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Yakuza 5's Dance Battles Sound Absolutely Incredible

Posted by Sammy Barker

Bust a move

When SEGA announced Kazuma Kiryu’s adopted daughter Haruka Sawamura was going to be a playable character in upcoming PS3 exclusive Yakuza 5, we pondered how the mild mannered teenager was going to play. We figured the former Tojo Clan chairman might have taught her the art of self-defence, but worried that fighting didn't suit her personality. Now we have a much clearer idea.

As opposed to fighting with her fists, Haruka will engage in dance battles against rival idols. You’ll have to complete rhythm mini-games based on five different musical genres: hip-hop, house, idol, jazz and rock. As in other Yakuza games, building up a meter will allow you to unleash special Heat moves – though we’re guessing these won’t involve smashing goons' faces onto the pavement.

There have been some tweaks to Yakuza 5’s traditional fighting mechanics, too. Instead of loading into separate battle arenas, fights will now break out seamlessly as you explore the world. It’s an improvement that fans of the series have been longing for ever since the franchise made the jump onto PS3.

There’s still no release date attached to Yakuza 5, but it’s expected in Japan later this year. We’ll be importing, but we’re still crossing everything for a localisation.


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User Comments (3)



ShogunRok said:

Sounds like they're cramming a hell of a lot of stuff into this one. Everything we've heard so far sounds brilliant.

Surely there's no reason for Yakuza 5 not to come to the west? 3, 4 and Dead Souls have, so I suppose it just depends if SEGA are wearing their dunce hats.



shonenjump86 said:

Yeah, I really do hope this gets released outside of Japan. I also want the HD remakes of 1 and 2 as well.

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