Yakuza

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FUCK YEAH!

Anyone else here playing this? I'm only on Chapter 4, got it yesterday.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Thursday, 28 September 2006 00:06 (thirteen years ago) link

I really don't like it at all.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Thursday, 28 September 2006 00:48 (thirteen years ago) link

The demo did nothing for me.

adam (adam), Thursday, 28 September 2006 03:33 (thirteen years ago) link

This game is incredibly frustrating and irritating. There's a lot I like about it, especially its hilarious Japaneseness, but I kind of with I had rented i5t and not bought it. Anyone want to trade for Okami?

antexit (antexit), Thursday, 28 September 2006 14:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I haven't found it to be particularly frustrating at all. What's been giving you trouble? I've only lost one fight, in Chapter 2 when I was still figuring out the controls, and I've been doing all the optional missions for EXP. It took a few hours, but in Chapter 5 I already have 5 Soul 7 Tech and 7 Body, with close to 1,000,000 yen and over half of the locker keys. I guess a lot of people hate the random encounters (and the loading time that comes with them), but I wouldn't say there are any more than your average RPG. There's an EXP cap on those things, too. Since doing all those missions, I haven't had any apart from the scripted ones while you're carrying Haruka to Serena.

I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would from the demo.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Friday, 29 September 2006 04:57 (thirteen years ago) link

What I find frustrating is mainly the fighting mechanic, the stupid combos that continually leave you punching the air while the guy you're fighting punches you in the back of the head. And I actually liked the random encounters at first, since fighting can be really fun, but there's just too many of them; they should have made them more avoidable. What I like: the story, how weirdly adult it all is, how the usual levelgrinding stuff in the game actually makes you feel like you're living the depressing life of a Tokyo salaryman, the way the city looks, all the shops you can go into and things you can do that have no bearing on the game itself (in that way it's like Shenmue in a way I hoped it'd be.) Also, fuck! All the fucking swearing becomes fucking irritating after a fucking while! Fuck! What's the fucking point? Again, trades for Okami: hit me up

antexit (antexit), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

the stupid combos that continually leave you punching the air while the guy you're fighting punches you in the back of the head.

I've heard this complaint before, and while I haven't had too much trouble with this, there is a solution fairly early in the game. Aside from remembering to hold down R1 while fighting and using the shift technique to quickly escape when you find yourself in this situation, there are two reverse attack moves you can learn that pretty much make this a non issue. At the start of Chapter 4 you can go to the alleyway southwest of Theater Square to find Coin Locker Key No. 50. Unlock this locker to get a book on Roundhouse kick techniques. Once your Tech stat reaches 4 you will automatically learn this if you have the book. There is also a Reverse Strike punch to learn from Sensei Komaki in Purgatory, but you have to have Tech built up to 6 for him to teach it to you.
The only "random" encounters in all of chapter 5 for me were the ones on the way to meet Majima, again scripted so they don't really count, none in chapter six so far. Again, too many random encounters is the game telling you to earn more EXP.
All the swearing is an attempt to approximate in English the way Yakuza actually talk. It sort of works but I could see it all coming off much better in Japanese with subtitles. I read that they wanted to include the Japanese language track but there wasn't enough room on the disc.

Okami is great but if I didn't have it I wouldn't trade this for it. The story alone makes it a keeper, for me.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Friday, 29 September 2006 20:09 (thirteen years ago) link

hold down R1 while fighting and using the shift technique to quickly escape

Should read: hold down R1 while fighting to shift and using the dodge technique while shifting to quickly escape

Marmot (marmotwolof), Friday, 29 September 2006 20:13 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

did anyone play yakuza 2 through? seen it mentioned a few times on ILg I think

cozwn, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:25 (eleven years ago) link

Sitting on my to-be-played shelf :(

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 16:36 (eleven years ago) link

some solid praise from good writer types. been meaning to pick up a copy, but that would necessitate buying a new PS2 memory card.

GM, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 17:11 (eleven years ago) link

Yakuza 2 was probably my favorite game of last year. the story is stunningly non-retarded (I never played the first one so I had no idea what to expect), the action is frantic and awesome, and then there's this:

jamescobo, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 17:28 (eleven years ago) link

this game is great (regretting putting it on easy tho cos it's a pinch too easy); as james says the story is surprisingly nonretardo, the presentation (gfx+music) is great and the combat is rly satisfying

my only complaints are petty: no 480p even tho the box says so, the camera is a bit iffy, eh

cozwn, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

we're never going to see yakuza 3, kenzan or yakuza 4 in the west are we?

m. white btw (cozwn), Friday, 24 July 2009 07:24 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

fuck yeah!!!!
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=18013966&postcount=424

I peacocked your mom (webinar), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 14:09 (ten years ago) link

if this actually goes down I am bullish as hell on the chances of it selling well enough to justify the other games being brought over since (1) there's an actual groundswell of support behind the release and (2) people still haven't figured out how to pirate PS3 games yet. (assuming we're talking about a disc release and not on PSN like foax had been a-sayin').

"I have seen bloodstains on the Pac Man joystick" (jamescobo), Thursday, 15 October 2009 00:33 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

It's not going to win any awards - unless there's a category for "best golf game unexpectedly inserted into a violent RPG" included in end of the year round-ups - but it's slick stuff, and in the quirky wholeheartedness with which SEGA's underworld adventure throws itself into capturing the feel of Tiger Woods, you can see why people often refer to this series as the spiritual successor to Shenmue.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/yakuza-3-european-hands-on

forksclovetofu, Monday, 15 February 2010 23:08 (ten years ago) link

only one flaw w/that argument YAKUZA rocks SHENMUE sux

dnw (cozen), Monday, 15 February 2010 23:11 (ten years ago) link

anyone who doesn't buy this game should be reincarnated as Amy Winehouse's taint

/no cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 20:01 (ten years ago) link

i say no, no, no to that

antexit, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 23:38 (ten years ago) link

i heard eliza dushku is in this, true?

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 17 February 2010 01:03 (ten years ago) link

lol

Nhex, Wednesday, 17 February 2010 01:09 (ten years ago) link

poor old sega ;_;

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:14 (ten years ago) link

true, but they put out at least 3 classics in the last 3 years (Yakuza 2, Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta)

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:48 (ten years ago) link

do you have a take on this whole saga jc?

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:14 (ten years ago) link

(I assume you've been following the saga of the removed hostess sections in the NA release of Y3; general internet bitching and whining as per)

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:15 (ten years ago) link

it sucks that they're removing content, but I never got as much into the hostess stuff as other Yakuzatards so I'm not slitting my wrists over it or anything. as long as I can still win a fight with a tiger by sticking a cigarette in its eye, I'll be good.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:29 (ten years ago) link

new trailer up on PSN for yakuza 4 apparently; features a chainsaw

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:31 (ten years ago) link

btw Sega has said that if Y3 sells well enough they'll consider bringing over Yakuza Kenzan (the one set in like 1885), so everyone buy like eight copies

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:41 (ten years ago) link

omg cig flick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl11P__gN1Q

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:30 (ten years ago) link

oh fuck yeah

antexit, Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:00 (ten years ago) link

want to play this so bad ;_; are there any ps2 emulators?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ (dyao), Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:18 (ten years ago) link

yeah, but you need a super beefy machine to get playable frame rates

Nhex, Thursday, 25 February 2010 15:23 (ten years ago) link

btw Sega has said that if Y3 sells well enough they'll consider bringing over Yakuza Kenzan (the one set in like 1885), so everyone buy like eight copies

I hope "well enough" is like 10,000 copies, because that's the game I really want to play (and Yakuza 3 is sure not to sell much, come on, not at sixty dollars, not with this packed AAA March). Also based on missing tropies from the western release of Yakuza 3, it seems a lot more than just the hostess club stuff has been cut, but also the japanese games like mahjong and shogi (and more). Kind of a bummer in 2010...

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 25 February 2010 16:13 (ten years ago) link

Also based on missing tropies from the western release of Yakuza 3, it seems a lot more than just the hostess club stuff has been cut, but also the japanese games like mahjong and shogi (and more). Kind of a bummer in 2010...

okay, THAT is a bummer; the insanely-fleshed-out minigames added a lot of flavor to Y2 even if I never actually beat any of them. I still remember flipping through like 10+ pages of tiny-ass text explaining how to play mahjongg; it was more imposing than most of the fights.

still preordering it since beating people's asses in Y2 is impossibly fun, though.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 25 February 2010 18:18 (ten years ago) link

while I don't agree w/sega's decision I can understand their rationale and I don't think this is the wrong-headed idiocy that the internet wd have you believe

tht being said the hostess club content is interwoven throughout the game, losing that loses you a significant proportion of the non-combat experience. how many small events that enriched yakuza have now been lost because the hostess club backbone has been removed?

the qn is how many side missions dependent on the hostess club content have we lost? it has a domino effect.

if yakuza was just a fighting game I wouldn't be interested.

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 18:48 (ten years ago) link

hopefully they leave it on the disc and then patch a translation in later.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 25 February 2010 20:45 (ten years ago) link

it totally affects different threads throughout the game tho so presumably they'll have to remove those and insert other scenes; don't see tht happening myself jc

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 20:47 (ten years ago) link

http://kotaku.com/5478862/sega-you-are-once-again-making-a-giant-mistake

I agree with his point but as with most Ashcraft articles, the only thing I end up taking away from it is that Brian Ashcraft should be dropped from a great height

/no cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:03 (ten years ago) link

it seems mr. ashcraft has missed the subtext of sega's 'you wouldn't get it, sugar' explanation: pretty sure they just couldn't afford to translate all the game (and have said as much in a subsequent statement iirc) - they had to cut something and decided this was the most non-essential portion of the game

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:06 (ten years ago) link

The couldn't afford it explanation reeks of bullshit - honestly, how could it cost more to translate a few hundred lines (or whatever) of text compared to paying a programmer to take out those sections of code and reprogram the game to work w/o those sections?

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:15 (ten years ago) link

that makes sense, I guess, iunno, sick of reading about this and discussing it by now tbf ;_;

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:16 (ten years ago) link

can't stop reading the GAF thread on this, against my better judgement. must. stop.

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:17 (ten years ago) link

2 lazy to google relevance but translation is iirc really expensive whereas deleting shit not so much. i mean idk anything abt how/what/how much has been cut but i can see that being both a) cheaper and b) quicker

i dont think is like snes ear nintendo i just think its sega rushing/doing the trans on the cheap *shrug* in the would i rather wait for the ~right~ version of the game vs getting the game at all/soon im usually predisposed to go with the latter

von Neu! man universe (Lamp), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:17 (ten years ago) link

I agree with his point but as with most Ashcraft articles, the only thing I end up taking away from it is that Brian Ashcraft should be dropped from a great height

he is like the worst writer ever. i know i've mentioned it before, but also 85% of his articles for kotaku are creepy thnigs about japanese soft-porn actresses, he reminds me of that shiroi basket shoes guy with the creepy flickr page.

on in the b.g. while you're grouting (stevie), Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:30 (ten years ago) link

Finally started Yakuza 2 last night (and played for a little over an hour - is it always that long between save points? I think in the first one you could save at phone booths?) I know they did it to save money, but the decision to stick with the Japanese language track was the best thing to happen with this game - it really adds to the atmosphere. I was also surprised to actually be into the story (so far)... that just happens so rarely with games it's sort of shocking. On the negative side, the way the camera works in these games still kind of annoys me, especially in those awkward moments when you take a few steps and it has to load a new angle or whatever. And I still feel like the brawling in 3d is just a little more clunky then it should be - game would benefit from a Demon's Souls style lock-on maybe. Anyhow, definitely looking forward to playing some more over the weekend.

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 26 February 2010 16:44 (ten years ago) link

yeah, the story is surprisingly engaging and well written

Hideous Lamp (cozen), Friday, 26 February 2010 17:01 (ten years ago) link

that whole game is just such a treat. definitely going to place in my top 3 when we get around to the PS2 poll.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Friday, 26 February 2010 21:23 (ten years ago) link

Here's a new, long trailer for Yakuza 4 (out in March in Japan, I think?), mostly focusing on the side games you can play in the game...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNd9HlQ_OwY

Jeff LeVine, Saturday, 27 February 2010 05:16 (ten years ago) link

lol xp ty

gyac, Monday, 29 April 2019 22:17 (one year ago) link

What's a good way to kill time in between Real Estate pickups? I tried doing the phone club but got discouraged with my first repeat date. (I'm supposed to differentiate the voices of all the actresses???)

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:14 (one year ago) link

pocket circuit?

chihuahuau, Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:53 (one year ago) link

+1 pocket circuit, also mahjong (❤️) and disco (❤️❤️). And outrun!

Re: telephone club - http://www.khhsubs.com/rggzero/chatline.html

gyac, Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:27 (one year ago) link

lol I loathe the Sega arcade games, when I had to beat the Electronics King's high score I was perfectly content to lose and give him back that 10%.

Pocket Circuit is pretty much just getting better components for your car and not so much a game of skill (aside from knowing when to use a turbo)?

Disco might work! I still have a bunch of songs that I still need to 3*.

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:36 (one year ago) link

Pocket circuit will get you a ton of CP though & it’s fairly repetitive yeah but it’s the kind of thing you can chip away at. You’ll also get the pocket circuit building as one of yours once you befriend pocket circuit fighter.

gyac, Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

...is yakuza 6 generally similar to the other yakuza games?

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 May 2019 19:23 (one year ago) link

Yes, though there are some mini games that aren’t in the others and ofc the setting. Why?

gyac, Saturday, 11 May 2019 19:24 (one year ago) link

yakuza is the first game in the newest engine and in some ways combat is significantly toned down compared to something like 0 or 5

kiwami 2 which came out later also uses 6's engine but has caught up a fair bit

chihuahuau, Sunday, 12 May 2019 00:40 (one year ago) link

NUGGET!

I LOVE YOU.

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Sunday, 12 May 2019 06:46 (one year ago) link

So I'm in the middle of the Media King real estate stuff and something I'm still not quite clear on yet is which advisor (I have them all unlocked) to use for a specific property. For example, if I'm trying to level up a restaurant, should I use Miracle (5*, O proficiency) or Mama-san (3*, OO proficiency, and a fraction of MJ's price)?

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Thursday, 16 May 2019 21:03 (one year ago) link

Mama san. Double circle = the best rating & star is just a multiplier? Think MJ is the best for levelling entertainment venues.

gyac, Thursday, 16 May 2019 21:15 (one year ago) link

These people seem to say to always use Miracle: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/816306-yakuza-0/75652469

I'm not yet at the point where I can throw ¥50m at every property I want to upgrade, so seeing the bar move up by only 1/10th keeps leaving me with buyer's remorse.

Meanwhile, in the rough-and-tumble world of the high-level, high-stakes pocket circuit: I love the animation when Kiryu loses! His disappointment and sadness is so heartfelt!

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Thursday, 16 May 2019 22:16 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

yakuza 7 is a JRPG

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 August 2019 13:35 (ten months ago) link

badass

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 29 August 2019 13:39 (ten months ago) link

fuck yes i love jrpgs in nontraditional settings

adam, Thursday, 29 August 2019 13:47 (ten months ago) link

Nah, not into it tbh, I’m not mad about street fights as they are but they are something you just get over as fast as possible if you’re not in the mood; this looks like it takes much longer.

Side note: judgement is AMAZING

gyac, Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:46 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

Yakuza 7 Demo enemy//

And the award for best random encounter enemy goes to WHATEVER THE HECK THIS IS.
I couldn't even attack him because i was on the floor laughing. pic.twitter.com/wMg5c0AXzR

— Tony "Kiryu in yakuza 7" Perez (@VenomDeathNinja) November 13, 2019

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:57 (seven months ago) link

Despite what I said above, I’ll probably end up buying this

gyac, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 22:12 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

This is how I dressed up Mana:

#PS4share pic.twitter.com/AfgK2hIPU4

— Leee (@plechazunga) December 28, 2019

Martialarts Ali (Leee), Saturday, 28 December 2019 18:09 (six months ago) link

Lol, nice. Ioved the little caption they gave dressup in Kiwami 2 (“you know you love it”).

glindr jackson (gyac), Saturday, 28 December 2019 18:11 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7ABgVXnrbs

ciderpress, Saturday, 28 December 2019 23:08 (six months ago) link

Yakuza 0 on sale for $10 on PSN store right now. I picked it up.

So far I beat up a bunch of idiots, played in the batting cages, won a cute creature that apparently is a reanimated corpse from a crane game, got handed a pocket pack of tissues, and now I have to investigate the shady real estate company that’s buying up a bunch of neighborhood businesses

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Sunday, 29 December 2019 05:33 (six months ago) link

enjoy the yakuza experience at its finest

ciderpress, Sunday, 29 December 2019 05:53 (six months ago) link

actually they improved the batting cage game in recent ones but other than that 0 has the best slate of side activities

ciderpress, Sunday, 29 December 2019 05:56 (six months ago) link

Jesus Christ @ Judgement, fucking gang leaders want to fight me like every five minutes, can't get anything done like this. And if I ignore them I get the passive agressive text messages.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 30 December 2019 10:31 (six months ago) link

Just ignore them, nothing bad will happen

glindr jackson (gyac), Monday, 30 December 2019 11:17 (six months ago) link

Furious I don’t get to keep the TV producer outfit.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:07 (six months ago) link

You can get that in premium adventure mode (it’s free dlc!)

glindr jackson (gyac), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:29 (six months ago) link

Speaking of free dlc, make sure you’re seeing the clown for all the free packs

glindr jackson (gyac), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:29 (six months ago) link

Just met the clown.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:33 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

The remake collection is out and I’m only replaying 3 and my God, the fishing is still fucking hard!

hyds (gyac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:26 (four months ago) link

Ok, this may be just me last night but I totally fell asleep starting Yakuza 0 and an hour in. SLOW. SLOOOOOW.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:44 (four months ago) link

definitely slow. It's kind of a game for hanging out in, more than like plowing through, it seems like.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:47 (four months ago) link

Go to a Karaoke bar! Play Mahjong!

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:51 (four months ago) link

I am trying to get past a lot of this dialogue to get more into the story but now we can't find the game we saved last night. OMG I was so bad at karaoke.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:52 (four months ago) link

Yakuza doesn't autosave, you have to manually do it (at a telephone booth) (remember those?).

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:54 (four months ago) link

yeah we found it. Thank G. We have had guests for a week (that just left) so am now cramming in a bunch of playing.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:57 (four months ago) link

I appreciate the sideburns in this game.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 20:09 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Playing the hd remakes for PS4 rn. 3 was a total treat with all the added back content, but the mahjong was harder than in all the other games! Now on 4 and taking my time with mini games and completion til I get bored. Definitely a good self-isolation investment.

gramsci in your surplice (gyac), Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:11 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

The soundtracks are apparently all on Spotify? Idk if this is true of them all cos I’m too excited that Reign! is on there!

https://open.spotify.com/track/5pVXt1JRoB6QVitDGmsn3l?si=BEVt71T1TJuPfFoIKd1sxg

Honestly incredible when they introduce this in-game.

Also the karaoke songs lolllll including classic Venus ripoff Queen of Passion

https://open.spotify.com/track/6IG120oWSCkGH6UVStALwR?si=qeujj7-sSUaahuHihqRSFg

and my personal favourite, Koi no Disco Queen:

https://open.spotify.com/track/3talAeqbqkl8sOSc6hT3TI?si=k123w-tCTsG2TIi-RiAv9A

extremely Dutch coughing sound (gyac), Thursday, 9 April 2020 09:35 (three months ago) link

right. do I start with zero or kiwami or one of the others?

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:54 (three months ago) link

Zero is chronologically the first one!

roxymuzak otm (gyac), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:57 (three months ago) link

0 is both the best game and the best entry point

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:14 (three months ago) link

i love hanging out in the world of yakuza 0 but i wish the combat didn't feel so unsatisfying

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:36 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K90yf6y4bDE

chihuahuau, Friday, 22 May 2020 09:18 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

bought yakuza 0 lads

about to peacock some moms

specific fry such as scampo (||||||||), Saturday, 27 June 2020 18:25 (one week ago) link

Delighted for you, tell us how you find it

scampos mentis (gyac), Saturday, 27 June 2020 18:45 (one week ago) link

I watched the entirety of Yakuza 0 being streamed in Giant Bomb videos recently. Less time consuming than replaying the whole damn thing and it's so story heavy that it works out pretty well. Fucking love this series so much.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 09:26 (one week ago) link


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