Yakuza 0 is one of the best jumping in points for those new to the series, but there’s still a little bit of legwork to figure out what’s going down in Kamurocho (the fictional red light district of the Yakuza series) when players take control of protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima next year.
So we sat down the SEGA of America clan patriarc…er, localization producer Scott Strichart and had him give us a rundown of what players can expect from the game. And if you’re wondering if that’s the SEGA warehouse in the background and if this interroga…er, interview was filmed under duress, well, we have no comment and this line of questioning is over. Please do not try to see if Scott is blinking help messages in morse code.
Yakuza 0 Features:
- The Dragon’s Origins: What lies in a man’s past defines his future, and in this case, we learn a lot about what inspires Kiryu down the paths he takes in the rest of the Yakuza series. Plus, you don’t get to be called “Dragon” without being able to knock a few heads. Combat styles can be hot-swapped during fights for some of the most intense battles in the Yakuza series to date.
- Embrace the Mad Dog: For the first time in a numbered game, long-time NPC Goro Majima is now playable. With his own fighting style, abilities, and his penchant for turning sleaze into profit, stepping into the role of Yakuza’s most eccentric character will provide some eye-opening insight.
- The Decadence of the 1980s in Japan: Cash rules everything in the world of Yakuza 0, and in the game, there are a million ways to spend, make, or take money. From cash spilling out of the pockets of gang members you fight to Telephone Clubs, Disco Halls, or even Pocket Circuit car races, there are tons of ways to be a well-to-do gangster.
Yakuza 0 is being localized by SEGA® of America, Inc. and will be released physically and digitally in the Americas and Europe beginning Jan. 24, 2017. The game will be available on Playstation 4 systems for $59.99 (with comparable prices throughout the Americas), and is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
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