Yakuza 4 Catch-All

"SEGA has confirmed it will release Yakuza 4 in Europe and North America this coming spring for PlayStation 3."

-- http://ps3.ign.com/articles/109/1095...

SEGA Blog: http://blogs.sega.com/europe/2010/06...

Nice.

I'm a huge fan of the series. Having three new playable characters is cool, too, as the Kazuma story arc was getting a bit stale.

Release is tomorrow, can't wait!

I still need to finish Yakuza 3

TheCounselor wrote:

I'm a huge fan of the series. Having three new playable characters is cool, too, as the Kazuma story arc was getting a bit stale.

This. I can handle dated gameplay as long as they can continue to make things interesting, story-wise.

I have a copy on the way, although I don't know that I'm going to play it right away. However, this has limited run written all over it, so I wanted to make sure that I wasn't shut out.

I still need to finish Yakuza 1. And then start and finish Yakuza 2. And then buy, start and finish Yakuza 3.

garion333 wrote:
TheCounselor wrote:

I'm a huge fan of the series. Having three new playable characters is cool, too, as the Kazuma story arc was getting a bit stale.

This. I can handle dated gameplay as long as they can continue to make things interesting, story-wise.

After only playing for three hours or so yesterday (somewhere in the midst of chapter 3, I believe) the game does feel more fresh since I've played with a completely new character who I am enjoying. My main complaint, other than the amount of long cutscenes (which are expected), is that the game is frickin easy. I'm not even coming close to dying, though I've really only fought two real battles as the rest were against street punks and the rest.

The game feels fresh to me, even though the city is just the city (I've been on rooftops, but not underground), purely based on the new character. And I'm only on the first character. It'll be interesting to see if I like the rest of them as much.

garion333 wrote:

After only playing for three hours or so yesterday (somewhere in the midst of chapter 3, I believe) the game does feel more fresh since I've played with a completely new character who I am enjoying. ...more stuff

Totally agree. I'm at the same spot. The new character and story pulls you in within about 5 minutes. Going to be another awesome rumble through Kamurocho.

Are there selectable difficulty levels? I haven't tried it yet, as I started Dragon Age 2 last week, but if it's that easy, I might try a harder difficulty.

Of course, I tend to be a tourist in Yakuza games, so I might enjoy a simple romp through the combat.

TheCounselor wrote:

Are there selectable difficulty levels? I haven't tried it yet, as I started Dragon Age 2 last week, but if it's that easy, I might try a harder difficulty.

Of course, I tend to be a tourist in Yakuza games, so I might enjoy a simple romp through the combat.

Yeah, there's Easy, Normal and Hard. I'm playing on Normal and I'd call it Easy.

One of the HEAT moves in a rooftop fight was to...through the guy off of the building. It has an animation reminiscent of Wile E. Coyote.

Someone brought Majima's name up in a not so nice fashion and, after seeing what that crazy-ass bastard was capable of in Y3, I cringed.

Dusted this one off of the pile on a rainy Labor Day. Finally made it through Part 1. I can now agree with SEGA's decision to take out the hostess club stuff from Yakuza 3. It's really boring. The story is still awesome.

Part 2 starts out with pretty awesome scene. Half the fun of these games is watching the Hollywood level cutscenes.

If you've got 12 minutes and don't mind seeing part of the story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O1S4...

I'll post this here for anyone who cares. I picked up Yakuza Dead Souls on the cheap and I'm rather enjoying it in a completely mindless way. I'd say that only fans of the Yakuza series will probably enjoy it as it's a bit slow at times with the cutscenes et al, but I'm enjoying the wacky humor and whatnot. Definitely takes some time to get going.