The Yakuza series’ merger of story, exploration and bone-breaking combat has made for some of the best games I’ve ever played, including this year’s wonderful Yakuza 0. Last week, at E3, I had hands-on time with Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It was awesome.
Wonder what action-adventure games are most popular in Japan? Let’s find out! There might be some surprises... Then again, there might not.
In the Yakuza games, psychotic Goro Majima is known as “Mad Dog of Shimano” for good reason: He’s violent and bonkers. He’s also a fan favorite, which might explain the adorable birthday messages for the character.
In Japan, tattoos and the yakuza often seem inseparable. Not every gangster has a tattoo and not everyone with a full bodysuit is a gangster, but when pop culture depicts the underworld, anti-heroes come fully inked. Case in point, the Yakuza games.
The best thing about Yakuza 0 isn’t just that it’s a damn fine video game, it’s that it serves as the perfect entry point for newcomers to a series that is thick on gangster lore. Once you’re done, the credits roll and you are mad for more Yakuza, though, you’re left with a question: what Yakuza game do I play next?
Roaming Yakuza 0's busy streets is wonderful. It’s full of neon lights and interesting characters. Open worlds can struggle to find the right balance of character and curiosity but Yakuza’s Kamurucho district has both. We take a closer look at how the setting grabs player interest in this critical video.
The following gif from Yakuza 0 explains why I am purchasing a corded phone and demonstrates how I will be answering it for the rest of my life.
When video games depict a musical performance, they usually half-ass the animations. The drummer waggles his sticks around, the guitarist scrubs at the strings, the sax player sways like a drinking bird. Not Yakuza 0, man. This game takes musicians seriously.
Not only is Yakuza a good time, but it’s glitches and bugs can be, too. And here are the best ones of all.
This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, Jason’s out so I’m joined by our own Luke Plunkett to talk Nintendo Switch, Yakuza 0, and the hard rain of big new games coming out of Japan.
You no longer have an excuse not to play a Yakuza game.
The day before Yakuza 6 comes out in Japan, its release in South Korea has been cancelled. It was supposed to come out in 2017. In an official release (via tipster Sang), PlayStation Korea said the decision was “due to the nature of the content.” Hrm...
Never! Because in the Yakuza 6 demo, you don’t even need punches and kicks to wreak havoc on in-game convenience stores. You can just run up to them and watch stuff start flying.
Yakuza 6 and original Yakuza remake Yakuza Kiwami—the latest in the Sega-made crime series beloved in Japan and in the Luke Plunkett household—are coming to the West on PS4. Summer for Kiwami. Early 2018 for Yakuza 6 according to Sega.
If you don’t like Yakuza games then...look, I don’t know how or where you can get the help that you need, I just know that you need it.
Sega’s Yakuza is getting a live-action drama in Japan. Details are scant, but it was announced in a recent live stream with Yakuza produce Toshihiro Nagoshi.
Previous Yakuza games let players talk with virtual hostesses in bars and clubs. As a sign of the times, the upcoming entry in the long-running series features cam girls. Yep.
Check out the latest trailer for PS4 exclusive Yakuza 6, which will be out in Japan on December 8. It’s slated to be the last entry in the Kazuma Kiryu saga. No word yet on a Western release.
Because it’s a prequel set in the 1980s, Yakuza 0 is hopefully going to be the perfect place for newcomers to jump into Sega’s story-heavy world of brutal combat and dumb-ass minigames. Because the more people who play Yakuza, the better.