Yakuza 2 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2008
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 70
    Despite its technical problems, Yakuza 2's story really kept us coming back for more. It's fantastically paced, constantly dropping teasers to keep you interested in what's going to happen next.
  2. Yakuza continues where the last episode stopped, but barely adds new elements. The city is a lively place, the story strong enough and the fighting system is more than ok. Unfortunatly these three elements don't connect very well thus making it a very incoherent gaming experience.
  3. A fitting farewell to the PS2 showing the console really at its best.
  4. There is a great story and a fine game in Yakuza 2, let down mainly by old technology and some stylistic choices that wouldn't have mattered half as much when it was first released in the East.
  5. One of the last “AAA” Mohicans for PlayStation 2 brings Japanese mafia to the screen. Splendid fights, gripping story and a living city will keep you involved for at least 20 hours of intense gameplay. [Nov 2008]
  6. Many will be put off by Yakuza 2's lengthy cutscenes, or bored by the lack of variety in the gameplay; but for those for which the game clicks, it is a title that will be hard to forget. The boldness of its narrative and the confidence of its mechanics make Yakuza 2 a slice of Japanese gaming that is well worth experiencing.
  7. A masterclass in videogame storytelling, but there's little left for the player to do. [Nov 2008, p.81]
  8. Fetch quests interrupted by relentless, contrived fight sequences may have worked once, but in the altered landscape of 2008 Yakuza 2 really feels like it should be offering more. [Nov 2008, p.123]
  9. Not bad, but it's something of an acquired taste. Best to try it before you fork out. [Nov 2008, p.103]
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    The Yakuza series has earned the habit of earning 10/10's it is the best storyline game in the world and universe and with Yakuza 2 they haveThe Yakuza series has earned the habit of earning 10/10's it is the best storyline game in the world and universe and with Yakuza 2 they have improved the gameplay with new gameplay mechanics and with Japanese dubs cuz the english dubs werent that good Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    10
    Fantastic game and much improved. Unlike previous one this has Japanese voice overs. Another one I count among the best. Story is fantasticFantastic game and much improved. Unlike previous one this has Japanese voice overs. Another one I count among the best. Story is fantastic once again and so are the characters. Again lots of interesting side missions to explore. Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    This game is hashtag dope. If you ever wanted to be a Japanese gangster. This is the game for you. The combat is great and the storytelling isThis game is hashtag dope. If you ever wanted to be a Japanese gangster. This is the game for you. The combat is great and the storytelling is just amazing. Full Review »