Sega of America announces three new titles previously only available in Japan for the US market, including Ryu go Gotoku 2.
TOKYO--Kazuma Kiryu is taking another trip to America, with the sequel to the action adventure Yakuza finally announced for the region.
Yakuza 2 follows on from the events of the first game, which saw Kazuma retiring from Yakuza life. However, the head of his former gang, the Tojo Clan, is assassinated by members of the Oni gang, and Kazuma finds himself drawn back into the violent gangster world as he attempts to prevent a full-scale gang war.
Yakuza was set in Kamuro-cho, a fictional Tokyo district, which was modeled on the real-life red-light district Kabuki-cho. Yakuza 2, however, will get an extra area--it will be set in both Western Japan and Kamuro-cho.
The sequel, which Sega is calling "fully upgraded," will have Kazuma dealing with the police, chatting up the ladies, and bashing lots more bicycles over people's heads. Already released in Japan in December 2006 as Ryu go Gotoku 2, Yakuza 2 will be for the PlayStation 2 only and should arrive on North American shelves next year.
Sega also announced two more Japanese-developed games for the US: Dinosaur King and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer--both for the Nintendo DS. In Dinosaur King, which sounds like a Pokémon-style game, players collect more than 100 dinosaurs (each of which has its own special abilities) from five different territories across the world and then battle with the mysterious Dr. Z.
Originally released on the Super Nintendo, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer comes from the creators of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and takes place in feudal Japan. The hero of the game is a Ronin named Shiren on a quest to discover the Land of the Golden Condor. The game will be a classic turn-based role-playing game and features a tutorial mode for new users.
As with Yakuza 2, Dinosaur King and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer are expected to release sometime in 2008.
Great news, just hope they get better voice actors this time around. Apart from Michael Madsen and Mark Hammil, the others were so horrible it made me cry.
Of course they are, how else are they going to release Yakuza 3 on the PS3 in the US without Yakuza 2 ever showing up? Sony needs all the titles they can get on the PS3 worldwide.
AWESOME news, thank you Sega! This will most likely be the last PS2 game I'll play since I have already moved on to the "Next-Gen" with the PS3 and Wii. Well at least I have one PS2 game to look forward to for next year, that's cool for me. -WPack911
peacenutman If Shenmue 3 was announced, I bet a whole lot of people here are gonna crap their pants lol. haha I thought about it and look what you made me do........
This announcement has been the best TGS 07 moment for me. Sure MGS4 trailer is out of this world, but I know I won't miss out on playing it. But I have been waiting for this Japan-only game since I beat the first one. I even wrote to Sega of America a couple of months back and asked them about this game coming to the US (no response of course) but this has just made my day. Yakuza is an excellent game and from what I've heard, Yakuza 2 is even better. I guess it didn't bode as well internationally because it is not a GTA be-header which is what most people have the impression of this game being as, another GTA, even though they are completely different types of games.
Yeaaaaa this is great news..i like the first one yet others have their own opinion. Too bad Yakuza 3 wont be of the same present-time style. But we'll see how that goes.
This is good. Western gamers get to experience the "Yakuza" series. Who can agree with me that things are looking much better for SEGA and that if they can get back to being a strong 3rd party publisher then it will be easier for them to launch a new console.
Great news, hopefully sega learned their lesson from the localization disaster that was the first game.
FINALLY! TIME TO FIRE MY PS2 UP AGAIN! i could cry right now but i wanna whoop some ass first! YAKUZA Rocks!!!!
Ah finally!! They announced Yakuza 3 on the PS3, and I was getting worried I'd never get to play the 2nd part.
Yes! Its the one game I wanted to complete my PS2 collection with, I'd started to lose hope it would come out over here :o)
This is great news, I know the rest of us have been waiting for a Yakuza 2 for a long time and now we will get it at last. Can't wait for it.
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