|The new world map|
Our goal is to find Kunlun, the mythical mountain. Supposedly Yoshitsune is waiting there for us. I found the sequence somewhat disconnected -- one of the flaws of this game is that it's not always clear what you're supposed to be doing next, either from a story or gameplay standpoint. This is especially a problem when you have to backtrack, because the backtracking is often based on something you heard 3 hours of gameplay ago that has no direct connection to where you are in the game now. I had to use a walkthrough quite a bit in this section just to learn where to go next; maybe if I had taken detailed notes on what everyone said I could have figured it out.
|Meisa, now a full party member|
Since Kunlun is said to be at the source of the Yellow River, our first task is to find out how to go upstream. We start off in Lin'an, and our hope is that the Wokou pirates will help us out with a ship -- they are Japanese, after all. After paying some money for the ship, Fudou goes aloneto an island, but the Spirit General Bukoku attacks and defeats her, and she wakes up in a village. A boy Byakuren joins our party; he wants to get to Kunlun to beg the gods to stop the war. He's like Benkei in that he just pops up to attack during combat. He's pretty useless.
|Hou. I don't know what the source of this monster is.|
|Agni flame beast|
At the top of the castle is Bukoku.
|The second Spirit General|
With Tokoyo back in the party we continued up to the capital city, although there's nothing to do there at the moment. Instead we head to the Great Wall, where they've managed to decipher some old stones. One is yet undeciphered but somehow Meisa can read it -- it's in Kunlun language. Unfortunately Bukoku shows up again (they can't die as long as the Demon Castle is around), and has one of his minions fight us.
|Bukoku and Shigaraki?|
A detour brings us to Rakaku, one of Jugon's servants from part 1, but he's now become a priest. He challenges Fudou.
|A one on one fight|
Continuing on, we meet the next one of the Spirit Generals, Jako. She(?) sends us back 1000 years to the Jama Taikoku, where Himiko tried to use the Mirror but ended up calling forth an evil power that would be around until someone went to Kunlun. Not sure why Jako wants us to know about this, but of course we manage to get back to the present. Jako meanwhile has killed Chizam and many of the mongol forces. Apparently they are indeed using Kublai Khan, and once Khan calls forth the Demon Castle they will kill him.
Back in the present we reach the final stage of the journey. Jako once again tries to kill us but Hou sacrifices his life to open the way.
|Don't do it!|
Back on Earth, we go to the Capital, where the door is. Unfortunately Jako reappears and takes the ring. Byakuren is able to recover it, but Jako kills him.
|Hebe, worth 10000 EXP|
|The final boss|
The ending is pretty short. With the Shikai Emperor dead, Kublai Khan also dies, and we escape the Demon Castle. Benkei has to sacrifice himself to let us go, but he promises he won't die.
Kunlun goes away for another 1000 years, and Meisa makes the decision to come to Earth rather than staying in Kunlun. She lives in a village we visited earlier where someone mistook her for his lost daughter. The others go back to Japan and resume their lives, and never meet again. Fudou loses the "Suna lineage" powers and returns to her village to be a normal woman again.
|The last night together|
Overall not a bad game, although not great either. Certainly just being average puts it ahead of most of the games I've played so far.