Yakuza

Publish date: Wed, May 8, 2019
Last updated: Fri, May 29, 2020


While typing up an entry for Yakuza 2 in the PlayStation Plaza, I realised I had a lot to write about the Yakuza series in general. I feel that series deserves its own little hub here, for talking in-depth about the games themselves, and to log magazines, flyers, and other fun Yakuza stuff that I have.

Reviews/playthroughs

Main series (story order):

  1. Yakuza 0
  2. Yakuza
  3. Yakuza 2
  4. Yakuza 3
  5. Yakuza 4
  6. Yakuza 5
  7. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Remakes (not remasters because who cares about them? I certainly don’t):

  1. Yakuza Kiwami
  2. Yakuza Kiwami 2

Spin-offs:

  1. Ryuu ga Gotoku Kenzan!
  2. Kurohyou: Ryuu ga Gotoku Shinshou
  3. Yakuza: Dead Souls
  4. Kurohyou: Ryuu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen
  5. Ryuu ga Gotoku Ishin!
  6. Judgment

Reboot series:

  1. Yakuza: Like a Dragon (aka Yakuza 7)

I’m going to be replaying any games I’ve already completed (the main series/remakes/couple of spin-offs) before I write up anything for them just so they’re fresh in my mind and I can do proper playthroughs for them.

You might ask why some of the titles are in English and some aren’t… well Sega hasn’t localised the whole series. They’re more than happy to re-release Yakuzas 3, 4, and 5 onto PS4 when they’re perfectly fine on PS3 but they won’t give us Kenzan or Ishin?? Nioh was successful in the West! So was Witcher 3 -1. well, it’s not a samurai game, but it’s medieval shit and people gobbled that one up too. But yeah, the Japanese titles on the list are only available in, well, Japan. I have to play them in Japanese and have English guides to get me through them.

The Yakuza series had its humble beginnings on the PlayStation 2. The PS2 Portal contains reviews of PS2 games just as games, rather than playthroughs/rambles/mini-theses. Here are some quicklinks to the Yakuza-specific PS2 reviews:

  1. Yakuza (okay… so I haven’t written this one up yet)
  2. Yakuza 2

Other stuff

My collection isn’t huge by any stretch, but I’ve accumulated a few bits of merch for the series too. I’ll need to scan a couple magazines and flyers and add them here, as well as post stuff relating to figurines and glassware. Yes I wrote figurines !!!!!! Leave me alone. I thought I was above that weeb shit but this series got me bad.