1UP writes: "Yakuza 2 has the unfortunate status of being a late sequel to a niche title (the first Yakuza released in the U.S. two years ago, and the Japanese version of this sequel is actually two years old as well), because it's a very good game that's somewhat held back by its outdated PS2 hardware.
Yakuza 2 released in Japan just one year after the original, yet the developers still managed due diligence in making a lot of tweaks based on feedback from the previous game. The combat remains viciously brutal and eminently playable, sporting new tweaks and additions such as occasional quick-time-event sequences -- scenarios where you fight alongside a friendly character and can perform joint attacks. It also handles fighting multiple foes in different directions much better (just flick the analog stick while pulling off attacks). The load times are much improved (some random battles are near-instant now, thankfully), and it's got even more minigames, such as mahjong and managing your own hostess club. The number of side quests receives a healthy boost as well; in fact, some of these diversions are better than the main storyline (at one point, you literally fight a gang of man-babies in a giant playpen, and it's pretty awesome)."