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January 26 2011
Yakuza 4 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
24/3/2011SegaSegaCS1 Team
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Kazuma Kiryu returns in Yakuza 4.
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Inflicting some major pain.

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The cities streets are very busy.
One of the biggest pleasures I had during 2010 was playing through Sega's brilliant Yakuza 3 which offered a brilliant gaming experience despite being cut down somewhat for the American and European release. This newest game in the franchise though will be released here in a much more complete form, and it's one game we've very much anticipating.

Set in a fully realised, authentic recreation of Tokyo’s "Sin-City District" the deep and interweaving crime drama of Yakuza 4 unfolds through the eyes of four unique and dangerous characters. Playing as the legendary Kazuma Kiryu (who was the main character in the previous Yakuza games), the loan shark Akiyama, escaped convict Saejima or detective Tanimura, players will need to survive the dangers and temptations of the Japanese underworld.

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Cut-scenes in Yakuza are often quite violent.
Each character will take on different missions, allowing the player to interact with the city from each characters unique viewpoints while also experiencing every taboo in the underground world of Tokyo. Ultimately though this game continues the story set up in Yakuza 3 however we expect that if you didn't play that game there will be an option to catch up on previous events, in much the same way that Yakuza 3 brought you up to speed on the two PS2 prequels. You can also expect plenty of non-playable characters to return for this fourth game.

As with previous games in the series the exploration of the city is one aspect which could chew up hours of your life. Entering buildings, playing some games, going to a hostess club, buying items, singing karaoke - it's all possible in the Yakuza franchise. Yakuza 4 includes plenty of new areas to explore including rooftops, the back streets of Kamurocho and even the sewer system and a shopping mall.

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Yakuza 4 is a PS3 exclusive...
Visually this game doesn't look to have the richest texturing, or the most detail on some of the objects, but when you see this moving it really does look a treat with the hustle and bustle of the city always apparent, the smallest gestures on the characters having a major impact and plenty of text based dialogue to wade through.

As another Playstation 3 exclusive this title promises a lot and going on reviews from Japan, where the game scored 38/40 in Famitsu, we have extremely high expectations for this title. Japanese gamers were treated to a downloadable demo of the game which we hope makes it to American and European PlayStation Stores, but with the limited fan base it seems somewhat unlikely. As we've previously mentioned Sega know the importance of he game to the hardcore gamers and have promised a much more accurate port this time around following the outcries over content removed from Yakuza 3 (which we must point out didn't detract much from the game at al). Roll on March 24 2011...