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My Yakuza 2 arrived today from VG+, which is good timing because it feels like I'm almost at the end of the first.

I finally found my way to a roundhouse kick which has helped a lot in the group fight situations. If I have one strong criticism of the fighting system, it's the way enemies can counterattack during your combo but you can't during theirs. Or being locked into a combo that gets blocked halfway, leaving you vulnerable. I had a very frustrating fight against a guy with a tazer, which amounted to me repeatedly getting a couple of hits in before being countered and stunned. Regardless of that I still find the combat loads of fun and I never tire of it.

Luckily these problems are taken care of in the second game! You can strike in different directions while facing away, and carry combos on in different directions. You can also break most combos off much easier!

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Thanks, I was waiting to see if the PAL version was compromised compared to the U/NTSC before I bought this, but reviews on the internet very rarely mention technical specs for games. It's better to buy these sort of games in your local market if possible, afterall, we want to encourage the publishers to keep on bringing them over here :( as it sounds like this is on a limited print-run.

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Yeah it's not very often I feel compelled to buy 2 copies of the same game but I really don't mind in Yakuza 2's case because

1. It's fucking awesome

2. I really REALLY want Kenzan and 3 to come out in America/Europe.

3. Buying 2 copies is only around the price of a new 360/PS3 game anyway.

It does seem like a very limited print run, might even be worth a few bob in a few years. Hardly anyone in the high street has it and the online retailers seem to be selling out quick enough.

I just hope Sega is happy enough with the sales to get the others released. Also, for the love of god Sega if you do please keep the original japanese soundtracks, even if you have to forego doing an english dub (ignore SCEA) though hopefully there should be room for both english and japanese. Playing Y2 in japanese really does add to the immersion factor due to the storyline.

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Well Play finally got round to delivering my copy yesterday but only had time for an hour or so on it last night.Most of that was taken up watching the intro and the recap of the first game.That was a big help though as it had been 18 months or so since i last played the first.

The fighting is as satisfying as ever and as soon as i slammed some goons head into a tree it felt like i'd never been away ;) From the little i've played the loading seems alot better especially for the fights and the graphics aren't as dated as i feared they would be after all this time as the atmosphere of the city is so fantastic.The streets seem a little busier than the first one although that could be my imagination.

Looking forward to getting properly stuck into this tonight :)

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Just ordered from Lovefilm for £12.93. Sweet, you usually have to wait three long weeks before Sega games drop this low in price.

Top tip just created a LoveFILM account just for this! Almost bought both together but there was a 2 week wait on the original!

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RAGE!!!!

Just turned off in fuming anger after five attempts at a boss:

The guy on the rooftop after you've tracked down Shinji and Reina. By the time I got up there through the building I had half a health bar left. He's got two guns, is almost impossible to hit because of his acrobatics, and to top it off there are three other guys up there.

I was sorely tempted to drop the difficulty but I didn't. After I've blown off some steam I'll try again. Maybe I just need to invest in some better armour as I've been a pauper for most of the game but have strangely collected quite a bit of cash together in this chapter.

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Yakuza 1 boss information for sabreman -

there is a bullet proof jacket you can invest in that helps with characters like him, but of course it's not much use knowing that once you're already up on the roof fighting him. The jacket, if you do manage to get it, doesn't take all the damage for a gun shot but it reduces it and stops you from being knocked on your arse every shot.

I found it best to try and stay close to him so that he can't get too many shots of, and just hammer the shit out of him and then catch him with a throw or two. Also, naturally making a lot of use of the x button dodge, and wiring through the goons with him. I haven't played Y1 in a while, but I can remember thinking he was the most difficult boss in the game thanks to his cheap behaviour. If you beat him, you should be alright for the rest of the game

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So, I've just started playing Yakuza 2, and right at the start there's a character that makes no sense to me: Dojima's Widow (the wife of the Dojima guy who gets killed before the ten years of jail in the first game). Anyway, the problem is that I've never seen her before? She's in the recap video of Yakuza 1, but I played through that entire game and she never turned up once. Was she cut out of the Western version or something?

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Reply for Comrade:

It's a bit fresher in my mind because I've been playing it this past week. You get lured to an empty office in the tower building, and she's there with a group of ex-Dojima guys who you have to fight. There's a thunderstorm going on at the time. After you beat them she tells you she knows you're protecting the true killer of her husband, and you ask her for more time to deal with things your way

Hope that refreshes your memory :)

Kinketsu - I just found the bullet-proof vest, which should help a great deal. I have a kind of bloody-minded attitude towards games that means I don't like having to use lots of health items, and I always feel I ought to be able to beat a boss on skill, work out the patterns... but sometimes they just aren't there and you just need to thrash away and hope you don't die first!

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Reply for Comrade:

It's a bit fresher in my mind because I've been playing it this past week. You get lured to an empty office in the tower building, and she's there with a group of ex-Dojima guys who you have to fight. There's a thunderstorm going on at the time. After you beat them she tells you she knows you're protecting the true killer of her husband, and you ask her for more time to deal with things your way

Hope that refreshes your memory :)

Kinketsu - I just found the bullet-proof vest, which should help a great deal. I have a kind of bloody-minded attitude towards games that means I don't like having to use lots of health items, and I always feel I ought to be able to beat a boss on skill, work out the patterns... but sometimes they just aren't there and you just need to thrash away and hope you don't die first!

No, that definitely never happened to me. I finished playing Yakuza 1 literally minutes before starting Yakuza 2, so I certainly haven't forgotten it.

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No, that definitely never happened to me. I finished playing Yakuza 1 literally minutes before starting Yakuza 2, so I certainly haven't forgotten it.

Meeting Yayoi Dojima in the first game is part of a side mission. I'm amazed you missed it though, because as far as I can remember it's one where you get rung up and told to meet Hanaya (Kage in the Western version), not like...one where you have to be standing in a certain place or anything. But yeah, she is in the first game. It's not a huge part though.

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Where do I find for the side mission:

the 3 scumbag bastards who have kidnapped some girls sister ? I came across one of them and beat the shit out of that mother fucker but I have two more to find. Determined to find the other 2 bastards, they must pay! :D

Really great to get back into this, great stuff.

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Where do I find for the side mission:

the 3 scumbag bastards who have kidnapped some girls sister ? I came across one of them and beat the shit out of that mother fucker but I have two more to find. Determined to find the other 2 bastards, they must pay! :D

Really great to get back into this, great stuff.

That mission is actually quite a long one and you can make an absolute shitload of money at the end if you do it properly. Like more money than you can make doing anything else in the game. Total easy street. I can only remember generally what to do, but anywhere here goes - (spoilers for Y2 side mission follow)

So if you've already got the first guy, I think the second guy is at the top of the map near the golf centre thing. The third guy is in the green signed building at the cross roads near the lockers. After you beat him, he'll tell you what to do next so I won't spoil that bit, but you need over 150,000 yen to do it in my version. If you've got it, let's just say don't worry about spending the money, and think how a fictional honorable gangster hero would act.

I'm sorry if my descriptions are off, I am doing another replay at the minute but I haven't got that far again this time to refresh my memory. Also I don't know if they changed it between the Japanese version and Western one. But that should be right. I mentioned on the previous page that I've spoken a fair few times to the guy who wrote the GameFAQS guides for these games, and Kenzan, and contributed a bit. He's a really nice fella and certainly knows his stuff about the game, the guides are very accurate. The only problem is some of the way they are written is a bit ambigious and he is talking about the Japanese version of the game, RGG2, and I don't know what they might have changed.

Sabreman : Yeah, with the vest, you can just pummel the shit out of him! The Sunday after the game came out, I remember getting really frustrated with that guy and eventually beating him without the vest, at about 2 in the morning having to get up for work in a few hours. On my second playthrough, I made sure to have the bulletproof jacket nice and early and took a lot of pleasure in flattening his big stupid face no problem :(

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Cheers Kinketsu, finally got that sorted and now I'm very rich :D The ending bit where

I refused her money and then got the tanka message really confused me until I just read the gamefaqs you mentioned. I looked up Tanka and knew it was to do with japanese poetry but I never thought for a second the code would be the number of syllables! :( Very clever stuff

Still loving this game though my only very small complaint would be the times where it's 'ahh i have some time to kill' where the game leaves you to your own devices until you go somewhere which triggers an event. Now admittedly the areas aren't that big so you find them eventually but it would still be nice to have an indicator or maybe even have Kazuma say something like 'i think i'll take a walk here.....' etc

Also, is there anywhere to pick up another bulletproof vest if you've dropped it by accident ? I had to unequip when I went to Komaki for training earlier but I think I discarded it instead of actually uneqipping it back into my inventory. Doh!

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Cheers Kinketsu, finally got that sorted and now I'm very rich :D The ending bit where

I refused her money and then got the tanka message really confused me until I just read the gamefaqs you mentioned. I looked up Tanka and knew it was to do with japanese poetry but I never thought for a second the code would be the number of syllables! :D Very clever stuff

Still loving this game though my only very small complaint would be the times where it's 'ahh i have some time to kill' where the game leaves you to your own devices until you go somewhere which triggers an event. Now admittedly the areas aren't that big so you find them eventually but it would still be nice to have an indicator or maybe even have Kazuma say something like 'i think i'll take a walk here.....' etc

Also, is there anywhere to pick up another bulletproof vest if you've dropped it by accident ? I had to unequip when I went to Komaki for training earlier but I think I discarded it instead of actually uneqipping it back into my inventory. Doh!

Yo yo yo! I think you can buy more bulletproof stuff

at the secret weapon shop hidden in the video shop called Beam, he also has some guns and stuff for sale and will pay a lot for certain weapons like swords

. I think it's also sometimes a drop, although very rare, or a fight club prize. The spoilered way is the best way if you must have one, at least then you know exactly where to go and how much to pay. I will say though that bulletproof gear in Y2 isn't as good as in Y1 and you probably don't need it as much. The few shooting bosses I can remember from Y2 aren't that hard to beat without bulletproof gear.

As for the bit you were speaking about in the mission above

I wondered about that, because obviously in the Japanese version, mentioning something like a certain kind of Japanese poetry as a clue is fine, but I didn't think they would keep it like that in the Western version. I assumed they'd make it a more Western clue. But it seems not!

The sub missions could be explained a bit better. But I also kind of like running around and randomly running into something unexpected. Like, have you met any of the encounter bosses yet? These are bosses who appear on the streets at certain points after you've defeated a certain number of street thugs. I think the first one is called Dynamite Joe or something and attacks you if you walk around the very top street of Kamuro (Koen dori?). They aren't particularly hard if you've leveled before meeting them, but it's a nice something extra in the game.

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Glad the game arrived Quexex, but you're missing out if you skip the side quests, some of them are the best missions in the game!

Robo_1, is this in Yakuza 2? What do you need the 100,000 yen for? Is this an early story mission or is it one of the later side missions? If it's later on and you've already unlocked the casino again, the simpliest way to make money is on roulette. If it's the story mission earlier on, I'd recommend beating a lot of people up and selling what they drop at the second hand shop.

edit : I just realised it probably is the story mission, since you mentioned mahjong. So yeah, beat people up and when they drop decent loot, sell it! Also take all the stuff you can out of the lockers and sell that too. Plus the people who you beat up often hand you around 5000 - 10000 yen anyway, so just the act of beating them up will earn you a fair amount.

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Just got my hands on Yakuza 2 and was going to play back to front ie start 2 first then go back and play 1 which I have had for a few months but never got round to playing .

I am glad I didn't as I really am enjoying Yakuza 1 and would suggest those who have not gone too far in Yakuza 2 and never played the original to try and get a copy and play that first.

I must say that Yakuza 1 must have the world record for the use of the F word in any computer game.

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Yeah the english dub for Yakuza is hilariously over the top. I especially love the way they even incorporate swearing into random battles when punks come up to you 'what the FUCK!' :P

Yakuza 2 also does have swearing too but yeah it's nowhere near as bad as 1.

The only other game I think that can give it a run for it's money in the swearing stakes is Kingpin: Life Of Crime.

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Just got my hands on Yakuza 2 and was going to play back to front ie start 2 first then go back and play 1 which I have had for a few months but never got round to playing .

I am glad I didn't as I really am enjoying Yakuza 1 and would suggest those who have not gone too far in Yakuza 2 and never played the original to try and get a copy and play that first.

I must say that Yakuza 1 must have the world record for the use of the F word in any computer game.

I think you definitely got this the right way around. Although the tweaks to the fighting system and loading etc are small, they make it more difficult to go back to Y1 after playing the second game. Plus, despite the recap at the start of 2, it's nice to already know who the characters are.

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Well i'm on Chapter 4 and have got back into the swing of the Yakuza world.Just like the last game i get hopelessly sidetracked trawling the streets,at the driving range and worst of all frittering all my money away at the hostess bars :P

The whole of the new city isn't even completely open yet and i already feel overwhelmed with the stuff to do.You really become immersed in the experience.Oh and "I peacocked your mom" :wub:

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