Dynasty Tactics 2 once again challenges players to unite ancient China's splintered Three Kingdoms under one rule. KOEI's turn-based strategy game now features multiple storylines and endings as well as three times the tactical formations found the original. With careful planning, players can take one military unit and create up to ten "tactical combo" links. These links are triggered from one specific tactic, based in part on the unit's position relative to the enemy, which can automatically lead to additional attacks. Causing an opposing army to retreat to a position already occupied by friendly forces would be an example of a tactical combo.
Joining the original's cast of characters is the mighty warrior Lu Bu, and players can now acquire new tactics by entering special training camps during the campaign. Players are also free to solicit troops for their armies, assign specific tactics to subordinate officers (previously only leaders could use tactics), and join forces with other commanders to perform special maneuvers. Players are graded on their overall skill at the end of each stage, in such areas as complete defeats, number of linked tactics, ingenuity, leadership, and more. The overall goal is to unify China within a period of 30 days.