Yakuza - News

August2017

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June2017

  • News Anticipate New Yakuza Information in Two Months

    Gangster's paradise

    SEGA’s busy beavering away on a new Yakuza game, and we’ll get all of the details in about two months, according to series chief Toshihiro Nagoshi. That would peg the news at late August to early September, which is around about when Sony typically holds its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, so we suspect that’s where...

  • News Sing the Song of Life with 15 Minutes of Yakuza 6

    Streets of rage

    What a time to be alive! If the excellent Yakuza 0 and upcoming Yakuza Kiwami weren’t already enough, SEGA is bringing Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to the PlayStation 4 next year. And via IGN, here’s our first look at the English language version of the game. It sure looks like Yakuza alright, but series veterans will notice a...

  • E3 2017 Kaz Is Looking Old and Out of Patience in New Yakuza 6 Trailer

    Old boy

    Age is just a number, and that's a motto Kazuma Kiryu seems to live by in Yakuza 6. The latest entry in the series, Kaz is getting on in years by the time that this new story unfolds. Haruka's in hospital, she's got a kid, and the Dragon of Dojima's out to find the father - it's a setup that we can't wait to watch unfurl. Give the game's E3...

  • E3 2017 New Yakuza Kiwami Trailer Reminds Us Kaz Is Coming Back to PS4 Very Soon

    These fists never rest

    You've already had one incredible Yakuza experience earlier in the year courtesy of Yakuza 0, but the Dragon of Dojima isn't ready to rest just yet. In just a couple of months, SEGA's series returns to PlayStation 4 with Yakuza Kiwami - a remake of the very first Yakuza game that originally launched back on the PlayStation 2...

April2017

  • News A New Yakuza Game Is In Development, May Not Star Kazuma Kiryu

    Sleeping dragon

    The Yakuza series isn't one to take a break, and although protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's story comes to an end in Yakuza 6 - due out over here in 2018 - series general director Toshihiro Nagoshi has confirmed that another game is currently in the works. According to a translation of Nagoshi's comments by Gematsu, the eccentric developer...

  • News Yakuza Kiwami Goes Back to the Beginning on 29th August

    Pre-order for a steelbook case

    We're all massive Yakuza fanboys here at Push Square Towers, and we're not ashamed to admit it. The good news is that, with the release of Yakuza 0, there are now a lot more followers of Kazuma Kiryu and crew than there used to be, which means you may be excited to learn that Yakuza Kiwami is launching on 29th August...

February2017

  • News Now's Your Chance to Catch Up on All the Yakuza Games

    Feeling Japanese

    At long last, the Yakuza series has stepped out of its underground mire and into the mainstream, which means that it's a perfect time for you to polish off Yakuza 0 and pick up every entry in the series. And here's the ideal opportunity: one quick-thinking retailer has ordered retail reprints of the entire series thus far, meaning...

January2017

  • Feature 5 Reasons Why Kazuma Kiryu Is the Hardest Man on PlayStation

    Don't mess

    There's no point in denying it: we have a massive man-crush on Yakuza protagonist Kazuma Kiryu here at Push Square. We've known the guy since the days of the PlayStation 2, and our admiration seems to grow with every new Yakuza title that makes its way to Western shores. For the heathens among you who don't know who Kazuma Kiryu is,...

  • News Yakuza 0 Grabs Free DLC and a Launch Trailer

    Showtime

    Hey, Yakuza 0 is out today, and we highly recommend it. The PlayStation 4 exclusive has seemingly pushed the niche series into the corner of the mainstream eye for the first time in forever, and as far as we're concerned, any success that it finds is well deserved. The game's launch trailer is short but sweet, showing off all the stuff...

  • Video Cash in with Two Hours of Yakuza 0 PS4 Gameplay

    Kaz-tastic

    We've already established that Yakuza 0 is basically the second best thing on Earth after a big bowl of ramen, but perhaps you still need some convincing. Well, we played through two hours of the title live on our YouTube channel last night, and we've archived the stream above for your on-demand viewing pleasure. Sold yet?

  • Video Four of the Best Minigames in Yakuza 0 on PS4

    Totally dumb fun

    The Yakuza series has always revelled in ridiculous minigames - and Yakuza 0 has the best selection of the bunch. Seriously, you can spend hours at a time hopping from one activity to the next, but in our latest video, we've tried to narrow down our four favourite time sinks. We'll warn you now, though - some of this footage won't...

  • Hands On Yakuza 0 Proves the Series Still Packs One Hell of a Punch on PS4

    80s revival

    Kazuma Kiryu knows how to have a good time. The Yakuza series' central protagonist likes to run around red light districts kicking the absolute crap out of anyone that gets in his way, and then when's he's cracked enough skulls for one night, he hits the nearest karaoke bar to belt out a few bangers. Just 20 years old in Yakuza 0, Kaz...

December2016

  • News SEGA's Having Fun with Yakuza 0's Promotional Trailers

    Business card battles

    What in the world is this? SEGA's released probably the stupidest video in the history of the company – and yes, we've seen those old Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog ads. This clip is designed to promote Yakuza 0's Business Edition, which can be yours if you pre-order the title in North America ahead of its January launch. The...

  • News Here's a Look at the Bone-Crunching Combat of Yakuza 0 on PS4

    Brutally beautiful

    You don't know the joy of the Yakuza games until you've pulled off one of Kazuma Kiryu's disgustingly bad ass heat moves. Fortunately, SEGA's released a new trailer for Yakuza 0, which is full of the things. Watching them isn't quite as satisfying as actually using them, but you'll at least get a sense for the brutality that...

  • PSX 2016 We're Now Getting Three New Yakuza Games on PS4 Here in the West

    Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Kiwami both confirmed

    When it rains it pours, as they say. We already know that Yakuza 0, the prequel starring a younger Kazuma Kiryu set in the 80s, is coming West in January next year on PlayStation 4. However, earlier today at Sony's PlayStation Experience press conference, the company revealed that both full-blown...

November2016

October2016

  • News Yakuza 6 Scores a Snazzy PS4 Hardware Bundle

    But it ain't a PS4 Pro

    We're not entirely convinced that we understand Sony's decision to promote the PlayStation 4 Slim ahead of the impending PS4 Pro, but we're sure that it's all part of some masterplan. Nevertheless, the platform holder will be spotlighting the diminutive device ahead of its triple-tiered brother for the release of Yakuza 6,...

  • News Yakuza 0 Trailer Shows Why You Don't Mess with Goro Majima

    Keep one eye open

    Mad dog Majima is back as one of two playable characters in Yakuza 0, and the PlayStation 4 exclusive's latest trailer highlights the story behind this deadly gangster boss. As you'd expect of the superb series, the narrative teasers that are dropped in the video seem mighty promising, and quite frankly, we can't wait to get...

September2016

  • News Yakuza 0 Grabs a Day One Edition on PS4

    Plus a new English trailer

    We've been watching so much Yakuza 6 gameplay recently that we almost forgot Yakuza 0 is heading West early next year. Featuring a much younger Kazuma Kiryu, this should prove to be another memorable romp through Japan's seedy underbelly. You can learn more about our legendary protagonist and the sticky situation that...

  • News Yakuza 6 Has Kitty Cafés, Livecam Girls, and Virtua Fighter 5

    Play time

    If you weren't already hyped for Yakuza 6, then take a look at its roster of minigames. SEGA's seedy series has always prided itself on its various side-activities – Yakuza 5, incredibly, had a first-person snowball fight deathmatch arena, for example – but it looks like the latest entry in the series will take things to the next...

  • TGS 2016 Yakuza 6 Sparkles in 17 Minute PS4 Gameplay Demo

    Kamuroch-oh

    Yakuza 6 is the first entry in the storied series to be developed natively for the PlayStation 4, and it really shows – the game looks stunning. In this 17 minute live gameplay demo from the Tokyo Game Show, we see seasoned protagonist Kazuma Kiryu exploring a glittery Kamurocho. And the clip ends with a bit of weight training,...

August2016

  • News SEGA Wants All Numbered Yakuza Games on PS4

    But no firm plans right now

    Are you eager to get into the Yakuza franchise but not sure where to get started? Series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has hinted that SEGA wants to bring all numbered entries to the PlayStation 4 following the success of the first game's remake, Yakuza Kiwami. This means that the publisher wants to find a way to port...

July2016

June2016

  • E3 2016 Rip Off Your Shirt and Watch Yakuza 0's Latest Trailer

    Like a dragon

    Amid all of the new announcements, we almost – emphasis: almost – forgot about Yakuza 0, the 80s-inspired entry in the cult Ryu ga Gotoku franchise. But to whet your appetite ahead of the PlayStation 4 exclusive's early 2017 release – and because everyone needs a little Kazuma Kiryu in their lives – here's the title's latest...

March2016

  • News Yakuza 0 Heats Up European PS4s in 2017

    Getting a physical release, too

    A collective sigh of relief was let out around the Push Square office this afternoon as SEGA revealed that Yakuza 0 will be coming to Europe after all. Previously, the prequel was only confirmed for a North American launch in the West, which understandably had European fans a little on edge. The good news doesn't...

January2016

  • News Drool Over 40 Minutes of Yakuza 6 PS4 Gameplay

    Kiryu go

    Yakuza is one of the few franchises that Push Square Towers collectively adores, so you're right to assume that we watched this 43 minute gameplay video from Yakuza 6 with our jaws agape. The game looks so bloody good – and according to creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, the PlayStation 4 exclusive is still a long way from being finished. Hnngh...

  • News Yakuza 6 Drags the Series Kicking and Screaming into 2016

    Feeling the heat

    Regular readers will know that we're gigantic fans of the Yakuza franchise here at Push Square Towers, but even we have to admit that the series has aged poorly. The PlayStation 3 entries, while vibrant, were essentially up-ressed PlayStation 2 games, and the current crop of PlayStation 4 titles all run on the same engine, too...

December2015

  • News Yakuza: Kiwami Lands an Extreme Eight Minute Trailer

    Gangster's paradise

    It's been an amazing week for the underrated Yakuza series, with Yakuza 5 launching on the PlayStation 3, Yakuza Zero being announced for Western release, Yakuza 6 landing its first trailer… And now Yakuza: Kiwami, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 remake of Yakuza, scoring an eight minute story trailer. Are you keeping up?...

  • News Yakuza 6 Looks Drop Dead Gorgeous on PS4

    Oh, Kamurocho

    Yakuza 6 is the first entry in SEGA's seedy series to be developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4, and this tech trailer demonstrates just how far the visuals have advanced as a consequence. Shown during a 10th anniversary commemoration event in a Tokyo theatre overnight, the video gives us a good look at Kamurocho's rain stricken...

  • News Yakuza Zero May Not Release in Europe on PS4

    Feeling the Heat

    Yakuza Zero practically had the Push Square office on its feet when it was announced for the PlayStation 4 at PlayStation Experience 2015 last week – but there's bad news for those of you in Europe. SEGA's said that the game is only confirmed for North America right now, despite a trailer mentioning the Old Word. Apparently that...

  • PSX 2015 Yakuza 0 Confirmed to Be Kicking the Crap Out of Western PS4s

    And Yakuza 5 is out on PS3 next week

    There were cheers in the Push Square office when Yakuza 0 was confirmed for a Western release at the PlayStation Experience. We made a prediction that the latest instalment in the Japanese franchise would travel overseas, but we were cautious in our belief. As it turns out, we were actually bang on the money -...

November2015

  • News Yakuza Kiwami Returns to Kamurocho on PS4, PS3

    Extreme goodness

    This is just what we needed to liven up our dreary Friday afternoon: footage of Majima Goro dressed as a hostess. SEGA's released a five minute trailer for upcoming Ryu ga Gotoku remake Yakuza Kiwami, which will release on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 from 21st January in Japan. The clip takes a look at all of the features in...

October2015

  • News Break Some Faces with Over an Hour of English Yakuza 5 Gameplay

    Killing it in Kamurocho

    Thanks to Sony, we're finally going to be playing Yakuza 5 in the (hopefully) near future. The PlayStation 3 adventure sees series mainstay Kazuma Kiryu once again kicking butt in the seedy Kamurocho, and publisher SEGA's whetted our appetite with over an hour's worth of English footage from the game. Our hosts jump...

  • News Yakuza 5 Feels the Heat in Mid-November on PS3

    Kamurocho's almost go

    Yakuza 5 is still due out on the PlayStation 3 this year, with SEGA attaching a mid-November release window to the oft-requested brawler. The game's currently available to pre-order on Sony's digital plaza, but is tagged with a place holder 31st December launch. "Unfortunately, it's a little later than we would've liked, and...

  • Weirdness Yakuza as a Live Performance Looks Suitably Mental

    The real Dragon of Dojima

    A stage show that the editors of this very site would have paid to see purely for the experience, 'Yakuza' obviously ties in to the fantastic action role-playing game series of the same name. Featuring staple characters such as protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and the crazy Goro Majima, the show was unleashed on the Japanese...

September2015

  • News Your First Look at Yakuza 6 on PS4 Is Impressive

    Gangster's paradise

    Yakuza 6 is being built exclusively for the PlayStation 4, and boy does it show in this first ever video. SEGA debuted the footage during a NicoNico livestream yesterday, and it shows Japanese actor Beat Takeshi's character in all of his new-gen glory. The facial modelling has always been good in the Yakuza games, but this is...

  • TGS 2015 Two New Yakuza Titles Dragon Punch PS4

    Kiryu's coming

    Start those localisation petitions, as SEGA has announced two new Yakuza titles for the PlayStation 4. The first of the reveals is Yakuza: Kiwami, a complete remake of the original game with updated visuals and all-new scenarios. Due out on 21st January, the title will include a demo for Yakuza 6, which will launch exclusively on...

  • News A New Yakuza Game Is Going to Be Announced at TGS, Start Pleading for Localisation Now

    Please

    Okay, so we're getting Yakuza 5 in the near future, but there's one problem: it's exclusive to the PlayStation 3. Now, before you say it, no, we're not next-gen snobs, but we are worried that when the title inevitably sells close to bugger all, Sony won't bother funding the localisation of another one. And that's going to be a real kicker,...

August2015

  • News Yakuza 5 Will Launch with All of Its Japanese DLC Included

    Kamurocho calling

    We're eagerly awaiting a concrete Western release date for Yakuza 5 - which could well be the final PlayStation 3 exclusive that you really should play - and the game's newest video isn't making the wait any easier. Posting on the North American PlayStation Blog, Atlus' John Hardin has detailed a few of the title's finer points,...

  • News Yakuza 5 May Be the Last PS3 Exclusive You Must Have

    Let's all go to Kamurocho

    We know that a lot of you love your PlayStation 3, but there's no doubt that the device is on its way out. Several franchises are still launching simultaneously on the last-gen system and the PlayStation 4, of course, but we doubt that there'll be many more exclusives for the machine moving forwards. As such, Yakuza 5 may...

June2015

  • News SEGA, Sony Knee Deep in Yakuza 5 Localisation for PS3

    Punch out

    Yakuza 5 is due out later this year for the PlayStation 3, a whopping three years after its release in Japan. And it looks like Third-Party Productions chief Gio Corsi is getting ready to kickstart the long overdue localisation's marketing campaign, as a new interview has been uploaded to the PlayStation Blog outlining a little more...

  • News Yakuza 5 Busting Bad Guys on PS3 in Fall 2015

    King Kazuma

    Yakuza 5 is a massive game that's going to take time to translate, but Sony hasn't forgotten that it promised to bring the release overseas. While the PlayStation 3 may be starting to feel like old news these days, we're still looking forward to continuing Kazuma Kiryu's story – even if we will have to dust off the aging machine...

  • News Yakuza Zero's Sales Should Keep Toshihiro Nagoshi in Fake Tan

    But will it ever release overseas?

    Gaming's most groomed executive Toshihiro Nagoshi will be smiling today, as Yakuza Zero – the latest entry in his soap opera-like series – has surpassed 500,000 units in Japan. The game's only three months old so this is a particularly impressive feat; perhaps it's time we reminded everyone that we'd love a...

February2015

January2015

December2014

  • News PlayStation 4 Proves Its Worth to the Tojo Clan

    The Dragon of Dojima

    It was only a matter of time before the PlayStation 4 obtained admission into the Tojo Clan. Ahead of the release of prequel Yakuza Zero next year, Sony has prepared four tattooed consoles, which should prove the company's allegiance to the current family chairman. Available in both white and black, the designs include the...

  • News Yakuza 5 Lays the Smackdown on PlayStation 3 Next Year

    Top of the list

    Proof that your incessant requests can materialise as real releases: Yakuza 5 is coming to the PlayStation 3 in Europe and North America next year. Ever since Sony announced its new third-party production initiative, this has been one of the most demanded titles – and the platform holder has struck a deal with SEGA to make it...

September2014

  • TGS 2014 Yakuza Zero Trailer Looks Good on the Dance Floor

    Looking for a fight, not necessarily romance

    We weren’t entirely sure how we felt about SEGA pulling the prequel card with the latest entry in its Japanese gangster series, Yakuza Zero. However, after watching this brand new trailer, we’re totally sold on the concept. It shows protagonists Kazuma Kiryu and Majima Goro strutting around Kamurocho...

August2014

July2014

  • News How Would You Like to Star in the Next Yakuza Game?

    Raises tattooed paw

    Unsurprisingly, there’s a new Yakuza title in production for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 – and SEGA would like you to star in it. As well as its annual hostess auditions, the publisher is also holding a competition for a 20-something male to appear in the criminal drama. The winner will be scanned, turned into a...

June2014

  • News There'll Soon Be a New Yakuza Game for You to Lust Over

    Don't hold your breath for a Western release

    SEGA’s soap opera-esque role playing series Yakuza had a good run in the West for a while, but now we’re quickly falling behind. Despite localisations being borderline demanded by brand fans, neither Yakuza 5 nor its PlayStation 4 successor Yakuza Ishin have released overseas yet. That means that you...

February2014

January2014

  • News Spot the Difference in This Yakuza Ishin Comparison Video

    Two generations entwined

    Whichever your preferred platform, a Western release of Yakuza Ishin is looking unlikely at this point in time. Nevertheless, with the franchise a niche favourite on these shores, we’re going to continue posting about it in the hope that SEGA sees sense and sends a localisation our way. This brand new video focuses on...

  • News There's Plenty of Sexy Side Content to Skewer in Yakuza Ishin

    A night on the town

    The Yakuza franchise has always boasted a large number of quirky, often crazy side activities to keep you entertained when you're not busy beating thugs into bloody pulps, and thankfully, the series' latest samurai spin-off Yakuza Ishin is just as laden with opportunities to turn that gritty frown upside down. According to the...

September2013

  • News Sega Goes Back In Time With PS4 Launch Title Yakuza Ishin

    Also coming to PS3 and Vita

    Sega's Yakuza series is insanely popular in Japan, and it's getting a spin-off title in the form of Yakuza Ishin — which will be a PS4 launch title in its home territory. Set in Japan's bloody feudal past, the game showcases the same action we've come to know and love from the series — albeit with swords instead of...

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