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Sega is teasing a new Yakuza reveal for August 24

Any guesses?
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Are you itching for more Yakuza? Sega has created a new teaser site it seems that will announce a new Yakuza project on August 24. Whether it's a remake or completely new title is unknown, but something is going to happe...
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There's a brand new Yakuza game in production

No more zombies, please
Jun 30
// Brittany Vincent
Hope you're ready for another dose of Yakuza (that you can't have.) A recent interview with producer Masayoshi Yokoyama and series supervisor Toshihiro Nagoshi has revealed that the latest entry in the Yakuza series is well u...
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Yakuza Restoration

Yakuza Ishin came to PS3 & PS4 to do right by fans, just not western ones

Please understand
Apr 25
// Steven Hansen
Yakuza Ishin, released in concert with the PS4 in Japan as the best selling (not-bundled) software, is probably never releasing outside of Japan. SEGA sidestepped localizing Yakuza 5 to put all its efforts towards developing ...
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PS4 Japan launch

Bundle bump: Knack was the best selling Japanese PS4 game

Taking third & fourth...Killzone and Battlefield?
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
So, one of the reasons for the delayed PS4 launch in Japan was the games lineup, right? They had to get more games for that audience? I'm not sure how good of a job they did if Battlefield 4 and Killzone Shadow Fall still cra...
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Yakuza Ishin

Yakuza Ishin gets a PS4 launch trailer

Just in time for the PS4's Japanese launch
Feb 21
// Chris Carter
The Yakuza series is basically on life support (or dead) in the west, but it's still going strong in Japan. Set to coincide with the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Japan tomorrow, Yakuza Ishin has a brand new trailer to show off some of the game's more emotional moments. Yakuza can basically do no wrong for me, so I'm definitely going to import this at some point in the future.

PS3 and PS4 versions of Yakuza: Ishin compared

Which one will you get?
Jan 21
// Dale North
If any of you fellow Yakuza fans want to see how different the PS3 and PS4 versions of upcoming game Yakuza: Ishin will be, check out this newly released video from Sega. You'll want to jump to about the 3:13 mark to se...
Yakuza Restoration photo
Yakuza Restoration

Yakuza Ishin has fishing, gardening and sexy brothels

The hostess with the mostest
Jan 16
// Steven Hansen
Quick, which of those three caught your attention? Fishing and gardening, for me. This video offers a meaty look at Sega's upcoming Yakuza Ishin, which Dale raved about at TGS. I have to admit, that world looks like it'd be ...
Yakuza Restoration photo
Yakuza Restoration

Yakuza Restoration has a character that uses a cannon

Ryoma sounds pretty badass
Jan 08
// Chris Carter
A new developer video has surfaced for Yakuza Restoration, and it shows off a great deal of the nuts and bolts of the game (like skills and the XP system), as well as a character named Ryoma who can use a ton of oddball weap...

A full 10-minute Yakuza Ishin trailer to have a fit over

Oct 04
// Dale North
Yakuza Ishin (Yakuza Restoration) was one of the best things I saw at Tokyo Game Show this year. They showed  quick couple of minutes of the game in their TGS trailer online, but us at the show got an eyeful.  Now ...
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Yakuza 5

Sega presently has no plans to localize Yakuza 5

Yakuza Studio focused on next project
Sep 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Yakuza Studio has  no plans to localize Yakuza 5 for western audiences, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi recently told Edge. Despite demand for an international release, the developer is currently focused on its next pro...

Yakuza Restoration looks incredible

But not playable at TGS :(
Sep 20
// Dale North
Look at the beautiful screenshots in our gallery of newly announced game Yakuza Restoration, known here as Ryugagotku Ishin. Announced here at TGS, the game is coming to PS3, Vita, and PS4. You can bet the shiny ones are fro...
Yakuza Restoration photo
Yakuza Restoration

Yakuza Restoration looks just gorgeous on PS4

Coming in 2014
Sep 18
// Kyle MacGregor
In a surprise move that surprised absolutely no one, Sega recently unveiled a new entry in its criminal action series entitled Yakuza Restoration. Today, we get our first look at the upcoming game, which eschews its pre...

New Yakuza title for PS4: Yakuza Ishin

Sep 09
// Dale North
A new Yakuza game was announced for PS4 this morning during Sony's pre-TGS press conference. The time period is not as you'd expect in Yakuza: Ishin. This game is set at the end of Edo period, located in Kyoto. It tells the s...
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Yakuza Restoration

Yahooza! Sega announces Yakuza Restoration

Not that we've seen Yakuza 5 localized or anything
Aug 19
// Steven Hansen
Sega followed up on its announcement of a "surprise" announcement by announcing Yakuza Ishin; or Yakuza Restoration, according to Siliconera. Presently, this is only announced for Japan. Isn't a surprise announcement no longe...
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Yakuza 1 & 2 HD

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD sells very poorly in its first week

Remember, it was supposed to be an experiment
Aug 15
// Chris Carter
The Wii U port sales woes continue with Yakuza 1 & 2 HD, as the game reportedly shipped less than 2000 copies in its first week in Japan. Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi stated in the past that the release is an "experi...
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Play Yakuza 1 & 2 massage sub-stories in private on Wii U

New details emerge for the HD upgrade
Aug 11
// Wesley Ruscher
While playing all those saucy hostess club sub-stories in private in the Yakuza 1 & 2 HD remake due later this year was already known -- thanks to this uncomfortably strange trailer -- a recent interview in Fami...
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'Surprise' Yakuza announcement coming August 18th

I hope it's a localization of the Wii U HD remake
Aug 09
// Chris Carter
Gematsu is reporting that Sega is planning a "surprise announcement" at their Yakuza Character General Election on August 18th, which will be viewable outside of the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. While the election is basically ...
Yakuza 1&2 HD ad photo
Yakuza 1&2 HD ad

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

Nintendo still advertising GamePad play while Yakuza still emphasizes hostess play
Jun 26
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Yakuza 1 & 2

This Yakuza 1 & 2 Wii U trailer has me nostalgic

Do we have a chance for an international release?
May 20
// Chris Carter
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...
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Yakuza 1 & 2 HD announced for Wii U ... in Japan

May 17
// Jordan Devore
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...
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SEGA mascot contest

SEGA wants YOU to design a new mascot!

Winning design will become the star of a new SEGA-produced web show
Apr 27
// Tony Ponce
[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 ...
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Don't kill yourself

This is how to prevent a suicide in Yakuza 4

If only police were so honorable in the States
Feb 26
// Allistair Pinsof
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...

Japanese PSN gets Yakuza 5 demo next week

Leave the bears alone!
Nov 21
// Dale North
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...

This Yakuza 5 limited edition PS3 is hideous

Oct 10
// Dale North
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...

TGS: Kickin' it with Kazuma the cabbie in Yakuza 5

Sep 21 // Dale North
It's cool. No worries. As any series fan would guess, Kazuma's help is needed once again. While cleaning his taxi cab with a feather duster (really!), two suits approach him and try to get him to help out with an urgent matter. But after some impassioned pleas and a bit of a tussle in an really dramatic cutscene, Kazuma...stands his ground. But you know where this is going.  Under the goofy vest-and-slacks taxi driver uniform (yes, that's really a thing here in Japan) is still the same hard-ass gangster we've grown to love over the past four games. The TGS demo has him running around his new stomping grounds of Fukuoka to meet up with the same gents that pleaded with him earlier. A brand new game engine for the series makes it debut with Yakuza 5, and I could see it at work while running through town. Surroundings looked more lively than in previous games, and NPCs seemed a tad more human. Even Kazuma's movement seemed slightly different, though I couldn't put my finger on what had changed.  Despite living in a new town, thugs and gangsters still pop up to impede Kazuma's progress. It wouldn't be a Yakuza game without some asshole jumping into his path to pick a fight, right? In battle, things are mostly as they have been for the past PS3 releases. I did notice that fights look better, and Kazuma seems to get around with more ease. I could also see that new engine at work in these brawls; movements were smoother, and attacks and combos seemed to string together a touch easier.  It's still the same old fighting system at its core, though it feels more confident. I jumped right into the combo moves I already knew without issue, and really enjoyed seeing some of the finishers they lined up for this demo. I laughed out loud when Kazuma took the face of one hoodied thug and scrubbed it back and forth against the rough pavement until it left a half-circle trail of crimson. Everything seems a touch more dynamic in fights, from standard attacks to grappling close-up Climax Heat finishers. I don't know what they've changed exactly, but I like it.  I loved even more that Kazuma smoked a cigarette with a smug look on his face after each victory. Classic. Though I'll have to chalk some of this up to being unfinished, there were some weird loading issues before fights where the game looked like it might have frozen. Some soupy slowdown also popped up while navigating town. Finally, some nasty textures stuck out in some environments. They have until December, so it's likely that work is still ongoing.  Aside from this demo, I also had a chance to spend a few minutes checking out some Haruka gameplay, though I missed out on the promised rhythm gaming battle play. She ranks up in Yakuza 5, returning as a playable character this time around. She has grown up a bit and moved out of the home to live in Osaka, where she hopes to become an idol. I didn't have a chance to finish this demo, but I did see that she was roped into being the second half of a comedy duo. During their stage act, I had to pick from multiple choice responses after being given cues from her comedy partner. Funny answers bumped up a laughter meter, but I didn't manage to make her quite funny enough to win the crowd over. Yakuza 5 is more of the same, but that all that series fans are really asking for. I'm certain that Sega will localize this game and bring it westward. Here's hoping that this process has already started.

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!


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...


Yakuza 5: Haruka's dance off battle system

Aug 22
// Dale North
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...

Play Taiko Drum Master in Yakuza 5

Aug 08
// Dale North
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...

Yakuza producer teases an announcement for tomorrow

Aug 06
// Dale North
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...

First trailer for Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition

Jul 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...

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