I doubt anybody expected Warriors Orochi 2 to get the mauling it received when I reviewed it, given my love of all things Koei. Sadly, sometimes a reviewer has to hurt the things he loves. It’s the only way they’ll get better.
Speaking of getting better, Koei has responded to complaints about excessive slowdown on the Xbox 360 version of Warriors Orochi 2 by promising that a patch is imminent. WO2 on the 360 contains the worst slowdown I have ever seen in my life and it was the sole reason why I gave Koei’s latest console release an abysmal score of 2.0.
A date for the patch is going to be announced soon, and Koei claims that the slowdown problem doesn’t affect any version of the game other than the Xbox 360 one. While a patch is great and will fix up what could have been one of the more excellent Warriors game of recent years, it’s a shame that it had to happen in the first place. I am still stunned that Warriors Orochi 2 got released in its current state for the 360.
Hit the jump for a press release.
Warriors Orochi™2 (for Xbox 360®) Important Patch Notice (09/24/08)
Today KOEI announced that the company is preparing a patch for Warriors Orochi™2 for Xbox 360®. KOEI’s top priority is to always deliver outstanding products with the highest levels of quality. However we have determined that under certain conditions unusual slow-down may occur during battle scenes in Warriors Orochi 2 for Xbox 360.
If you have purchased this game, you will be able to download a patch through Xbox LIVE. The release date of the patch will be announced soon. For the latest information, please visit KOEI.com or the official Warriors Orochi 2 minisite at www.koei.com/wo2.
This problem only affects the version for Xbox 360 and does not affect the version for PlayStation®2. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter, and regret any inconvenience that this may have caused. Thank you for purchasing KOEI products.