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Sega Using New Game Engine For Yakuza 5

Getting tired of that old Yakuza look? Yakuza of the End may be the last you see of it. In an interview with Famitsu this week, Sega's Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed that Yakuza 5 uses a new engine.

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ThePsychoGamer1919d ago

Starting to sound like the developers originally wanted Yakuza 5 to be a reboot of the franchise instead of a numbered entry into the series.

FinaLXiii1918d ago

or Shenmue 3 may be involved.

hkgamer1918d ago

I disagreed just because you mentioned Shenmue 3...
You should get banned >.<

FinaLXiii1918d ago (Edited 1918d ago )

Diablo 3 was released right? why cant shenmue

ieatbabies1919d ago

Either way, it's good news. With the technology available to us for gaming, there is no excuse not to use it.

j-blaze1919d ago

i'm so freakin excited for this!

Patriots_Pride1918d ago

question: Does Sony own the Yakuza IP? Also never played Yakuza before can someone give me an example of a game that similar - Shenmue maybe?

MrDead1918d ago

I can’t think of any game like it. Yakuza 3 is cheap to buy right now I recommend you just get it, I got the game because I was board one weekend and it turned out to be one of the best games I've ever played.

akiraburn1918d ago

To answer your questions, while Sony doesn't seem to own the IP (just going off the list of owned franchises on Wikipedia), they have a large enough stake in it that I think it essentially is their IP, and the game's creator/director/producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has explicitly stated that he's going to keep the Yakuza series on Playstation consoles. That being said, I can't highly enough recommend anyone to check out this series.

It is similar in ways to Shenmue, but it certainly has its own identity and it would be hard to find another reference for a similar game. The basic premise of the series is that you play as a former member of the Yakuza who inadvertently keeps getting pulled back into the problems that his former clan faces. The game blends a mix of storytelling, fighting, RPG aspects, optional mini games (tons of these), side-missions, and open-city exploration.

Bare in mind though that the different cities aren't as big as something like you'd see in a Grand Theft Auto title, but they are larger than the environments in a game like Deus Ex. Additionally, if it wasn't apparent already, the games have a substantial amount of Japanese culture and references within it, which you may find interesting. Even if that's not really your cup of tea, the game does a wonderful job of providing a cinematic experience, the likes of which I feel are most comparable to Hideo Kojima's works (which could also be due to the fact that Nagoshi and Kojima are drinking buddies).

At this point you should be able to find Yakuza 3 and 4 for around $20 or less each, and they will provide you with 60+ hours of fun and memorable content per game. You also don't have to worry about missing the prior content, because each game has a lengthy narrated re-cap video which explains the events of the prior games in detail.

Feel free to PM me or reply if you've got more questions about the series. And as for the Yakuza 5 info, I couldn't be more excited. This has become one of my all time favorite series, and I'm always stoked to show other people what the game is like.

On a side note... I wonder if Haruka will be able to fight?

MrDead1918d ago

There are very few games I get truly excited for, this is one of them.

Can't wait to see the new engine in action.

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