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Sega is getting all the mileage it can out of its Yakuza 4 trailer narration guy, putting his gravelly delivery to use in a series of character-specific trailers, each introducing one character's motivation for random street fights. Three have been released so far; see them after the break.

December 16th 2010 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Despite the fact that Yakuza: Of the End violently breaks from series tradition, it's hewing pretty closely to the previous games' schedules. According to Siliconera, Famitsu magazine has revealed the Japanese release date for the gangland zombie shooter: March 17. The date follows tradition, appare...

December 15th 2010 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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The atmospheric English-language narration in this Yakuza 4 trailer is a bit too effective. Now, instead of the Japanese language track and English subtitles the game uses, we'll want some grizzled old guy calmly intoning nonstop about what tough guys we are and how dangerous it is in Tokyo.

November 24th 2010 at 1:35pm 0 Comments
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Okay, after watching this eight-minute Yakuza: Of the End gameplay trailer, we can now think of the game in a different way. Our bemusement is reduced and our interest increased. Instead of a really strange Yakuza game, we now look at it as a cheesy zombie game with great production values -- like O...

October 18th 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Sega continues to work on the zombie shooting spinoff Yakuza: Of The End, releasing more screenshots as proof that it really is following through on this insane idea. The new screens feature Kamurocho pre- and post-zombies, as well as the four protagonists (and Chiaki Kuriyama) firing weapons at the...

October 13th 2010 at 8:40pm 0 Comments
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The Yakuza series may be exploring left field with the fanciful zombie-attack game Yakuza: Of the End, but American audiences still have one good old jaunt around Kamurocho to look forward to: this spring's Yakuza 4, whose major innovation of four playable characters seems comfy in comparison. We s...

September 22nd 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Andriasang has rounded up all of the details announced about Yakuza: Of the End so far, giving us a bit more info than "it's got zombies in it and it's really weird." Of the End takes place in a Kamurocho that is quickly becoming infested with zombies, causing Japan's Self Defense Force to close the...

September 20th 2010 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Yakuza: Of The End was ... unexpected. Not in that it's another Yakuza sequel -- we can pretty much count on those being at least annual -- but in that it's a zombie shooting game. Why would Sega take a series built around realistic criminal organizations, known for its accurate (if fictionalized)...

September 17th 2010 at 12:20pm 0 Comments
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Though still not announced for US launch, the next PlayStation 3 installment in the Yakuza series was just unveiled by Sega of Japan (via Andriasang). The Japanese version of the game's official website is up, introducing the title as "Ryu ga Gotoku Of the End," and showing little more than the log...

September 9th 2010 at 1:05pm 0 Comments
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4Gamer has posted a downloadable demo for the PSP's Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter, allowing those interested in the dramatic tale of one teenager beating up a bunch of dudes to check out the game with ease. You won't need to load up the Japanese PlayStation Store or anything fancy like that --...

August 30th 2010 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Sega wants you to believe these three guys are tough. That's sort of a requirement for accepting them as protagonists of a new Yakuza TV series, based on the PSP's Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter and bearing the same title. Japan's TBS and MBS stations will begin showing the live action adaptation...

August 27th 2010 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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An ad for the new, untitled PS3 Yakuza game suggests that some big changes are in store for the game and its Kamurocho locale. The ad, in this week's Famitsu, shows the main entrance to the Kabukicho-like district totally wrecked -- with street lights bent out of shape, cars smashed up in the middle...

August 25th 2010 at 9:59am 0 Comments