Final Ryu Ga Gotoku history lesson with Yokoyama-san. This time it’s Ryu Ga Gotoku 5.
Reminder: Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 Playstation 3 The Best goes on sale on December 5th!
The game will also come with a special edition Ishin bonus bluray containing both trailers that have already been released online and a cast interview (that is also already online).
The 1 year anniversary of Yakuza 5’s release in Japan! At only $40 it’s about 50% less than it was at release making it a really good deal!
It’s still unknown if Yakuza 5 will make it west but there’s a fantastic guide over here to help you get through it in Japanese.
Trader 3: The Otaku Yakuza
The Otaku visits a Japanese gangster for an imported copy of Yakuza 5 and invites him to join a small Anime Club, who he then inspires to expand their influence.
Trader takes an unflinching look at the game trade, through the eyes of both the dealers and the players.
Trader | Trader 2: Power to the Players
To be continued.
I’m super proud of this one, it’s a sequel to The Otaku and Jeff Sloniker is incredibly funny as a Takeshi Kitano gangster. Watch and love it!!! ヾ(●⌒∇⌒●)ﾉ
Frank Howley’s Trader web series takes a look at the lengths Yakuza fans will go to get their favorite game.
Before anyone thinks Frank’s being insensitive know that he’s a huge anime and japanese film nerd and it all stems from a place of love.
Fantastic read here about Sega’s plans for Atlus.
A few interesting things on what tha means for Atlus in house games studios but the 2 biggest are these:
It must be reassuring to have added a group capable of making great RPG titles.
Tsurumi: While we have no intention of forcing this, we’d definitely love to have them utilize any of Sega’s dormant IPs.
Atlus just announced the latest of the Persona installment. The timing of the announcement must have made fans feel reassured.
Tsurumi: Having the fans feel uneasy is the worst thing we could do. Above all, I’d like to make sure that the fans feel a sense of reassurance. If we were to lose fans, then all would be for nothing. Making fans and the employees of Index happy is what I believe will be our best return [for the company], and we’ll do our best to keep that up.
Atlus are free to use any dormant IP’s could mean great things for the Yakuza series in the west. While not exactly dormant in Japan the Yakuza brand seems to have been dropped in NA with Yakuza 5 being released nearly a year ago and with no formal announcements made it would be great to see Atlus US take a shot at releasing it.
They have the resources, the know how and access to any Sega IP they want.
An unofficial fan campaign dedicated to promoting the localization of Sega games
Shouts out to another group looking to help promote Sega game localizations! Head on over and show your support!
@Son_of_Majima makes his plea to Sega and Sony to release Yakuza 5 in the west!
Brings back memories!
The best memories.
- EGM, October 2006 (#208)
Fantastic high quality version of this ad!
Sony’s Playstation 4 just launched and one of the new features is the rarity rating for trophies that not only list previous generations assign a percentage collected and a rarity rating. I managed to pick one up and decided to dive in.
After checking through all current gen PS3 Yakuza titles you can watch the people who stop playing drop with every chapter! Remember these ratings are for the NTSC and PAL region games as the Japanese versions are listed as Ryu Ga Gotoku and have a trophy list separate to the English versions.
Another thing to remember; these are just trophy’s anyone who beat the game while not connected to the PSN was not included so the results may be skewed.
Surprisingly, 26% of people who picked up Yakuza 3 reached the ending! Making this, based on percentages, the most completed Yakuza game of the next gen systems!
Of course only 1.6% of people who played it completed all the substories.
While 42% of people who tried the game got past Part 1 we watch it drop by about 10% and then keep going every chapter until only 21% of people actually beat it!
We had better luck with players completing all the substories this time though, they were harder to miss with 8.2% of all players completing them all but then only 3.6% go on to beat Amon! You guys were right there! To top it off only 11.3% of people beat the game without switching to easy!
Yakuza: Dead Souls
Lastly we’ve got Dead Souls. Remember this is a percentage and an EXTREMELY niche title so there was likely far less people in this overall percentage and likely only the truly hardcore Yakuza Fans.
We start off pretty strong with 43.9% of people beating Akiyama’s part (which ironically was the worst part IMO, that cinema entrance is a massive time sink totally breaking the flow of quests) and we watch it drop every chapter until only 21% of people who started actually beat the game.
These are some pretty interesting numbers to get a glimpse of how many fans out there go all the way. While not wholly representative I enjoy seeing how the community reacts to a game and the new trophy rarity scale is a great idea.
Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin: PS4™ Conversation with Creators subbed by Playstation Asia.
"Sony has been compiling a list [sic] based on fan tweets and requests for three months now. Final Fantasy Type-0 is on there. So is Yakuza. And Shenmue. And many, many others, compiled when Sony’s Giovanni Corsi started asking fans to submit requests.
Sony’s goal: to bring as many of those games as possible to PlayStation platforms and, if they were never released outside of Japan, to bring those games West.”
Today Kotaku’s Jason Schreier spoke with Sony’s Adam Boyes (Head of 3rd party developer relations at Sony) about what his team does for developers and why he’ll soon have good news for Japanese game lovers.
It’s a fantastic interview that really gives you an idea of what Sony is doing to help localization efforts. The biggest news here is that the top requested games are; Yakuza, Shenmue and Final Fantasy Type-0.
Schreier: With the caveat that this is all up in the air, this is all in negotiations, are there any that you guys have in mind that you would really like to bring over here?P
Boyes: I think a lot—we get a ton of requests for Yakuza, a ton of requests for Shenmue. We see the lists. Like everything that people have tweeted Gio, literally we have a person that compiles those lists and prioritizes based on how many requests we’ve gotten. And I think to date there’s well over 10,000 mentions across like forum threads and stuff like that. So those are the ones we’re focused on.
I love Shenmue and I can see the people who want FFT0, but, let’s face it PSP is dead and Shenmue 3 isn’t even in the pre-planning stages. Yakuza 5 is ready to go on the most popular video game console around and there’s a huge market of very vocal fans!
Lastly is the big question, “Is it commercially viable?”. Sales of previous titles do help but only if they’re New sales;
Schreier: That’s good to hear. When you say that you’re targeting games in Japan, you mentioned Yakuza, you mentioned Shenmue—those are older games. Are you looking at PSP games? Are you looking at PS3 games?
Boyes: You could imagine that every piece of content that’s come to those platforms over in Japan, we’re looking at bringing over. It’s also a balance of like, is it gonna be commercially viable if there isn’t some sort of HD remix, should it come just as the native version, should we port it up? And so those are conversations, again—I worked at Capcom, now I work with Sony, so this is my second Japanese company. It’s about trust. And it takes a long time to have those conversations and make sure everyone feels comfortable, especially ‘cause it’s like, we haven’t released it before in America, how’s it gonna do and stuff like that.P
So it’s a long process. But I’m very hopeful. The whole reason we started the group is to bring great content that you love back over here.P
Don’t buy a copy of Yakuza used and think it’s helping Sega’s bottom line or decision making. Buy new. If Yakuza 5 does make it here preorder and buy asap. Don’t wait around for a price drop. Yeah you can grab Dead Souls for $10 now but Sega needs to see that fan hype in sales numbers and preorders day one! Especially if we want to see Ishin!
Keep tweeting Giovanni Corsi and let him know you want Yakuza 5 localised!
Nigredo Kukai puts out a plea for Yakuza 5 in the west!
Help spread the word!
Adorable Yakuza 4 fan art referencing pretty much the entire game by korokorokoroko
Final box art for Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 Playstation 3 the Best version released.
Not a big fan of this box art style but at least it’s consistent.