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The Solo Effort To Restore the Original PS2 Version of Yakuza

The Yakuza series has seen a massive surge in popularity in the West in recent years, going from an obscure gem to one of Sega’s most popular franchises. The series is known for its style and phenomenal localizations, but that wasn’t always the case. The very first Yakuza game was…

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Fuck Them Kids, Put Yakuza on Switch

The Yakuza/Like A Dragon series is having a moment right now between the reveal of new games Like a Dragon 8 and Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name and the announcement that Like a Dragon: Ishin is finally coming to the west next year. But in all these announcements, none of these…

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How to Not Have Skin Like Kiryu Yakuza

Dunkey just put out a new Yakuza video, one of my favorite genres of his, and it reminded me of a piece I wanted to write way back when I first started at Fanbyte and played Yakuza Zero. I never finished that game or got that far into it, but something…

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RGG Studio is Developing a Non-Yakuza/Judgment Title

Last month, longtime Yakuza series head Toshihiro Nagoshi departed Sega and shook up the Ryu Ga Gotoku studio, which announced a new Yakuza game was in development to soothe concerns over the future of the studio. At the time, concerns were already brewing over the continuation of the Judgment series due to problems with…

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Which Yakuza Title Should You Start With?

The Yakuza series is at this point one of Sega’s shining stars in the Japanese company’s portfolio. The long-running series first began in 2005 and has continued over the years across multiple protagonists, prequels, sequels, spinoffs, and a storied history that leans heavily into Japanese crime dramas. In recent years, Sega…

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Prove Me Wrong: Super Mario Sunshine is the First Yakuza Game

While 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine may be one of the most divisive Mario games in the series’ long history, it is also so much more than just a moderately rushed 3D Mario game. Thanks to modern science, we can finally and firmly establish that Super Mario Sunshine is not just…

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon Voice Actor Confirms Ichiban Will Now Lead the Series

Kazuhiro Nakaya, the voice actor of Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, has addressed the future of the Yakuza series, confirming Ichiban is here to stay for the foreseeable future. In an interview with Famitsu, Nakaya sat down with Takaya Kuroda, the voice actor for previous Yakuza protagonist Kazuma…

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Give Majima His Own Yakuza Game

A winter dry spell has had me looking for new, highly time-consuming games to play. At the same time, because I am an entitled millennial raised by smartphones and Toonami, I’ve needed stuff to play on my TV in the background. The result was a return to Yakuza 0 (my…

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Shows Off The New City’s Clans

Yakuza 7 has already garnered a lot of attention in Japan and abroad. Over the past few years, the game’s reputation has forced publisher Sega’s hand in bringing the beloved “dramedy” action series over to the West. Now, we have word of Yakuza 7’s release in the West. And it has a…

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Yakuza 7 Upends Series Norms with Turn-Based Combat

Because it takes careful planning to bludgeon a man with whatever large object is most convenient, the next entry in Sega’s long-running Yakuza franchise is ditching its staple brawler combat for a turn-based alternative. This news comes courtesy of Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki, who was at today’s…

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Everything We Know About Judgment (So Far): Release Dates & Details

Are you a fan of crime drama? How about punching bad guys? If so, then the upcoming Sega game Judgment is absolutely perfect for you. As a spin-off of the very crime-oriented Yakuza series, Judgment allows you to see things from a different perspective as a defense lawyer turned private investigator. Although it still…

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Capsule Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2

Sega once again shows us how a remake should be done.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the only form of product placement I’ll accept

This long-awaited remake arrives Stateside this August.

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Sega’s Fist of the North Star heads West

A Yakuza spin-off goes post-apocalyptic.

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‘Best of Japan on PC’ line up bulks up an already strong 2018 for Sega

Dragons (of Dojima) in my PC? It's more likely than you think.

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Five Games That Improved by Including Other Retro Games

Modern games can do more than show us what's new; they can also reintroduce us to the classics.

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The latest in Sega's series of open-world mobster games refines a successful formula.

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My 5 most embarrassing interview questions for games creators

Sometimes, you regret the question immediately.

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