TGS 06: Yakuza 2 Hands-On

We play Sega's upcoming Yakuza sequel for the first time at the Tokyo Game Show.

TOKYO--Earlier today, during a visit to Sega's booth at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show, we had an opportunity to get our hands on a near-finished Japanese version of Yakuza 2 for the first time. That opportunity was possible only after standing in line for more than 20 minutes, of course, but on this occasion we're pleased to report that the wait was worthwhile--not only because we enjoyed our time with the game, but also because we learned a lot about it from the trailers we watched while waiting our turn.

In Yakuza 2 you'll reprise the role of Kazuma Kiryu, the disgraced former Yakuza member and hard-as-nails fighter from the first game. We're quite certain that we recognized several other characters from the first game in the aforementioned trailers as well, though since their names appeared only in Japanese, we're not able to confirm that at this time.

What we can confirm is that while you'll spend much of your time in Yakuza 2 doing the exact same things that you did in its predecessor--walking around Tokyo, getting jumped by random thugs, talking to people before beating them to a pulp, and such--there are plenty of new features to look out for. The combat in the upcoming game, for example, has been improved, and among the new moves that we noted were kicking a shotgun from an enemy's hand, banging two enemies' heads together, and counterattacking an enemy with a well-timed button press. We can also confirm that bystanders and allies will help you from time to time, either by passing you weapons or by holding enemies so that you can pummel them more easily.

Yakuza 2 will also improve upon the original's collection of minigames by adding a bunch more. In the first game, you were able to gamble in casinos and win prizes from UFO claw minigames. In the sequel, you'll also be able to go 10-pin bowling, hit golf balls on a driving range, play baseball, and pump coins into slot machines, to name but a few. One of the trailers for Yakuza 2 also appeared to show options for decorating your hideout, which on this occasion involved choosing a couch. Whether or not that's actually what was going on remains to be seen, though.

Our time with Yakuza 2 came to an end when we were beaten by a group of four guys inside a nightclub, which was kind of frustrating given that we'd clicked our way through numerous Japanese-language conversations and walked all over Tokyo (that's in-game, in case you were wondering) to get the V.I.P. pass needed to get upstairs in the club. Yakuza 2 certainly doesn't look like a game that will win you over if you weren't a fan of Yakuza, but if you enjoyed that game and you're in the market for more of the same, you should definitely keep an eye on this one. We'll bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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41 comments
itBit
itBit

oh my god yes!!!!! i luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv yakuza and i want that sequel today befor tomorrow , but wtf theres no new news about yakuza 2 what so ever from a long time?

Bahgahyahduh
Bahgahyahduh

I just found out the second one is coming out today. I need this game to come out in the U.S. and soon, or I'll start cutting myself to seek some type of sadistic pleasure. I can't wait, I loved the voices in the first one and somebody needs to find out what the release date is right away, or heads will roll.

a12345a
a12345a

yeah! hope they keep the Japanese voices

mazniq
mazniq

On which platform?

AnubisNohman
AnubisNohman

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEY i loved the first one except that 2 hrs i spent looking for the mbn or waddever. but never the less YEEEEEEY

hime-sakura
hime-sakura

yessss, another one,i cant wait another game from my favorite crime organization

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Let's keep the jap voices with subtitles this time ok?

deviantchild
deviantchild

I am currently hooked with Y1. Reminds me of Shenmue alot! Great fighting game and I can't wait for the sequel. I am sleeping late again because of this game. Anyways, those who compare this game to GTA is stupid. GTA is free-roaming; Yakuza is not - it is an action RPG game. Yes, you can roam but not that much and it doesn't matter anyways because its the gameplay and story that counts. You can compare it with Shenmue but not with GTA. Anyways, hope SEGA will launch a Shemue collection for the PS2 or PS3. If it's not too much, hope they launch a Shenmue 3 soon!

new_medicines
new_medicines

Yes =) I can't wait, the first game was amazing =)

alimn1984
alimn1984

TO SEGA: YOU GAVE YAKUZA TO A POPULAR CONSOLE & THAT'S WHY THAT NOW U R RELEASING YAKUZA 2(THIS DECEMEBER) THEREFORE PLEASE TRY TO GIVE SHENMUE:NEXT GEN TO A REAL POPULAR CONSOLE THAT MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE IT..."WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT YOU'LL GIVE SHENMUE TO A DEATH CONSOLE AGAIN..." BTW SHENMUE FANS SUPPORTED YOUR YAKUZA THEREFORE NOW IT'S TIME TO RELEASE SHENMUE III FOR THEM(SOONER!)

M-Yu
M-Yu

This looks cool I hope does well or even exceed it's predecessor

IvanKaramazov
IvanKaramazov

I liked the first game, it had awesome storytelling but the whole gameplay experience wasn't that much satisfying. Nevertheless, this is already on my wish-list. Gotta hope for some major improvements though...

faceman420
faceman420

Y1 was hoooorriiible... all hype n no substance

namcoman67
namcoman67

everyone yakuza came out in japan in 2005 we got it late due to the voice overs. so its not it was barely realeased . and anybody comparing this to the crappy grand theft auto is dumb.

tdaley2002
tdaley2002

already a sequal!! the first just came out and now theres this piece of ass??

Dragonball4life
Dragonball4life

maybe too fast for a sequel,i beat the first one in 7 days,already i feel a heartbeat but i think this should be tested more,no way i want the same features from the first one!one thing i hated is that everybody keeps dying,after the first 100 deaths i thought it was ridiculous.

firgie
firgie

the game was great but the camera view...owhh man..we all disappointed =(

lilazeonboa
lilazeonboa

mang...i hope this one is 3rd person jus like gta style...i hate the camera view on da first one..disappointed...but the game is ight...

LoganZRun
LoganZRun

This god forsaken title has been given a sequal , hope it doesnt reach state side japan needs to keep that crap over there , we've got enough crappy games of our own, i cant believe some of those game magazines even compared this too GTA you cant even compare this mess to DRIV3R let alone the bench mark for all free roaming sandbox games, like Hideo Kajima has said japan is falling behind europe and the Americas when it comes too game development ........... "For a person who lives 100yrs into the future ,the present comes as no surprise" Victor Shaubeger.

rasta01
rasta01

i ain't played the first one yet,,BUT i'm mad SEGA still hasn't release a shenmue coletion for ps2 or PS3...........................i snuff at this game for being a shenmue alike.....and sega not bringing shenmue back....i'll play them latter.

neojam
neojam

first one was been out in japan for ages

Turisman4
Turisman4

Man, I thought the 1st game just came out 2 weeks ago! A little fast for a sequel, don't you think?

_Sam_
_Sam_

I haven't played the first

M-Yu
M-Yu

Sounds cool

hellfirebg
hellfirebg

Awesome! Yakuza rules, I just beat it. Man, what a story! Just like with RPGs, Japanese games once again rise to the top! After finishing Yakuza I can forget all about gta. Hope they make the sequel even better and it comes out faster!

War-Tex
War-Tex

Yakuza was awesome Yakuza 2 will be Awesome wid capital A

vu12345678
vu12345678

you could counter attack in the first game...But attacking two enemies at once is cool I guess. i loved the first game now let shope they bring this over here!

pastyd2001
pastyd2001

I liked the first one. Then again I'm a sucker for Japanese gangster cinema. As long as they get rid of the numerous and pointless fetch missions they had in the first one and do a better job with the translation this time around, i'll play it.

noah09
noah09

Everyone who's surprised about them making a sequel as soon as they released the first one should remember some other succesful games that have done that. Namely, the Brothers in Arms series. Having said that, Yakuza was an awesome game and with the improvements listed here and the idea of customizing my hideout firmly in my mind I can say that I am anticipating this game a lot.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Here's hoping for drastic camera improvements...

danteliveson
danteliveson

hopefully they improve this game as much as they can

never-named
never-named

I think it will take quite some time before it reaches our shores.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Do we get to visit whores as well like in the GTA series?

mjk_1
mjk_1

good thing they improved the fighting system

jcwordlife
jcwordlife

woa, they make a sequel right after the release of the first one?!