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Japanator LIVE - Yakuza Zero (Part 3) Redo

[Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video of the stream will also be posted here during and after the stream, so check it out!] Tonight, I try not to be a complete fail...

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Japanator LIVE - Yakuza Zero (Part 3)

[Note: I am so sorry, my microphone broke and did not record any voice audio. I will redo the entire video again next time.] [Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video o...

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Japanator LIVE - Yakuza Zero (Part 2)

[Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video of the stream will also be posted here during and after the stream, so check it out!] Tonight, we come back to take a quick tr...

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Japanator LIVE - Yakuza Zero

[Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video of the stream will also be posted here during and after the stream, so check it out!] Tonight, we take a quick trip back to the...

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Kick, punch, and crush ass through the '80s with Yakuza 0

The Yakuza games may be an institution when it comes to high-profile Japanese gaming these days, but strangely enough, they've never portrayed Japan's gangster culture at its true height, during the boom years of the late 1980s. These ...

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Review: Project X Zone 2

As an idea Project X Zone 2 is wonderful. It takes players through different worlds celebrating the creativity and unique aspects of each game. Having our favourite characters mingling together as they form a vanguard against an ultimate ev...

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Review in Progress: Project X Zone 2

Dream match up games between companies is few and far between. Licencing issues, accurate portrayals, and regional differences in licencing can cause a cross-over game to be left on the cutting room floor of any game development company or ...

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No need to buy Yakuza Ishin on PS3 producer claims

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 Masayoshi Yokoyama ...

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

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 know is that th...

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First screens of Yakuza's jump to Nintendo

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 and Yakuza 2 hav...

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Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice filmed with Daniel Radcliffe

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 live-action fi...


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

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 the upcoming Yaku...


Like A Dragon: Yakuza 1 and 2 getting HD rerelease

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 because of a g...


Yakuza 5 has five playable characters in 5 cities

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 behind it as the ...


Yakuza: Dead Souls is the most American game ever

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), which contai...


Yakuza spin-off will receive a TV drama

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 April, shortly ...


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

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 stone-faced badasse...


Taste the zombie apocalypse with Yakuza of the End liquor

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 product placem...


Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza boss freed

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, the nation's l...


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

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. While I admit that...


Japanese culture, yakuza to thank for no looting in Japan

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 true, but Slate...


Jake Adelstein exposes NatGeo's exposure of yakuza

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 documentary on yakuza,...


Yakuza 4 PSN battle demo impressions

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 went with jus...


Yakuza 4 comes with demo, sweet DLC, hostess bars

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 the dramaticall...


Yakuza Of The End videos confirm celebrities, drama, guns

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 these two new ...


Get to know Shun Akiyama in this new Yakuza 4 trailer

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 wall that is seri...


Major yakuza boss arrested, not surprisingly

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 crime lord force...


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

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 hell does this ...


TGS: Yakuza Of The End trailer reveals zombies, silliness

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've retained eno...


With Yakuza comes garishness, as shown by hideous PSPs

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-popular PlaySt...


Japanator Recommends: Tokyo Vice

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 stories and all ni...


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