The Yakuza series has a few constants: burly men with tattoos, karaoke and cabaret, dramatic fist fights, and the city of Kamurocho. From Yakuza 0’s 1980s setting to Yakuza 6’s modern day, players have seen the city grow and expand, adding life and character to one of gaming’s greatest locations.
In 2011, I started to review Yakuza 4 for this very website. Countless hours later, but with the game unfinished, my PS3 died, taking my save game with it. So I never ended up reviewing it. Today, I make amends for this.
Let me tell you what I think makes a good cutscene: it's got to be something you want to watch over and over and over. Something that stands out from the routine of general gameplay, sticks in the mind and elevates a piece of story-telling from text in a bubble to something genuinely cinematic.
The past few years produced a huge amount of great games and a surprisingly decent amount of them have well-developed characters that are hard to forget. And, of course, some of them look really attractive.
These days, it seems like you cannot turn on the TV in Japan without seeing her. Her name is Mitsu Dan. She's currently Japan's biggest sex symbol, appearing in racy TV shows and even racier movies and photo spreads. But before rocketing to fame last fall, she was just another pin-up model, and her biggest role was in…
Like a few other writers here, I've been enjoying Sleeping Dogs this week. But not necessarily for its combat, or driving, or story. No, I'm enjoying it mostly because of where it's set.
When Sega held an event for Yakuza 4, it assembled the game's producer Toshihiro Nagoshi and the title's assorted cast. One of the game's biggest stars, former Morning Musume singer Mari Yaguchi, was one of the smallest.
Sega's Yakuza crime games feature a bevy of young attractive women as the in-game hostesses. Some of them are hostesses in real life. Some are college students. Some of them work in restaurants. One was even a porn star. No, now make that two.
It's an odd scene to be a part of. I was sitting on a couch in the penthouse of a Manhattan hotel, a guy who works for video game publisher Sega at my side. A bunch of other men stand near us.
Never one to shy away from real world cross promotions, Japanese crime game Yakuza: Of The End lets gamers belt out tunes that feature two of the game's characters in the cheesy sing-a-long music video.
Sega didn't think North America was ready for the female-companionship-for-money mechanic of Japan's hostess bars in Yakuza 3. They aren't making the same mistake twice. Check out the pretty ladies in "the most controversial trailer for Yakuza 4 yet."
On February 22 (NA) and February 23 (EU), a Yakuza 4 demo will punch the PlayStation Network in the face then smash a bike over its head.
The PSP2—or the NGP, as its currently codenamed—may be powerful enough to play PlayStation 3-quality games. At today's coming out party for the next-generation PlayStation Portable, Sony and friends showed just that.
Yu Darvish, the half-Japanese half-Iranian pitcher for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, is a popular guy. He's tall, handsome and a brilliant pitcher. And he's being followed by Japan's biggest voice actress.
There's a delightful little saying we have here in Australia, which goes a little something like (NSFW) "glass the c#@t". It's not pretty, but there you have it. Anyway, it features in this new trailer for Yakuza 4.
Tokyo-based Sony Computer Entertainment held its annual PlayStation Awards in which the company gives, wait for it, awards to, you guessed it, PlayStation games. The awards are given based on how titles released in Japan on PlayStation consoles did domestically.
Long a tough sell to Western gamers, Sega may actually have found a way to market the Yakuza series of crime games outside Japan: package its trailers like the hammy movies the games so dearly want to be.
This year is the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. In the latest issue of game mag Famitsu, top game designers like Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima and celebrities like popstar Mari Yaguchi congratulate the title.