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.