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Enter the Dojima Dragon,
This review is from: Yakuza (PS2) (Video Game)
When I heard that this was gonna be just another GTA clone I was'nt really that interested in this game, but when read a review say that it had similarities with Shenmue & Streets of Rage ( two of my favorite games ) then I had to buy it.
The first thing that hits you about this game is the graphics, which are some of the best on PS2. All of the characters, backgrounds etc look fantastic and really add to the experience. The same has to be said for the music and sound effects. For once in a Sega game the music is great and can really get adrenaline going, Especially during some the games awesome fight sequences.
Speaking of the fighting you get use your martial arts skills and all sorts of weaponry on anyone foolish enough to approach you looking for trouble. These random battle sections are like Final Fantasy but play like a remake of Streets of Rage ( c'mon sega you know you want to do a new SOR )!
However the main thing that keeps you playing Yakuza is the Story. Basically you start off as a young yakuza who wants to start his own family but after taking the blame for the murder of a yakuza godfather for his brother, Kazuma gets sent to jail for 10 years. After serving time he returns to find that his brother has started his own family by screwing Kazuma over. On top of that 10 billion yen gone missing and its up Kazuma to sort this mess out.
The game isn't without its faults though. Despite having an all star cast the voice acting isn't that great, and for a Yakuza Gangster Kazuma seems to be to much of an OK guy. The game could have done with a Knigts of the Old Republic style good/evil outcome. It also isn't as free roaming as Shenmue or a GTA title and sometimes its just a case of go here and do this. It just falls short of Shenmue/KOTOR greatness but if Sega can iron these few faults out for a sequel then it could have another classic series on its hand.