|Release date(s)|| JP December 7, 2006|
NA September 9, 2008
EU September 28, 2008
|Input||PlayStation 2 controller|
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Yakuza 2 (known in Japan as Ryū ga Gotoku 2 (龍が如く2)) is the sequel to the video game Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) by Sega. The title was released on December 7, 2006, for the PlayStation 2 video game console in Japan. On March 25, 2008, Sega Europe officially confirmed a European release of the game planned during 2008 .
The intro of the game starts in the early 1980s, a detective is chasing after somebody and witnesses a murder of a Korean mob boss who says in Korean "Even if you kill me, our organization will live on." And the murderer happens to be Kiryu Kazuma's foster father, Fuma Shintaro. After Fuma runs off, the mysterious detective checks on the man who tells him in Japanese that just ahead that his child is in danger and then dies. The man heads in that direction and notices a fire and finds the room where a Korean woman is along with a baby. The woman is contemplating suicide (in Korean) and taking the child with her. However, the detective successfully convinces the woman not to kill herself and the baby.
Then the game comes back to the present and the detective is still at awe at what happened.
The sequel takes place one year after the events of the first game. Since then, the Tojo-guchi has been falling apart and they are on the brink of war against the Osaka based gang, the Omi-rengo, the gang backing Nishiki in the first game. With no resort left, the Tojo requests their former leader, Kiryu Kazuma for their help. Kiryu and Haruka are living a peaceful life and they visit the graves of Yumi, Nishiki, and Fuma. There, the appointed Kumi-chou, Terada Yukio, a former member of the Omi-rengo, asks for Kiryu's aide. However, the Omi-rengo quickly act and assassinate their former family member Terada in front Kiryu and Haruka's eyes and Kiryu heads out for Osaka to find a peaceful solution and prevent an all out Japan gang war from happening.
While in Osaka, Kiryu meets his Kansai equivalent and new rival, Koda Ryuuji, the son of the head of the Omi-rengou, Koda Jin. Ryuuji also has a nickname that he hates, "The Kansai Dragon." He hates the name because he doesn't like the kansai part (that he wants to be the Dragon of all of Japan) and that he hates the idea of having two dragons with Kiryu around and feels that he'll be a true dragon once he eliminates Kiryuu. During his visit there, Kiryu meets a new love interest, a yakuza hunting female detective, Sayama Kaoru, a fellow orphan and may have also lost her parents to the Tojo-guchi like how Kiryu and Yumi did. Sayama is appointed to have Kiryu in her custody because if Kiryuu is at all killed by the Omi-rengou, then war will break out.
In the USA, IGN gave the game a score of 8.5 out of 10.
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