Yakuza 5 and why it needs a western release


Five cities, eight fists and plenty of reasons for Sega to bring its crime opus to the west.

Something About Japan: what the critics are saying about Yakuza 5

Yakuza 5

Released on the 6th of December and selling 357,000 copies in its first week on shelves, Yakuza 5 seems to be a genuine step forward for the series. Series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has likened the title to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in terms of scope, and indeed the GTA comparison is an apt one, as the game is, bigger, better, and packed with even more things to do than its predecessors, and even treated with the same reverence in Japan as GTA is in the west. It’s been a success at retail, of course – the series always has been – but what are the press saying? Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu bestowed Yakuza 5 with a coveted 40 out of 40, and as we find out, Impress Watch was similarly impressed. Sega, sadly, currently has no plans for a western localisation.

Yakuza 5 demo impressions: a clear improvement, but will Nagoshi’s “new house” ever come west?

Yakuza 5 demo

You can take Kazuma Kiryu out of Kamurocho, but you sense The Dragon of Dojima will never be allowed to escape the place where he made his name. In Sega’s demo for Yakuza 5 – now available on the Japanese PSN Store – he has a new job as a taxi driver, but barely has he slurped down a bowl of ramen at the end of his shift before he faces a pair of gangsters with a recognisable clan badge on their lapels.

First screenshots of Yakuza 5 released

Sega has officially revealed Yakuza 5 via the game's official website, releasing the selection of frustratingly small screenshots – some of which you can see below – along with information (in Japanese) on the locations and characters in the game.

First Yakuza 5 details emerge

Erstwhile Edge columnist Toshihiro Nagoshi has hinted at a significant overhaul to the Yakuza series with the upcoming Yakuza 5, describing its creation as "like building a new house."

Nagoshi promises gameplay changes for Yakuza 5

In a press conference today following the announcements of Yakuza 5 for PS3, Yakuza Black Panther 2 for PSP and a dedicated internal Yakuza Studio, Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi said that he was planning some major changes in development of Yakuza 5. With the engine used in Yakuzas 3 and 4, and the spinoff Kenzan, showing… Continue reading

Yakuza 5 announced

Toshihiro Nagoshi’s announcement of Yakuza 5 comes with news that Sega has set up a dedicated Yakuza Studio, the first product of which will be Binary Domain, the thirdperson shooter that is due next February. Sega has only just approved Yakuza 5, Nagoshi told Famitsu, and the team has found a way to continue the… Continue reading