The Basics of Yakuza 0, Out Today on PS4

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The Basics of Yakuza 0, Out Today on PS4

December 9, 1988. A cold chill blows through the neon jungle of Kamurocho — Tokyo’s notorious red light district. And there you are, Kazuma Kiryu, on a simple collection run, where you need to beat a delinquent money borrower in the face. A job well done and a night out with your friend and all’s well that ends well, right? Wrong. The dude you beat up wound up dead, and now your yakuza crime family is pretty upset about the attention it’s bringing. And that’s just the first half hour of the game.

The game in question, of course, being Yakuza 0 — the prequel to SEGA’s long-running franchise, and a great onboarding spot for those unfamiliar to the series!

The world of 1988 Tokyo is fully vibrant, and the bubble economy is in full swing. Everyone has their pockets lined with wads of cash, and it’s yours for the taking (or making, if you want to go legit). If any street punks or other gangs are dumb enough to move in on your turf, you’re gonna teach them a lesson by beating the snot out of them in classic, PS2-brawler era style. The best part? Using Heat Actions and combos to literally beat money out of people, and of course smashing them in the face with environmental objects… like a motorcycle, or my personal favorite, the tea kettle.

In the world of Yakuza 0, money is king! You’ll be needing lots of it to spend on upgrading your abilities — both Kiryu and Majima have three fighting styles to switch between, and each of those have additional moves that can be learned or bought, but the price goes up in a hurry, so you’re gonna need to figure out how to make some more money!

Fortunately, both Majima and Kiryu get roped into legit businesses pretty quickly, and you’ll get a taste of what a bubble economy is really about. Kiryu takes charge of a real-estate scheme in Kamurocho where you’ll get to earn income by building a portfolio of businesses that you take collections from. You may have to settle some disputes, but that’s what your fists are for.

Then there’s Majima’s business in Sotenbori. In addition to being the manager of the Cabaret Grand, he’ll fall into the role of being the manager of the Sunshine Cabaret Club, where you get to manage the hostesses and try to build up a clientele eager to spend mad money on facetime with a beautiful woman and some expensive alcohol.

But, perhaps best of all, there’s tons of places to explore and substories to uncover — there are ancient martial arts masters, drunken homeless dudes, badass debt collectors who reveal new fighting techniques to you (seriously), Club SEGAs with brand new Out Run or Space Harrier arcade cabinets to play, or maybe even a quick visit to the Telephone Clubs to try and find love.

Find the Darts parlor and try your hand at Cricket or 9-ball, maybe some Karaoke at the Karaoke club, or hit the docks for some fishing. Of course, there’s also a bunch of dudes eager to fight and you’ll get strangely obsessed with collecting phone cards scattered around the city.

Don’t forget that there’s a serious story at play here — the Dojima Family is going through a power vacuum with Kiryu stuck in the dead center of it, and Majima is trapped in the gilded cage of the Cabaret Grand, desperate to rejoin the ranks of the Tojo Clan. Majima, strung along endlessly by his captors gets a one-time offer of absolution: to execute a civilian. But will he be able to go through with it? Find out in Yakuza 0, available today and only on PS4!

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  • Can’t wait to play it. Any plans of porting Yakuza 3,4, and 5 from PS3 to PS4? It could be a collection of those 3 games.

  • This game was my first pick in this weeks releases. Love anything SEGA!

  • Yes! I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Thanks for bringing Yakuza titles to the West.

  • I really, really need to get this. January has been insane already, Yakuza, Gravity Rush, Kingdom Hearts, Tales of Berseria. Way to hit the ground running, 2017.

  • Please promise us that SEGA will keep an eye on the soon upcoming Double Dragon 4 because if it sells well, then SEGA knows that modern gamers still love the beat ’em up genre.

    And SEGA can then make a Street of Rage 4 or port Guardian Heroes HD or Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder to PS4.

    And yes, I will buy and play Yakuza 0 once I’m done with Yakuza 5.

    Thank you SEGA.

  • Seems like a lot of fun, can’t wait. By the way, is Yakuza Ishin ever going to be released in North America? I love games set in feudal Japan.

    • Ishin is probably not going to happen unfortunately, but we’ve already committed to bringing over Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6!

  • Any chance Yakuza 3 will ever be released on PSN? I missed that one.

  • Really excited to play, love the Yakuza series. I’d love to see a NA release of Yakuza Ishin! too!

  • I’m so glad this is getting a physical release here in the US. Any chance of an eventual release of Yakuza 5 for PS3 on disc, maybe through Limited Run Games or somesuch? The market is there!

  • Thank you for bringing Y0 along with Kiwami and Y6.

    Since the original Yakuza is my favourite and I prefer the older style with the static camera, I would really love to see the Yakuza 1&2 HD collection brought over to the west. Yeah, I know that having Kiwami alongside those remasters would be odd, but I would still like to experience the original two games in HD widescreen and with trophies support.

  • What about the Yakuza 0 PS Vita App, promoted during the twitter #VoteVita campaign?

    Is it also coming out?

    • I too wonder about the Vita app.

      I’d love some sort of collection or classic for 2, 3, 4 and 5. I’d love to play them all on the same platform

    • We didn’t bring it over, unfortunately :(

    • @John_Hardin Unfortunately that’s a deal breaker for me. I guess I might still buy the game from the bargain bin at some point, but I will definitely not pay full price for the game now.

  • Hey John, What’s PS4 Pro support look like? 4K, HDR?

  • …This is totally off the topic but, PSN has a sale today an i wonder is the crew: wild run edition is actual both base game + expansion for $12 (USD) or it’s just the base game/upgrade patch? All ready check on the PC/mobile app an it’s says “the crew” (without “wild run edition” text) but on the PS4 cart it says otherwise. Reason i’m asking is that Sony has no info wtf they are actually selling even if i were contact them.

    Please & thank you.

    • Man, that’s not even a SEGA game. Doesn’t Ubi have a Twitter or something you can hit up?

    • Tnx…anywho, as much hype for the “Yakuza 0” release an all would like see “Phantasy Star” series old & new (including PSP) series back on the PSN store again! (Really not like those SAO games :p)

  • Love this series and can’t wait to play this game. Currently playing Yakuza 5 right now.

  • You guys blew out of the park. Looks like the best Yakuza yet and great entry point for anyone not experienced with the series.

  • I’m so cussing excited for this. Just got it in the mail just need to get home and install it. I played the demo for 6 a few days ago to get primed.

  • Got my Business Edition today. I was impressed how nice the cards and card holder were, so keeping it in my desk so it stays nice. Will play soon!

  • Missed this series back in the day somehow, might have to make a trip to the ps store when i get home and pick it up. I know it says in the article that this is a good starting point but will i be lost?

  • So excited! Been a fan since the original on PS2 and picked up every single one. This is a longshot to ask, but are there any plans to patch the missing content from Yakuza 3 back into that game? I was sad that the content that was in the Japanese person didn’t make it when it was released here :(

    Also, still crossing my fingers for a physical release for Yakuza 5 :D

  • Absolutely one of the most underrated series SEGA ever created. Sonic was not their masterpiece, this one was.

  • Sega is now publishing my two favorite game series, Yakuza and Persona. 2017 is going to be a good gaming year for me!

  • Yakuza 6, is a must buy. It look real, and it’s the final chapter of Kiryu. I have played the Japanese version and it’s great, they make a real person look exactly the same as in the game!

  • Can you please just do subtitles and release the other games on PS NOW?

  • Already got yakuza 0 business edition and plan to buy yakuza kiwami on ps4 next, I hope sega remake yakuza 2 -5 on ps4 :)

    Also can we have steelcase & artbook for the special edition of yakuza kiwami and 6, I like valkyria chronicles remaster ps4 steelcase.

  • Bought day 1. This series is one of the few that gets an immediate buy from me, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

    Keep up the great work and you’ll always have a supporter right here.

  • not to be a pain in you peoples’ sides but i have an important question if i may ask. actually a few questions if i politely may.

    (1). i do have Yakuza for my Playstation 3 and it really did come to my attention that when your character or someone speaks, it also showed a box with the words in the box… i didn’t like that but i did like all of the Yakuza games. could i make one tiny suggestion on the Yakuza 0 game for the Playstation 4, please. instead of having them completely talk Japanese, what about this. the characters can talk in Japanese but like in English without having that box to translate the words. it’s hard to explain because i can’t describe it very well. could you guys please reply back to me and see if you guys can get where i am going at because it’s difficult for me to explain.

    (2). is this going to be out as a physical disc, like in stores and online to buy or digital…. i don’t like to buy from the Playstation Store because that’s just me…. i rather have a physical copy versus buying it digitally but that’s just me…..

    THANK-YOU :)

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