le mode de jeu à quatre, l'intérêt grâce à sa partie aventure, et le fun du fait des arènes toujours plus interactives. Dès lors, comment ne pas succomber ?
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