Yakuza Ishin photo
Yakuza Ishin

No need to buy Yakuza Ishin on PS3 producer claims

Behold the power of the PS4!
Jan 22
// Josh Totman
It seems to me that this is really a crappy way to sell your game. I mean, it's fine and all to show off how great the PS4 technology is, but then what about your fan base of PS3 users? In the video above, Producer Masa...
Yakuza 1 & 2 HD trailer photo
Yakuza 1 & 2 HD trailer

This trailer for Yakuza 1 & 2 HD is like a Wii U tutorial

And also a marital advisory
Jun 26
// Josh Tolentino
Yakuza is such a blockbuster property in Japan (where it's known as Ryu ga Gotoku) that most of its ads don't even need to actually advertise it anymore. According to Sega, all the average Japanese person needs to ...
Yakuza screenshots photo
Yakuza screenshots

First screens of Yakuza's jump to Nintendo

Now leave Japan. Please.
May 20
// Chris Walden
There may be some exciting announcements tomorrow that are all about a certain next-generation console, but it's not going to stop information about Nintendo's offering rolling out in the meantime. The HD versions of Yakuza a...
Tokyo Vice live-action photo
Tokyo Vice live-action

Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice filmed with Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter and the Japanese Underworld
May 02
// Josh Tolentino
Here's some sweet news for fans of a diverse range of things. Fans of Harry Potter, fans of Japanese gangsters, fans of books, and fans of movies can now rejoice together, as Jake Adelstein's book Tokyo Vice is getting a...

Worried that the super-slim PS3 is too cheap? Pay more!

WATATATA. You're already poor.
Oct 02
// Chris Walden
We haven't even known about the new super-slim PS3 for that long, but we've already got two custom console designs coming to Japan. The first is the eye-catching gold console on the right, which will be releasing alongside th...

Like A Dragon: Yakuza 1 and 2 getting HD rerelease

Jul 19
// Josh Tolentino
Or more "like a phoenix", am I right? Yes, friends, the first two games in the Yakuza series are making a comeback...in HD! This is a good thing, because Yakuza 1 was criminally ignored in its first English release...

Yakuza 5 has five playable characters in 5 cities

May 22
// Elliot Gay
I really dig Sega's Yakuza series and I know there is a small, dedicated fan base for the games out west. I think Sega really mishandled the franchise early on, but I'm glad to see that they've started to put their support be...

Yakuza: Dead Souls is the most American game ever

Mar 12
// Josh Tolentino
But only if you true patriots order the game at Gamestop!  If you do fork over some pre-order cash at your local American videogame mega-chain, you'll get the "Densetsu Pack" DLC ("Densetsu" means "Legend" in Americanese...

Yakuza spin-off will receive a TV drama

Feb 13
// Chris Walden
According to Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, there will be a television adaptation of the upcoming Yakuza spin-off game; Yakuza: Black Panther 2. The drama will be an eleven-part series that airs late at night, and will be released in ...

Yakuza of the End shambling to English, won't cut content

Oct 08
// Josh Tolentino
I have to hand it to Sega. After years of having more or less abandoned the Yakuza franchise entirely (due to crap sales of Yakuza 1) they've really gotten back on the ball with bringing the saga of Kazuma Kiryuu and his ston...

Taste the zombie apocalypse with Yakuza of the End liquor

May 31
// Josh Tolentino
Be it the presence of Young Magazine on virtual convenience store racks, the offerings of C.C. Lemon (and its 70-lemon power) among the in-game healing items, the Yakuza franchise is the video game king of obnoxiously lovable...

Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza boss freed

Apr 12
// Crystal White
This isn't just any yakuza boss. Kenichi Shinoda, Japan's top yakuza boss, was released from prison yesterday after having served a sentence for illegal possession of a firearm. Shinoda is the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi,...

Think you're a Yakuza 4 fan? Look at this guy.

Mar 25
// Crystal White
This 46-year-old Australian man is such a huge fan of Yakuza 4 that he has spent $9,000 to get a full back tattoo that is identical to the one Kazuma has. Kazuma is the main character of the game and a Yakuza badass. Whi...

Japanese culture, yakuza to thank for no looting in Japan

Mar 18
// Brad Rice
In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, Japan has been noticeably absent of looting and crime. Naturally, we all assume that the Japanese are just that orderly, polite and all those other enviable traits. These things are ...

Jake Adelstein exposes NatGeo's exposure of yakuza

Mar 07
// Zac Bentz
Tokyo Vice author, video game reviewer and journalistic bad-ass Jake Adelstein has recently tore National Geographic Television a new one over what he sees as reckless endangerment of sources. He was part of NGT's new documen...

Yakuza 4 PSN battle demo impressions

Feb 18
// Tim Sheehy
The other day the Yakuza 4 battle demo was added to the Playstation Network. Given my love for the series, I decided to give it a go. While I had hoped they'd throw in a mini-game or something as a little bonus, Sega&nbs...

Yakuza 4 comes with demo, sweet DLC, hostess bars

Feb 08
// Josh Tolentino
Yakuza 4 is coming, and this time Sega's going all-out. This time they care (more) about bringing what Kazuma and his four new friends can do in the best way possible.That includes not cutting out all the hostess content, as ...

Yakuza Of The End videos confirm celebrities, drama, guns

Jan 14
// Josh Tolentino
In case you were thinking that Sega's zombie-themed Yakuza game, Yakuza Of The End, was some cheap cash-in on the already-moldering zombie-game trend, you'd be wrong. It's certainly a cash-in, but they're going all out, if ...

Get to know Shun Akiyama in this new Yakuza 4 trailer

Dec 05
// Josh Tolentino
The sexy man you see up there is Shun Akiyama, one of the four - yes, four - lead characters in Yakuza 4, bound for PlayStation 3s across the nation next year. He's certainly more...sympathetic-looking than the human stone wa...

Major yakuza boss arrested, not surprisingly

Nov 22
// Crystal White
Kiyoshi Takayama, the 2nd highest ranking boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi clan, has been arrested. The Yamaguchi-gumi's are the most powerful yakuza group in Japan, and Takayama has been charged with blackmail and extortion. The c...

TGS: Here's some weird-ass Yakuza Of The End gameplay

Sep 18
// Josh Tolentino
Words cannot express how weird I still find Yakuza Of The End, Sega's new zombie-fied take on the Yakuza series. We brought you pictures, cosplay, and a story trailer, but the biggest question in most minds was "How the ...

TGS: Yakuza Of The End trailer reveals zombies, silliness

Sep 16
// Josh Tolentino
I know I read that the next Yakuza game was a zombie game, but every time I tried to process that information, my mind blanked out, unable to even comprehend the concept. Now that I've seen Sega's TGS presentation thereof, I'...

With Yakuza comes garishness, as shown by hideous PSPs

Aug 30
// Josh Tolentino
Sega are really pushing the new Yakuza game, entitled Black Panther: Ryu ga Gotoku New Chapter. It's not surprising, as it's one of the publisher's biggest franchises (in Japan, at least).Not only is Black Panther on the more...

Japanator Recommends: Tokyo Vice

Jun 17
// Zac Bentz
First off, I should point out that I'm not a journalist or reporter or anything more than some guy in front of a computer who can type with two, sometimes up to four, fingers at a time. I don't spend all day thrashing out sto...

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