Parents' Guide to


By Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Japanese gang epic is violent, profound, & adult.

Game PlayStation 2 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Play Yakuza Kiwami

So you let your kid play Ryu Ga Gatoku (japanese name of the franchise get over it), at least let them play the high definition remake

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Japanese organized crime (Yakuza) is a hard-boiled genre that's long been ripe for the video game treatment. And Yakuza the game delivers with rich and intense gameplay similar to the successful Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series. Yakuza serves up an epic story with heart, multiple intersecting subplots, scores of characters, and an insanely detailed, atmospheric game world.

But the streets are harsh, and despite its ambitious storytelling, Yakuza revels in M-rated trimmings. Players can hang out at a strip club, intimidate local business owners, get in a bloody street brawl complete with graphic slow-motion attack animations, get falling-down drunk, check out some DVD pornography -- all in a night's work. It's this stuff that makes Yakuza an adults-only affair, despite its engaging, high-quality production values and story.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: October 18, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Mature Sexual Themes, Realistic Blood, Realistic Violence, Strong Language, Use of Tobacco and Alcohol
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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