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.
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
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).
- Takaya Kuroda as Kazuma Kiryu (桐生 一馬)
- Yu Daiki as Kaoru Sayama (狭山 薫)
- Masami Iwasaki as Ryuji Goda (郷田 龍司)
- Rie Kugimiya as Haruka Sawamura (澤村 遥)
- Tetsuya Watari as Shintaro Kazama (風間 新太郎) / Shintaro Fuma
- Satoshi Tokushige as Daigo Dojima (堂島 大吾)
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Makoto Date (伊達 真)
- Susumu Terajima as Jiro Kawara (瓦 次郎)
- Hidekazu Akai as Tsutomu Bessho (別所 勉)
- Hiroshi Tachi as Ryo Takashima (高島 遼)