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Yakuza 2 (PlayStation 2)

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Description

One year has passed since Kazuma Kiryu, "yakuza with the heart of gold", defeated his biggest adversary in the previous game. Despite this victory, Kazuma has lost more than he had ever imagined.

But events from the past continue to haunt him. A man he had admired so much, who was like a father to him, has revealed a terrible secret before he died. It's time for Kazuma to solve the mystery once and for all. Caught in the eternal fight between Kantou and Kansai, the Eastern and the Western organized crime groups of Japan, he soon realizes that there are other powers on the stage, including a mysterious Korean organization that seems to be connected somehow to his past.

The sequel to Yakuza continues the story from the previous game, featuring many recurrent characters. The main gameplay idea also remains the same - on-foot exploration of urban environments, hand-to-hand fighting, and role-playing elements, somewhat similar to the kind of gameplay that was introduced in Shenmue games. The sequel features some technical improvements, such as the ability to rotate the camera during the fights. It also contains more side missions and mini-games, ranging from playing pool and mahjong to running a club and dating women.

Screenshots

Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 Sōtenbori is a smaller area, but there's still plenty to see.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 New restaurants and businesses to explore in Sōtenbori.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 Combat is significantly faster compared to the first game.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 You'll still find a casino and other minigames in the new Purgatory.

Alternate Titles

  • "龍が如く 2" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ryuu ga Gotoku 2" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Uncle Kaz is back with a vengeance! אולג 小奥 (171813) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

Original Gamer Dec 28, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Oct 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN Sep 11, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
GamesCollection Dec 15, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
GamingEvolution 2008 8 out of 10 80
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Barometern Oskarshamn-Tidningen Sep 19, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 15, 2008 15 out of 20 75
GameSpy Sep 22, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Yakuza 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Savegame import

If the player begins Yakuza 2 with a save from the first Yakuza game on their memory card, they will have gifts from Haruka inside their item box. These include healing items and two spirit-raising equipment items (Haruka's Charm and Haruka's Necklace). The player gets access to their first item box in Chapter 3.
אולג 小奥 (171813) added Yakuza 2 (PlayStation 2) on Mar 10, 2008