Excerpt: Sega didn’t too all too bad with Yakuza. A decent story, rock solid combat, beautiful surroundings and, unfortunately, a lesser sound quality. These elements together formed a whole that was certainly worth revisiting.
Excerpt: Even if you kill me, our organization will live on . Mafia wars, they never seem to change. Once you get in, it's nearly impossible to get out. The only exit: be killed, or commit suicide. No matter how much he tries to escape, he's always dragged back.
Excerpt: Scrolling fighting games are all but dead, which I find to be heartbreaking as I grew up playing such games, bloodying thousands of noses in the process. But before this review is soaked by tears of nostalgia, it has to be said that from time-to-time there is still such a game released.
Conclusion: The thing that made the original Yakuza great was its story, and there’s mixed news to report on that front. Yakuza 2 lacks the focused central mystery of its predecessor, tries too hard to shoehorn in all the characters from the original, and veers into the realm of self-ridicule with some very...
Conclusion: But all these features have been woven around the true centerpiece of Yakuza 2: its narrative. The utterly regressive, unrelentingly linear, cutscene-driven, genre-derivative story that I swallowed hook, line, and sinker. The one I was genuinely sad to see end.
A Spectacular Crime Drama Bringing "Mature" Content to New Heights
5 December 2008
Excerpt: When people hear the word "mature" in the context of video games, they usually associate the term with ludicrous amounts of blood and gore, scantily-clad females, or some combination of both. Really, who could blame them?
Pros: Some of the best writing and character work in video games, ever.
Cons: The technical side could really use a revamp.
Summary: Set one year after the events of its predecessor, in Yakuza 2 you will face the Osaka underworld and the terrible Dragon of the West, Ryûji Kôda. Toshihiro Nagoshi and his team will greatly improve the combat system, adding more finishing and combo moves, as well as over 100 subquests and activities...
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Even though I enjoy playing games on my Playstation 3, I still regularly switch over to my PS2 to play some of my favourite classics. Sony themselves said that sales of the PS2 aren’t slowing down, and developers are still churning out some quality games for the slim...
Excerpt: Action/Sandbox Is the PS2 ever going to die? It’s been a long time coming but here is the sequel to 2006 game Yakuza on the PS2. This sequel was actually released in Japan shortly after the original made it to these shores but we’re only just getting it now.