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Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! (龍が如く 見参!, lit. "Like a Dragon Arrives!") is a spin-off from the Yakuza series released for PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 6, 2008. This game is set in historical Kyoto, Japan during the Edo period in 1605. The story follows the parts of Miyamoto Musashi's life. It is the first Yakuza-series spin-off game, as well as the series's first PlayStation 3 title.
Due to the PlayStation 3's greater capabilities and new filesystem, SEGA decided to have, technology-wise, a completely clean break from the first two Yakuza games for Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!. A new game engine was developed for Kenzan! and future games, and all of Kenzan!'s assets were created from the ground up, with nothing being taken from its PS2-based predecessors. This is the first and so far only time this has happened for a home-platform Yakuza game: even the upcoming Yakuza: Like a Dragon has 3D assets from as far back as Yakuza 3.
Another series first for Kenzan! was SEGA's use of 3D-scanning technology for characters' faces, being based on scans of their respective voice actors' faces. This drastically changed the appearance of some main characters, whose likenesses in Kenzan! were then applied to their modern-day equivalents in Yakuza 3 and subsequent titles.
For example Kenzan! protagonist Kiryu Kazumanosuke's face was based on a 3D scan of his voice actor Takaya Kuroda's face. The raw scan was then cleaned up and modified to appear more like how the developers saw Kiryu, rather than simply a direct copy of Kuroda's face. This facial appearance then formed the basis for modern-day counterpart Kazuma Kiryu's face in every subsequent game that he has appeared in.
Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! was released in Japan on March 6th, 2008 for the PlayStation 3. Although nothing has officially been announced as of late 2019, Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato hinted at the possibility of a Kiwami-style remake of Kenzan! being created and released worldwide during an event in Taipei, Taiwan in June. In an interview at Gamecom in Cologne, Germany in August 2019 however, Sato backtracked slightly on the idea of a western release, questioning whether Western gamers would know enough about Samurai history to enjoy Kenzan! and its sequel Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!.
After being defeated by the Tokugawa clan at the historical Battle of Sekigahara, which took place on October 20, 1600. Miyamoto Musashi retired from his great swordsman life to become a modest bodyguard in Gion, Kyoto. Five years after the battle, a young girl named Haruka comes to Gion seeking a local hitman known as Kiryu Kazumanosuke, which is Miyamoto's new identity. After finding Kiryu, Haruka asks him to assassinate Miyamoto Musashi, unaware of who he is. Kiryu asks Haruka to give him one ryō to go on with the assassination. She does not, in which Kiryu refuses going on with the request. Desperate for money, Haruka becomes as servant in a brothel.
There are a total of 13 chapters in this game:
- Prologue: The Dragon of Gion
- Chapter 1: Miyamoto Musashi
- Chapter 2: The Trap of Sekigahara
- Chapter 3: The Oath
- Chapter 4: A New Life
- Chapter 5: The One Ryo Request
- Chapter 6: The Yoshioka Dojo
- Chapter 7: Inferno
- Chapter 8: The Houzoin
- Chapter 9: The Duel
- Chapter 10: The Old Fox
- Chapter 11: The Truth
- Final Chapter: Ganryu Island
- ↑ Reported by 福田柵太郎 Photo by 佐伯司 (December 4th, 2007). "セガ、PS3「龍が如く 見参!」完成披露会を開催発売日が2008年3月6日に決定" (in Japanese). Game Watch. Retrieved September 29th, 2019
- ↑ https://www.siliconera.com/2019/06/24/yakuza-producer-says-that-yakuza-kenzan-could-get-a-kiwami-version/
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC-j2whWVyA
| Main series||Yakuza • Yakuza 2 • Yakuza 3 • Yakuza 4 • Yakuza 5 • Yakuza 0 • Yakuza 6 • Yakuza: Like a Dragon|
| Remakes||Yakuza Kiwami • Yakuza Kiwami 2|
| Spin-offs||Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! • Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinsho • Yakuza: Dead Souls • Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura-hen • Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise • Ryu ga Gotoku Online • Judgment|