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Yakuza PS2 Game Guide

Welcome to our Sony PlayStation2 guide to the game Yakuza, it contains everything we currently know about Yakuza for the PS2 videogame console.

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Guide to Yakuza on the PlayStation 2

One of the most feared and respected organized crime groups is the Yakuza of Japan. As much as honor means in that country it means even more to the members of this organization. Now Sega wants to give you a glimpse of life in the Yakuza and take players deep into the world of organized crime in Japan.

Yakuza (titled Ryu Ga Gotoku in Japan) is an action adventure title created by producer Toshihiro Nagoshi and award-winning novelist Seishu Hase. Players are cast as Kiryu Kazuma, once a respected member of the Yakuza but was expelled after serving a 10 year prison sentence for supposedly killing a superior. At first you will play out what happened up to that moment as a tutorial- the main story itself begins after Kiryu is out on parole.

The story takes place in the fictional town of Kamurocho. At the start you will only have access to a very small portion of the city but as you progress new areas will open up. The town itself is quite impressive and filled with a large number of people, making it feel as if you are trying to get through some areas at rush hour. Some people will try to interact with you either to give information or tips for fighting. A large number of the building are accessible such as restaurants and stores to purchase food, an arcade with a working UFO Claw minigame, bars where you can interact with the ladies (and spend your cash in the process), an underground casino and a safehouse where you can hole up to regain your health. A small map in the low left corner of the screen shows your location along with directions to your destination and showing buildings you can enter.

The main meat of this game is the hand-to-hand combat. The first mission serves as basic training to learn the moves you'll need to survive- more often than not you will be facing off against a group of opponents and will need every one. The fighting system is laid out to allow combinations of moves with little effort. While the opposition may not be as powerful as yourself going up against a group of 6 or more can still pose a problem. The camera doesn't help any as it usually gets out of position and makes it hard to see where you are going. This gets somewhat troublesome while making your way to destinations as well- it changes views quickly and you can find yourself soon moving in the wrong direction. Sometimes while making your way to a mission you will come across someone who wants to pick a fight for no reason other than not liking your looks. The random battles can get a bit annoying. Once defeated these same guys will beg forgiveness and give you items- what a thug is doing with a bottle of perfume, however, I have no idea. It does come in handy for making time with the hostesses at the bars, though.

The cinematics are well done and help lay out the story, which has a number of twists to it. Some scenes, however, tend to stretch out far too long leaving you waiting to get back into the action. The voices are only used in the cutscenes and not when talking to people in-game, oddly, leaving you no choice but to read through the text. There is a lot of strong language used with a more than generous helping of expletives- this and the violence makes this game earn its M rating from the ESRB quite easily. This game is definitely not for the younger gamers out there.

So far, despite the camera problems, I have been having a good time with this game and will have the full review ready shortly.

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Yakuza PS2 Main Features

Award-winning Japanese novelist Seishu Hase and producer Toshihiro Nagoshi create an engrossing storyline packed with complex, captivating characters. Yakuza spans more than a dozen intricately detailed chapters as Kazuma unravels the complex web behind the Yakuza.
Freely explore the hidden nightlife district of Tokyo—from sprawling neon-lit streets and nightclubs to actual shops licensed specifically to deliver the authentic feel of this enticing metropolis.
Created specifically for Yakuza, the game's engine allows players to string together attack combos to take out multiple enemies simultaneously in street brawls or grab and use in-game objects to defeat opponents. Add strength, stamina, and skills through combat and build your heat gauge with perfect combos to feel the rush of pure fighting power
Build skills and attributes by gaining experience, accumulate weapons and items, engage in numerous side missions, interrogate and bribe informants, gamble, and even hit baseballs in a batting cage.

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