Submitted by PlusXP 661d ago | opinion piece

Why Yakuza 5 needs to come to the West (and how you can help)

Leon from Plus XP writes "I didn’t get into the Yakuza series until after the release of the most recent main entry in the series, Yakuza 4. It’s always a series I’d seen in stores, but rarely one I’d hear other people talking about. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of marketing, or perhaps it’s because the series is a PlayStation exclusive – with many people owning Xbox 360′s as their ‘main’ console – but whatever the reason, I was extremely glad that I gave it a shot. Yakuza 4 was a joy to play – a tale of four individuals whose paths intertwined in the city of Kamurocho, as police and Yakuza groups tussled over money and power. There wasn’t a single plot between the four lead characters that I didn’t enjoy, and how they all connected really inspired me – delving into all aspects of Kamurocho – the Yakuza clans, the lives of it’s citizens, it’s seedy underbelly and the inner-workings of it’s police force." (PS3, Yakuza 5)

wishingW3L  +   662d ago
man, Yakuza is one of my most fav series and I was really anticipating the Yakuza 5 release this year. I was anxious to play as Haruka and see what the plot was all about. Return to Kamurocho and kick some major ass with the always bad ass old man Kazuma!

People really don't know what they are missing on by ignoring this amazing series. Particularly if you're a Shenmue fan or a weaboo anime fan Japan freak. If you can play garbage like Neptunia, Dynasty Warrior and Miku Project Diva then you'll love the Yakuza series because there so much more awesomeness packed in it!

But what's done is done. Sega are stupidly stubborn and if they said that they are not gonna localize it then that is it. Vanquish is no more, Valkyria Chronicles is no more, Bayonetta went Wii U exclusive and Yakuza 5 will not be localized because Dead Souls flopped real bad. ;(
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jc48573  +   662d ago
maybe people need to do a little more checking before they buy games rather than having to wait for ads to be thrown at them. Whenever I hear people say that "it's probably for lack of marketing," I just can't help but feel a little annoyed because Sega did do some marketing in the past and they did a little bit with Yakuza 3, but game still didn't sell well in the end despite the efforts. Either they are not interested, don't know anything about it, or simply don't care. I don't get how people think because they aren't really, which is really disappointing. How many people do visit gaming sites? out of billions of people that live in America. Yes, A-M-E-R-I-C-A. Americans USED to care, but I really don't know what happened to their interests. It kinda just died out. JRPGs are not as hot as they used to be or even Japanese games in general.
akiraburn  +   661d ago
Actually, I don't believe a localization has been ruled out. From all that I've read, there doesn't seem to be any confirmation one way or the other. Since Sega is doing some internal restructuring, things could go one way or the other. I think that if we consider how it took over a year beyond their Japan release for the last several Yakuza games to get localized, it's plausible that if it is getting released in other countries that it might not be until March of next year. That seems to be when they plan the Yakuza releases. I have my fingers crossed for this.

While I completely agree with the majority of what you're saying, there's a couple things to keep in mind with what you mentioned about Yakuza 3. When they released it, Sega really only had a very small amount of marketing done. I was a huge fan of the first two games and had pre-ordered the third, so I was keeping a close eye on everything at the time. Now, I live in the US so it might be different elsewhere, but through all my perusing here, there weren't any commercials I had seen on typical networks that have game commercials, at the time I was subscribed to GameInformer and I didn't see any ads in there (maybe in other mags, but not in that one), and through all the game sites I went to there was only minimal online advertising.

The main problem however wasn't solely the marketing, but deciding to release it right in between two rather large games, Final Fantasy XIII and God of War 3. By choosing this release window (the same day as FFXIII and a week from God of War), they were seriously hurting their potential sales due to overshadowing. Yakuza 4 was a bit better in these departments, but still rough (Dragon Age 2 and Homefront that time around). I mean, you certainly are correct with the bit about people not caring as much now, and that's disappointing, but I can't tell you how many of my friends that are pretty serious gamers that knew nothing about the Yakuza series due largely to marketing and would have otherwise loved the series. And working off your point there, it's hard to introduce them to it because often-times series that don't have some sort of foothold in game media don't garner the same theoretical "respect" that others would, just because of how it's presented.

Anyway, that's just my experiences. I love the Yakuza games (even Dead Souls which I bought day-one) and as I mentioned in many other articles, this is possibly my overall favorite game series out there. It would be an immense shame if they didn't figure something out for a western release for 5 and the HD remasters of 1 and 2. I can't imagine that it would be too hard to get 1 and 2 on the PSN store, considering they already have the subtitles for the majority of 1 and 2 in the original release.
fsfsxii  +   661d ago
The HD collection for the west NEEDS to happen, i also heard that the Yakuza series borrows alot from Shenmu
Ashlen  +   661d ago
I'd buy it.
chazjamie  +   661d ago
They can keep it.
dc1  +   661d ago
With love and respect. Leave this thread friend. ....Unless you have a compelling argument to add to the discussion.

The Yakuza series is wonderful and should not be restricted in any way. Period.
cleft5  +   661d ago
I would love to play it, but I am not begging Sega for anything. I am sick and tired of Japanese companies not realizing they can make a decent amount of money by bring their products to the West in a conservative manner.

Atlus proves time and time again that they can make money off niche products in the West. Their is no reason Sega can't figure it out. So they can figure it out, or they can just keep Yakuza 5 in Japan.
GillHarrison  +   661d ago
I love Yakuza, the only issue I had with the series was in the 4th and subsequently the 5th is that you have to level up a character, switch, and start from the bottom again.

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