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Yakuza 5 (龍が如く5 夢、叶えし者Ryū ga Gotoku faibu: Yume Kanaeshi Mono, lit. "Like a Dragon 5: Fulfiller of Dreams") is an action-adventure/beat-'em-up game originally released for the PlayStation 3 on December 6, 2012 in Japan and on December 8, 2015 worldwide. The game was developed by SEGA as the fifth main installment (ninth overall) of the Yakuza series.

A remaster of the game was released in Japan on the PlayStation 4 on June 20, 2019. It will be released worldwide on February 11, 2020, both as an automatic unlock for the Yakuza Remastered trilogy digital download and a physical release of the trilogy. The remastered version runs in 1080p resolution (cropped to 1850x1040 on PS4) and 60 frames per second.

Gameplay

This time, the game features 5 main protagonists/playable characters. Kazuma Kiryu, Shun Akiyama, Taiga Saejima, and Haruka Sawamura made a return in this title. A new character named Tatsuo Shinada is introduced.

Gameplay is relatively similar to the previous games in the series, though with a few changes. Similar to past games, there are two components; being Adventure Mode and Combat Mode. The change between the game's Adventure Mode and Combat Mode is also said to be more seamless compared to previous games, thus involving a transitional change when encountering enemies.

Extra Content

Regular weekly updates of 'Extra Contents' are available from December 11, 2012 forth. There are currently a total of 8 updates of special item packages and missions for the game, via the PlayStation Network. It uses an automatic update method when the game is launched, as and when the contents are available. This service is free of charge.

Locations: The Five Big Cities

Battle System

Heat Action

"Heat Actions" has undergone further evolutionary additions. From powerful to comical techniques, a significant variation is reinforced, each symbolic to the 'Battle Style' of each playable main character.

  • Heat Climax A flashy showdown move in battle. Unlike the usual 'heat action', this is triggered by button input and when special conditions are met.
  • Revelation A significant story expansion mode power up. A power glim is suddenly triggered in the midst of a battle. At the second stage, where the character undergoes strengthening, you can also expect interesting outcome or response from the crowd around.

Special Techniques

A combat feature unique to each different playable character:

  • Kazuma Kiryu - Fury Dragon's Pride (怒龍の気位)
  • Taiga Saejima - A Savage Tiger's Experience (猛虎の心得)
  • Shun Akiyama - Airstrike (エアストライク)
  • Tatsuo Shinada - Streaming Meteor Tackle (俺流 流星タックル)

Dance Battle

Osaka is said to be the birthplace of Japanese Street Dance, and Sotenbori is no exception, serving as a hub for many dancers who polish their skills via the 'Dance Battle'. It is also a challenge and part of Haruka's training in 'Princess League'. Competitors are rife in various places of Sotenbori, where a conversation with a dancer could initiate a battle. 

Dance Styles
There is a genre of five styles applicable in 'Dance Battle'; namely:

  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • House
  • Rock
  • Idol

Dance Battle System
Dance battle system is based on rhythm games, where the character basic moves are choreographed left, right,up and down that takes timing to synchronize with the flow of the Playstation btn trianglePlaystation btn circlePlaystation btn crossPlaystation btn square buttons on the screen. The results would then be displayed; based on : Vocals, Basic Foundation, Performance and Charm.

Another Drama

  • Kiryu's Arc: Taxi Driver
    Destiny Mission - As a taxi-driver, Kiryū earns his own keep in this manner. For a time limit, he has to take his passengers to their destination and at the same time watchful of the 'obstacles' that could snare points away, e.g. ignoring traffic rules or pedestrians.
    Race Battle - This happens in the midst of "Destiny Mission". Kiryū's taxi can undergo customizations like for e.g. turbo, the car's paint, sticker, tyre enhancement, wheel, tune-up, etc. You can even change the BGM playing during this mode.
    There is also a possibility to encounter Devil Killer, a street racing group.
  • Saejima's Arc: The Snow Mountain Hunter's Survival
    Using the "Law of the Jungle" to hunt, in order to survive. Dominate the nature of the snowy mountain and protect yourself from savage animals encounter. Experience ‘Real-Time Weather Changes' and the blizzard as well. Survival action in an extreme environment.
  • Haruka's Arc: The Road To Become An Idol
    Idol Lesson - A major record company's debut awaits the champion of the 'Princess League'. Haruka is the gemstone Dyna Chair talent agency From TV appearances to magazine interviews, Haruka is kept busy, as well as learning the basics of being an idol. Experience the entertainment field with performance, charm, agency's remuneration and fans are also something to look out for in this arc; while at the same time being a high school student.
  • Shinada's Arc: Batting Battle
    As a former professional baseball player, enhance his skills with his training coach, as he competes with his former high school teammate.

Playspot

  • Games Collaboration
    (Available at Club SEGA.)
    • Taiko no Tatsujin
      Songs available are "Mappy Ondo" (マッピー音頭), "Rainbow colours" ・ Dream colours ・ Taiko colours" (虹色・夢色・太鼓色) and "From The New World" (新世界より). The game's popular character Don-Chan also makes an appearance as a prize for the "UFO Catcher" game.
    • Virtua Fighter 2
      A two-Player option is possible through the PlayStation Network.
  • Local Mini Games
    • Snow Combat Sport
      (Tsukimino) Much like a competitive snowball game within a square area of pillars of different height and time limit.
    • Chicken Race Game
      (Nagoya) Use items, aim for the Grand Champion, claim victory and win the prize money.
    • Manzai Stand Up Comedy
      (Osaka)A certain programme held audition that Haruka has to get past.
    • Ramen House
      (Fukuoka) The shopkeeper has a strained back! Take over the ramen store for the shopkeeper, take up the challenge and receive customer specified orders of varying degrees of ramen firmness texture. When you level up, the order intervals become shorter and accurate.
       
  • Other Mini Games

Story

There are 21 chapters in this game, divided into 5 parts:

Part 1: Kazuma Kiryu

Part 2: Taiga Saejima

Part 3: Shun Akiyama / Haruka Sawamura

Part 4: Tatsuo Shinada

Finale:

Trivia

  • Yakuza 5 was released in the west on December 8th 2015; 10 years to the day after the release of the original Yakuza game in Japan.

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