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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 Kazuma can end up managing a hostess club of his own.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 Sōtenbori is a smaller area, but there's still plenty to see.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 Purgatory has been cleared out to make room for Majima's construction project.  They relocated.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 The screen no longer goes to black as a fight loads.

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! Cor 13 (173953) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Oct 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
3D Juegos Sep 19, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
GamesCollection Dec 15, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Sep 11, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
VicioJuegos.com Sep 23, 2008 85 out of 100 85
1UP Sep 17, 2008 B+ 83
Arbetarbladet Sep 14, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GBase - The Gamer's Base Oct 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameCell UK Oct, 2008 8 out of 10 80
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80

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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.
Cor 13 (173953) added Yakuza 2 (PlayStation 2) on Mar 10, 2008