2003: I was actually thankful that I owned Actraiser 2 before the 1st one. Really made me appreciate how good the original was.
100% Pure Action and Excitement? Actraiser 2 is a grotesque of both hype and legacy marketing. It looks good, period. But beneath that sugar coat is a huge stink of a coffee shop toilet. The sluggish walking speed and complex controls will be the death of you. Wings symbolize freedom; in here, they are shackles causing unnecessary pit deaths. It’s also depressing when even a mucus puddle can take as many hits as you. Rounding the difficulty with a sword the range of a toothpick, a dining plate of a shield, bloodthirsty mob and a strict time limit, it should read “100% Pure Handicap and Frustration”.
At its debut, majority of game magazines (EGM notably) rate it highly, solely based on its lush graphics and Yuzo’s soundtracks. How much did Enix paid to get those review scores? The write-up on the box reeks of an ad riding on the success of the 1st game more than a description.
Nutshell, Actraiser 2, for the sadistic masochism in you.