Earlier in the week Deep Silver announced a PlayStation Move enabled sports mini-game compilation called Winter Stars
The news was met with little fanfare, but I couldn't help but feel a flutter of anticipation. Thing is, I adore games packed with variety. I love the idea of being able to play around with different mechanics, jumping from one mini-game to another. Even though compilation packages..
Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has revealed that he's making a big announcement tomorrow at a press conference in Tokyo
The announcement will be streamed via Japan's Nico Nico video service. And that's really all we know. Nagoshi is currently working on Binary Domain for PlayStation 3. A new Yakuza title would send us crazy like a bag of nuts. Cross your fingers.
The issues Sony's been having with its PlayStation Network service are well documented across the web
I'm told the folks at this very publication have been frantically clamouring for more information on the situation, but Sony's remaining tight-lipped. Honestly, it's probably for the best. No matter how big or small the problem is, Sony will want to...
This one caught us by surprise
Despite launching late in the year, we assumed Gran Turismo 5 would probably be the highest selling PlayStation 3 title in 2010. Either that, or some weird mech game we've never heard of. But no, the top-selling Japanese PS3 game of 2010 was actually the fantastic Yakuza 4. The numbers, reported by Siliconera, note that the free-roaming crime-thriller netted 577,199..
Our character is huddled over a group of feral kittens, desperately trying to prompt a response from the litter
The homeless people that appealed for our help tell our character that they think the animals may be injured, and have attempted to tame them without success. Our character tries to reason with the animals, making recognisable "miaow" sounds, which appear to work. The kittens..
If you're living in North America, we officially hate you
Why? Because you're probably playing Yakuza 4 as we type. Meanwhile, we're sitting in a lonely room rocking forwards-and-backwards, muttering to ourselves about how "we have to wait another three days until we get to play Yakuza 4." If you think we've gone mad, then, well, you're probably right. But Yakuza 4, guys. Yakuza 4. We're..
The Yakuza franchise has always been a fickle thing
Being such a Japanese centric series, it relies on the sales of its predecessors to warrant future Western releases. We're only getting Yakuza 4 (this week!) because of decent sales for Yakuza 3, and we assume a similar situation will occur with Yakuza: Of The End. But what of historical spin-off Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan? Posting on GAF, SEGA..
We don't know that we'd like to go on holiday in Kamurocho
Place looks like a bit seedy for our liking. It's the kind of seedy that we're going to lap up as we play through Yakuza 4 [it's out next week, squeee - Ed]. But in real-life... Yeah. Not our cup of tea.</em>
Entitled Yakuza fans will probably still feel burned by SEGA's decision to remove hostess bars from the localisation of Yakuza 3
While we were definitely disappointed by the change, we felt lucky to be playing Yakuza 3 in English at all. It's hard to be too disappointed when you worry about the translation of one of your favourite franchises with every iteration. Thankfully the localisation of..
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We know you've been sitting on your chair, anxiously waiting for more news on the North American version of Yakuza 4
Ever since we announced last week's European "Kuro" Edition, we know you Americans have been wondering, "What about us?" Worry not, SEGA's not leaving you out. Every new copy of Yakuza 4 will include all the...
All over our face: British retailer GAME has listed a special edition of Yakuza 4
The packaged, named Kuro Edition (or Black Edition), includes a SteelBook case and some additional in-game content. The DLC includes wrestling outfits, a survival boss "rush mode", a racing mode and an underground fighting arena. Sounds like the special edition is only coming to Europe. GAME are the only..
SEGA's confirmed that a demo for Yakuza 4 -- probably one of our most anticipated games of the year -- will be going live on February 23rd
PlayStation Plus subscribers will get in on the action a week early, on February 16th. The demo promises to offer a taste of each of the game's four protagonists. Yes! There's a new trailer after the jump focusing on the hostesses. Yes, we are so going to spend..
Yakuza games are brilliant
They're over-the-top, silly and a little bit self-indulgent, but brilliant all the same. We could soak up their obsessive reverence for Japanese culture over and over again. So it's nice to know that Yakuza 4 has over six hours of cut-scenes. Digest that: six hours. That should keep us satisfied.</em>
Drop everything: open up your diary
What are you doing on March 18th? You've got a date with the nice young lady from the ASDA checkouts? Ahem, cancel it. Go on, we'll wait while you pull out that universally useful red Sharpie from your pencil case and put a big cross through it. Y'see, SEGA's announced that Yakuza 4's due out on March 18th in the UK. All makes sense now doesn't it? Look, we're..
There are two games in SEGA's 2011 release schedule that give us bigger boners than Kim Kardashian in a leather catsuit: Yakuza 4 and Virtua Tennis 4
That's some synergy right there; the two PlayStation 3 exclusive four-quels [does that work? - Ed] are due out at some point this year, with Yakuza 4 coming first in the Spring. SEGA's been pretty quiet about Virtua Tennis 4 lately so it's good to see..
So now we know all about Akiyama, SEGA's decided to release another couple of trailers detailing Yakuza 4's cast
There's footage dedicated to series stalwart Kazuma Kiryu and also jailbird Taiga Saejima. With our Yakuza craving bordering on "unbearable", these trailers are getting a little testing. Just give us the game SEGA. Please.
If you frequent this site, you'll know that we adore the Yakuza franchise with passion. It's a brilliantly paced series and we love it. We've been waiting on Yakuza 4 ever since the third-instalment in the franchise was localised for the West. Knowing that the fourth game's coming, we've been trying to keep our hype levels in tact. No need to get too excited when the game's not due..
The furore surrounding Yakuza 3's cuts were a bit exaggerated
No-one likes getting half a game, but when it came to Yakuza 3 there was more than 50 hours worth of content still on the disc. The removal of hostess bars was a silly move by SEGA, something the publisher admits to. That's why they're being a lot smarter with the Western handling of Yakuza 4. Speaking to Kotaku, SOA's community manager..
Scrawl's managed to grab hold of the US boxart for Yakuza 4
It's actually proper amazing. Which is surprisingly, considering the utter atrocity that was Yakuza 3's cover. Thanks for learning your lesson SEGA. We forgive all. If you missed the new trailer this morning, you can grab it through here.
Long time readers of this site will know that we like our music a bit more electronic and a lot less chuggy
But in the case of this Yakuza 4 trailer, we're making an exception. Some trailers go for wild production techniques — flashing lights, catchy slogans, CGI and more. This Yakuza 4 trailer does away with all that. It proves that all you really need to sell a game is burning money, pretty..
We love the Yakuza franchise
Love it. It's consistently brilliant. But with a PSP Yakuza title in the works, we had hoped SEGA would take a break from their annual release schedule and take a bit longer with the next home-console entry in the franchise. They're not — there's a new Yakuza game in development right now for the PlayStation 3. Talk about cranking them out. Unlike other games in the..
Yakuza is a franchise firmly fixed in familiarity
Of the three Yakuza games that have launched on the PlayStation in the past, not much has changed. Yakuza 4 hasn't changed much either - instead it's tweaked one pivotal element that separates it from its predecessors. Here, Kazuma Kiryu is no longer the lead protagonist - instead he shares that...
SEGA's just confirmed that Yakuza 4 will be launching in the West sometime next year exclusively on Playstation 3
The game released in Japan a few weeks ago to both critical and commercial acclaim. Meanwhile, after months of "will they, won't they" speculation, us Western gamers got our hands on the excellent Yakuza 3 in March - albeit a stripped down version. Hopefully, given the..
SEGA's made a comment on Yakuza 3's sales, which launched earlier in the year exclusively on Playstation 3
The game's overt Japanese nature made it a tough-sell for many consumers, and many were worried about how the game would be received. But SEGA's come out to say, "hey, it was all good", providing the following statement on the SoA forums:"As was mentioned a couple times above,..
How many Playstation 3 systems are there out in the Japanese wilderness? It's a question we often ask ourselves
Thankfully, as of April 11th, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has the answer. Over 5 million. That's right - over 5 million consoles have been sold to Japanese gamer folks. The biggest domestic games to date are Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Yakuza 4. Worryingly, of those three..
SEGA's Yakuza 4 has topped the Japanese software charts for this week, shifting a hearty 384,000 copies
The numbers are a little lower than those of Yakuza 3, but still extremely respectable. Elsewhere, the God Of War Collection managed to place 13th in the Japanese software charts this week, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 not far behind it in 15th.
This stretch hummer rolled around Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi in order to celebrate the release of Yakuza 4 on the Playstation 3
Is it awesome? You bet it's awesome. (Now get to work on that Western port SEGA. Please. We only want subtitles.)</em> [Pic: Ryugagogotoku]
We only just got Yakuza 3 in the West last week
Japan gets Yakuza 4 this month. And guess what? SEGA's just announced Yakuza 5. SEGA announced the game at a press event in Tokyo last night. The trailer SEGA showed starts with a shot of Yakuza's Kamurocho night-spot, followed by the words, "A young guy appeared in Kamurocho. The young guy knew it, the weight of the crimes he continued to..
Hey folks, how are you finding the wait for Yakuza 3? Yeah, it's been a long year hasn't it? Still, at least we have a firm March release date to look forward to an announcement of a demo for, erm, Yakuza 4
Yep, Yakuza 4 is on the horizon for Japan, so if you have a Playstation Store account for the region you'll be able to check out the next installment in the franchise on March 4th thanks to a..
No sooner than the West get a release date for Yakuza 3, do the Japanese get a release date for Yakuza 4
SEGA's epic franchise will see its fourth iteration launched on March 18th in Japan. There are a ton of new screens for the game through at Gamikaze. Check 'em out. The game looks amazing.
GameWatch have put up some awesome screen comparisons of Yakuza 4's "living" world at various points through the day
Day, dusk, night; the world looks vibrant at all periods, with some amazing ambient lighting going on. Please SEGA. Please bring this and Yakuza 3 to the West. If you won't let us have Shenmue III, then at least give us this.
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