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      26.04.2005 18:50
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      Capcom is a company well known for its 2D fighting games but when it come to 3D the likes of Namco, Sega and Tecmo rule. After a few 3D fighting titles such as Star Gladiator/Plasma Sword and Tech Romancer which met luke warm success Capcom felt the need to do something a little different for a 3D fighter. About a year and a half ago Capcom released Power Stone in Japan for the Dreamcast. Power Stone was different from any 3D fighter out there with the only thing similar being Ehrgeiz for the Playstation. Power Stone was all about fast paced fighting which had 2 fighters squaring off using several different weapons and objects around the room. Power Stone was no button masher like some may think. Players had to learn to utilize everything in the levels from support beams to tables and chairs. The play style more or less reminded me of a Jackie Chan film, except there was no Jackie and it had an anime theme. Players could also power up there characters by collecting 3 different colored Power Stone gems. This could turn the tide of fights around really fast with a near dead character and added a lot to the playability. With the release of Power Stone 2, Capcom has taken everything that made the first Power Stone so much fun and made it better. Combat is no longer restricted to 1 on 1 fights. Capcom has now added 4 player support making Power Stone 2 perhaps one of the best multi player games ever. Unfortunately though players looking for online fighting will probably be abit let down, as this feature is not included. What else is new to Power Stone 2 besides 4 player action? Well, Capcom has now added 6 new characters to the line up 4 of which are playable from the start and 2 which must be unlocked. The first is a Toy doll named Pete who transforms into a robot once he collects 3 Power Stones. Second is Julia who sort of looks like a southern belle with her long dress and umbrella and transforms into a super hero type get up complete with candles on her head. Third is Gourmand a pudgy red cheeked chef who transforms into Barney like dinosaur when he collects 3 gems. Fourth is Accel a cowboy with 6 shooters who can transform into a robotic cowboy with the aid of the Power Stones. Finally the 2 hidden characters are the shop keeper who plays almost exactly like Julia and Falcon's father who plays just like Falcon. Other additions include much larger play areas which have multi levels. One level has players fighting high in the sky on an airship complete with gun turrets players can mount and use. Then the airship begins to fall apart and player are forced to fight it out in the air while franticly searching falling treasure chest for an umbrella to land safely. Unfortunately there's not enough umbrella's for everyone so players stuck without will slam into the from and take damage. Once all players have landed its time to finish the fight out on the ground. Additional play areas include and ancient temple complete with and Indiana Jones style boulder chase. A submarine level where players must fight it out on subs which constantly surface and submerge before slamming into an iceberg at the end and there's also a fight onboard a space station complete with giant alien on the top. Players still cannot block which I did not like at first but eventually got used to. But there are several new weapons and items which players can use.There are 120 items in all. These weapons range from things like bombs, umbrella's, machine guns and megaphones to stage based weapons such as tanks, catapults and gun turrets. Play modes include 1 on 1 for 1 or 2 players. Arcade mode which pits up to 4 players through several stages until finally facing the last boss. Original mode for 1 to 4 players which allows you to choose from different rules such as 1 on 1 and 1 on 3. If you don't happen to have any buddies around you can also set CPU controlled characters. And finally there's the Adventure mode. In the Adventure mode every item the player picks up is stored. Once done playing this mode you can go to a shop and sell your items or buy new ones. Players can also merge items in hopes of making a new or more powerful weapon which players can use in other play modes. However making the right combination can be tricky as not everything will work. If the combination does not produce an item you will lose all the items used in trying to make the combination. Also in the shop Falcon's father will frequently pop in. Sometimes he will give you an item and others he will steal money from you. This does get a little annoying at times though. Graphics 9: Graphics in Power Stone 2 are quite good. Levels are much larger then in the first Power Stone and things are scaled back a lot more to accommodate 4 players and the bigger levels. This can cause some major confusion especially during 4 player battles. Add this to the fact that the camera isn't all ways the greatest and blocks the few of you character in some instances. Still though everything is very impressive looking and runs at around 60 frames per second and in high resolution with only a little slowdown here and there. Sound 8: Sound in Power Stone 2 is pretty well done. The music has sort of an adventurous theme mixed with anime overtones and fits the game quite well. The sound effects also sound pretty impressive and are all crisp and clean. Control 9: What's a game without control? Not much of a game at all im affraid but fortunetly Power Stone 2 features some pretty tight and responsive control. You can move your player around with either the analog stick or regular D pad. A is your jump button, B is to grab items or throw opponents, X is an attack button, Y will discard items and the L and R triggers are used for super attacks once your character has acquired 3 Power Stones to power up. The control system makes the game simple for even novices to master after a few minutes. Overall I would highly recommend Power Stone 2 to fans of the original game or for people who are looking for a good party game. Its easy enough for novices to jump right into yet the gameplay is deep enough for veteran gamers. Capcom has done an impressive job with this series and im really hoping they make a 3rd in the series someday. Guile176/Phantasystar77

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        08.05.2002 18:26
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        With 4-player, third person beat-em-up action over 8 frantic levels, Power Stone 2 involves the most furious and exciting multiplayer action available for the Dreamcast to date. N64s Perfect Dark Multiplayer only beats the game. With 14 different characters combined with 8 levels and optional team battle, every multiplayer game is different. The weapons available as pick-ups are varied and the inclusion of CPU controlled characters adds spectacle. One disappointing aspect is that you can’t save how many wins you have (like Perfect Dark), or play other people online. ºººPlotººº There are two other main areas in Power Stone 2: Arcade and Adventure. Arcade is simple – battle through 6 levels involving two easy bosses (made more difficult by changing the difficulty setting in the option menu) and you can gain extra options or one of two extra characters. (Random items from Adventure mode can appear in Arcade mode and Verses mode.) The Adventure mode may only be one player, but a usual change to the usual arcade mode ploy. The concept of Adventure mode is to collect as many items as possible, fighting through like in Arcade mode. It’s true! These items can be in the form of projectiles (grenades to machine guns to firecrackers), swords (swords and wands of different elements), restorative items (apples, bananas and cake) and another 180 of different sorts. Through the first time through only yields the basic weapons and items, to get more powerful items you need to participate in the mixing of these items in the ‘Item Shop’. Here you meet Meg and Pride (the unlockable characters) who aid you in the purchasing, selling and mixing of items. In adventure mode, the amount of money you collect after each stage depends on the time taken and the difficulty setting – find a right match and you’ll rake those new items in. ºººCharactersººº Each character has specific abiliti es – Falcon can double jump, Accel can shoot) – and each character also has a transformation. To achieve this transformation stage, you have to collect three ‘power stones’. In this stage your attack and defence is raised, and two new techniques are added to your disposal. After time (or using the new techniques) you turn back to normal, disassociating yourself with all the gems and dropping two, allowing you or your opponent to pick them up. Take Gourmand – he trains as a Cordon Bleu chef but transforms into a big purple dragon with a French moustache. Though the main thrill of Power Stone 2 is the multiplayer mode. The graphics are nearly second to none, and the sound throughout the game can be varied, and at times, amusing. The only downfall I feel is that the game suffers in one-player longevity. It can get extremely repetitive. Advantages: Multiplayer fun Graphical excellence Adventure mode Disadvantages: Linear Repetitive Only eight levels No online option IanJC

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          06.04.2002 05:26
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          Power Stone 2 is a lot better than the original because it has more characters, enhanced gameplay and endless stockpiles of weapons, eg. from guns to bombs and from thumbtacks to special cards. There are many characters you can use and a couple of secret characters to unlock - each character has two special moves that can only be used when, on the level, three coloured stoned have been collected (hence the name 'Power Stone'). Though at the beginning of each level each character starts with only one stone, meaning that you either have to find others or nick other peoples by bashing them to bits. An excellent thing about the game is its adventure mode - after choosing a character you battle through a castle, one-on-one, with other characters and the occasional boss. Any item picked up in adventure mode becomes part of your stockpile whether it's used or not (hence the name 'Adventure'). At the item shop you can sell these items for gold, mix items to create new ones or, in the event of you finding clothing, change the outfit of each character. Any 5 items in your stockpile can be chosen to randomly appear in arcade mode or in verses mode. Advantages: Good graphics and sound Disadvantages: Linear level progression JtheF

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            17.02.2002 06:50
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            The original Power Stone developed by Capcom was a great success with because for a change in beat em ups it was 3D and you could use every piece of the room as a weapon. The game was very enjoyable but you had a guaranteed win when you got all three power stones and transformed. The sequel everyone has been waiting for, well everyone with a Dreamcast at least, proves that you can always teach a dog new tricks. Power Stone 2 plays a lot like a 3D version of Super Smash Bros. The game is fast and furious, and although it can't be considered a fighting game like Dead or Alive 2, it's got arcade action all sewn up. The game play of Power stone 2 is very much like its predecessor. It is a lot of fun, and though there are no blocks and counters like there were in the original Power stone, you can hide behind objects and obstacles to avoid attacks. They have improved the levels by making them a lot larger and adding short cut scenes to it. Now as well as just fighting they have added little links to different parts of the level. You can still attack them in these bits but they just add more fun into the game. Power Stone would be a very difficult game to follow if it was not for the easy controls that Capcom have given to it. Though blocking has always been a big part of fighting games ever since Street Fighter 2, it actually doesn't take that long to get used to playing without them. If anything, the no block system makes things more action packed and tense. The fighting itself is incredible, the levels which it takes place in are extremely good too, giving you almost complete freedom to move around them. Nearly unrestricted 3D movement is definitely a well added feature, and is very well used by the game. You'll find yourself playing this game for a long time, since it has a very addictive quality to it. And the four-player mode is just something that adds that extra bit, You and your friends will have lots of fun, and won't w ant to turn off the Dreamcast. The characters all look very weird and are well produced but they could still do with a bit of adjusting. The graphics are well done. They are very good and the animation is great too, with fast and very solid movement, you do get a bit of slowdown when you perform your special move. The graphics are good and they are almost too good describe, and offer nearly nothing to criticise at all. The music is also very well done, with a soundtrack that would not normally be found in this type of game. It is a very welcome surprise and sounds just great. Boring soundtracks used for action games these days. The sound effects and voices are not quite as skilful, but they are still very well done, which, like in the visual department, leaves very little to criticise. Overall, there aren't that many games that are similar to Power Stone. Overall, if you like a well done, unique game that has its share of surprises and thrills, Power Stone 2 is your game. I recommend it if you enjoy playing with your friends as the four player mode is a great addition. This is a Dreamcast title worth having.

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              24.10.2001 09:08

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              Power Stone 2 is another really great game from Capcom, it’s the follow up to the original, as you’d expect, and is probably one of the speediest and most fun 4 player simultaneous fighting games around! Just like the original, you get to select from a bunch of really strange looking characters, and there is a fairly ok single player mode, but the action lies with the multiplayer option. 4 of you can play at once, on the same screen, and the best part is you’re on your own, every player for themselves! As you drop from level to lower levels, fighting in mid air can and will take place – you’ll still be able to pick up boxes and chests and bombs to throw at your opponents, but this time it’s a whole lot crazier! Surprisingly the gameplay is just as good, although at times it can get a little too crazy – 4 of you racing around the fighting arena room for the power stones – quite funny, but in general this is as good as it gets. The graphics are amazing, very chunky and visually astute, the game looks like a clear-cut winner. Replay value is good too as the game wont set you back an awful lot, the four player mode will be returned to time and time again, often in preference to the 4 player tag game of Dead Or Alive 2. As a game that’s so mad, and so very Japanese, this is actually quite brilliant. Overall, if you don’t own this, don’t worry – just go out and buy it before it sells out across the country. 5 Stars.

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              15.09.2001 20:28
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              Power Stone 2 is another really great game from Capcom, it’s the follow up to the original, as you’d expect, and is probably one of the speediest and most fun 4 player simultaneous fighting games around! Just like the original, you get to select from a bunch of really strange looking characters, and there is a fairly ok single player mode, but the action lies with the multiplayer option. 4 of you can play at once, on the same screen, and the best part is you’re on your own, every player for themselves! As you drop from level to lower levels, fighting in mid air can and will take place – you’ll still be able to pick up boxes and chests and bombs to throw at your opponents, but this time it’s a whole lot crazier! Surprisingly the gameplay is just as good, although at times it can get a little too crazy – 4 of you racing around the fighting arena room for the power stones – quite funny, but in general this is as good as it gets. The graphics are amazing, very chunky and visually astute, the game looks like a clear-cut winner. Replay value is good too as the game wont set you back an awful lot, the four player mode will be returned to time and time again, often in preference to the 4 player tag game of Dead Or Alive 2. As a game that’s so mad, and so very Japanese, this is actually quite brilliant. Overall, if you don’t own this, don’t worry – just go out and buy it before it sells out across the country. 5 Stars.

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                29.08.2001 06:24

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                Power Stone 2 is another really great game from Capcom, it’s the follow up to the original, as you’d expect, and is probably one of the speediest and most fun 4 player simultaneous fighting games around! Just like the original, you get to select from a bunch of really strange looking characters, and there is a fairly ok single player mode, but the action lies with the multiplayer option. 4 of you can play at once, on the same screen, and the best part is you’re on your own, every player for themselves! As you drop from level to lower levels, fighting in mid air can and will take place – you’ll still be able to pick up boxes and chests and bombs to throw at your opponents, but this time it’s a whole lot crazier! Surprisingly the gameplay is just as good, although at times it can get a little too crazy – 4 of you racing around the fighting arena room for the power stones – quite funny, but in general this is as good as it gets. The graphics are amazing, very chunky and visually astute, the game looks like a clear-cut winner. Replay value is good too as the game wont set you back an awful lot, the four player mode will be returned to time and time again, often in preference to the 4 player tag game of Dead Or Alive 2. As a game that’s so mad, and so very Japanese, this is actually quite brilliant. Overall, if you don’t own this, don’t worry – just go out and buy it before it sells out across the country. 5 Stars.

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                29.05.2001 21:14
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                Capcom the masters of beat em ups and survival horrors. Giving the gaming world the high and mighty "Street Fighter " series spanning over a decade and also brought the scariest and devastatingly good "Resident Evil" series and games such as "Dino Crises". So who would of thought that the makers of such serious, dark and gruesome games would make the most bright, colourful beat em up of all times, but don't worry they didn't take out the violence. So with the mixture of bright colourful backgrounds and characters with a dollop of senseless violence what do you get, the best beat em up around "Power Stone 2". Being a sequel to the highly successful predecessor "Power Stone". The developers needed to give this game something special so it would be remembered, so that's what they did. As in the original the levels are fully interactive allowing you to pick boxes and swing on polls, but instead of the five levels just being a background like in most beat em ups, they move. As time ticks on you progress through the levels, take for example the aeroplane level: you start on the plane beating up your opponent with axes, swords and machine guns, then suddenly the ship begins to brake up and then finally falls apart. You are then sent hurtling towards the ground were you must grab an umbrella or smack into the ground taking some of your energy away, while on the ground you have the perfect opportunity to finish off your opponent. The game features four modes of different play. One on one: you take on either the computer or a mate and try to escape from power stone island, if you complete this challenge you will get in an extra option so you can teak the game to how you like it. You can also play the original arcade, which pits you against four opponents, which can be a combination of either three-computer opponents or up to three of your mates. The third mode of play is original, this involves team play were you can choose to play as a team. You can team up with your mates or the computer its up to you. The final mode of play is adventure were you must collect items and cards which are scattered around the level. When you have collected these items you go into the item shop and mix these items to create new ones for to use in the other modes, e.g. to create the inline skates you must mix the skateboard with the cartwheel, but some aren't as easy as that because if you cross a hamburger and a lead pipe you get a baseball bat (crazy Japanese) . With over one hundred items to find and create it will take you a long time to find them all. To start off with there is twelve characters, eight from the original and four new. Each character has their own unique fight style, it varies from karate to plan old fists and feet. The real fun kicks in when you collect three of the power stones laying around, the power from the stones make your character super charge into their alter ego which varies from a robot to a pink dinosaur. But when in this form their power is doubled and when you use the shoulder buttons your character does a super move, which you must use at the right time if you are K.O your opponent. A lot of time and effort has gone into this game and it shows. Their is a vary of modes to keep you and your mates entertained for weeks, with lushes graphics and smooth flowing gameplay which is matched by no other. With a new level system to keep your eye on the game and a range of difficulty levels so if you always have a new challenge awaiting you, the game also has an extensive array of weapons for you to unlock. But the game isn't perfect in one player the game can be a bit linear, and sometimes you are more worried about moving around the level than beating your opponent to a pulp. But it is the best party/beat em up around so get it.

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                30.12.2000 04:19

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                General/Summary: This is an awesome game...One of the best fighting games on the Sega Dreamcast since Soul Calibur. The first Power Stone game was good, but it lacked in the single game player department. Not here!!! Up to four characters battling it out in huge interactive arenas (you can pick up anything and use it as a weapon), along with mini games in the fighting arenas make a great game. This is the ultimate party game with lots of replay value. If you haven't picked this game up yet...go get it before its sold out! Gameplay: excellent gameplay. Very simplistic fighting engine and able to make devastating combos. Although sometimes due to the mayhem taking place in the battles it does get a little hard to find your character. The are more characters to choose from this time (12 characters, 4 new) and the purpose is to gain the Powerstones to Supercharge you fighter for a moment to unleash a fury on your opponent(s). Everything in the stages can be used as weapons like gun turrents, tanks, catapults, tables, poles, and much more. And you can make your own items by combining other items as well. There are mini-games within the stages like free falling and grab an umbrella so you don't go splat on the ground, getting a skateboard to avoid the giant rolling rock and much more. There are also alot of secrets to unlock as well. As I said tons of replay value in this game so you can't go wrong. Graphics: The graphics are great with no notice of any slowdown. The framerate is very smooth with almost no clipping. The characters are a little smaller so that you can see all four fighters duking it out on the screen which sometimes makes it tough to locate your character in the heat of the battle. The arenas look very colorful, and the charcters look very cartoonlike in nature. Great eye candy for all of you looking for games with great graphics. Sound: The sound effects are great in this game. The music I really don't care for, but that's no big deal for me. As for the voice samples, can someone please tell me why the narrator speaks in English while all the characters speak Japanese...that makes no sense. Other than that...This game is great!!!

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                30.12.2000 03:01
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                I've just finished participating in a four-way battle between a Chef, a Cowboy, a Pilot and an Indian, in this fight I was thrown against a wall, exploded and chased by a huge boulder in the Indiana Jones style, what else could I have been doing but playing Powerstone 2!! A couple of days ago I participated in the annual tradition of battling off fellow shoppers to pick up all the bargains from the January Sales (why are they called January Sales, its December!!) and first stop was Dixons, wooooooohoooooooooo sale on Dreamcast games!!, so off a bargain-hunting I went and found that they'd slashed some of the prices to £20, well 5 minutes later after a rather vicious battle with an OAP who saw the word sale and decided they were going to get it I was rushing to the counter clutching copies of Powerstone 2 and Resident Evil Code Veronica frantically trying to find my Credit Card. Anyway I digress, getting home I popped the disc into my Dreamcast expecting more of the same madness that I've come to expect from Capcom and I wasn't disappointed, its one of those games that are just perfect for the quick 5-minute go or the mad night of fun with a group of friends, basically its a four-way beat em up without the complicated special moves. You start off with a choice of 12 characters ranging from the above mentioned rabble to a stereotypical southern american, a young inventor or what appears to be a ninja, then you have a choice of four different game settings - Multiplayer, Arcade, Original and Adventure, now as far as I've seen so far the Adventure and Arcade versions are pretty much the same game, choose your character and which route you want to take then fight against 3 opponents chosen by the computer and progress through the levels whilst taking on special levels against VERY hard 'boss characters' the usual fare and a great way to get some practice for taking on any new friends who haven't told you what cha racters they use, but as a game its a little bit limited! A lot more fun is the Original version - you get to choose who you'll fight and where you'll fight them without the worry of having to take on one of the 'boss' characters and then of course theres the multiplayer version - a great way for friends to get together after a few (too many) alcoholic beverages and have a laugh and I can tell you from personal experience that theres nothing better than throwing one of your friends characters against the wall right in front of them!! Anyway onto the actual gameplay as I've said before its a four-way fighting game without the special moves, but theres a couple of twists that I forgot to mention that will make the game that little bit more special - first off theres the powerstones themselves, collect enough and your character will be powered up for a short time, in this time you will be able to shoot projectiles at your opponents without having to collect them from the floor or even use yourself as a weapon and slide straight into your enemies! The second one is that although you start in an arena the surrounding environment WILL change, you may start off fighting in the courtyard of a castle but very soon you will find yourself climbing the walls of the castle trying to get away from a rising inferno or you may be running away from a huge boulder and all of this whilst still taking on your enemies, all of this makes for a whole load of fun!! And finally theres the scenery, if you think thats there for the benefit of your eyes then think again!! Go on pick up that crate, you know you want to - thats right almost all of the background is usable so if you see a circle appear around something near you then grab it, turn to your nearest foe and throw it!! So there you have it Powerstone 2, its a great multi-player experience with enough to keep even the most hardened game fan happy (heck it even got me awa y from Shenmue!!) but as a 1-player game its a bit of a let down, and if I was any of you dooyooers out there then I'd certainly think about renting it before you buy, because even at £19.99 if you don't like it its a lot of money you've lost!!

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                  When the Dreamcast was released last year, the launch titles were a bit of a mixed bunch. You had Blue Stinger, Incoming, Expendable, Tokyo Highway Challenge and Dynamite Cop falling firmly into the "Mediocre" department, Trickstyle, Virtua Fighter 3tb and Sega Rally 2 coming in at "Above Average" and that left only 3. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing and Sonic Adventure were both "Triple A" titles, but that final title, Powerstone, was a strange one. Not much in the way of press coverage (in the UK at least), not that much hype anywhere else, but it was still one of the most impressive games on the system. Powerstone 2 from Capcom is one of the most playable, most exciting and downright most enjoyable titles that I've ever had the pleasure to play. There's no two ways about it, Capcom are onto a winner and I believe that the series can only get better. I was thinking about ending the review right there, but something told me that I'd recieve a few complaints, so let's go! Graphics Although it looks simplistic in some places, Powerstone 2 has the power to impress with it's superb backgrounds and comedy characters. Gourmand the Chef is a personal favourite and is easily the strangest character in the game. If I was to say to you that I had been beaten up by someone brandishing a carrot and a frying pan, who then turned into a Dragon and set fire to me before dropping me into a huge cooking pot, you'd think I was a wee bit loopy, but it's TRUE I tell you! The games "bosses" are very clever. The first is a huge robotic Sphinx which can fly, jump, catch you with his tongue and generally make your life hell, but if you attack his robotic legs, their casing comes off to expose the bare metal, which you can then attack until his leg breaks and he collapses onto his side. Sound The booming voices are still there. The epic soundtrack still swooshes in and out, but it' s all very familiar. A few comedy phrases have been added, but it's almost as if Capcom has ignored the sound and used what they already had, which, in this case, is a good thing as it left them more time to work on the gameplay. It's not really a problem, since the frantic action leaves you with no time to be listening to pretty sounds. Gameplay This is where the main work has been done. In the first version, I was amazed that I could jump onto the roof to execute a jumping kick on my opponent in some levels. If you felt the same, imagine how impressed you'll be when on a moving submarine, you can jump into it's gun turret and start firing rockets at your opponent, or while fighting on a doomed airship, you can jump off and fight whilst floating to the ground, only to land in a completely new stage to continue the battle. In Adventure mode, whilst fighting (in the same style as original mode) you can collect coins and items which you can then take to the "Shop" when you've finished your game. The conis can be used to buy new items and weapons, but the items you have already collected (or bought) can be "merged" together in a machine. There are absolutely hundereds of new items to discover in this way, ranging from the silly (a carrot) to the downright evil (homing missiles). Unfortunately, their is no guarantee that every merge will work and sometimes you'll have wasted your items. The Adventure mode is a welcome addition to what is a pretty familiar set of battle modes. Arcade, Original, Versus etc have all been seen before and generally work well, but with this new addition, Capcom have hit a winner. Multiplayer mode is absolute mayhem. With all 4 pads connected, the simplest tasks can become incredibly hard, such as seeing which one is your character. The only way that Capcom could have rectified this is by toning down the explosions, as they are often the cause of the confusion. Still, when everyone can see what's going on, there is some good fun to be had, especially when everyone knows the controls.......... Overall I would recommend Powerstone 2 to hardcore fighting fans (obviously) and for the rest of you, rent it first. I am a big fan of the series, as I stated before, but I also know some people who think that the original is one of the worst games on the system. Go figure............

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                  Hard to beleive isn't it but this game really is better than the original. The sound is even better with great narration, the graphics are improved, the original characters are here with four more and two new bosses instead of kraken and the end boss. The only characters that arent here are kraken and the end boss. This is a fantastic game, there are totally new locations in the game and the best thing about the new locations is that while you are fighting they change. For example there is a level where you are fighting on top of a huge aeroplanes and then after a bit they move and you have to fight in the air then we you fall you have to fight on the ground. Fantastic. There is even more weapons than before but now you get to save the weapons you found and take them to this shop where you can mix weapons to create new ones, sell them or take them into your next battles. This is a fantastic sequel.

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                    30.11.2000 22:33

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                    The first Powerstone was hugely overrated, and although it was a truly brilliant game for a while, it soon lost it's novelty, and like most beat 'em ups became highly repetitive and, ultimately, boring. Powerstone 2, on the other hand, is consistently brilliant- and although lots of the time you won't know what's going on, you'll be having a hell of a good time trying to figure it out... When you do get the hang of it, the adventure mode in which you can collect new items is brilliant, and the mixing/gathering system for items is original AND highly compulsive. And as you’ll know if you’re either really impatient or psychic, I didn’t give a rating to the difficulty. This is because the difficulty level can be perfectly tailored for anyone’s needs, although you get more money for doing it on the harder levels, which makes it all the more tempting to practice. The four player mode is ridiculously frantic and fun, and undoubtedly PS2 has secured its place in party gaming on the DC, which in such a highly contested market is praise indeed. Brilliant.

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                    03.11.2000 01:18
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                    This game is soo much different from the already great Powerstone!! This game has only changed for the better and here is why: There is a great in depth 4 player option with lots of different variations such as every man for himself and 3v1 and 2v2 team games. An Items shop where you can mix weapons that you have previously used on ure travels and try to make new weapons. There are over 200 weapons to be made and you can get some really fun weapons such as the skateboard and the 5 way shotgun!!! This game is very difficult on the hardest setting and a challenge for even the most serious of gamers. I would reccomend this game to any Dreamcast owner is need of an new, fun, longlasting multiplayer game.

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                    23.10.2000 01:31
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                    The original spawned a whole new fighting game genre and this has lived up to it's predecessor very well and is a good improvement. You'll be pleased to hear that there is an arcade mode where you escape from a castle fighting people as you go - sort of like an RPG but without the shoddy gameplay! There also levels in space on a tank - there should be one in the kitchen sink! The levels are also more interactive with new weapons such as miniguns, plasma rifles and the deadliest of all, an umbrella! There are new characters and even more for the UK version, personally my favourite if Jade. Lucky Brits, eh!? The original characters have all been worked on and old moves have been spiced up and new ones introduced. What was a little annoying with the first game was that there were only 3 powerstones and getting into special-move mode was darn tricky and more often than not impossible. But this time around there are 6 or more Powerstones and so it opens up the games much more than ever before. This hasn't made such an impact as the first and frankly I'm surprised - it's everything you want in a sequel.

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