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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 Another side quest has Kazuma taking a job as a host.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 Hit the cages in the batting minigame.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 The screen no longer goes to black as a fight loads.
Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2 Bowling has been added in the Theatre District.

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 (171997) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

Norrköpings Tidningar Sep 26, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP Sep 17, 2008 B+ 83
Game Critics Oct 21, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Arbetarbladet Sep 14, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Captain Sep 24, 2008 79 out of 100 79
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 15, 2008 15 out of 20 75
Fragland.net Oct 19, 2008 73 out of 100 73
Retrogaming History Feb 10, 2009 7 out of 10 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.
Cor 13 (171997) added Yakuza 2 (PlayStation 2) on Mar 10, 2008