Yakuza 2 Infatuated Quick Review


Yakuza 2 came to North America two years after its original Japanese release. It is better late than never since Yakuza 2 delivers a unique experience unlike any other video games on the Playstation 2.

Yakuza 2 is an open-world sand box game with some role-playing elements. You often roam the streets of Japan looking to progress the story as well as visiting the numerous stores. Wondering long enough could trigger random battles between you and other thugs.

The battle system is completely real-time and pays homage to Shenmue (which influence the Yakuza series) as well as old-school brawlers. Although it may lack depth, unleashing bone-crushing attacks on your opponents never gets mundane.

Outside of the story missions, players can partake in numerous side-missions. This could be anything from playing arcade games to running a club to becoming a host. These optional quests will keep you busy for a long time in Yakuza 2 if you decided to stray off the main story path.

Most of the time, however, you will be too engrossed with the Yakuza 2 story to get sidetracked with other activities. Although it got a little to twist-happy at the end, the game will no doubt keep you playing as you try to find out all the answers in the mysterious past. The solid Japanese-only voice acting further enhances the story. You also don’t need to play the first game in order to understand Yakuza 2 either, since the sequel has several flashbacks cut scenes to catch you up.

Overall, Yakuza 2 is one of the best games on the Playstation 2. It excels in several aspects like the open-world gameplay and engrossing story in addition to having no glaring weaknesses whatsoever. So, if you haven’t already, go buy Yakuza 2 on the Playstation 2.