Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Yakuza

(PlayStation 4 Review) Yakuza 5

(PlayStation 4 Review) Yakuza 5

“… worth the wait.”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

Yakuza 5 now available on PSN for PS3

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Combat Screenshots Announcement - Screenshot 24

Yakuza 5 is out! After announcing its launch date on Saturday, Sega has released the download-only title on PSN. In the crime-themed, open-world action title, players control five characters who are being drawn into the underworld. Some, including series regulars Kazuma Kiryu and Taiga Saejima, have tried to leave that life behind, while others find themselves caught up in recent events. In addition to busting heads, players can also engage in a variety of mini-games, such as drag racing and gambling.

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PlayStation 3 News

Yakuza 0 coming to North America, Yakuza 5 launching next week

Yakuza 0 (PS4) Announcement - Screenshot 1

During Sony’s PlayStation Experience livestream, Atlus revealed two bits of Yakuza-related news: the first is that the studio will be bringing Yakuza 0 stateside both physically and digitally for PS4, and secondly, Yakuza 5’s will be released on December 8. Yakuza 0 will take players back to December 1988 as they take a young Kazuma Kiryu through the streets of Tokyo in a bid to regain his honor. He must fight to restore his name after a simple debt collection ends in murder. Another story will see players control Goro Majima, the Mad Dog of Shimano, as he attempts to rejoin his clan. Combat styles will be switchable on the fly, and players will be able to earn cash from Telephone Clubs, Pocket Circuit car races, and Disco Halls.

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New Yakuza 5 screenshots highlight extended cast

Yakuza 5 (PS3) NPC Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

After introducing players to the game’s five protagonists, Sega is now focusing on some of Yakuza 5’s secondary characters. The first is Masaru Watase, a hotshot lieutenant for the Omi Alliance itching for a gang war. Looking to stop him and his ilk is a mysterious Osaka detective who uses clues to manipulate the main characters. Sosuke Komaki is a flannel-loving trainer who is helping Kiryu. On the other end of the spectrum are Goro Majima, an enforcer for the Shimano Family, and Hiroshi Kugihara, a mutilated, deranged inmate out to terrorize Saejima during his stint. Even more of the extended cast is featured in the dozen new screenshots posted below.

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PlayStation 3 News

Time to put some fists to faces in new Yakuza 5 screenshots

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Combat Screenshots Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sega has released a new set of screenshots showcasing the combat system in Yakuza 5. In the upcoming crime thriller, each of the five protagonists has their own unique fighting style, special abilities, and skills. In addition, players can also grab a variety of ad hoc weapons to help them crush their enemies, including bicycles, pliers, and street signs. Sega’s recent livestream demonstrating the gameplay has been archived to their Youtube channel, while the next session is set to air today at 1:30 p.m. (CST) on their Twitch channel. Over 25 shots have been posted.

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Even gangsters need to blow off some steam in Yakuza 5

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Minigame Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sega has released nearly 20 screenshots highlighting the various side activities in Yakuza 5. From racing chickens to bowling, playing pool, fishing, or trying their luck with a UFO catcher to win a snazzy statue, players will have plenty to do when they aren’t out and about Yakuza-ing it up. An archive of the last livestream, which runs an hour and a half long, has also been posted on the official Youtube channel and below along with the pictures. To catch the streams live, head over to and bookmark Sega’s Twitch channel.

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Yakuza 5 protagonists detailed, 20 new screenshots posted

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Character Info - Screenshot 5 (Akiyama)

Sega has detailed the five protagonists of Yakuza 5. Each character will follow their own storyline, and below you’ll find info on all five: Kazuma Kiryu, Taiga Saejima, Haruka Sawamura, Shun Akiyama, and Tatsuo Shinada. New screenshots were released alongside the info, showing a little of everything, including cinematics, dialog, and exploration.

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PlayStation 3 News

Sega releases new screens, final developer interview for Yakuza 5

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Video Series 3 Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sega has released the third and final entry in their developer interview for Yakuza 5. The ending interview is with general director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Masayoshi Yokoyama, and covers the game’s themes, music, and impending Western release. If you’ve missed the first two parts, head over to part 1 and then part 2. Also, while an exact release date is still unknown, the game has gone up for pre-order, and it was revealed today that early buyers will receive a 15% discount and the Fulfiller of Dreams static theme. New screenshots were also released, as well as a look at the theme.

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Sega releases second video in interview series for Yakuza 5

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Video Series 2 Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sega has released the second video of their ongoing series exploring the themes and history of Yakuza 5. The first, released last April, offered an overview of the storyline and inspirations behind the series, while the latest interview, with developers Mr. Nagoshi and Mr. Yokoyama, covers the character designs, hostess clubs, and new cities. The two also touch on the series’ appeal to Western audiences.

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PlayStation 3 News

Catch up with Yakuza with new video series, World of Yakuza 5

Yakuza 5 (PS3) Video Series Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sega is laying the groundwork for the return of Yakuza with the first of a three-part video series, Welcome to the World of Yakuza 5. The nearly six-minute-long video features Sony’s Director of Third Party Production and Developer Relations Gio Corsi interviewing Yakuza 5’s General Director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama. Topics covered include what the duo value most as creators, the storyline, and the inspiration behind the series.

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