The last Japanese mobster game that Sega released for the PlayStation 3 came to North America noticeably scathed. Missions were missing, as were hostess clubs and any semblance of box art integrity. Fortunately, things are lookin' up for Yakuza 4.

Sega released new screen shots, new video and new, infinitely sexier box art for the forthcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive today, underscoring a game that appears to be on the right track. Sega reiterated in a release that, yes, in-game hostess clubs will remain intact in Yakuza 4.

Also available in the next Japanese gangster game will be karaoke, pachinko parlors and more Tokyo-style adult entertainment. As someone who has played Yakuza 4's sexy ping-pong mini-game and its fantasize while bathing mini-game, Sega's new commitment to Yakuza's stranger side is certainly welcome.


Yakuza 4 will be released on the PS3 in North America in spring 2011.