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Yakuza 4 - Playstation 3
- 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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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.
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.
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.
Fight and explore your way through the Japanese underworld as four different characters.
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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The story of Yakuza 4 is soap-opera/crime-thriller that involves a mysterious woman named Lili whose connected to a series of deaths in Tokyo's Red Lights district. As with previous installments, this game is very cut-scene heavy with lots of (well-acted) dialogue which can test your patience. The cut-scenes are a lot more engaging (with a lot more action!), this time around though and I didn't feel quite as bored as I did in Yakuza 3. Just as long as cut-scenes are the blocks of text you have to click through to move that action forward. Again, it's much better paced than the previous games but still a bit annoying.
The biggest difference between Yakuza 4 and it's predecessors is the main character (or characters). Series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu is now one of FOUR controllable characters and he's only playable towards the end. Being a series fan I was a bit disappointed with this change as I'd gotten pretty attatched to Kaz, but that opinion quickly changed when first protagonist Shun Akiyama is introduced. Not only is this loan-shark (along with the corrupt cop Tanimura and convict Taiga Saejima ) just as fun to play as Kaz, I was actually MORE vested in these new characters than our usual hero and didn't WANT to stop playing them. Luckly by the end of the game their stories come together and you can switch between them at will.
The graphics and the Yakuza games have never been their strong suit. The cut-scenes obviously look fantastic as do the main character models but the in-game environments still look like early PS3/late-PS2 graphics. There's still a lot of animations and colors in buildings and other structures and there's always a varied amount of people walking around which add to the game's immersion.
The gameplay, despite some slow-down is better than ever in Yakuza 4! As usual combat takes place in these enclosed arenas where you're forced to beat up a group of enemies. Each main character controls perfectly and responsively with each bone-crunching punch/kick/throw being felt. The hostess clubs are back (and even work into a main character's narrative) as is mahjong, gambling, karaoke, erotic massages etc. There is so much to do in this game world that really adds to the flavor of being in Japan and really makes Yakuza 4 so much fun to play.
I could go on and on about the things I love about Yakuza 4. It isn't perfect and like the other Yakuza games is an aquired taste. However, if you loved the previous enstallments as much as I do or are looking for a great noir-thriller game with a japanese twist definitely give Yakuza 4 a shot!
(a note: I realise this is the fourth game in the series but newbies shouldn't worry about starting from the first game. This story stands very well on it's own and only somewhat ties into the previous game)
Panty-thiefs falling from rooftops to opera music and visions of bras
Hobos put your enemies into half-nelsons
Kidnappers enraptured by fishnet stalkings
Tough Yakuza signing soft ballads
Dont know wtf I'm talking about? Ya, exactly, welcome to Yakuza 4-
This game is nuts, you just walk around and beat the tar outta people, in between beatdowns, there are tons and tons of side stories, collection quests, revelations and .
Seems like everything is here too: All the games, all the hostess quests, all the quirky sideshops, the japanese culture, tons and tons of side stories.
I've put in about 16hrs and I'm like 3.99% done...unreal. There is SO freakin much to do in this game it's crazy.
The upgrade system has changed a little, you now get the 'soul points' per level that you can use or save for the moves/abilities that require 3+ soul points.
And with more 3 new characters to play come new fighting moves, and the heat moves are nastier than ever.
I probably only have so little completed cause all I do is run around looking to unleash these moves on these guys who dont like the way I just walked by them.
Another to mention are the cutscenes. They're kinda deep. Some of the things they talk about arent about the game at all but about life, social issues, economic issues, political stuff...I'm not a cutscene kinda guy but I've always enjoyed the ones in Yakuza for whatever reason.
There is one major problem I've encountered with this game...your first fight in Okinawa. It could just be a mental thing but after 8 tries I couldnt do it and refused to lower the difficulty lol.
In closing, this is how a sequel should be made:
A familiar setting but with more content and new features added in with the old.
The safest pre-order I've placed in years.
Top reviews from other countries
Gameplay can be a little simplistic where you can get by with just spamming one or two combos all the time. However there are a lot of "Heat" moves to experiment with which can look extremely brutal and are different for each player. Not sure if this is the type of game that would appeal to everyone but I had a lot of fun with it.