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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 Liu Bei jumping between Diao Chan and a volley
Kessen II PlayStation 2 Cao Cao may have lost Lan Di, but he is not alone
Kessen II PlayStation 2 Do You Remember Love? Chief among the liberal interpretations that bothered some fans was the fictional love between Diao Chan and Liu Bei, which is the centerpiece of the game's story.
Kessen II PlayStation 2 Himiko just can't make Cao Cao look at her as a woman

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Highly cinematiqued game or a very controllable movie. PlayStation 2 MAT (214443)

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 12, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 02, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84 PlayStation 2 May 01, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Apr 25, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Nov, 2001 8 out of 10 80 (UK) PlayStation 2 Jun 02, 2002 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 (25924) and Kartanym (12749)
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