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10:35 PM on 09.18.2013

Yakuza Restoration looks just gorgeous on PS4

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...

Kyle MacGregor

2:04 AM on 09.09.2013

New Yakuza title for PS4: Yakuza Ishin

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...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 08.19.2013

Yahooza! Sega announces Yakuza Restoration

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...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 08.15.2013

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

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...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 08.11.2013

Play Yakuza 1 & 2 massage sub-stories in private on Wii U

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...

Wesley Ruscher

9:45 AM on 08.09.2013

'Surprise' Yakuza announcement coming August 18th

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 ...

Chris Carter





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