Last Great Game on the PS2? Yakuza 2

Will Yakuza 2 be the last great game on the PlayStation 2?

Many gamers still say the PS2 has some fight left in him.  I mean it was only a few years ago, that Grand Theft Auto III, God of War and Metal Gear Solid 3 were all EXCLUSIVES on the PlayStation 2 console.  Now in it’s 8th year, we may be seeing the end of the PS2 as more games port over to the PS3.  (i.e. Metal Gear Solid 4, God of War 3)

With the above said, this brings me to one of THE last great games on the PS2.  Yakuza 2 will be released on the PS2 on September 9th, 2008.  Yakuza 2 or Ryu Ga Gotoku 2 (JPN).

Platform: PlayStation 2
Category: Action Adventure
Developer: SEGA Studios
Release: September 9, 2008

Yakuza 2 plunges you once more into the violent Japanese underworld where respect and honor holds great importance. In intense brutal clashes with rival gangs, the police, and the Korean mafia, you will have opportunities to dole out more brutal punishment. Play as Kazuma Kiryu, the hero from the original Yakuza and explore Tokyo and now Osaka. Wander through the back alleys of Japan’s underworld while trying to prevent an all-out gang war. Endless conflicts and surprise plot twists will immerse you in a dark shadowy world where only the strongest will survive.

[UPDATE] – Our prediction of the “end of an era with the PS2” looks more concrete as Yakuza 3 looks to be ported to the PS3.

Yakuza 3 (known in Japan as Ryū ga Gotoku 3 (龍が如く3?)) is the third installment in the Yakuza video game series. It was revealed in the July 2008 issue of Famitsu that Yakuza: Kenzan!, the third installment to the series, was actually a spin-off and this latest installment will continue the adventures of Kiryu Kazuma from Yakuza and Yakuza 2. The game will take place both in fictional Kamuro-cho from the first two games and in Okinawa. The game will be released in Japan in Spring 2009, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Great article, to be honest though I think we’ll see a huge face off between Yakuza 2 and Shin Mega Tensei: Persona 4. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 was awesome, same with the FES version so expect some competition.

  2. I think SMT 4 might be a pretty good one too. It’s funny how the PS2 still has better games than the PS3 🙂

  3. I’m really looking forward to Yakuza 2 as I loved
    the first one. The price point is just right too:
    $29.99!!!

    I picked up FES for 30 bones a few weeks ago
    too…as long as new PS2 games are priced at
    that sweet price, I’ll continue picking them up 🙂

  4. Maybe they should make Yakuza 2 a “Greatest Hit” title when it’s released. It can only help…

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