Yakuza 4 is the sequel to Yakuza 3 developed and published by Sega. It was released on March 18, 2010 in Japan.The game was Later released in Europe and North America in March 2011. Yakuza 4 received an Award for Excellence from the Japan Game Awards in 2010. It currently holds a rating of 80% on Game Rankings based on 39 reviews. It was also released under different Titles
such as “Ryu Ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono” and “Like a Dragon 4: Successor of the Legend”.
Set in Kuamurocho city, Inspired by “The red Light district of tokyo” Yakuza 4 takes you from back alleys to rooftops and even underground areas following Shun Akiyama and his Mafia friends.
Shun Akiyama is an Infamous Loan shark well known for lending out money with no interest fee’s or collateral. The Games begins following Shun to collect on several debts that are due. Sidetracked by a bar brawl , Shun manages to get himself into trouble when he defeats a mid ranking member of the Ueno Seiwa Clan, Ihara. Shun is then accompanied by Arai, a high ranking Yakuza member, and Kido, a friend who works at a rival loan office.intent on revenge, Ihara holds up the group with a gun but makes an escape before Kido can punish him for shooting at Arai. Later Ihara is found dead which could potentially start a gang war and Arai flees from the scene of the crime.
Yakuza 4 has two modes. “Adventure mode” and “Battle mode.” Adventure mode features a series of mini games such as pachinko, fishing, onsen bath, table tennis, hanafuda and karaoke. Each main character also has their own side-quest that they must complete to earn 100% completion, most of which are rewarded with a trophy.
Each character has a unique style of fighting and special moves. The game features an Improved Chase Battle and it is now possible to use items as weapons during the chase sequence. The player no longer needs to hold down the R2 button to sprint as the character will now automatically run at full speed. Yakuza 4 has a deeper fighting system than its predecessor and the “Heat” Gauge once filled allows for special fighting moves to be triggered once certain parameters are met. For example standing over a grounded opponent. For those of you that are new to the Yakuza series. Think Grand theft auto without the cars and more focus on its combat system.
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- Developer: Sega
- Publisher: Sega
- Genre: Action-adventure
- Platforms: PlayStation 3