Excerpt: It’s been a long, strange trip to the states for Yakuza 5. Originally released in Japan in 2012, fans stateside had begun to give up on the idea of getting the latest installment in the series that has symbolized the ideology of gaming depth and diversity.
Excerpt: Mobsters, arcades, and idols: the whole Japanese experience(?). I don’t know much about organized crime, which is probably best for my benefit. I’ve heard some scary things about Japanese organized crime, like the whole “cut off a finger if you’ve done something wrong or against the...
Excerpt: Although it was originally developed and released in Japan in 2012, Yakuza 5 is in my opinion the single best reason to own a PlayStation 3 in 2015. When I realize that the game very nearly didn't reach North America at all, well, that's just plain sobering.
Summary: Sega's storied 'Yakuza' franchise has had quite a time getting into the hands of Western fans going all the way back to the later PS2 era, yet somehow, even if it sometimes takes years after the initial Japanese release, just about every mainline entry has eventually become playable in English.
Excerpt: The last time I dove into the Japanese criminal underworld with undeniable bad-ass Kazuma Kiryu was early 2011. That's nearly five years ago. Now, the sequel has - at long last - launched in North America and despite the obvious drawback of playing on an old platform, it delivers for the die-hard...
Excerpt: Once a powerhouse in the video games industry, Sega has dwindled in recent years and now has only a handful of gaming properties to call its own. Thankfully, they still have their hands on Yakuza, and
Pros: Oscar-worthy story., All of the mini-games and job responsibilities., Club Sega and pachinko machines., Applying Sega’s history in video games.
Cons: Cut scenes last for too long sometimes., Visibly weak compared to current gen., Combat is repetitive.
Conclusion: If you’re willing to forgive the lack of story, the sub-par graphics and sheer silliness of it all, you’ll be rewarded with a hugely entertaining game that plays remarkably well, mustering a fair few hours of explosive driving action.
Conclusion: Concept: A seamless blend of tried-and-true racing objectives and summer blockbuster action movie fireworks
Graphics: Vin Diesel's model is well done and the intensity of the crashes jumps off your screen
Sound: Vin is appropriately deep in timbre, and I'm glad that the other actors' accents seem to...