Excerpt: Yakuza: Dead Souls is stupid. I spent a huge amount of time running around, pumping bullets into an endless stream of zombies, stopping only because I’d run out of ammunition. After I got bored of shooting waves of undead I went to an encircled spa where I could have a bath and play table tennis against a young prostitute.
Conclusion: There are times when the game does come together and you’ll have zombie-slaying fun. Whenever you’re outside in the open with a good weapon, the gameplay picks up. Outside, you can maneuver easily and the camera is workable. However, it’s just not enough to make this game good. Tedious gameplay, a frustrating camera, and cumbersome aiming are the three main negative factors. Seeing as how those three components make up the majority of the game, they are big...
Excerpt: Yakuza: Dead Souls review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com Japan’s game developers seem to be heading down a strange path in 2012. Several beloved game franchise sequels coming from the Land Of The Rising Sun this year have not only turned out to be disappointing, but disappointing in a way that defies conventional explanation.
Excerpt: Yakuza: Dead Souls has two demographics of gamers lined up in its cross-hairs: fans of the previous Yakuza games and fans of zombie games. Unfortunately, Yakuza: Dead Souls is neither a good Yakuza game nor a good zombie game so the vast majority of both fan-bases are going to be left hungry.
Pros: It’s here, but only the Yakuza fanboys will find it. It’s buried deep under layers of frustration and repetition.
Cons: Third person shooting derails one of the most creative and enjoyable franchises of this generation.
Excerpt: The Yakuza series is no stranger to the gaming industry. With four titles already under its belt here in the US, the series has a small, but loyal following. Dead Souls takes almost everything you know...
Pros: + Lots of content, +Can be stupid fun at times
Cons: Horrid aiming controls, Camera movement is atrocious, Truly repetitive, Melee is worthless
Summary: Yakuza: Dead Souls is not a good shooter, nor is it what people expect from a Yakuza game, yet taken on its own merits it's an extraordinarily quirky, delightful experiment with lots of humor and a distinctly Japanese flavor. Stiff controls and lengthy load times hold it back from being as good as it could have been, but it proves that there's still some life left in massacring the undead.
Pros: Hilarious writing, Plowing through zombies is empowering, Loads of mini-games, Rich setting
Cons: Uncooperative controls and camera, Incessant, lengthy load times, Combat can feel unfair and cheap at times
Summary: Yakuza: Dead Souls, also known as Yakuza Of The End, is the next iteration of the iconic Japanese series and features the entire story line, Japanese downloadable content and a brand-new minigame, Pachislot.