Yakuza 5 Remastered

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a game by Sega
Platform: Playstation 4
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 1 review
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See also: Open World Games, Video Game Remakes, Yakuza Series
Yakuza 5 Remastered
Yakuza 5 Remastered
Yakuza 5 Remastered
Yakuza 5 Remastered

Have you ever dreamed of being a Japanese gangster, patrolling the streets of Tokyo with a strong moral compass? If your answer is yes, but you’re not keen on the whole “tattoos all over your body” thing, then Yakuza 5 Remastered is the game for you. An engaging, plot-heavy game with solid beat ‘em up mechanics that will reel you in with its captivating story and entertaining characters.

In this entry, legendary yakuza Kazuma Kiryu returns to Kamurocho, only this time, he’s not alone for the ride. If you enjoy game’s that emphasize their plot over complicated gameplay, or if you consider yourself a fan of Japanese cinema, Yakuza 5 might be right up your alley.

A Larger World

Previously in the Yakuza series, most of the action happened in Kamurocho: a fictional city made to resemble Kabukicho. However, Yakuza 5 takes things to the next level with five different locales, all based on real-life Japanese locations. This makes Yakuza 5 feel like the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas of the Yakuza franchise.

Additionally, Yakuza 5 features the largest cast of playable characters in the series. Besides Kiryu, players will also be able to control Shun Akiyama and Taiga Saejima (who return from Yakuza 4.) Two new characters can also be controlled during the main story: Haruka Sawamura and Tatsuo Shinada.

Each character shares similar controls during combat, and they control identically during exploration. The game uses the characters and their stories as a way to segment its plot, with most of them being able to perform pretty much the same side activities.

A Bit of Relaxation

As you explore the five main cities, you’ll come across many side activities to enjoy. The Yakuza series has also nailed it when it comes to its minigame’s variety: from karaoke to classic Sega games, there’s a little something for everyone in the world of Yakuza 5.

These minigames offer a nice break from the heavy plot, and they come with fun cutscenes that add lots of personality to this unique game. The sheer amount of extra content available in Yakuza 5 Remastered makes the cities feel more lively than ever, and exploring the busy streets of these towns is as fun as it is rewarding.

Players can even enter a Sega arcade to play some of the developer’s classics. In Yakuza 5, these include short versions of Taiko no Tatsujin and Virtua Fighter 2. Additionally, two players can duke it out online in this version of Virtua Fighter 2, meaning that you get the full game included with Yakuza 5.

It’s All About the Presentation

As we mentioned before, Yakuza 5 is a plot-heavy game. In this kind of game, you’d expect to see exceptionally great voice acting and well-directed cutscenes; however, Yakuza 5 can be a bit of a drag when it comes to its cutscenes.

While most of the main plot scenes include voice acting, most of the game’s side stories are told through text only. This means that the game becomes more of a visual novel when you’re playing through one of the dozens of sidequests.

It’s a shame, though, as character models look very detailed, particularly in the Remastered edition.

8.5

Yakuza 5 Remastered is the ultimate edition of an already great game. The gorgeous character models and environments look amazing in full 1080p, but the lack of voice acting in most cutscenes hurts the overall presentation.

Pros:

  • Engaging story
  • Amazingly detailed environments and character models
  • Satisfying combat
  • Tons of fun minigames

Cons:

  • Some cutscenes lack voice acting
  • Pacing can be a bit slow

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Playstation 4

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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