While October sports the likes of LittleBigPlanet , Far Cry 2 , Dead Space , and the PS3 version of Bioshock , September is looking a little thin. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may not be for everyone, but perhaps we should look back a generation to find a worthwhile title…and a new title at that.

Today, Sega has announced that Yakuza 2 for the PS2 will be in stores throughout North America. The Japanese have had this sequel for quite a while (hell, they're anticipating Yakuza 3 by now), but we Americans have gone without since the original arrived back in 2006. But we have to remember that Yakuza was a very solid action game that featured a surprisingly gritty and effective story to go along with an entertaining fighting mechanic. It reminded us of a darker, more enhanced version of Fighting Force , with extra freedom as we wandered the city. Here's part of the press release to get you excited for this sequel:

"Yakuza 2 delivers stylish gameplay with its improved fighting engine and a new cinematic storyline that will plunge players further into the gritty, genuine portrayal of life in the Yakuza. The game expands the world of the Yakuza with two cities for players to freely explore – from urban nightclubs to actual licensed shops and restaurants. Players will experience twice the brutality by executing fierce, jaw-breaking attacks on enemies with the enhanced Heat Gauge. Yakuza 2 accurately depicts Japan’s urban landscape to give players an authentic experience as a high-ranking member of the Yakuza clan."

Don't forget; the PS2 is still going strong, despite the lack of top-end titles lately. Yakuza 2 could be a hidden gem that too many next-gen gamers might miss, and we want to turn your attention to something that might be an excellent option this week.

Related Game(s): Yakuza 2

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BigT_1980
BigT_1980
12 years ago

This may be a rental as well. I enjoyed the story on the first game but the controls were not all that great. I hope they improve the controls with this one.

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
12 years ago

As for the comment of this being the last great ps2 game. I honestly have to say I don't think that is going to happen for quite some time. Still a bunch of games coming out for ps2 that I can't help but be excited about.
As for the game Yakuza 2. Looks sweet and I actually want to try it out.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

Yay!!!
A little late, but still a great series.

SpinningBeat
SpinningBeat
12 years ago

OMg I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS! ::stabs self in stomach::

AscientDire
AscientDire
12 years ago

2009 is the last year of the ps2 right? It's really sad…

tlpn99
tlpn99
12 years ago

Will this be available in Europe ?