Yakuza 2


Yakuza 2

Yakuza 2 @ Amazon (US) $19.99

When Sega’s Yakuza for the PS2 finally came stateside a while back, it offered up a decently entertaining brawler at best that just didn’t do too much to seperate itself from the rest of the pack. Yakuza 2 thankfully, and surprisingly, improves on much of what the first game offered in terms of gameplay, graphics, and story; and is a pretty satisfying brawler that will keep you entertained for some time. Playing once again as Kazuma, you traverse through a nicely detailed Japan, and are still looking to put an end to your days with the mob. The game looks solid for a late-in-life PS2 game, offering up some nicely detailed characters and environments, while gameplay-wise the moments of brawling are easy enough to pick up and get into, and other elements bear more in common with the gameplay of the classic Shenmue. There’s a lot of secrets and extras to find and uncover as well, and as a whole, Yakuza 2 will keep you busy for a while at the very least. The game’s story is also nicely crafted, and offers up some memorable moments and characters. The only real flaws with Yakuza 2 is that there isn’t too much here you haven’t seen done before, and while for a PS2 game it looks great, there are some noticeable graphical hiccups. Flaws aside however, Yakuza 2 is a surprisingly good improvement on the first game that ends up being an enjoyable and even more surprisingly immersive experience that PS2 owners should definitely check out.

Yakuza 2 @ Amazon (US) $19.99

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