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12:30 AM on 06.26.2013

Yakuza 1&2 HD ad features a broken marriage, or something

Yakuza and Yakuza 2 are getting the HD treatment, though as it stands the bundle is exclusive to both the Wii U and Japan. Because I'm still bitter about Valkyria Chronicles, I'll just assume they're never coming stateside b...

Steven Hansen

8:30 AM on 05.20.2013

This Yakuza 1 & 2 Wii U trailer has me nostalgic

A few days ago we got a look at the upcoming Yakuza 1 & 2 HD re-release for the Wii U, and now, the full trailer is ready for eyeball consumption. As is the case with any Yakuza game, it shows off some insane gameplay va...

Chris Carter

11:45 AM on 05.17.2013

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD announced for Wii U ... in Japan

With all of the Nintendo Direct news to have come out this morning, it's been a busy day for Sega. ("Sega Direct," indeed.) One of the more interesting games shown off is, regrettably, exclusive to Japan. Yakuza 1 & 2 HD...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 04.27.2013

SEGA wants YOU to design a new mascot!

[Boxer Hockey by Tyson Hesse] You think it's easy to just poop out a new character design and turn it into the new face of your company? Think Sonic The Hedgehog was whipped up, red shoes and everything, with as much thought ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 02.26.2013

This is how to prevent a suicide in Yakuza 4

The Yakuza series is full of oddball missions but the suicide negotiator in Yakuza 4 takes the cake for being the most obscene. The protagonist is asked to talk a suicide jumper down from a highrise, only to end up in a fist...

Allistair Pinsof

3:00 PM on 11.21.2012

Japanese PSN gets Yakuza 5 demo next week

You know what to do, Yakuza fans. Get that Japanese PSN login fired up for next week, as the first Yakuza 5 demo will launch then. Gematsu says that you'll play as Kazuma Kiryu in some of the game's earlier stages in Nagasuga...

Dale North





11:30 AM on 10.10.2012

This Yakuza 5 limited edition PS3 is hideous

Someone thought it was a good idea to take the already weird looking new PS3 and barf up little gold-colored emblems on it as a special edition release for Yakuza 5. I found this ghoul of a game system on Sega Japan...

Dale North



TGS: Kickin' it with Kazuma the cabbie in Yakuza 5  photo
TGS: Kickin' it with Kazuma the cabbie in Yakuza 5
by Dale North

There's no questioning that Yakuza series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu is a badass of the highest order, but his first appearance in a Tokyo Game Show demo of upcoming PS3 game Yakuza 5 has him in a cab driver's uniform. Yep, the Dragon of Dojima is a taxi driver. 

My first thought: Oh no they didn't!

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TGS: Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition looks like Yakuza 3 photo
TGS: Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition looks like Yakuza 3
by Conrad Zimmerman

I took a few minutes today at Tokyo Game Show to have a peek at how the HD re-release of the first two installments in the Yakuza series are shaping up. It's looking good, folks. Crisp and sexy, I think players will struggle to tell the difference between this release and the later installments developed for the PlayStation 3. I couldn't, after all.

That is to say, I couldn't tell the difference in terms of assets like characters and environments. The user interface elements appeared to be placeholders in the demo, looking a little crude. I do hope sincerely that these are just temporary because they stick out like sore thumbs against the otherwise stellar presentation. 

Regardless, it's looking like a great opportunity for players who haven't been introduced to Yakuza to get on board and have a more consistent experience across the whole series. I'm pretty sure I'll pick it up. Of course, this means that I'll start from the beginning of the series again and, therefore, have to start Yakuza 3 for about the fifteenth time. I'm never going to finish that game at this rate.

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11:00 AM on 08.22.2012

Yakuza 5: Haruka's dance off battle system

If you've been following Yakuza 5 you'll know that series character Haruka is all grown up now. And what do grown up girls do as primary characters in a fighting game about Japan's crime underworld? They dance! Sega has revea...

Dale North

2:00 PM on 08.08.2012

Play Taiko Drum Master in Yakuza 5

Weird! You know how you can visit arcades in the Yakuza games to play Sega titles? This week's Famitsu announces a collaboration between Sega and Namco Bandai that puts super-Japanese rhythm game Taiko Drum Master in Yak...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 08.06.2012

Yakuza producer teases an announcement for tomorrow

I need another Yakuza game like I need another corgi, which means that I really need another Yakuza game. Fellow fans might be in luck, as series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has teased in a new blog post that we'll get some ki...

Dale North

3:30 PM on 07.19.2012

First trailer for Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition

SEGA has made a formal announcement regarding Yakuza 1 & 2 HD, discovered by attentive internet users last week, confirming the upcoming release. They also passed along a first trailer and have opened up a dedicated site...

Conrad Zimmerman



Hong Kong: The city that defined console generations photo
Hong Kong: The city that defined console generations
by Allistair Pinsof

With support from our partner, Intel, we're exploring how technology is evolving and improving the gaming experience. The company's goal is to develop tools that, in the right hands, allow us to play new and exciting games.

Hong Kong is a playground for the eyes where every street and alley gives way to more visual information than our mind knows how to process. Considering Hong Kong and similar Asian metropolises overheat our internal hardware, it should be no surprise that virtual recreations of these cities serve as a the perfect processing benchmark for console generations. The numerous neon signs, towering buildings, intricate street structure, complex lighting, and dense population of Hong Kong and Chinatowns across the world pose a challenge to the processing power of each console generation.

With Sleeping Dogs bringing a more faithful representation of these cityscapes than ever achieved before, now seems like a good time to look back at the history of Asian metropolises in games. From Deus Ex to Yakuza, these games have given us some of the most memorable virtual playgrounds in the medium. But, let’s take off the rose-tinted glasses and compare these game locales to more recent ones and the actual cities themselves.

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Yakuza 1 & 2 HD release details leaked via Sega's site photo
Yakuza 1 & 2 HD release details leaked via Sega's site
by Allistair Pinsof

Thanks to the incompetent folks at Sega, we have details on a PS2-era Yakuza HD collection earlier than they'd probably like. A listing for "Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition" went up on their site and was quickly taken down, this morning. The game is slated for a December 1st release on PS3 for $65 (5,229 yen), according to the listing.

This news makes me want to pick-up a vending machine and toss it at a random pedestrian. Yakuza 1 & 2 came out late in the PlayStation 2's lifecycle, making them perfect for an HD release. They are full of detail that would really benefit from a higher resolution. Hopefully, Sega will lower the price and release it digitally if they ever bring this collection to the West.

[via NeoGAF]

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12:15 PM on 07.12.2012

Japanese social games funded by Yakuza, says expert

Yakuza, Japan's mafia, has a long history with games: card games, Pachinko machines, and now social gaming. Some of Japan's current social games, including one about Yakuza, are funded by Japan's mafia, according to Tokyo Vic...

Allistair Pinsof