Yakuza (series)

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Yakuza
Genres
Developers Sega
Syn Sophia
Publishers Sega
Deep Silver
Creators Toshihiro Nagoshi
Platforms PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii U, PlayStation 4
Platform o origin PlayStation 2
First release Yakuza
  • JP: December 8, 2005
  • NA: September 5, 2006
  • EU: September 15, 2006
Latest release Yakuza 6
  • JP: December 8, 2016

Yakuza, kent in Japan as Ryū ga Gotoku (龍が如く?, Like a Dragon), is an open world action-adventur beat 'em up video gemme franchise creatit, awned an published bi Sega. The series oreeginatit frae Toshihiro Nagoshi's desire tae create a gemme that wad tell the wey o life of the yakuza. Nagoshi initially struggled tae fynd a platform for the project, till Sony shawed interest in the prospect.[1]

The series primarily focus on the yakuza Kazuma Kiryu frae the Tojo clan. Whilk Kazuma aften assists the Tojo clan, the series haes featurt him searchin for anither wey o life in the form o raisin orphans an aw. The gameplay of Yakuza haes the player controllin Kazuma (or anither chairacter dependin on the title) in a open warld whaur he can encoonter a enemy or perform an activity in the ceety tae obtain experience.

The franchise haes become a commercial an creetical success, an as o 2016, Sega Sammy Holdings haes reportit that the Yakuza franchise haes sauld a combined total o 9.3 million units in pheesical an digital sales syne its debut in 2005.[2] Strang sales o the gemmes in its oreeginal Japanese mercat haes led tae the franchise's expansion tae ither middlins, includin film adaptations.

Gemmes[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Yakuza series includes fower main gemmes; the gemmes wur released in chronological order, wi each new instalment follaein the events o the previous title. There are several spin-aff titles an aw. Ane relates Kazuma Kiryu's supposed ancestor, historic figur Miyamoto Musashi (a.k.a. Kazumanosuke Kiryu) frae the 16t an 17t centuries; anither follaes a zombie invasion o Kamurocho, the primary settin for the series; on the PSP, anither series is aboot a teenage street fechter frae Kamurocho that ends up in a fecht whaur he kills a Tojo Clan member.

On 31 August 2011, twa new Yakuza gemmes wur annooncit: Yakuza 5 (Ryū ga Gotoku 5) an a sequel tae the PSP game, Kurohyō 2.[3]

Main series[eedit | eedit soorce]

Spin-affs[eedit | eedit soorce]

The success o the main Yakuza series haes spurred the creation o a spin-off, Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!, which wis released in Japan an Asie on 6 Mairch 2008.[4]

Umwhile kent unner the wirkin title "Project K", Yakuza: Black Panther is a spin-aff on PlayStation Portable that wis released in Japan on 22 September 2010.[5]

Main article: Yakuza: Dead Souls

Of the End involves a zombie ootbreak in Kamurocho. This spin-aff entry is bein localisit in the Wast as Yakuza: Dead Souls, an is released in North Americae on 13 Mairch 2012.

Production[eedit | eedit soorce]

Legacy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The franchise's mixed gameplay is inheritit frae past Sega gemmes that series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi wirked on includin, the Shenmue series, the Virtua Fighter series, the Dynamite Deka series (ダイナマイト刑事 a.k.a. Dynamite Cop), the SpikeOut series an the Jet Set Radio series. Explicit tribute is paid tae these gemmes through product placement o Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 5, SpikeOut an Dynamite Deka EX arcade cabinets in Yakuza Club Sega gemme centers (the latters wur first introducit in Shenmue) an cameo appearances (like Goji Rokkaku from Jet Grind Radio).

The Yakuza gameplay resembles the ane introducit in Shenmue in mony respects includin Event Mode, Adventure Mode, Battle Mode, minigames an QTE.

Mercatin[eedit | eedit soorce]

The series is kent for its expandin video gemme tie-in an product placement mercatin policy. Such strategy allous tae support the gemme's costly production an in the same gives a realistic aspect tae the environs which are based on real locations in Tokyo, Osaka an Naha.

Cast[eedit | eedit soorce]

The gemme's oreeginal vyce actors are Japanese celebrities which can be seiyū, sangsters, tarento, film or TV series actors, radio or televeesion celebrities. Cabaret girls an alike characters hae featurt models, gravure idols an adult actresses as vyce actresses an likenesses. Syne the 2008 spin-aff, the gemme series' main chairacters hae their face modeled in 3D efter their vyce actors. As in the Virtua Fighter series, Wastren main an minor characters daena speak (an course) in Japanese but rather in Inglis.

The PlayStation 3 instawments' realistic character design is based on Cyberware 3D scanner, Softimage XSI 6.5 3D models[6] and Sega's Magical V-Engine.

Wastren localization chynges[eedit | eedit soorce]

When the series wis internaitionalizit an localizit tae fit the wastren mercat several chynges occurred. These include chyngin the title o the gemme (Like a Dragon 龍が如く, ryū ga gotoku became Yakuza) an the names o several characters (Shintaro Kazama is Shintaro Fuma, Akira Nishikiyama is Akira Nishiki, Futoshi Shimano is Futo Shimano, Sai no Hanaya is Kage).

Yakuza 4 adjustit several of these localisation changes, follaein creeticism o the previous gemmes, an in pairticular the content excisit frae the Wastren release o Yakuza 3. Producer Noguchi notit that there wis an attempt tae "bring a mair complete localization that wis mair faithful to the source material". This included reversin several name chynges. In addition, some conventions wur chyngit; in previous Wastren localisations, protagonist Kazuma Kiryu haed been referred tae primarily bi his first name. In Yakuza 4, he is referred tae primarily bi his surname, Kiryu, which mair closely reflects the oreeginal dialogue.[7]

Music[eedit | eedit soorce]

The three Yakuza oreeginal soondtrack albums are composed bi Hidenori Shoji, Hideki Sakamoto et alii an are published bi Wave Master. Additional soondtrack featurs sangs frae Japanese airtists Crazy Ken Band, Zeebra, Ketsumeishi an Eikichi Yazawa.

Notes an references[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Martin Robinson (August 24, 2011). "Yakuza unlikely on Xbox 360". Eurogamer. Retrieved Februar 1, 2017. 
  2. "Sega Intellectual Properties - Annual Report 2016". Sega Sammy Holdings. 2016. Retrieved 14 Februar 2017. 
  3. "Ryū ga Gotoku 5 and Kurohyō 2 Announcement Coverage" (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  4. "Ryu ga Gotoku 3 [Yakuza 3]". Sega. Retrieved September 14, 2007. 
  5. http://archive.is/20120718091750/www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/06/30/ps3_yakuza_game/
  6. Hewlett-Packard Japan (2009). "HP Workstation 導入事例紹介株式会社セガ 「龍が如く3」". Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  7. "Yakuza 4 Producer on Re-Localising the Series". Joystiq. 13/03/2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

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