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E3 2016: Sega Gives The Yakuza An 80’s Twist

by on June 16, 2016
 

Sega has published its E3 trailer for the newest installment (to us, anyway) of their long-running Yakuza series. Japan is still one game ahead of us, but at least the translations are still coming.

What can we glean about Kazuma Kiryu, the focus character of this installment, from the new trailer? We know he’s really really good at beating people up. Seriously, look at him go. Presumably these are other mob members, who would have experience in this sort of thing, having their heads handed to them. Kiryu also plays some mean darts.

This Yakuza is a prequel that takes place 28 years ago. The 1980’s were just as garish in Japan as they were in America if not garish-er. Check out the E3 trailer followed by Sega’s official description. Yakuza 0 will be released for Playstation 4 early next year — and there WILL be a physical version this time!

The 1980s in Japan were defined by unprecedented amounts of decadent overindulgence – and nothing was out of greed’s reach, especially in Kamurocho. A chilly but electric Tokyo in December 1988 is the backdrop for Kazuma Kiryu’s ascension into the ranks of the Yakuza – the name given to members of notorious crime organizations. And with Yakuza 0, newcomers to SEGA® of America, Inc.’s Yakuza series will be able to get in on the ground floor, with the game’s standalone, story-driven action that focuses on navigating the seedy underworld of Japan with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, and for the first time in a numbered title, players will be able to play as long-time NPC, Goro Majima – the Mad Dog of Shimano. Available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the game will be localized and released as physical and digital versions in the Americas.

Yakuza 0 Features:
• The Dragon’s Origins: What lies in a man’s past defines his future, and in this case, we learn a lot about what inspires Kiryu down the paths he takes in the rest of the Yakuza series. Plus, you don’t get to be called “Dragon” without being able to knock a few heads. Combat styles can be hot-swapped during fights for some of the most intense battles in the Yakuza series to date.
• Embrace the Mad Dog: For the first time in a numbered game, long-time NPC Goro Majima is now playable. With his own fighting style, abilities, and his penchant for turning sleaze into profit, stepping into the role of Yakuza’s most eccentric character will provide some eye-opening insight.
• The Decadence of the 1980s in Japan: Cash rules everything in the world of Yakuza 0, and in the game, there are a million ways to spend, make, or take money. From cash spilling out of the pockets of gang members you fight to Telephone Clubs, Disco Halls, or even Pocket Circuit car races, there are tons of ways to be a well-to-do gangster.

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