Yakuza 4 demo hits PlayStation Plus Feb. 15, rest of PSN Feb. 22

If you're wondering about the differences between Yakuza 4's four protagonists, you'll get your chance to explore the subtle variations in each one's gangster-flattening technique starting February 15 (and Feb.16 in Europe). That's when Sega will offer a downloadable demo to the elite inner circle of the PSN family, also known as "people who paid for PlayStation Plus."

The rest of us low-level thugs will have to wait until the following Tuesday, February 22 (and a day later in Europe), when Sega makes the demo available to any old PSN user. If you like what you see and/or knock over with a traffic cone, you'll be able to pick up Yakuza 4 on March 15 in North America, and three days later in Europe.

After the break, check out a trailer all about the game's hostesses, and see what Yakuza fans were so upset about losing from the localized version of Yakuza 3. Warning: You will be embarrassed if anyone else is in the room.

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Fight in Kamurocho with the Yakuza 4 Demo
Try out all four different characters on February 15th
SAN FRANCISCO (February 2, 2011) – SEGA of America today announced that the playable demo for Yakuza 4 will be available exclusively to PlayStation® Plus users on February 15, 2011 and then to all PlayStation® Network users on February 22, 2011.

The Yakuza 4 demo will allow players to try out all four playable characters with each of their distinct fighting styles. This is just a taste of what to expect from Yakuza 4, the game that lets you experience what it is like to be a part of the Japanese underworld. If you want to explore the more exciting parts of Tokyo and give yourself one last chance of becoming somebody in a world of nobodies, Yakuza 4 is the game you're waiting for.
Yakuza 4 will hit North American retail shelves on the PlayStation®3 compute entertainment system on March 15, 2011.
For more information about Yakuza 4, please visit http://www.sega.com/games/yakuza-4/.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.