Conclusion: Good review. I also liked the game and think that it’s one of the better series from Sega lately. But the points you make about how it compares are exactly how I feel. For example that Ryo feels like a more complex character in a way. Or that the Shenmue series feel more grand and vast. Shenmue feels also more like “reality” due to all the little details, different NPC’s and the fact that they all have voice overs just to name a few things.
Summary: I played this game through in Japanese when it first came out and loved it. When it came out in English I had to see what it was like. The voice-acting in the English version is not too bad, but some of the translation is a bit off, in fact in some parts way off, to the point that whoever translated it missed the point and/or subtlety of the Japanese completely at times. That said, if you don't speak Japanese, this will have to do.
A good game worth playing as no other game deals with the Yakuza world.
18 August 2009
Excerpt: Yakuza is an action game for the Playstation 2 developed by Sega. This game takes place in Japan and is all about the Japanese criminal world of Yakuzas, the story follows Kazuma Kiryu, he takes the fall honourably for his killing his boss (apparently that's honourable) and once he is released from prison he finds that his Yakuza clan has had 100 million yen stolen from them and all the Yakuza clans are out to find it.
Excerpt: "...way you looked at it, Yakuza faced some pretty weighty comparisons in the run up to its release. One common knee-jerk reaction was that the Tokyo-esque cityscape and open-world gameplay heralded Japan’s answer to Grand Theft Auto, though in a time when sandbox games were in high demand, this was hardly a surprise. Of greater interest to SEGA fans was that it bore more than a passing resemblance to revered Dreamcast epic Shenmue, renewing hope that ...
Pros: Well integrated new features, impressive city, battles are fun, story
Cons: Camera is suspect, low - grade animation in places, little replay value
Excerpt: Whichever way you looked at it, Yakuza faced some pretty weighty comparisons in the run up to its release. One common knee-jerk reaction was that the Tokyo-esque cityscape and open-world gameplay heralded Japan's answer to Grand Theft Auto, though in a time when sandbox games were in high demand, this was hardly a surprise.
Excerpt: I'm obligated to start this review by restating the obvious: this game is about the titular, Japanese organised crime syndicates which are a large part of the country's culture. Their influence being so strong, an "Act for Prevention of Unlawful Activities by Criminal Gang Members" was only passed in 1995, and they are still estimated to be the world's largest organised crime group with over 87,000 active members worldwide.
Excerpt: "...full, Sega's 2005 PS2 game Yakuza is reputed to be an authentic insight into these gangs' world. Yakuza takes a serious look at crime, avoiding bawdy humour and obvious satire. Its efforts toward verisimilitude lend it a maturity that many games fail, or never attempt to achieve. The level of profanity and brutal violence is appropriate given the setting, and adult locales like strip clubs and brothels are treated respectfully, although from a Yakuza ...
Pros: Fun gamplay, intriguing plot, plenty of extra content
Cons: Holds itself back from becoming as good as it could have been .
Excerpt: The Yakuza (in real life) are essentially the Japanese equivalent of the mafia. They are a very well known organized crime organization, possibly the most famous after the mafia and the triad. The game itself take place with the player acting the role of Kiryu Kazuma, a well respected and feared member of the dojima clan held in high regards by the previous clan leader.