Yakuza review

  • Gripping story, interesting characters
  • Intense action-packed gameplay
  • Plenty of quests that add variety
  • Clumsy targeting system
  • Long, frequent, awkward load times
  • The brutal bosses who make life hell

And yes, the game is a little rough around the edges. The load times are long, the menus can be clunky and the targeting in battle is imprecise. But to ding the game for these little transgressions would entirely miss the point of Yakuza. This is a game you experience - drink in. Some will reject it for not being the Japanese GTA, as had been lazily assumed by so many before they got a chance to play it. Yakuza's story has the intensity of a page-turner - not surprising, as it was penned by a novelist - and the gameplay backs it up. Kazuma Kiryu's tale is an addictive blend of mystery, suspense and brutal violence.

More Info

Release date: Sep 05 2006 - PS2 (US)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Sega
Developed by: Sega
Franchise: Yakuza
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence


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