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Yakuza (PS2)

Yakuza (PS2)
alaScore 93

63 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Yakuza (PS2). The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other PlayStation 2 Games (PS2) for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PlayStation 2 Games (PS2) the Yakuza (PS2) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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PS2: Yakuza Review


Sega finally did something right.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Karla "Sanosuke" Gumm (



Being a fan of Shenmue, I was very excited when I learned of Ryu ga Gotoku (Yazuka to us…) being developed by some of the same people who worked on...

Top Notch Story ; A Taste of Tokyo for the Gaijin ; Cool Characters ; Time Investment = Some Really Badass Attacks

Load Times going into/coming out of battles ; Targeting System needs work ; Graphical Demands cause Jerky Movements at times

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Byron Tsang (



Yakuza's more than just the whole savage organized crime life. You'll be given the chance to explore the streets of Kabukicho and do a variety of things, almost making this a spiritual successor to Sega's previous free-roaming series Shenmue. However,...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Terence Gage (

Yakuza - PS2 review at Thunderbolt Games


Poor old Kazuma Kiryu hasn't had the best luck of late. Feared by his enemies, respected by his peers and poised to start up his own Yakuza family, he took the fall for his best friend's murder of one of Japan's top gang bosses and was sent down for...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Eduardo Vasconcellos (

Yakuza 2


Like the original, Yakuza 2 is a flawed but compelling adventure.

Intriguing story; great cinematic presentation; surprisingly brutal combat

Combat can get tedious; cameras are poor; the overall world feels rather cramped

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Jake McNeill (



Despite being the villains in numerous games, the yakuza have rarely ever had a starring role. In recent years, we've seen numerous games focusing on the mafia and urban gangs, but their Japanese counterpart hasn't received anywhere near the same...

Fairly deep fighting system ; Interesting story ; Unique locale ; Kazuma’s character design looks nice

The localization job done here completely shatters the atmosphere ; Why the f*** does f***ing everyone always have to be using the f***ing F-word, huh? F ; Why does everything have to be so dark? Why no gamma adjust ; And no control over the camera,...

If you want a good yakuza experience, wait to see if Red Steel on the Wii is any good. If you want a good gangster game, get a Grand Theft Auto title. If you want a game with a detailed recreation of a foreign locale, get Shenmue. If you want a deep...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Mikey Dowling (



Kazuma Kiryu is a yakuza soldier for the Dojima family, a subsidiary of the Tojo Clan. He's an up-and-comer in the world of Japanese organized crime--on his way to being able to start his own family. Or at least he was, until he decided to take the...

All in all though, if you're able to withstand through the arduous beginning and get to where you can enjoy the many fights you will get in, Yakuza offers a solid story that really shouldn't be missed. The story is intriguing enough to warrant multiple...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Travis Fahs (



A poor substitute for GTA, but a damned fine brawler.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Shawn Struck (

Yakuza (PS2) Review


Sega attempts to bring Japan's gritty underworld to the PS2. But is it something you'll want to play through, or would you rather cut off a pinky instead?

Yakuza tells a good story, and has a rich, deep setting with plenty for the player to do. The shoddy targeting and repetitive combat sap a lot of joy out of the meat and potatoes of the game, but if you're a fan of 3-D brawlers, and are willing to...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Steven Williamson (

Yakuza - PS2


Yakuza, or 'Japanese mafia' as they're known in the western world, are ruthless gangs that fight for territory, money and influence, disregarding any civilians caught in the crossfire. They're an intriguing group of people that have been the subject of...

Interesting subject matter, Good storyline, Stylish graphics, Enjoyable mini-games, Interesting subject matter, Good storyline, Stylish graphics, Enjoyable mini-games

Repetitive fighting, Expected more freedom, Dodgy camera, Repetitive fighting, Expected more freedom, Dodgy camera

The developers have attempted to make the fighting aspect of Yakuza more engaging by adding an EXP system. The more missions and objectives that you perform the stronger Kazuma will become and with this added experience you can upgrade his three main...

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

Descend into the notorious Japanese underworld and experience the darker side of Tokyo like never before. As Kazuma Kiryu, you are fast drawn into the dark and seedy world of the Yakuza, where you'll face brutal hand-to-hand combat with everyone that gets in your way. Having been paroled after 10 years for a crime you didn't commit, you return to find that childhood friend Yumi is missing, your closest ally, Nishikiyama, has become your greatest enemy and the entire Japanese underworld is searching for


Elements:Adventure - third person adventure
ESRB Rating:Mature (17+)


Compatibility:Game console
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Yakuza


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Sony PlayStation 2
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - adventure