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Sept. 11 2006
Yakuza - PS2 Preview
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Fighting in the streets.
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Streets are filled with people.

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Getting plenty of respect.
When we started out this website we covered the Dreamcast. Without a doubt one of the biggest games was Shen Mue - a very open ended title with stunning graphics that set new benchmarks for action/adventure titles. Five years later and Sega are back with a similar title called Yakuza which is equally ambitious but pushes the technology as far as possible.

In a society where respect and honor holds great importance, there is an even higher regard for these traits within the one organization that is most feared by all: the Yakuza. Kiryu Kazuma - a former rising star in the Yakuza who is rebuilding his life after serving a 10-year prison term for murder - suddenly finds himself caught in a spiraling underworld plot involving a mysterious girl known as Haruka and a missing 100 billion ($100 million). Kazuma must use his fists and his wits to stay alive as he unravels the complex web of truth and lies that surrounds the notorious Yakuza.

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Quick, hit the square button.
Created by noted producer Toshihiro Nagoshi with novelist Seishu Hase Yakuza promises to provide an intreguing gaming experience to PS2 owners. The game authentically re-creates the city streets and illicit haunts of Tokyo (although it's not modeled on a real area) and includes many memorable characters who you will encounter during the free-roaming adventure. The gameplay includes plenty of fighting which in the engine which allows players to string together attack combos to take out multiple enemies simultaneously in street brawls. It's also possible to grab and use in-game objects to defeat opponents.

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These really are great graphics.
There's plenty to do in Yakuza. As well as the main mission, which is broken up into a series of chapters, the developers have included numerous side missions, interrogate and bribe informants, gamble, and even hit baseballs in a batting cage.

Yakuza's graphics really do appear to be pushing the PS2 to its limits. The streets are filled with characters just going about their daily lives as well as the main characters in the game. One interesting thing that Sega have done is licensed dozens of brands of items for purchase and use in the game be it an item, or food. So when you enter a shop you can buy real items to use giving the game an authentic look and feel. The game is currently due out in America and Europe around September this year.