What should people know about Yakuza?

2017 is a big year for the Yakuza series! Yakuza 0 was released back on January 24, and now Yakuza Kiwami is coming to the PlayStation 4 on August 29. Now is the perfect time to get into the series. But before people do, they may be wondering what they should know about these games. Cue an extensive explanation!

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Nyxus2114d ago

That it's an awesome series, and that it's not like GTA at all (something many people assume when they first see it).

InKnight7s2113d ago

Both were Sega games right? Yakuza still of course.

LOGICWINS2113d ago

Yup, I would agree with that. Shenmue is still one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had...but Yakuza blows it out of the water in every respect.

Aren't the Yakuza devs announcing their upcoming non-Yakuza related project this week?

I'm more excited for that than Shenmue 3.

_-EDMIX-_2112d ago

I'd say Yakuza has so many features that are better, but many features are still only found in Shenmue, ie looking at the items or having a home to sleep in etc. Granted some Yakuza games have this in some form, but most don't have this day cycle that you have to go home to sleep before you start other missions.

premium adventure mode in the series is sorta like Shenmue in terms of how they do the day and night cycle, but its a mode that clearly isn't just the main game.

Both are great series, but its clear that Yakuza has a few things missing that I think if put in, would make more sense.

I want a day and night cycle and I want certain missions only at night and certain missions only during the day ala Shenume, GTA etc.

_-EDMIX-_2112d ago

Well yes. Yakuza got a chance to. Shenmue I feel never really got a fair chance. The deal they had with MS I feel really hurt that IP, it didn't help either that only Shenmue 2 was ported to XB.

So new console XB, getting a sequel to a game many didn't play the first of?

I feel PS2 would have made more sense, even with a downgraded port. Yakuza took off where Shenume left off imho.

Had Sega ported Shenmue to PS2 and Gamecube, I feel maybe things would have been a bit different.

FullmetalRoyale2113d ago

You need to know that if you are curious about the series, go out and buy a Yakuza 0. You may thank me later.

Kurisu2113d ago

I might treat myself on pay day. I've never played a Yakuza game, but they seem to gain positive feedback from people who have.

FullmetalRoyale2113d ago

Yakuza 0 was my first experience with the franchise. Seemed like the perfect time to jump in, with it being a prequel.
If you want a game that can go from super dark and dramatic to goofy, and you love a good story, then you should consider Yakuza 0 a must buy.

Kurisu2113d ago

Sounds good to me! Maybe I should work on getting through Persona 4 Golden first though, and save myself some money. But I'll definitely get it at some point!

FullmetalRoyale2113d ago

Hey you do you, man! Just don't forget about it!

LegoIsAwesome2113d ago

That it's amazing? Didn't even know the series exist until the release of Yakuza 0. At that time I have nothing to play to I gave it a try. And wow the story is just amazing. It's so interesting that I didnt even do any side missions or side content of the game.

If you're reading this and you still didn't get to play Yakuza. I recommend you play it. The story is 11 out of 10.

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