Yakuza: Like a Dragon News
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Producer Reflects on One Piece Inspiration, 'Ichiban Is Basically Luffy'
We can totally see it
Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduced the world to lovable lout Ichiban Kasuga, a petty criminal with a heart of gold. But did you know that part of the inspiration for Ichi's portrayal comes from the manga mega-hit One Piece, and specifically, the characterisation of protagonist Monkey D. Luffy himself? It's true, and this tasty...
Reminder Last Chance to Claim August's PS Plus Essential PS5, PS4 Games
Add them to your library
It's a fresh month, which means a new batch of PS Plus Essential games is on the horizon. However, before we concern ourselves with September's goodies, let's not forget August's PS Plus lineup. Today, 5th September, is your last day to claim this trio and add them to your games library, and it's a selection you'll want...
News PS Plus Essential Monthly Games for August 2022 Are Available Now on PS5, PS4
The PS Plus Essential monthly games always pop up on the first Tuesday of the month, and would you believe it, we've reached August's selection already. Available to all PS Plus subscribers on all tiers, this month's lineup is now available to download and add to your library. As a reminder, this month sees a fresh trio of PS5 and PS4...
Poll Are You Happy With Your PS Plus Essential Games for August 2022?
Plus or minus?
The PS Plus Essential line-up for August 2022 has been officially announced, and as always, we would like nothing more than to hear whether you're happy with what's being offered. But first, let's run through a quick recap, shall we? You could argue that August has not one, but two headline acts in the form of top notch remake Tony...
News PS Plus Essential PS5, PS4 Games Announced for August 2022
Following yet another leak, the PS Plus Essential monthly games for August 2022 have now been officially unveiled. It's the usual three games spread across PS5 and PS4, and there's something for everyone in this latest trio. August 2022's PS Plus Essential monthly games are: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS5, PS4)
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sequel Announced and In Development
Take your turn
Just the other day, Yakuza and Judgment developer RGG Studio confirmed the departure of Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato — two SEGA veterans who helped shape the Yakuza series as we know it. The company has been restructured as a result, and the new team has already revealed what it's working on next. We all knew it was coming,...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Cosplay Performance Is Impressively Accurate
I'm walkin' here
Hugely talented cosplayer Enyen has recently been making waves with a very impressive adaptation of Yakuza: Like a Dragon — and we just had to write about it. Enyen's Twitter posts have been going viral over the past few days, with the cosplayer taking to the streets as protagonist Ichiban Kasuga. With the help of fellow...
Soapbox How Yakuza Proves Bigger Open Worlds Aren't Always Better
Bigger is not always better – at least, that’s what I try to tell myself every time I hop in the shower. Alright, I’m probably lying to myself: after all, no one orders a single patty from Five Guys, do they? I do believe, however, that in the case of open world games, a smaller, denser environment is preferable to gigantic open...
Poll Have You Played Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and What Review Score Would You Give It?
Enter the dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon finally launched on PlayStation 5 earlier this week, following the end of an Xbox exclusivity period on next-gen hardware. The often insane RPG runs better than ever on Sony's new system, and even though we had already played it to death on PS4, we've been enjoying it all over again on PS5. At its best, we...
Reminder Yakuza: Like a Dragon's Legends Costume DLC Is Free, But Only for a Limited Time
It's all in the suit
The 'Legends Costume Set' for Yakuza: Like a Dragon is currently going free on the PlayStation Store, in celebration of the game's launch on PS5. It includes eight different outfits, all of which are based on existing characters in the series. And yes, it lets you dress protagonist Ichiban up as the infamous Goro Majima. If...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Free PS5 Upgrade Now Available
Go, go Ichiban
Update 3: Hurrah, the free PS4 to PS5 upgrade for Yakuza: Like a Dragon is finally working for digital buyers. Either find the game on the PlayStation Store or in your library, and you should see the option to upgrade for free on the right of the screen. After you've clicked that, just make sure to download the PS5 version and you're...
Round Up Yakuza: Like a Dragon PS4 Reviews Justify a New Direction
The PlayStation 4 release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon is just around the corner, which means it's time for reviews to hit and share their verdict on this new, turn-based direction for the franchise. These verdicts cover the current-gen release rather than the PlayStation 5 version, which is scheduled to hit next March. And, from what we can...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Pokes Fun at Next-Gen Upgrades
Crustacean AI, anyone?
Listen, we know that this is predominately an Xbox trailer and PS5 players will have to wait until next year to get their free Yakuza: Like a Dragon upgrade, but this is still a fun video. The short but sweet clip starts by highlighting the benefits of next-gen hardware, before listing a bunch of dumb selling points like...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon's Yokohama Map Is Bloody Huge
Way bigger than Kamurocho
Kamurocho, the infamous red light district that's featured in every mainline Yakuza game to date (and even Judgment), is one of our favourite places in gaming. We love it to bits, but at this point, its gaudy streets burned into our brains. Fortunately, the developer knows how to shake things up just enough, as it...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Looks Positively Barmy in New Trailer
Either Yakuza: Like a Dragon is poised to become the best game ever made, or the person cutting its trailers is a genius. Whatever the case, you’ve got to watch this trailer for the upcoming PlayStation 5 action role-playing game – it’s bonkers! This video showcases many of the minigames you’ll encounter during your quest, some of...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon PS4 Release Date May Have Been Moved
SEGA says "stay tuned"
The excellent looking Yakuza: Like a Dragon has long been one of our most anticipated games of 2020. It was originally set to launch on the 13th November on PS4 with a PS5 version promised at a later date, but now it looks like the release date may have been moved. It's now been confirmed that Like a Dragon will arrive on...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon English Trailer Shows Off Ludicrous Fighting Styles
PS5 version "coming soon"
How can you not fall in love with the Yakuza series? This Japanese franchise has grown to become fairly popular in the West, and we've been seeing a lot of Kamurocho on PlayStation 4. The latest iteration is Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which stars a new hero but looks just as wacky as its predecessors. A new trailer, embedded...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Finally Comes to the West This November
Feel the power
It seems that Yakuza: Like a Dragon has received an official release date and Sony hasn't even decided to kick up a fuss about it. Available for pre-order on the PlayStation Store right now, the current-gen version is coming to PlayStation 4 on 13th November 2020. Don't forget that there will also be a PlayStation 5 version further...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Looks Superb in New English Dub Trailer, But Still No Release Date
As gigantic fans of the Yakuza series, we here at Push Square can't wait to get our grubby mitts on Yakuza: Like a Dragon -- and the game's newest trailer has done an amazing job of feeding our hype. Once again, the role-playing title looks absolutely mental. Yakuza has always been wacky, but this latest entry looks to be taking things to...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon English Dub Announced, Stars George Takei
And Greg Chun from Judgment
SEGA has revealed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will feature an optional English voice track when it launches later this year here in the West. The upcoming role-playing title will follow the same path as Judgment, which released in 2019 complete with a great English dub. Kaiji Tang will voice protagonist Ichiban Kasuga,...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon PS5 Upgrade Confirmed, Will 'Release at a Later Date'
Timed exclusivity for Xbox
It's old news now that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be enhanced for Xbox Series X. Microsoft has seemingly struck a deal with SEGA to promote the title exclusively on the company's next-gen console, leaving PlayStation fans wondering whether the game will receive any PlayStation 5 support. As it turns out, Yakuza: Like a...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon PEGI, ESRB Ratings Skip Speculated PS5 Version
Back compat it is, then
It is looking increasingly likely that PlayStation fans will have to settle for just a current-gen version when Yakuza: Like a Dragon launches in the west this holiday season. The game has been confirmed for PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and the next-gen Xbox Series X, but a PlayStation 5 version is nowhere in sight. The...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gameplay Is 15 Minutes of Turn-Based Mayhem
Feel the power
Yakuza: Like a Dragon represents a major departure for the franchise, but according to reviews of the Japanese version at least, it's still a really great game. The western version is currently scheduled to launch at the end of this year, it's even an Xbox Series X launch title, and this lengthy slice of footage is our best look at...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gets New English Trailer, But No Mention of PS5 Version
Still set for PS4
Yakuza: Like a Dragon has a brand new English trailer, which debuted earlier today during the Xbox Series X stream. There, SEGA confirmed that the game will be available at launch on Xbox Series X, but there's been no mention of a PlayStation 5 version. It's safe to assume that backwards compatibility will let you play the PS4...
News 1 Year Ago Today, Yakuza Devs 'Joked' About a Turn Based Yakuza Game
It was no joke
One year ago today, on April Fool's Day 2019, SEGA's Yakuza series development team released an off-screen gameplay video of its next title. The footage showed Yakuza: Like a Dragon in action, except it had... Turn based combat? In a Yakuza game? At the time, we all thought it was just a joke. After all, it was the 1st April -- why...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Charges Just $0.60 for New Game+, But Rises to Nearly $9 in May
This might be the most bizarre and suspect handling we've seen of a piece of DLC in quite some time. SEGA has stripped Yakuza: Like a Dragon of its New Game+ feature in Japan so that it can sell it back to purchasers at a later date after every previous entry had the mode packed in from launch. That's bad enough on its own, but the situation...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Ships Over 400,000 Units
Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s sales looked disappointing at first blush in Japan, but between physical and digital copies, the role-playing game’s done okay for itself. SEGA reports that shipments have now exceeded 400,000 copies across Asia, and the publisher is marking the occasion with a 30 per cent discount on the Japanese...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon's New Game Plus Mode Is Paid DLC in Japan After Being Included for Free in Past Titles
Super hard difficulty, too
Yakuza: Like a Dragon has got off to a good start in its native Japan with some pretty solid sales figures. And despite its dramatic departure in the gameplay department -- swapping action combat for turn based battles -- the title appears to have been well received. However, the release is currently being hounded by fans...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sales Aren't So Disappointing in Japan After All
Huge increase in digital sales
When last week's Japanese sales charts arrived, it was looking like Yakuza: Like a Dragon had been a bit of a flop. It didn't do terribly, but it also didn't appear to spark a resurgence for the series in its homeland. However, according to SEGA's Toshihiro Nagoshi -- who oversees the Yakuza franchise -- the latest...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Fails to Spark Series Resurgence in Japan as Lacklustre Sales Continue
Launch numbers are in
SEGA knew it was taking a bit of a risk with Yakuza: Like a Dragon -- or Yakuza 7, as it's known in Japan. The latest entry in the long running series does away with its trademark action-based combat, replacing it with a turn based battle system that has been, at least in part, designed to appeal to Japan's love of traditional...
News Persona 5 Soundtrack Steals Hearts in Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Life will change
Well this is pretty cool. The new Yakuza game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, has a jukebox that can play music from Persona 5. It's a neat crossover given Yakuza's new direction with turn based battles -- something that Persona fans will already be very familiar with. Said jukebox can be found in a bar where the game's main characters...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Goes Dark Souls in Japanese Commercial
Lost the plot
Who doesn’t love a good Japanese commercial to round out their slow Friday afternoon? This one for Yakuza: Like a Dragon will certainly wake you up, as it proudly squeals about the series’ transition to fully-fledged role-playing game. There’s even a brief glimpse of what appears to be a Dark Souls-inspired summon, just to...
Rumour Yakuza: Like a Dragon Will Have an English Dub
Just like Judgment
Much like Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise and the more recent Judgment, the next Yakuza game may be getting an English dub. PCB Productions, the company SEGA hired for Judgment as well as Persona 5, had listed Yakuza: Like a Dragon as a credit on its official website. Said credit has now been removed, but it obviously...
News First Yakuza: Like a Dragon Review Is Incredibly Positive
The Famitsu score
The western fanbase is going to have to wait a little bit longer before it can get some hands on time with Yakuza: Like a Dragon, but the Japanese release of the game is just around the corner. Thanks to that, we've gotten a glimpse of the title's first review score and it once again makes for very positive reading. Famitsu has...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Brings Back Fan-Favourite Characters and Familiar Faces
That's Goro Majima!
Yakuza: Like a Dragon's latest trailer ended with a bit of a surprise, didn't it? Despite concluding his story arc in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, former protagonist Kazuma Kiryu returns in the turn-based seventh iteration. We don't expect him to play too much of a major role in the narrative, but then he's going to be joined by...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Story Trailer Is 11 Minutes of Insanity
Guess who's back
We're starting to get seriously jealous of the lucky Yakuza fans who'll get their hands on Yakuza: Like a Dragon in Japan from 16th January 2020. The game doesn't have a date yet here in the west, and this latest 11 minute epic of a story trailer isn't helping things. The entire thing is in Japanese, so we can only start to infer...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Getting a PS4 Demo in Japan, Likely to Come West in 2020
Test out the turn-based combat
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, or Yakuza 7, releases in Japan at the very start of next year. However, people in that part of the world will be able to sample the new title ahead of time, as SEGA has revealed a demo prior to release. This means Japanese players will get to sample the divisive new combat found in the sequel,...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon's Japanese Box Art Is a Beauty
The gang's all here
SEGA has revealed the Japanese box art for Yakuza 7, or Yakuza: Like a Dragon, as it'll be titled here in the West. In typical series fashion, the cover features a bunch of prominent characters all looking suitably serious. The vibrant reds really set this one off, though. It's yet another reminder that Japan gets some...
News Yakuza 7's Turn Based Combat Stars In New Gameplay Video, and It Looks Absolutely Insane
This is not your usual RPG
After watching this new Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Yakuza 7 in Japan) gameplay video, we're happy to report that our hype levels have gone through the roof. Not only does the video highlight the game's all-new turn based combat system, it also showcases character classes (!), kart racing (!!), and a ridiculous minigame in...
News Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gets Extended Western Trailer with Brand New Scenes
Yakuza 7, or Yakuza: Like a Dragon as it's known in the West, has received a new trailer at Tokyo Game Show 2019. It's mostly based on the original reveal trailer from a couple of weeks ago, but it's a couple of minutes longer, so fans will want to give it a watch. In addition to English subtitles, this new trailer has a few new shots...
News Yakuza 7 Has a Kart Racing Minigame Called Dragon Kart
The best news we're likely to hear this week (even with Tokyo Game Show 2019 just hours away): Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Yakuza 7 in Japan) will have a full-on kart racing minigame. We couldn't be happier. For those who don't know, the Yakuza series has some of the very best side activities that you'll find in gaming. We even wrote a...
News Yakuza 7's Turn Based Combat Will Be 'Completely Different' to Traditional RPGs
Loads of new details
There's been a lot of commotion over the revelation that Yakuza 7 will feature a turn based battle system. The series has boasted action combat for so long now that thought of such drastic change has taken many fans by surprise -- but how does Yakuza: Like a Dragon (as it's called here in the West) actually play? Well, one...
News Yakuza 7 Titled Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Swaps Brawling for Turn-Based Combat
This is no April fool
SEGA has finally provided more detail on the latest Yakuza title. This new adventure, the first to star the brand new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, now has an official title -- its western name is Yakuza: Like a Dragon. The official website, as translated by Gematsu, has a bunch of new information. Kasuga takes the fall for the...
News SEGA Press Conference Will Spill the Beans on the Next Yakuza Game in August
Show me the money
On the 29th August, SEGA will host a Yakuza-related press conference in Japan. It's highly likely that the event will give us our first real look at the next Yakuza title -- the first game in the mainline series that won't star longtime protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. Indeed, we don't know much about this upcoming instalment. The main...
News New Yakuza Game Gets a Female Co-Star, More Details Next Month
More info late next month
Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato teased that new information for the next entry in the franchise would be released today, and while he has delivered on that promise, what we've learned isn't exactly what we would call substantial. The next Yakuza game will feature a female co-star, and we now know that Eri Kamataki will...
News More Will Be Revealed About the New Yakuza Game Next Month
New details incoming
Yakuza Studio doesn't take a break, does it? This generation in particular, the team has been churning out some brilliant entries in its melodramatic series, while Judgment stands as a great side piece. We know the developer is hard at work on the next Yakuza game, this time starring a brand new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga...
News Yakuza Director Looks to Focus on PS4 'For a While Longer' Even After PS5 Launches
But he's excited nonetheless
With his next game set to release on PlayStation 4, Yakuza series director Toshihiro Nagoshi isn't quite ready to focus on the incoming PS5 just yet. Speaking during a recent SEGA livestream (as translated by Gematsu) the eccentric developer was asked about Sony's next-gen console, and although Nagoshi seems excited at...
News Development of the New Yakuza Game Is Progressing Smoothly, Story's Already Finished
That's what we like to hear
It sounds like the next instalment in the Yakuza series is really coming along. Series director Toshihiro Nagoshi talked about the upcoming title during a SEGA livestream (thanks Gematsu for the translation), saying that development is progressing smoothly. Apparently, the story's already finished, and now the team's busy...
News Yakuza April Fools Video Shows Turn Based Battles in Upcoming Title
Yakuza, but with damage numbers
The official Japanese Yakuza YouTube channel has released a rather entertaining new video, supposedly leaking footage of the next Yakuza game. The off-screen recording shows fresh lead character Ichiban Kasuga entering combat with a bunch of thugs on the streets of Kamurocho, except instead of immediately dishing out...
News New Yakuza Game In Development on PS4, Stars a Fresh Main Character
Ichiban Kasuga's your man
SEGA has confirmed that there's a new Yakuza game in the works for PlayStation 4. It doesn't have an official title right now, but the project will star new character Ichiban Kasuga. Supposedly, the story of Kazuma Kiryu comes to an end with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, so it's time for a change. Those who have been keeping...