After four main games and two spin-offs, you probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Yakuza 5: weapon-filled brawling action across Japan's major metropolitan areas. While brutal and cinematic, the brawling aspect is only the smallest part of what you can do in Yakuza 5.


Many side activities return from past games such as the series' infamous hostess clubs. And new activities include hitting up a local Sega arcade for some Taiko Drum Master or Virtua Fighter 2, tweeting about the strange events you see on the streets between story missions, or running around with a ramen cart. You can even take a break from the cityscape to go hunting.

But perhaps the oddest new gameplay aspect comes from Kiryu's new job as a taxi driver. You can either take random passengers from place to place in a mini-game where you are judged by how smooth the ride is and how well you follow traffic laws—making it pretty much the polar opposite of Crazy Taxi—or perform street races in your taxi cab.

To see how Yakuza 5 looks in action, check out the video above.

Yakuza 5 was released in Japan on December 6, 2012, for the PlayStation 3. There is currently no word on a Western release.