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Review: Yakuza

Monday, August 7th, 2017

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The first game in Toshihiro Nagoshi’s hugely successful Yakuza franchise is a fascinating little game because it showcases a lot of familiar elements that will stay with the series all the way to present day. Yakuza is an incredibly accomplished first entry in a series that has simply reiterated on its template instead of taking it in a completely different direction.

Click here to read our full review of Yakuza.

Shadow the Hedgehog Re-Released on Japanese PSN Store

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Those (un)lucky Japanese! Shadow the Hedgehog has been re-released on the Japanese PSN store. The game is a part of the PS2 Classics range and can be purchased for 1200 yen (about £8).

Shadow the Hedgehog is the notoriously ill-advised Shadow-centric action platformer which allows you to pick up and use enemy weapons like swords and most controversially, guns.

The PS2 version of the game suffers from a wildly fluctuating framerate that makes the game a chore to play. If you’re that desperate to play the game I would advise the superior Gamecube version.

[Source: Siliconera]

New Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition Screenshots Emerge

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Siliconera have unearthed a whole heap of comparison shots from Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition. The screens show the PS2 originals and then the HD versions to show up the graphical upgrade.

Click here to be taken straight to the gallery.

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition launches on PS3 in Japan today. No Western release is currently planned.

[Source: SEGA News.net]

Video Spotlight: Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition Trailer

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

A trailer has been unveiled for Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition on SEGA of Japan’s YouTube channel. Check it out below:

There are also some slight graphical changes over the PS2 originals:

– The high definition display allows for more detailed character models
– The “haze” that appears on far-away objects to help improve running speeds and loading times has been removed allowing for a more detailed draw distance
– It appears that this version allows for more pedestrians in the playfield at any time

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition launches in Japan on November 1st. No word on a Western release at this time.

[Source: Eurogamer]

2 SEGA PS2 Titles Now Available on Playstation Store

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Playstation Store has seen some rather interesting developments recently with the addition of PS2 classics becoming available for purchase. This week sees the addition of another plethora of titles that includes 2 SEGA games which must mean that SEGA are keen to support the service.

The 2 games are Sonic Heroes and Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution. Full European pricing follows:

Sonic Heroes (£7.99/€9.99)
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (£7.99/€9.99)

[Source: Eurogamer]

Past Yakuza Games Unlikely To Appear on 360

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Toshihiro Nagoshi has stated that the Yakuza series will likely never get ported to the X-Box 360.

Nagoshi explains, “At the beginning of the project we spoke to all the platform holders including Sony and Microsoft. Every platform holder was negative about this prospect, but we kept on pushing because we believed in the potential, and as we kept going one platform holder that showed interest and saw the prospects of this title was Sony. That’s how we started working with them, and that’s probably not going to change.”

Nagoshi added, “The basic style and mechanics is really an old game that started on PS2 and continued on PS3. Times keep changing, and if we started on some new games they would be in a very different shape – so the last game was the end of one particular era.”

End of an era, eh? Can we expect more from the Yakuza series on different platforms? Only time will tell!

[Source: Eurogamer]

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