11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
SEGA back on top form.,
This review is from: Yakuza (PS2) (Video Game)
Forget all the commments you've heard about this being the Japanese Grand Theft Auto, or a successor to Shenmue.
There's elements of both those games, but think more Grand Theft Streets of Rage. Shenmue comparisons are easy. You do wander round a virtual world, there's a strong plot, some fierce brawling, the ability to level-up or increase your range of fighting skills and, yes, you can gamble and play mini-games rather than pursue the main game.
But, unlike Shenmue this game keeps the action up constantly, with fighters waiting to accost you on every street corner. The action is much more bloody and brutal too, with some truly grusome finishing moves at your disposal.
As befits the game's 18 certificate it's also a wonderfully sleazy affair, chock full of swearing, sex and sleaze. Characters spew profanity with wild abandon and the hostess bars can soak up hours of game time and all your character's Yen.
The whole game is highly polished and visually stunning. With almost no load-times as you patrol night-time Tokyo and a beautiful neon glow coating every surface.
It's taken a long while for the PS2 to truly mature, and this is a perfect example of why you shouldn't care that the PS3's release date has been put back, you get more time to enjoy wonderful games like this.