Last year, Sega disclosed its plan to drop the last three remastered titles in the Yakuza series, and the physical edition hits today. It contains remastered versions of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5. They are all available digitally if that is your jam too, and it means that you can play everything from Yakuza 0 to Yakuza 6 on one console. That’s a mountain of content.
If you decide to get the physical version, your wait may be rewarded. For one game’s standard MSRP, you receive all three games on two discs. Included with the games are a red digipack with Kiryu’s dragon tattoo and a very special item for collectors. Since Yakuza 5 was never given a physical release, they are including a PS3 game case for you to display with your other versions of the Yakuza games. It’s a nice nod to fans, and those who purchase the remastered collection can download a free PS4 theme of the iconic dragon tattoo to further show their love.
For the games themselves, there is a lot here. The trailer shows you’ll have five playable characters through the games as you explore different cities. Yakuza 5 is the biggest in the series, but all games will offer you many side stories to meet the wilder locals in town. The inclusion of minigames is no different, and there is bowling, karaoke, batting cages, chatting up hostesses in clubs, and what appears to be bear hunting. You can that out in the video at the top.
The trailer at the bottom shows a discussion between Yakuza 5 director, the voice of Kiryu, Takaya Kuroda, and the voice of Majima, Hidenari Ugaki. They talk about the different games, but go into more depth on Yakuza 5. They reveal the game’s theme was “dreams”, and that’s why the Japanese subtitle for the game was “Fulfiller of Dreams”.
With the entire stable of the older Yakuza games available on the PS4, Sega is ready to make some big changes to the next installment with RPG elements and two new main characters. Fingers crossed those are changes we love. We’ll know for sure when Yakuza: Like a Dragon comes to players outside Japan this year.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.