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Yakuza 4 - Playstation 3

by Sega
PlayStation 3
Mature
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews) 78 / 100


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  • Get lost in the infamous "sin-city district" of Tokyo, as you walk and fight in back alleys, main streets, city rooftops and underground areas
  • Discover and experience Tokyo's adult nightlife including hostess bars, karaoke pickup bars, massage parlors, and pachinko palaces
  • Additional activities include: video arcades, golf and bowling, batting cages, pool and darts, blackjack, Texas hold?em and more
  • Experience a deep and twisting crime story where you play all four characters
  • Take on all challengers with a deeper fighting system and new street chase functionality
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003QX4F7C
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,524 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

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Yakuza 4 is single player, third-person, Action-Adventure game exclusively for play on PlayStation 3. The fourth localized US release in the gritty Japanese Yakuza series, the game challenges players to rise or fall in a fictional representation of the Japanese criminal underworld. The game features mission based gameplay, street fighting combat, light RPG attributes and mini-games. Additional features include: four playable characters, character specific finishing moves, movie quality storylines and nearly all the content released in the original Japanese version, including in-game dating functionality.

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Can You Survive the Japanese Underworld?

Follow-up game to the widely praised PlayStation 3 exclusive Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 recreates a realistic underground world of Tokyo and tasks the player to rise or fall in an intensely deep crime-action game where four men cross paths over a woman and dead man. No other gaming experience brings you this close to the mature themed realities of the Japanese criminal underworld - and you can only get it on PlayStation 3.

The four playable characters of Yakuza 4
Fight and explore your way through the Japanese underworld as four different characters.
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Gameplay

As with previous releases in the Yakuza game franchise, Yakuza 4 is a localized version of the original Japanese action-adventure release. The game is played predominantly from a third-person perspective and features a blend of mission-based gameplay, light RPG functionality and mini-games. Within the game players take on the role of four different characters as they literally fight their way through the Japanese underworld. Each of these characters has a different storyline, although these do overlap. Each also possesses a different fighting style. During street brawls characters gain or lose strength indicated by their on-screen meter. When this meter is full players gain access to finishing moves with which to defeat opponents. These moves are different from one character to the next. With success characters level up, gain access to new areas and can partake of a variety of rewards, including clubs where they will encounter women who they can socialize with. Additional features include: the new Chase battle mode, character specific side games and Japanese themed mini-games like pachinko, table tennis, karaoke and more.

Key Game Features

  • Get lost in the infamous "sin-city district" of Tokyo, re-created with incredible detail. Walk and fight in back alleys, main streets, city rooftops and underground areas. Enter bars, restaurants, apartments and more.
  • Discover and experience Tokyo's adult nightlife. Enjoy hostess bars, karaoke pickup bars, massage parlors, and pachinko palaces. Deep list of western and Japanese branded products.
  • And much more: Video Arcades, Gentlemen's Club, Golf & Bowling, Batting Cages, Pool & Darts, Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Table Tennis and even harbor fishing.
  • Experience a deep and twisting crime story where you play all four characters.
  • Take on all challengers with a deeper fighting system and new street chases.

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Packing heat in Yakuza 4
Film quality storylines.
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Unleashing a finishing move in Yakuza 4
Four different finishing moves.
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Socializing at the club in Yakuza 4
Mini-games and rewards.
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Stick fighting attack against sword and gun in Yakuza 4
Level up items and abilities.
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Product Description

Yakuza 4 picks up the story of Yakuza 3 one year later and takes the player back to Tokyo. The story starts when a man is shot to death in the ruling territory of the Tojo Clan, the organization that has featured in all games in the series to date. A small gang which belongs to Tojo Clan try to establish what happened and their leader is soon found stabbed to death. These events cause a heated battle between four men over money, power, status and honor. The truth becomes apparent as the lies, betrayals and entwined stories are revealed and when these 4 unflinching men get together, the new legend of Kamurocho is born.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yakuza 4 Back in Action March 15, 2011
By Unit543
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I had the game yesterday and punched in about 5 hours and will update as I play along. The Yakuza series brings back familiar faces along with new ones.. A Loan Shark,a crooked cop and a ex-con.. Everything almost looks the same but that does not mean it's a bad thing..New areas such as rooftops and underground malls have been added along with new store fronts and hostess bars..Pachenko Slots have been added with a mix of a couple of new games..The arcade shooter is back from part 3 in the sega arcade..The battle system is fun,granted I only been using the loan shark as that is who you start off with.. His dashing kicks and move sets are really refreshing for the series.. As you progress through the amazing storyline you will cross paths with other characters you will play later which I always found an awesome concept..The soundtrack is great barnone.. The city to me now feels more live then it ever was before. If you are in to beat em ups like streets of rage with that element of shenmue with a mix of fantastic film making I say buy this now..Other reviewers really scarred this game for no GOOD reason other then lacking time to do a review to show up for PAX..what a joke..will update when I use other characters

Quick Update: There are multiple Hostess bars. Leaderboards for various mini games including the arcade shooter. Nothing big just forgot to point out.

UPDATE: I'm taking my time with this game but really upset at the lackluster hype for this underrated gem..Reminds me of part 2..Anyway I wanted to mention a few more things but also want to mention I'm still on the loan shark(doing more adventures then missions) The beat them up and flap them back up from the floor to continue combos is great and gives you a a$$ kicking feel.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have never played Yakuza series from Sega before and I heard raving reviews and accolades about the series and the 4th installment of the game seems to be awesome so far. Having played about 5 hours, I am already hooked. Before starting the series, I reminisced what happened in Yakuza 1-3 and know the basic storyline so far. As the other reviewers stated, the game is a mix of beat em up, RPG, action and adventure. The cut scenes are top notch although they can get a little bit on the long side. However, the graphics are a beauty and blew me away overall. Everything feels top notch as the movements, environment all seem so real and makes you feel like you are in Tokyo.

There are so many things to do that it makes you worry something has been missed or you forgot to talk to someone. Talking to people (they have green or blue arrows on top of their heads) or even eavesdropping on people is a charming task and it gives you an insight as to what's currently going on. (I've spent 3 hours doing just this) The fighting sequences are awesome and the punches, kicks, throws and grabs are real moves and not exaggerated. You can pick up various objects around you and beat the living crap out of the bad guys. It's a stress reliever for sure after a long day at work. =)

Overall, this game gives you the importance of respect, honor, philanthropy and revenge. Akiyama, the loan shark loans money to people in exchange of volunteer work or other humanitarian actions without charging interest. As the story unfolds, it remains to be seen what happens to each character. (can't wait) I will updating this review as soon as I put more hours to it. I cannot recommend this game more, it's that GOOD! If you are skeptical, Best Buy had it for $39.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaps and Bounds above 3 March 16, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
i really think sega out did themselves with this sequel. almost every aspect from 3 has been improved and expanded upon. City, NPCs, characters, voices presentation wise have been improved significantly. weather effects like rain have been added. day and night cycle. combat feels and plays alot smoother, but yes sometimes its hard to lock on but its a minor problem. the story and pacing are alot better and flows very well. playing as 4 characters back to back makes the game feel less like a grind or repetitive. each character has a unique personality and back story. i cared what happened to each character. even the Kiryu (main character of the whole series) has been improved with more insight on his back story and even more fighting techniques and attacks. one of the weak parts of 3 in my opinion of the redundant sub stories. there are less sub stories in 4 but they feel significant and not redundant. for note the game is 99% true to its original Japanese content. the only cut content are the opening song because of licensing issues, and a trivia game called Answer x Answer. barely noticeable this game is brimming with content. so go buy it now.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This review is going to be quite an undertaking because frankly, I don't even know where to start but I know it'll be overly long. Perhaps you should skip it if you don't like reading a lot of text haha. I suppose I should start by saying that Yakuza 3 was the title that initiated me into the franchise after hearing vague notions of its similarities to Shenmue. I loved the 3rd installment and almost everything about it. We had a great protagonist: sometimes stoic, honorable, calm under pressure, and really just completely bad ass! So when I heard that the narrative for Yakuza 4 was going to be split between 3 other heroes, I have to admit I had my reservations.

This is one of the best video game purchases I've made in a while. I still can't decide which I like better, this or Yakuza 3. As soon as I started playing with Akiyama, I couldn't help but be reminded of some cross between Oh Dae-su from Oldboy and Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. I believe the moment I knew I was going to love the rest of the game was the cutscene when the appropriately stereotypical mob goons got really hot-headed with him and Akiyama stayed cool-headed and retorted with smug insults. I mean how much better can you get than that? Not only does it brings us into the world of that fantasy, but with main heroes that likable and charismatic, it made me want to see the whole story through with them.

I'm just before the very final section of the game, and I can see how some of the reviews thought that Yakuza 4 had a ponderous quality to the story-telling. It didn't stop me from being engaged though. But the catalyst that makes it work so well, that makes me want to keep watching the story unfold from betrayals to reunions is the CHARACTERS and their RELATIONSHIPS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game is amazing
I bought this because I love the yakuza series. Story had multiple people this time but I still loved it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dragonfang18
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game!!!!
Yakuza 4 is actually called Ryū ga Gotoku 4 in Japan. This game is cool and the amazing music in this game makes it that much better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PooPanda
4.0 out of 5 stars For A Niche Audience, but A Well-Executed Game
So what do I mean by that title? Well, this is not a game for everyone. It's not that the story is impossible to pick up.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dancinhomer
2.0 out of 5 stars meh..so so
this game is good,not great but good..it will take along time to play through it..if you have alot of time to kill this game you should pick up
Published 8 months ago by Dusty G
4.0 out of 5 stars THE READING!!!!
Ok so im abit late with this game. I was looking for old games to buy and play and Amazon recommended this one...so i bought it. Ummm...im a gamer that hates to read... Read more
Published 8 months ago by d.rattatta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow Up Of The Third Yakuza Game And Just As Entertaining To...
A must have for fans of the series as the graphics and gameplay have been improved even more from the third game but just as enjoyable to play as you can do the main missions and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game of the series
It is a fun game awesome graphics for what it is and over 20+ hours of gameplay also you can play more than one character in this game.
Published 11 months ago by Edwardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game I've played since Ratchet
I've become so jaded in gaming with only a few left to play on my list on current gen, but this game has got to be the best I've played in years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike D. W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game! But could been changes.
This 4th series of Yakuza is fantastic! The story is more deeper than the previous ones. One thing I love about this game is not only the story but the mini games especially. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Quang Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it, played it,
and glad i got a good game for a cheap price. It was a bit hard for me to pick the game up at first, but it gets better once you're familiar with the controls =D
Published 14 months ago by Jose Acosta
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