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It is a time of war. Many leaders from different factions fight to control their land. One such leader, Liu Bei, has only one wish: peace. But war stands in his way, after his land Shu is attacked by the kingdom of Wei, led by the warlord Cao Cao, who abducts Liu Bei's beloved Diao Chan, the keeper of the Imperial Seal. Liu Bei has to flee, but swears to return, exact revenge on Cao Cao, and liberate the kingdom of Shu.

Kessen II is a real-time strategy game, and a follow-up to Kessen. Unlike the first game, it is set in the Chinese Three Kingdoms period. The account of historical events is heavily fictionalized in the game, liberally adding new sub-plots (such as the entire romance angle of the story) and supernatural elements. The player can choose to command the armies of either Liu Bei or Cao Cao in their respective scenarios.

The gameplay is similar to that of the previous game, the most notable change being the shift to supernatural warfare, including the addition of magical attacks such as tornadoes, lightning strikes, earthquakes, meteor showers, etc. The player can now control 500 units at one time, as opposed to 100 in the previous game. New unit types (elite horsemen, elephant cavalry, etc.) have been added.


Kessen II PlayStation 2 You sunk my battleship! The strategic map allows for quick overviews of battles and changes in strategy.
Kessen II PlayStation 2 Shocking stuff. Himiko may just be a little Japanese girl completely lost in 2nd century China, but don't piss off the sorceress...
Kessen II PlayStation 2 The weather looks rather unusual
Kessen II PlayStation 2 Tonight we strategize

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Alternate Titles

  • "決戦II" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "决战II" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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Highly cinematiqued game or a very controllable movie. PlayStation 2 MAT (177141)

Critic Reviews

games xtreme PlayStation 2 Nov 26, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 12, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85 PlayStation 2 Apr 08, 2002 84 out of 100 84 PlayStation 2 May 01, 2002 81 out of 100 81 (UK) PlayStation 2 Jun 02, 2002 8 out of 10 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Nov, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Apr 25, 2001 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Apr 10, 2002 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2001 7.7 out of 10 77
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Sep 25, 2001 3 out of 5 60


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Although the people, places, and events of Kessen II are based on the Three Kingdoms period and the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Kessen II's story diverges greatly at places.

For example, Liu Bei's war with Cao Cao was never over Diao Chan, who, while a dancer, was never the beloved of Liu Bei. Instead she was used as a pawn to cause animosity between the tyrant, Dong Zhuo, and his great general, Lu Bu.

Another example of a radical change is the gender change of one of Cao Cao's most trusted generals, Xun Yu, from a male in the original written work, to a female in the game. This seems to be done to give Cao Cao and additional love interest.

Other noticeable deviations include Asian characters with blonde hair and glasses on one 2nd century queen.
Contributed to by Fred VT (27019) and Kartanym (12825)