Posts tagged Yakuza
While it’s been in the news for a while, Yakuza 5 had never sported a solid Japanese release date other than a vague ‘Q4 2012′ estimation. It will then delight Japanese gamers and importers to hear that the game has now been given an official release date of December 6th. This announcement comes from the Tokyo Game Show along with two new trailers. The first which of which you can see above.
Together the two trailers showcase the game’s action and plot. They also show off the diverse range of things you can actually do in the game as one of the trailers shows a fight with a bear, and later on takes you into a hostess bar for some less extreme activities. If that’s got you excited then you can see the second trailer after the jump!
Since videogame companies have learnt how to charge for old games again I never thought we’d see a full retro title as an extra in a game since Shenmue. However Sega has proven my thoughts wrong as Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu revealed that Virtua Fighter 2 will in fact be fully playable in the upcoming Yakuza 5. Keep in mind that this is the second playable game in Yakuza 5 too, as a version of Taiko Drum Master was revealed to be playable last month.
You’ll be able to access Virtua Fighter 2 in the game’s arcade. Once there you will be able to play a quick single player round with the AI, and maybe even a friend as Sega is considering a 2 player DLC add-on. It is however not known which version of the game this will be. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem, if it wasn’t for the fact that the Sega Saturn release is often considered by fans to be a sub-par port at best. When we do find out about it however, we here at Sega Addicts will be sure to report it and any over Yakuza 5 tidbit’s that happens to come our way. So stay tuned as the countdown to the Japanese (and so far only) release of Yakuza 5 draws near. Keep those fingered crossed for a Western release!
[Source: TSSZ News]
To promote the upcoming Yakuza sequel, Sega has teamed up with 5 Japanese noodle stores to give the game some cross-promotion. In the game you will be able to visit these stores which actually exist in the real world. But the promotion doesn’t end at that because Yakuza is also getting it’s own brand of real world ramen which these stores will sell. How does Yakuza themed ramen taste? Well luckily the series creator had a taste of it over at 4Gamer. (Just a heads up, you might want to use google translate on that…)
Want to see how these ramen stores will look in the actual game though? Well all you have to do is hit the jump to find out!
Still haven’t got enough high definition Yakuza action? Well Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima’s voice actors sure haven’t as they play their way through more of the upcoming HD collection in the above video. If you haven’t seen the previous video you can do so in our previous post. However be warned that these videos are in Japanese so you may want to just keep your eye on the gameplay or skip ahead.
As always I have to keep my expectations at bay because these re-releases have yet to be announced for the West. However we will keep you updated as more footage and news on these HD remakes are surfaced from the mysterious world of Japan.
[Source: Andria Sang]
With the Japanese release of Yakuza 1&2 HD coming at the end of the year Sega has taken it upon themselves to get the word out, and show off the game’s new coat of paint. To do this they got the voice actors for Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima to sit down with the game and record some brand new footage. Now being a dirty English speaking Westerner, the interview parts of the video were pretty useless to me. But if you skip to 2:15 in, you can miss all the talk and get to the juicy gameplay.
It’s always nice to get some actual non-trailer footage of a game, and this video does a good job of demonstrating the new visuals. However with no word on a US or European release all we can do at the moment is slobber in the anticipation acquired from this footage. However if something does come up you can rest assured that we here at Sega Addicts will bring you the news as soon as it’s revealed. Hopefully we should be doing that soon, and not just hoping as all Western Yakuza fans surely are now.
[Source: Andria Sang]
Sega will be showing off Yakuza 5, the Yakuza 1 & 2 HD collection, and Phantasy Star Online 2 at the Tokyo Game Show this year. Nothing surprising really, but still stuff worth getting excited for. Having never finished more than a bit of Yakuza 1, I am excited to see the HD remakes in hopes of continuing my journey through them. Yakuza 5 is looking amazing the more we see of it, and Phantasy Star Online 2 has continued to show us beautiful additions consistently. Tokyo Game Show runs from September 20-23. Knowing Sega though, they may have some surprises in store, but only time will tell. Anyone else pumped for TGS?
Sega has updated the official Japanese Yakuza 5 website with screens of the revamped battle system the game will sport when it drops in Japan later this year. While it’s not much, regarding the traditional battles at least, you can see some of the changes implemented in the shots in the source link. All enemy AI has been redone, as well as animations, and loading into battles is said to be far smoother than any game in the series before it. The biggest reveal for these battles so far is that Heat Actions have returned, with a new twist, called Climax Heat. While no real details have been given yet aside from the name, it’s easy to assume that these will be advanced Heat Actions.
The biggest news of all has been details on Haruka’s battle system. If you’ve ever played a Yakuza game and said to yourself “you know, I really wish a disco showdown would break out here”, you’re in luck, as Haruka’s gameplay is based around random enemies challenging you to rhythm-based dance battles, that look to play similarly to something like Gitaroo Man. During battles, Haruka and her opponent will be judged by spectators, which will effect your dancing, until either you or your opponent gives up.
Sega has also been revealing character profiles on their site, most recently unveiling the Tojo Clan, including everyone’s favorite eyepatched madman, Goro Majima, as well as crowdpleaser and occasional crossdresser Daigo Dojima.
All in all, it sounds like it’s going to be a fun time and I can’t wait to see more. What’s it gonna take to get you to release this thing stateside, Sega?
A famous chef in Japan, Tatsuya Kawagoe, will be making an appearance in Yakuza 5 as a character named Chef Tatsuya. The real Tatsuya Kawagoe is the CEO for a well known company and restaurant he named after himself. In Yakuza 5, Chef Tatsuya is traveling the world looking for unique menus to use on a fictional television program he appears on.
In the video above you can get a look at how the Yakuza team scans Tatsuya’s face and puts him into the game. It’s pretty interesting to see. There’s also a wee bit of Yakuza 5 footage in there.
I don’t know how well the Yakuza demographic crosses over with the rhythm game community, but it’s still cool to see some games crossing over into other worlds. An example of this would be the recent announcement of Namco Bandai’s Taiko Drum Master making a playable appearance in Yakuza 5. A mini version of the popular rhythm title can be accessed in the game’s world through the Club Sega arcade. When selected you get a choice of three song’s which are played in the typical Taiko Drum Master gameplay fashion. The series is also represented in the game as a prize in the virtual UFO Catcher machine.
Along with this announcement comes a few screenshots of the games inclusion which you can see after the jump. More >
Fans of Japanese rock will be excited as it has been revealed that Kyosuke Himuro is set to produce and provide 7 songs for the Yakuza 5 soundtrack. Kyosuke Himuro is a prolific singer-songwriter who has created the game’s opening theme ‘Bloody Moon’ with his new band Gospels of Judas.
The game will also feature 6 additional tracks from the Japanese rock sensation, which are sure to give the game a distinct flavour. But is this a flavour you want? Or would you prefer someone else as the theme composer? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Andria Sang]