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  • Summary: Yakuza 2 plunges you once more into the violent Japanese underworld where respect and honor holds great importance. In intense brutal clashes with rival gangs, the police, and the Korean mafia, you will have opportunities to dole out more brutal punishment. Play as Kazuma Kiryu, the hero from the original Yakuza and explore Tokyo and now Osaka. Wander through the back alleys of Japan's underworld while trying to prevent an all-out gang war. Endless conflicts and surprise plot twists will immerse you in a dark shadowy world where only the strongest will survive. Yakuza 2 is created by noted producer Toshihiro Nagoshi with novelist Seishu Hase, the same creative forces behind Yakuza. Yakuza 2 authentically re-creates the city streets and illicit haunts of Japan's nightlife district, with memorable characters, cinematic style, free-roaming adventure, a gripping story, beautiful but deadly fighting, and deep gameplay. [Sega] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Yakuza 2 is more than worth your attention. The writing is often sharp and witty, the cast of characters are wonderfully realised each with there own intricate back-story and the story is deep enough to throw off even the biggest of cynics.
  2. 85
    While Yakuza 2 isn't vastly improved or even all that different from the first game (that will likely happen when the PS3 continuation finally hits), but what it does offer is a fantastic story that is actually interesting, sports characters that you can grow to love or hate, and plenty of twists to keep all those disparate parts fresh. Go buy this game. Seriously.
  3. 83
    Still, it's a damn good crime game that delivers satisfying combat, an entertaining glimpse into the Japanese criminal underworld, decent fan service for players who dug the first game, and a pretty awesome tiger-fight scene.
  4. A truly remarkable game with plenty to keep you engrossed. Non-linear gameplay means you can spend plenty of hours interacting with your environment.
  5. The story in Yakuza 2 is definitely something that will stay with you, and must be experienced for fans of gangster culture, Japanese history, or anyone who appreciates a well-told and deep narrative.
  6. 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.
  7. Not bad, but it's something of an acquired taste. Best to try it before you fork out. [Nov 2008, p.103]

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  1. Apr 11, 2013
    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 have improved the gameplay with new gameplay mechanics and with Japanese dubs cuz the english dubs werent that good Expand
  2. krikkrikic
    Aug 22, 2009
    hard core brawler
    best main chararacter(he got dragon in his hearts and on his back and he is pulling teeth with pliers to some bad people)

    emotional perfect story
    unbeliveable good looking game
    awsome soundtrack and hard and ex hard difficulty mods
    even my girlfriend loves it and she plays kingdom hearts and dog island and other cute games

    conclusion buy this game becouse its worth even more then its costs help as get yakuza 3 oversea
  3. ViddyKiddal
    Sep 26, 2008
    A very cinematic game with lots of long cutscenes but luckily the story is very entertaining. The fighting is fun with the ability to really lay the smack down on your foes by beating them with weapons or smashing their faces against cars, vending machines, etc. Definitely worth playing if you like beat'em ups but should be avoided if you hate reading subtitles. Expand