Yakuza 5 Review | The Game Scouts

Tin Salamunic: There are approximately 1026 games on the Playstation 3 right now, and around 196 titles that are considered console exclusives. As a reviewer and lifelong gamer, I was fortunate enough to play the majority of these titles. However, looking back at my PS3 collection, there may actually be only two dozen releases that I’d personally consider PS3’s most profound offerings. Sega’s latest Yakuza 5 belongs in the top 10. Yakuza 5 is a masterpiece. It’s one of the most memorable games I’ve played in years, and it sits right next to The Witcher 3 as one of my top GOTY candidates.

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showtimefolks2839d ago

Bought ps3 just for the game. Still have yakuza games from the past

Still sad we didn't get the HD remasters of first 2 games when wiiu got it

Still sad we don't get any spin off's like ishin

I hope we get yakuza 5 to release on ps4 along with yakuza zero and yakyza 6

DemonChicken2839d ago

"Still sad we didn't get the HD remasters of first 2 games when wiiu got it"

Rather have the remastered version Ryu Ga Gotoku Kiwami to be honest. Here's hoping it will get localised and also they will do the same for the second game

showtimefolks2839d ago

Yeah any yakuza game that is coming to the west I am happy about

ThanatosDMC2839d ago

This is also my GOTY for 2015.

Brisco2839d ago

Haha.. 10/10 you had a little bit to much of that wine, when you wrote this crap didn't ya.


Most Badass Moments from the Yakuza Games

Every single Yakuza game has over-the-top action and high-octane fights, and these are our picks for the most badass moments from the Yakuza games.

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Looking Back at the Best Beat'em Ups on the PS3

Carve your burning fist through this list featuring the best beat'em ups you can experience on the PlayStation 3.

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jznrpg187d ago

I loved Asura’s Wrath . It’s my avatar still to this day

Abnor_Mal187d ago

I remember Remember Me, I haven’t forgotten that it was actually a good game.


Every Yakuza Game Ranked

With RGG in the mainstream spotlight, about to complete their first simultaneous worldwide release, let's take a look back and rank the Yakuza games.

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neutralgamer1992774d ago

I just could not get into like a dragon I love Yakuza series but when they went with turn based combat it just was not for me. I hope future entries go back to its original roots or at least every now and then have a game where is real Time brawler combat

We do have judgement so at least there are other similar games being made by same developers

Yi-Long774d ago

I liked most of the Yakuza games I’ve played, and I (mostly) did enjoy the new direction they took with ‘Like a Dragon’ and its new fighting system. It was a welcome change of pace. Its JRPG turn-based fighting system wasn’t perfect, but it was a good first attempt on which they can expand and build. Didn’t like the damage-sponge boss-fights though, which felt more like a chore instead of tactically taking out your opponent.

Deathdeliverer774d ago

I’m sorry but no way is like a dragon better than Yakuza 0, 4,5, or 6. It’s different with a lighter hearted tone a lot of times. Plenty of slapstick and jokes. It literally feels like a DLC compared to the main Yakuza games. Unless you simply don’t like action games maybe… but going through the underground arenas, fighting the mini bosses randomly on the streets on different games for money or exp (like the guy in the gold suit for example). Not to mention the mini games, which Like a dragon has some too, but not as good as most other Yakuzas. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing Yakuza from the beginning. It’s like the metal gear rpg/card collector that was on PSP or Vita. It was a cool game and a lot of fun, but it wasn’t a METAL GEAR. It was fun for what it was. I don’t believe this person actually played through all the Yakuzas. Probably gamepassed like a dragon and dabbled in the others to get an idea.

neutralgamer1992774d ago

Yakuza 4 is such an underrated game and zero is what made the series have legit string foot outside of Japan

Like a dragon in my opinion isn't on the same category quality wise. It's story and characters aren't as interesting

isarai774d ago

Same, been there since the first on PS2, but you're gonna get a lot of disagrees. Many people defending Yakuza 7 weren't fans of the previous games, or only dabbled, and they seem to outweigh diehard fans like you and me. So it's pretty much like trying to shout over a crowd. This is what the Yakuza series is from now on, Judgement is our compromise, but it seems even that is in the air lately given some behind the scenes conflict apparently.

Darkwatchman774d ago

I literally started with 0 in and Kiwami in 2017, then played Kiwami 2 when it dropped. And had 6 sitting and waiting on my shelf until after the collection of 3-5 dropped. Then I ran through 3-6 in one massive continuous marathon. I’m sorry that i think Like a Dragon is one of the best ones and that having the same combat for 8000 games got repetitive and it was a breath of fresh air to get an actual change?

I welcome franchises taking risks and like a dragon was a massive risk that paid off. Like the article states, it fits the Yakuza brand of humor extremely well with regard to enemy types and their attacks/skills. Also, it’s incredibly reductive to call this a “DLC”. How can it just be a DLC when it’s an entirely different genre as opposed to more of the same. If you want to make the “it’s just a DLC” argument, that would apply more to Judgment, which is just more of the traditional Yakuza gameplay.

You maybe just don’t like turn-based gameplay, which is fine. I like all kinds of games. I’m sorry that my view of game genres isn’t so narrow?

Sayai jin774d ago

There are a few I haven't played so I am replaying and playing through them now on GP.

MadLad774d ago

Gamepass really let me get into the series.

Sayai jin774d ago

Same here. I started some of the games in the series when we lived in Japan, but was super busy so I never finished. When I saw the series land on GP., I started from thr first and working my way through them.

CDbiggen774d ago

I did like Like a Dragon, it kept the feel of the games, but I got bored of the combat about halfway in. It was the easiest RPG I've ever played.
If I remember correctly - Eri, lower defence move for all. Ichiban - Mega bat. Every fight over in seconds.

andy85774d ago

True Final Millennium Tower for the Platinun was certainly tricky

Imalwaysright774d ago

I'm currently playing Yakuza 0 and so far it's the best game I played this year.

Urrakia34773d ago

I started it about a month ago and was immediately impressed by the cutscenes, characters, and the story got me hooked quite literally from the beginning. Been playing it on and off lately but definitely one of the best games I've played in a while. It's one of those that make me feel dumb for not jumping into the series sooner, pleasantly surprised.

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