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- Authentic, cinematic sequel. The gritty, genuine portrayal of life in the Yakuza is made more realistic throughout 16 gripping chapters with a return to the original Japanese voice cast and English subtitles.
- Twice as much to explore. There is now more to see and do than ever before in the hugely expanded world of the Yakuza. Visit bowling alleys and driving ranges, as well as cabarets and bars, all licensed from actual Japanese establishments.
- Like the real Yakuza, you must ingrain yourself in the authentic, neon-lit adult playgrounds of Tokyo and Osaka and become a regular at nightclubs, hostess clubs, restaurants and stores to gain access to secret services and uncover tips.
- Brutal hand-to-hand brawling. An improved fighting engine allows you to fight numerous enemies at once with less load times and smoother camera angles. Experience points earned from brawls will help build up strength, stamina and fighting techniques.
- The intensity of battle is raised. By stringing together a combination of fighting moves, you’ll take out multiple enemies simultaneously. Objects in the environment can be used as weapons and even more context-sensitive Heat moves, will help you.
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The story follows ex-yakuza Kazuma Kiryu as he tries to prevent an all-out clan war between his old clan, the Tojo and their rivals, The Omi. Throw in a bit of Korean mafia and you've got yourself a thrilling asian gangster story. To make things even better, the combat (of which you'll be doing a lot) is incredibly brutal and satisfying. This is really the meat of the game, although you'll have lots of sidequests and minigames (golf, arcade games, hostess club, etc) to partake in if you feel up to it.
The world itself where the game is set is based upon real locations, such as Tokyo and Osaka and it looks and feels great. The areas are very populated with people carrying out their own tasks and having their own conversations. The environmental detail seems only hampered by the power of the hardware.
Over all, I'd say this is a definite purchase if you're the slightest bit interested in brawling games, RPGs or Japanese crime stories. We're all hoping Yakuza 3 will be coming for PS3 to us in the West at some point, but for now this is the closest we can get, and it's worth every penny.
The Yakuza series is really meant for the older crowd, or just anyone who enjoys a good gangster/mafia/cop story. The protagonist is Kazuma Kiryu, a former Yakuza member, and a man of complete integrity and badass-ness. The story follows the previous entry, which you can get caught up on in-game, as there's an entire flashback sequence that you can either watch or skip. The story begins with Kiryu and Haruka, his more-or-less adopted daughter, visiting a cemetery, only to eventually get caught up in a mafia war that spans two decades between the "Jinguon" Korean mafia and the Tojo yakuza clan. Crime drama intrigue ensues.
Its definitely a series to pick up and check out for anyone who wants something different out of their games, instead of the same old juvenile and/or satirical games. Its also worth mentioning that its worth checking out the first game before getting this, as I personally find the story in the first game to be a little better, but some disagree. This game only features Japanese dialogue with English subtitles, while the first entry was completely dubbed in English.