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  • Armoured_Bear 23 May 2012 09:15:13 10,585 posts
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    PlayStation 3 exclusive Yakuza 5 features five main characters and is set in five cities: Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.

    The five main characters are Kazuma Kiryu, Taiga Saejima, Shun Akiyama, Haruka and Tatsuo Shinada, according to Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang). All five are playable.

    Shinada, a former baseball player, is the newcomer. He was slapped with a life ban for gambling, but apparently he's innocent. And in debt.

    Kiryu is working as a taxi driver in Fukuoka. Soejima is doing time behind bars. Akiyama is in Osaka on business. Haruka left Okinama to become an idol, and is living on her own in Osaka. It seems her talent agency has some nefarious plan for her. The story connects directly with Yakuza 4.

    Designer Toshihiro Nagoshi said the game uses a new engine, which means zombie spin-off Yakuza of the End marks the end of the engine that served the series so well. Because of this, Yakuza 5 is considered a "New Yakuza", with better controls, and a bigger and better script.

    Yakuza 5 is 70 per cent complete. It's out in Japan on PlayStation 3 in December.




    \o/ More Akiyama!
    Haruka combat could be interesting :-)

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  • Zizoo 23 May 2012 09:17:55 8,286 posts
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    I will give this a go, but I couldn't really get into Yakuza 4, and haven't even played 3.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 23 May 2012 09:21:00 37,860 posts
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    I have 3, but found never finished it as even once you left the orphanage it wasn't all that interesting. Plus it was kinda clunky, so I couldn't be bothered.

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  • King_Edward 23 May 2012 09:26:13 11,454 posts
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    Fantastic. Playing Dead Souls right now, and while it scratches an itch, it's got nothing on a proper whiskey swelling, street brawling Yakuza game.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 May 2012 09:37:31 10,585 posts
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    Yakuza 4 is brilliant, superb characters, entertaining story, hugely atmospheric and combat is a blast. It can be picked up for buttons, definitely a must to at least try it IMO.

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  • Armoured_Bear 24 May 2012 08:40:31 10,585 posts
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    Screens

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  • dominalien 24 May 2012 09:20:00 6,848 posts
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    Damn, they make them faster than I can play them.

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  • King_Edward 24 May 2012 09:26:26 11,454 posts
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    Oh Haruka. My little girl's all grown up. :')
  • uiruki 24 May 2012 09:36:53 3,683 posts
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    Looking forward to Fukuoka. Went there last year during Oktoberfest and it was great fun. Never seen a mosh pit form in front of Alpine yodelling before.
  • oldschoolsoviet 21 Jun 2012 08:27:58 5,460 posts
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    Screens:
    Yakuza + Cabela's + Shutokou Battle/Crazy Taxi + MLB + Pop Idol + oh my.......!

    How ? Yakuza has always had that wacky/mental streak, but they've outdone themselves this time. Kiryu as a taxi driver by day/illegal street racer by night ? Genius, assuming we're still able to hit folk in the face with a bike. Those hunting screens are rather pretty too.
  • Armoured_Bear 21 Jun 2012 09:02:01 10,585 posts
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    Awesome, really look forward to this...

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  • oldschoolsoviet 8 Aug 2012 12:02:55 5,460 posts
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    BOOM-BOOMBOOM-BOOM-BUH-BOOM

    Just gets better and better.

    ED:As long as it's not as inhuman as this !

    Edited by oldschoolsoviet at 13:05:48 08-08-2012
  • JoeGBallad 8 Aug 2012 12:21:08 383 posts
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    Brilliant news. As my pal said on twitter, I hope you get an external cabinet view so you can see a stoic Kazuma hitting the drums.

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  • jasondonervan 12 Sep 2012 10:44:35 98 posts
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    Just had this guide arrive, I'm determined to clear Kenzan before 5.. which I'm *that* close to pre-ordering.
  • BBIAJ 19 Sep 2012 05:34:15 895 posts
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    Is it true? Has this really just been confirmed tonight at TGS (via the EG Live Blog), as not coming to the West?

    I'll hold out for an official announcement by SEGA, but to hear this whilst waiting so excitedly for Jet Set Radio HD to go live tomorrow is really screwing with my emotions!

    I love you Uncle Kazzy!
  • King_Edward 19 Sep 2012 06:29:04 11,454 posts
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    God I hope not!
  • spamdangled 19 Sep 2012 06:37:04 27,276 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Awesome, really look forward to this...

    Not even a mention on if it's going to come over here, so I wouldn't hold your breath yet.

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  • Armoured_Bear 19 Sep 2012 06:40:44 10,585 posts
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    I hope that's a mistake, why would they bring out 3, 4 and Dead souls but not this?

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  • spamdangled 19 Sep 2012 06:45:37 27,276 posts
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    Low sales not justifying the cost of localisation? Pretty big issue in EU (not so much for NA). None of the ones so far have exactly set the charts alight here.

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  • King_Edward 19 Sep 2012 07:40:15 11,454 posts
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    I imagine it'll come over eventually. Maybe a psn release.
  • uiruki 27 Nov 2012 07:14:22 3,683 posts
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    Japanese demo's out today. Had a quick bash before heading to work, didn't get all the story done. The demo starts in Fukuoka with Kiryu. The extra year between numbered titles definitely seems to have paid off and it benefits from the advanced Binary Domain made; the whole thing now appears to run at full 720p with some pretty hefty AA in the cutscenes and it slows down much less than 4 did. Other changes:

    Going into battles (especially random battles) is much faster, and coming out is quick too; no boring text to skip through with each fight.

    Kiryu's gone mental and has some new Heat moves. I don't seem to be able to slam people into high walls any more, but he's got a really nasty move for enemies who are facing down on the ground.

    R2 now puts you into a 'turbo' mode with a new move set. Hammering X gives you an unending stream of punches now, and the throw it gives you is crazy.

    Missions now seem to appear as markers on the map.

    Loading into and out of buildings is much faster, but still very noticeable. Club Sega lets you play VF2, which looks choppy as it seems to be running at the original 58fps. Runs at 720p though.

    Nakasu, I mean Nagasu looks really nice at sunset. I spent much more time in Tenjin while in Fukuoka, but I do get flashes of memories when I walk past certain places. Was that a coffee shop I went to? Didn't I buy cigars there for my birthday? Stuff like that.

    I'll be honest, I'm not sure if I'm going to be playing the demo any more. The game's here in a week and a half. Can't wait, though.
  • jasondonervan 27 Nov 2012 07:56:46 98 posts
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    Cool, I'll grab the demo later. Glad to hear the graphics have gone up a notch, I'll admit I did have my doubts after seeing the survival tactics/cab-driving footage which looked a bit bland. I always gave the series a free pass when it came to graphics as I love the story and characters, that's what really sets it apart from the crowd.

    Can't wait for my copy of the full game to arrive...
  • FatsoJetson 27 Nov 2012 10:11:22 302 posts
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    Can someone teach me Japanese so I can play this please, or do we think it's heading westwards?
  • JoeGBallad 27 Nov 2012 15:18:15 383 posts
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    I don't get all the chat about the Yakuza games having bad graphics. 3 and 4 look brilliant, and 1 and 2 were phenomenal looking on the PS2.

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  • Progguitarist 28 Nov 2012 00:24:54 10,420 posts
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    I hear Famitsu have given it a perfect score.
  • uiruki 10 Dec 2012 22:42:15 3,683 posts
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    My copy arrived today. It's clear that as the series goes on, the Ryu ga Gotoku games become more and more grounded in reality. However, at the same time, that reality moves further and further away from that of Planet Earth.
  • King_Edward 10 Dec 2012 22:43:46 11,454 posts
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    :D
  • jasondonervan 11 Dec 2012 09:40:42 98 posts
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    Mine came on Friday, with an unexpected soundtrack CD:

    I've put an hour or two so far in and it's great, but between the Wii U, and Persona 4 on Vita taking up a lot of my gaming time, I'll likely shelve it for a week or two in order to give it my full attention. Personal highlight so far - playing the chef mini-game, so addictive!



    Edited by jasondonervan at 10:04:56 11-12-2012
  • erlinghagen 25 Aug 2013 13:32:42 1 posts
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    Signed the petition. Thanks for pointing it out! After all the coverage of the last operation rainfall it's strange EG hasn't mentioned it.
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