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Yakuza 2 Originally released as in Japan is the sequel to the video game Yakuza by Sega. The title was released on December 7, 2006, for the PlayStation 2 video game console in Japan and in September 2008 in North America and Europe.

It has a sequel Yakuza 3 (龍が如く3, Ryū ga Gotoku 3) which was released in Japan on February 26, 2009. The western localization is yet uncertain.

Story

The intro of the game starts in the early 1980s, a detective is chasing after somebody and witnesses a murder of a Korean mob boss who says in Korean "Even if you kill me, our organization will live on." And the murderer happens to be Kiryu Kazuma's foster father, Fuma Shintaro. After Fuma runs off, the mysterious detective checks on the man who tells him in Japanese that his child is in danger just ahead before he dies. The detective heads in that direction and notices a fire and finds the room where a Korean woman is alone with a baby. The woman is contemplating suicide (in Korean) and taking the child with her. However, the detective successfully convinces the woman not to kill herself and the baby.

Then the game comes back to the present and the detective is still in awe at what happened.

The sequel takes place one year after the events of the first game. Since then, the Tojo-kai has been falling apart and they are on the brink of war against the Osaka based gang, the Omi-rengo, the gang backing Nishiki in the first game. With no resort left, the Tojo requests their former leader, Kiryu Kazuma for their help. Kiryu and Haruka are living a peaceful life and they visit the graves of Yumi, Nishiki, and Fuma. There, the appointed Kumi-chou, Terada Yukio, a former member of the Omi-rengo, asks for Kiryu's aide. However, the Omi-rengo quickly act and assassinate their former family member Terada in front of Kiryu and Haruka's eyes and Kiryu heads out for Osaka to find a peaceful solution and prevent an all out Japan gang war from happening.

While in Osaka, Kiryu meets his Kansai equivalent and new rival, Goda Ryuuji, the son of the head of the Omi-rengou, Goda Jin. Ryuuji also has a nickname that he hates, "The Kansai Dragon." He hates the name because he doesn't like the Kansaimarker part (that he wants to be the Dragon of all of Japan) and that he hates the idea of having two dragons with Kiryu around and feels that he'll be a true dragon once he eliminates Kiryu.

Audio

The music score to Yakuza 2 includes the participation of seven composers: Hidenori Shoji, Hideki Sakamoto, Takahiro Izutani, Norihiko Hibino, Sachio Ogawa, Keitaro Hanada, Fumio Ito, and Yuri Fukuda. A two-disc original soundtrack album (龍が如く 龍が如く2 ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK) was released in Japan on January 25, 2007 by Wave Master, also including songs from the first title. The catalog number for the album is HCV-0287..

This is the first game in the series to feature only Japanese voice acting for its U.S. release as a response to the criticism of the English voice acting in the first game.

Reception

The PlayStation version of Yakuza 2 was the 98th best-selling game in Japan in 2008, selling 136,809 copies, with total lifetime sales of 850,000. 40,000 copies were sold in North America.

In Japan, Famitsu has given the game a score of 38 out of 40.

In America, IGN has given Yakuza 2 a score of 8.5 out of 10, and Diehard GameFAN has given the game a score of Very Good as well as their Best Playstation 2 Game award for 2008.

In Europe, Eurogamer rated the game 8 out of 10.

In Australia, Hyper has given the game 8 out of 10.

References

  1. Yakuza 2 release dates
  2. Dieheard GameFAN's 2008 Gaming Awards


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