Summary: It's a good game so don't get me wrong, and the Zenith dragon is well worth the buy alone. The downside is that leveling up takes even longer with the addition of Medium and Large creatures, you do not get a nicely powered creature right near the start like you did with the Incarnus from the first one, the story is rather poorly done in loo of nothing at all.
Summary: DQM2 is kind of cheap. In order to access the other areas and get more monsters you have to beat the game twice. Not only that there are size restrictions. Larger creatures take up 2 slots giant creatures take up 3. There are certain giant creatures that will chase you on your monster hunt, I didn't really like that, just really annoying. I only bought this because I liked the first one. I'm looking forward to Shin Megami Tensi Soul Hackers.
Summary: I can't recommend these games. First of all, the story hearkens back to that same old, "be the best monster hunter you can be," idea, with a really weak ending that really gives other dragon warrior/quest games a bad name. If you like monster synthesis, well you better love grinding too, cause the really good monsters to use for synthesis are VERY difficult to scout, much more so than the first game.
Summary: To call DQMJ2 short isn't correct. But the ending of the game leaves much to be desired. You feel like you spend time building up your team in preparation to become a champion and explore the world. The reality is not exactly that. I felt let down by the world and the overall story of the game. Without getting spoilers involved I'll end there and say the reason DQMJ2 gets a 3 star is in fun and mechanics of the game itself.