Yakuza 5

Yakuza is the true heir to Shenmue and 5 is the greatest entry yet, stuffed with combat, minigames, and endless distractions.

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PlayStation Plus' August freebies unveiled

UPDATE: Retro/Grade replaced with EndWar. Yakuza 5 remains.

UPDATE 17/08/2016 5.39pm: Sony issued an update explaining that Retro/Grade was never supposed to be part of the promotion this month. Its inclusion was an error, so Sony has removed it and in its place offered Tom Clancy's EndWar for PS3.

Yakuza 5 review

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Shenmue's true heir.

Despite a cast composed largely of gangsters, and a plot centring on the machinations of various families, Yakuza 5 is not by any stretch of the imagination a game about organised crime. Oh it's dressed up like that, and amidst battling endless thugs and police officers you could be forgiven for the mistake. But really Yakuza 5 is really a game about saving puppies, obeying traffic laws, and losing yourself in hobbies.

Yakuza 5

Publisher: Sega

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VideoVideo: Sony conference roundup - Tokyo Games Show 2015

Aoife and Martin bring you the latest from Japan.

After dodging the limelight at this year's Gamescom, Sony finally gave us the press conference we were expecting back in August. Whether it was the conference we were hoping for, of course, is another matter entirely. Thankfully, in case you missed it, Aoife and Martin have gone over the biggest announcements and are ready to bring you up to speed.

Yakuza 5 heads to Europe and North America in 2015

Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls out on PSN midnight.

Yakuza 5 will launch on PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in Europe and North America at some point in 2015, Sega has announced. The Japanese crime adventure came out in Japan in December 2012.

Aliens: Colonial Marines managed 1.31 million sales

Aliens: Colonial Marines managed 1.31 million sales

That about merits a sequel doesn't it? What?

Aliens: Colonial Marines was one of Sega's best-selling games last financial year (ended 31st March 2012) despite being absolute pants.

The shooter, made by Gearbox Software - oh really? - shifted a successful 1.31 million copies, according to Sega's annual financial report.

Nevertheless, Colonial Marines remains a sore spot for Sega, having been pelted with critical scorn and even class action lawsuits about misleading advertising. And rumour has it that TimeGate Studios, the team thought to be responsible for the bulk of Aliens: Colonial Marines, has now been closed.

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FeatureUlala vs. Ryu and a thousand giant ants: the games of TGS

The best games that you may never play from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

There was a single image that summed up this year's E3 perfectly, and with a little alteration it pretty much does the trick for Tokyo Game Show 2012 too. Whereas western developers seem transfixed with Naughty Dog's semi-interactive model, in Japan there's still a rush to emulate Monster Hunter's unending success. Every game announced at Sony's conference seemed to be about tackling huge beasts in expansive environments - a theme that carried through to many parts of the show floor itself.

Yakuza trailers show off dance battles, bear fighting

Sega has released a pair of new Yakuza 5 trailers to announce the game's Japanese release date on 6th December.

The trailers - below - show off teen-idol in training Haruka's "street dance battles," as well as Saejima smacking a bear in the crotch with the butt of a rifle as all good huntsmen are wont to do.

They also show the new, quicker transitions into combat. It's not entirely seamless as there's still a brief bit of text that pops up dictating the shift to battle mode, but the camera doesn't pull away and it's much smoother than it used to be.

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New Yakuza 5 characters revealed

Leaves Kamurocho for the uncanny valley.

Yakuza 5's known cast expanded today as Sega announced new characters accompanied by pictures of their motion-capture-based actors.

Haruka won't fight in Yakuza 5

Not a fighter. Hopefully not a lover either.

Yakuza 5 lets you play as series' protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's adopted daughter Haruka, but you won't be able to fight as her.

New Yakuza 5 details revealed

New Yakuza 5 details revealed

PlayStation 3 exclusivity confirmed.

Japanese magazines have spilled new Yakuza 5 information.

The game, like previous entries in the series, is a PlayStation 3 exclusive, Famitsu (via Siliconera) reveals.

The story follows on from Yakuza 4 - not zombie-themed spin-off Yakuza of the End.

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Yakuza 5 announced

Yakuza 5 announced

Sega creates Yakuza Studio.

Sega has announced the development of Yakuza 5 and the formation of Yakuza Studio.

Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi heads up the new team. According to Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by Andriasang), Yakuza Studio is not a Yakuza-exclusive developer, despite its name. In fact, its first game is Binary Domain.

Following that game's launch, Yakuza Studio will create Yakuza Black Panther 2 for PlayStation Portable, the sequel to the PSP spin-off. In Japan it launches in spring 2012.

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