3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
slightly flawed excellence
, March 22, 2012
This review is from: Yakuza Dead Souls (Video Game)
I was looking forward to this game ever since it was announced and I have heard of the Yakuza series; but could never bring myself to playing them. All I can say is that after I finish this game I will be jumping right into those titles. Yakuza Dead Souls, to me, has just the perfect blend of action, story, zombies and hilarity rarely found in games nowadays. I am gonna stop right here to say that, yes, the controls, at first, seem horrible. You will have a tendency to play this game like other third person shooters and you just can't do that here. 10 hours in and I still have a hang up here and there when controlling the character; but only for a second. for example, one of the abilities that you unlock is to auto head shot an enemy. When I first started using this, I kept aiming at the ground or sky since you have to press L2 to use it and L2 is for precision aiming. Quickly learned to let go of the left analog when I use this and problem solved. you just have to get accustomed to the controls and once you do, you will be mowing through zombies and mutants in no time. There are several occasions where the camera, especially in tight places will work against you; but it's only a slight nuisance that will pass. now on to the game itself. I love the free roaming aspects of this game where depending where you are, you can see people going about their daily lives and text bubbles will pop up here and there letting you know what people are talking about. Not a whole lot of voice overs; but seeing as how in this game; everyone speaks Japanese with the occasional American or Chinese person thrown in here and there, the text is actually preferable. I also thought that the game, being all in Japanese voices would bother me in the cutscenes; but I have found myself to enjoy it even more. Makes it seem more authentic and I have no problem reading the subtitles. And there are plenty of cutscenes to go along with the action. Not to long and they are great on their own. I actually found myself chuckling at quite a few of them. The characters actually have personality here. whether they're a bumbling idiot, a total bad @ss, or a mixture of both, you will cheer them on, no doubt about it. There are also a bunch of side missions and little things here and there that peppered in to give you something to do so you can take a break from zombie killing. I started saving stores from zombies and lo and behold, I found an arcade right in the middle of the zombie outbreak and I stopped to play a arcade game right alongside other people. there are zombies outside and there are people in the stores going about their daily business. You would think that this would be bothersome; but when playing this game, you can't help but go along with it. Actually pretty funny. Sorry for the rambling; but I just wanted to get a little word out to people looking to see if this game is worth buying and to tell them, YES!!!! If you like action and laughs then Yakuza Dead Souls is the game for you.
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