Games history : Yakuza 2

1- Yakuza 2

Yakuza 2, originally released in Japan as As Though a Dragon 2 (龍が如く2, Ryū ga Gotoku 2?), 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.

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.[8] 40,000 copies were sold in North America.[9]

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.[10]

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

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

2- Story and environnement

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 Kazuma Kiryu‘s foster father, Shintaro Kazama (Fuma). After Shintaro Kazama 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 Clan (tojo kai) has been falling apart and they are on the brink of war against the Osaka based gang, the Omi Family (omi rengo), the gang backing Akira Nishikiyama (Nishiki) in the first game. As a last resort, the Tojo Clan requests their former leader, Kazuma Kiryu (4th Chairman) for their help. Kazuma Kiryu and Haruka Sawamura are living a peaceful life and they visit the graves of Yumi Sawamura, Akira Nishikiyama, and Shintaro Kazama. There, the appointed Chairman, Yukio Terada, a former member of the Omi Family, asks for Kazuma Kiryu’s aide. However, the Omi Family quickly act and assassinate their former family member Terada in front of Kazuma 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, Ryuji Goda, the son of the head of the Omi Family, Jin Goda. Ryuji also has a nickname that he hates, “The Kansai Dragon.” He hates the name because he doesn’t like the Kansai 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 (“Dragon of Dojima”). Like Kiryu, he has a tattoo of a dragon on his back; his is tattoed in vivid gold with the animal coiling and writhing in flames.

Though enemies, Ryuji seems to hold a genuine respect for Kiryu and holds him in regard as his equal, hence necessary to vanquish Kiryu for there’s only room for one Dragon in Japan

As with the first episode, half of the game takes place in Tokyo‘s Shinjuku ward, most noticeably a recreation of Shinjuku’s red-light district Kabukichō renamed Kamurocho.

The other half takes place in Osaka, with the fictitious Sōtenbori and Shinseicho areas modeled after Osaka’s respectively Dōtonbori and Shinsekai districts. Although these areas were recreated as fictionalized versions, much real life landmarks remain such as Dōtonbori’s Sammy Ebisu Plaza (サミー戎プラザ) and Shinsekai’s Tsutenkaku Tower (通天閣) and Billiken (ビリケン).

3- Cast

This is the first game in the series to feature only Japanese voice acting for its U.S. and PAL release as a response to the criticism of the English voice acting in the first game.[3][4]

Source: Wikipedia

4- Covers

Japan coverUs and European cover5- screens and videos

Yakuza 2 trailer:

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