When it ships in September, Samurai Warriors 2 will feature five different play modes, with the new one being "Sugoroku," a weird, Monopoly-style board game that has players taking turns to buy up squares in an attempt to take over Japan. Land on an opponent's square, and you can challenge him or her to a minigame - like, say, running around and smashing boulders - that lets you steal the space if you win.
Of course, none of this changes the fact that the game still boils down to hours of slicing your way through crowds. Even so, we have to admit we like what we've played so far. The gameplay might be getting stale, but there's just enough cool new stuff here to make Samurai Warriors 2 worth keeping an eye on.