original Toshinden was warmly received by so many gameplayers when it was
released during the birth of the PSX and the sequel has been an eagerly
anticipated event. When released in Japan, Toshinden 2 received rave reports
and it sold by the millions.
The game opens with a tasty intro that
mixes live actors with rendered characters.
The options include a two
player game, round time, difficulty setting and the number of preferred battle
rounds. The sequel includes a selection of the original characters plus a few
brand new fighters to choose from, also there are a few hidden ones to access.
Eiji Shindo the swordsman makes a welcome return, as does the gorgeous Sofia and
the miner Rungo. The magician Fo returns to blast his balls around the arena,
alongside Ellis, Mondo, Duke B Rambert, Gaia the monk, Tracy the US cop and
Chaos the mad beast.
The graphics are a vast improvement over the
original being so much more detailed, while the backgrounds include many nice
animations of oceans, rivers and mountain tops. The fighters look awesome but
lack the motion that is displayed so well in Tekken. Blocking remains a problem
as you must pull back to block off an attack and this will often result in
getting caught from your opponent with a multiple combo attack. Near the edge
of the ring you can often fool characters into plummeting top their doom by
rolling to one side as they rush towards you.