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  • Summary: (Known in Japan as "Ryu Ga Gotoku") In a society where respect and honor holds great importance, there is an even higher regard for these traits within the one organization that is most feared by all: the Yakuza. Kiryu Kazuma – a former rising star in the Yakuza who is rebuilding his life(Known in Japan as "Ryu Ga Gotoku") In a society where respect and honor holds great importance, there is an even higher regard for these traits within the one organization that is most feared by all: the Yakuza. Kiryu Kazuma – a former rising star in the Yakuza who is rebuilding his life after serving a 10-year prison term for murder – suddenly finds himself caught in a spiraling underworld plot involving a mysterious girl known as Haruka and a missing $100 million. Kazuma must use his fists and his wits to stay alive as he unravels the complex web of truth and lies that surrounds the notorious Yakuza. Yakuza delivers a balance of action and adventure with its immersive storyline and stylish fighting mechanics created specifically for the game. Players can string together attack combinations to take out multiple enemies in sidewalk showdowns, while defending the Yakuza territory and reputation by picking up weapons to crush opponents. Kazuma can also "educate" delinquent debtors through visceral shakedowns by grabbing and smashing them against walls and tables, then delivering final skull-shattering blows when the Heat Gauge is maximized. With a customizable status gauge, players can increase strength, stamina, and skills through combat. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  1. Play Magazine
    95
    A long and riveting story, plenty of freedom and a fantastic battle system have earned it a spot on my all-time Playstation 2 top 10 list. [Sept 2006, p.52]
  2. PSM Magazine
    85
    With its compelling characters and story, Yakuza is still a remarkable game. [Oct 2006, p.72]
  3. The action comes fast, the plot is exciting, and you couldn’t ask for a better brawler near the end of the PlayStation 2's life cycle.
  4. Yakuza is the best example I’ve seen in a long time of just how much a great story can elevate a good game.
  5. A good story, decent length and immersive gameplay make the game shine, but lots of loading, vague subquests and camera control hold it back somewhat.
  6. A good game that never seems in danger of being great. It’s like exploring a slice of life in another culture; you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get but you keep trying to get something.
  7. Roam around Tokyo, find some bad guys, see some load screens, a couple of cut-scenes, some more load screens, press some buttons in fight mode and so on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jul 4, 2016
    10
    the beginning of the legend
    the story is so touching
    everything in this game is perfect i played this game on ps3 , ps2 and ps4 i beat
    the beginning of the legend
    the story is so touching
    everything in this game is perfect
    i played this game on ps3 , ps2 and ps4
    i beat this game for about 5 times
    this's where you should spend your money in !
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  2. Mithyus
    Apr 1, 2007
    10
    Kazuma and his story are entangling and amazing from start to end, and while the gameplay plays as a lesser element, it still does a pretty Kazuma and his story are entangling and amazing from start to end, and while the gameplay plays as a lesser element, it still does a pretty decent job. Expand
  3. May 26, 2011
    10
    this game does not have a name or the packaging like god of war or devil may cry that easily acttracts gamers and so it's often overlooked.this game does not have a name or the packaging like god of war or devil may cry that easily acttracts gamers and so it's often overlooked. And who can blame us,i mean who really cares about yakuzas (i know i don't) but after a friend recommended it to me i finally got the game and i was so glad i did. The story in this game can only be found in a great movie or a best seller novel for it's that damn good.it involves love,betrayer,honour and even tragedy.after taking the fall for his best friend,our hero gets out of prison only to find out his girlfriend is missing,betaryed by bestfriend and yakuza world in chaos.he must protect a mysterious little who would lead him to the truth. With awesome characters,great combat system,free roaming gameplay and great looking cut scenes i must say yakuza is a master piece. A game for only hardcore gamers,casual gamers be warned Expand
  4. FawazB.
    Jan 10, 2007
    9
    One of the coolest bash em up games I've played...but they should have added some more features to make it more like a true crime kind One of the coolest bash em up games I've played...but they should have added some more features to make it more like a true crime kind of game play. Would have been better. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2015
    8
    The start of a good series, the cut scenes were good as were the characters. I think I had the most fun playing this in any of the other gamesThe start of a good series, the cut scenes were good as were the characters. I think I had the most fun playing this in any of the other games in the series. Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    7
    The camera is a bit wonky and the dub coupled with a westernized script is so full of F-bombs that the cool and collected yakuza sound moreThe camera is a bit wonky and the dub coupled with a westernized script is so full of F-bombs that the cool and collected yakuza sound more like foulmouthed, drunken suburban teens. Other than that, though, the game delivers an excellent story, memorable characters, and plenty of optional stuff to discover in a sandbox of Tokyo's seedier district. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2018
    0
    Lamentable.
    Historia mediocre, repetitivo a más no poder, visualmente atrasadisimo para ser del 2006, los controles son un desastre
    Lamentable.
    Historia mediocre, repetitivo a más no poder, visualmente atrasadisimo para ser del 2006, los controles son un desastre absoluto... uno de los peores juegos que he probado en mi vida.
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Awards & Rankings

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#22 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006