[PlayStation 5] Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising Review

by EdEN, Owner

Sequel Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising from GameMill Entertainment and Flux Games is ready to go on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising review!

Sequel Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising from GameMill Entertainment and Flux Games is ready to go on PlayStation 5. I got a chance to review the previous game on PlayStation 4 – Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues – so I was looking forward to checking what the sequel would be doing on Sony’s now current-gen console. As you can tell from the trailer and screens in this Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising review, while the prequel went with a cel shaded presentation, the sequel goes for a look one step closer to a more realistic art style.

If you’re new to the Cobra Kai series, it’s an expansion of the Karate Kid franchise. It takes place many, many years after the last movie, and it presents a reimagining of the Miyagi-Verse from the point of view of one Johnny Lawrence, who you might remember as the villain who swept Daniel Larusso’s leg during that crucial final scene of the first Karate Kid movie, right before Daniel unleashed the might of the crane kick.

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In order to not spoil things too much, I’ll only talk a bit about the setup for the first season of Cobra Kai. As you can imagine, life has not been kind to Johnny. It’s been over three decades from the time that he was defeated by Daniel during the All Valley Tournament under the watch of Mr. Miyagi, and he’s working on a series of odd jobs trying to make ends meet. Meanwhile, Daniel has had a great life as the owner of a very successful car dealership, is married to Amanda, and has two kids – Samantha and Anthony. Johnny once again uses karate after many years to defend Miguel Diaz, one of the main characters of the Cobra Kai series. There are now five seasons of Cobra Kai for you to experience on Netflix, and you should definitely go watch it right now!

How will you take on Cobra Kai: Dojos Rising? You can play through the Story Mode, dive into the Cobra Classics Mode, go into the All Valley Tournament, or play in Survival Mode. Story Mode is the main option, and it will task you with completing a series of acts as you work on increasing the ranking of each of the three different dojos: Miyagi-Do Karate, Cobra Kai, and Eagle Fang Karate. And yes, characters are voiced by the actors that portray them in the Cobra Kai show.

Cobra Classics will make it possible to experience fights from the series so that you can relive some of your favorite moments. The All Valley Tournament is a versus mode in which you can fight it out against other gamers either locally or from around the world, thanks to the online component. For Survival Mode, you’ll select your party of four characters so that you can use them to try and defeat wave after wave of enemies. As you play through each wave, there will be a series of objectives you can try to complete to gain a bonus. Once you’ve selected your bonus, the next wave will start right away.

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There are plenty of characters for you to choose from since there are 28 characters from Cobra Kai present in Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising. Each one of them will have some strengths for you to consider so that you can have a team of four characters. Speaking of which, here’s the list of all the characters in Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising:

Johnny Lawrence
Miguel Diaz
Tory Nichols
Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz
Daniel LaRusso
Samantha LaRusso
Demetri Alexopoulos
Robby Keene
John Kreese
Shawn Payne
Xander Stone
Kyler Park
Aisha Robinson
Doug Rickenberger
Kenny Payne
Devon Lee
Raymond “Stingray” Porter
Piper Eliswith

You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you move the camera around with the right one, resetting it as needed by pressing in on the right analog stick. You can sprint by pressing and holding down the R1 button. The R1 button will allow you to grab an opponent. The Square button is for punching, while the X button is used for jumping. You can dodge incoming attacks by pressing the Circle button. The L2 button is for parrying so that you can then unleash a counterattack. You can press the Triangle button to use a Dojo Attack or Chi Attack, depending on which character you’re playing as.

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Press and hold down the R2 button and then press the Square, Triangle, Circle, or X button to perform s epical skill that will deal a lot of damage while making your character invincible for a bit. Each of these skills will also reward you with special skill tokens or with other power-ups that can be very useful. One skill token will increase your overall attack power. You can also use one skill to make enemies drop extra coins, while another one can make them drop health power-ups so that you can heal your wounds. And the other special skill will make enemies drop experience tokens!

You will get a tutorial as you start with the Story Mode. You can select to take on the full tutorial – what is referred to as the master complete tutorial –go into the apprentice short tutorial, or skip all tutorials and start with the game. I suggest you take on the master complete tutorial so that you can get a chance to practice all of the basics so that you can be ready to take on the many opponents you’ll have to defeat during each section. You’ll, for example, learn that you can automatically perform parkour moves if approaching some objects while sprinting or how you can wall jump to reach higher spots.

By collecting experience and coins, you’ll be able to improve your characters and your dojo between missions. Say you take the Miyagi-Do Karate route. You could go into the dojo and talk to Sensei Daniel to get a chance to open the special menu with the Square button, from where you could select Sam to boost her. Spend 2,000 experience points, and you could increase the damage dealt with her special skills. After that, spend 2,500 experience points to increase the number of health blocks, which limit the amount of damage taken from a single attack. Each character will have a different upgrade path, so be sure to work on having a balanced group at all times!

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Coins can be spent to boost the special skills of each of the characters under your dojo. Some of them are shared – such as, for example, the crane kick – while others are unique to each character, so you’ll have to pay attention so that you can make the most of your money. You can also spend coins to improve your dojos level, taking it as high as level 5, which will be an expensive journey. Every time you improve the dojo, you’ll boost how much experience you get, the overall daily revenue for the dojo, as well as how many fighters and staff members can join the dojo.

The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to aim for, and it’s also a Cross-Buy title, so your purchase will give you both the PS4 and the PS5 versions of the game, with each one featuring a separate trophy list. The list includes 42 Bronze trophies, 11 Silver trophies, and a single Gold trophy for you to unlock. There are many objectives to complete, so it won’t be a short trophy run. There are several trophies tied to the Story Mode, and playing as each of the three dojos. There are also trophies for completing a level without dodging, using environmental Chi Attacks 20 times, landing a 100-hit combo, defeating 20 enemies without taking damage, finding 30 collectibles in the game, and more.

Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising brings us up to speed with the current scenario of the Cobra Kai series. While the prequel was a competent brawler similar to classics such as, say, Final Fight or Streets of Rage, the sequel goes for a more ambitious 3D presentation with more of an arena battler vibe going on for it. Unfortunately, this does get in the way of your enjoyment since you’ll be wrestling the camera and dealing with some buggy combat that makes it harder to land the long combos needed to defeat the onslaught of enemies thrown your way. Once you manage to improve your characters, This won’t be as much of an issue, but it’s certainly not ideal.

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Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising is available at a $49.99 asking price, and since it’s a Cross-Buy title, you will get the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. You can also grab the Nemesis Edition straight from the PSN store for $59.99. The Nemesis Edition includes the base game, as well as the Nemesis Pack, which gives you access to five playable boss characters: Hammer, Bo, Gabriel, Skeleton Lord, and Terry Silver. You’ll also get a Jukebox Mode, where you can listen to all of the tracks from the game.

This Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by GameMill Entertainment.

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