Yakuza Studio -Community Game-Along month

Akumatica

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Oct 25, 2017
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Anne Lee @ApricotSushi from Chic-Pixel.com runs a Community Game-along each month of the year and June is Yakuza Studio month!

Join in by playing a game like those listed below and by using the hashtag #YakuzaStudioMonth on Twitter and Instagram

Be sure to visit Restera's Yakuza Community OT

The games I've listed are those in the Yakuza series, made by the Ryu ga Gotoku team or other Sega games made by key members before they worked on the Yakuza series (it's not an exhaustive list and if you have any related games you'd like to play or suggest, please join in!).
Note- I'm focusing on the localized games for the most part and their North American releases.


The main games & where you can play them-
Yakuza 0 PS4 (physical & digital)/PC
Yakuza PS2
Yakuza Kiwami PS4(physical & digital)/PC Note- this was available as a November 2018 PS+ title if you were subscribed.
Yakuza 2 PS2
Yakuza Kiwami 2 PS4(physical & digital)/PC
Yakuza 3 PS3 (physical only)/ PS4 (remaster, Japan only)
Yakuza 4 PS3 (physical & digital)/ PS4 (remaster, Japan only) Available on the U.S. PSNOW
Yakuza 5 PS3 (digital only in the West)/ PS4 (remaster, Japan only June 20th) Note- this was available as an August 2016 PS+ title if you were subscribed. Available on the U.S. PSNOW
Yakuza 6 PS4 (physical & digital)
Yakuza: Dead Souls PS3 (physical & digital)



More game from the studio-
Judgment PS4 (physical & digital) Available June 25th in the West
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise PS4 (physical & digital)
Binary Domain PS3/ Xbox 360/ PC (physical & digital) Note- this was available as a November 2013 PS+ title if you were subscribed.



Unlocalized Yakuza games-
Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! PS3 (physical only)There’s an extensive walkthrough at http://www.khhsubs.com/projectsryugagotokukenzan.html
Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! PS3/PS4 (physical & digital) There’s an extensive walkthrough at http://www.khhsubs.com/projectsrggishin.html
Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD PS3/Wii U (physical & digital)
Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinsou PSP (physical & digital)
Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen PSP (physical & digital)





Super Monkey Ball, the other series they’ve mainly worked on the last 18 years-
Super Monkey Ball Gamecube
Super Monkey Ball 2 Gamecube
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe PS2/Xbox
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Wii
Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll Wii
Super Monkey Ball Jr GBA (forgot to include a picture)
Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll DS
Super Monkey Ball 3D 3DS (physical & digital)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz Vita (physical & digital)
Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition ios/Android



Games key developers of the Yakuza series worked-
Daytona USA Saturn/ PS3 (PSN/ Xbox 360 (XBLA)
F-Zero GX Gamecube -F-Zero AX, the arcade game, is unlockable with a cheat device or emulator
Jet Set Radio Dreamcast/ PS3/ PC/ Vita/ Xbox 360 (Xbox One backward compatible)
Jet Set Radio Future Xbox
Gun Valkyrie Xbox
Panzer Dragoon Saturn (Also unlockable in Panzer Dragoon Orta) A bit of a stretch, more Yakuza devs worked on later games in the series than this one. Included for completions sake.
Panzer Dragoon 2: Zwei Saturn
Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox (Xbox One backward compatible)

Addendum-


Spikeout: Battle Street Xbox

Not listed are arcade games that never received console ports-
Daytona USA 2
Scud Race
Spikeout
Slashout
Planet Harriers


Some history-
Sega’s Amusement Vision division was merged with other divisions (such as Smilebit) during a restructuring and eventually became Sega CS1.
https://segaretro.org/New_Entertainment_R&D_Dept.

Some of the Yakuza developers that link all the games-
Toshihiro Nagoshi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshihiro_Nagoshi https://segaretro.org/Toshihiro_Nagoshi
Masatoshi Kikuchi https://segaretro.org/Masayoshi_Kikuchi
Masayoshi Yokoyama https://segaretro.org/Masayoshi_Yokoyama
Hiroyuki Sakamoto https://segaretro.org/Hiroyuki_Sakamoto
Daisuke Sato https://segaretro.org/Daisuke_Sato
Jun Orihara https://segaretro.org/Jun_Orihara
Tadashi Okuda https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,442652/
Kazuki Hosokawa https://segaretro.org/Kazuki_Hosokawa
 
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shadowman16

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I'll totally be playing a couple of Yakuza games this month :) Judgment is a game I've been looking forward to replay (now in English) and also this month for importers - Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 is getting its PS4 remaster. Usually I'd only play one at a time, but both of these are in contention for "favourite Yakuza game ever" and I can't decide which I want to play first. So I'll just play both!
 

Kamikazekoala

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I already played 0, Kiwami, Kiwami 2 and Lost Paradise back to back to 100 % completion. Now waiting for Judgment. After that, hopefully I can continue with the English remasters of 3, 4, 5, so I can end of with 6. Year of the Yakuza for me.

Maybe I'll look for a copy of Binairy Domain too.
 

Camel

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Oct 25, 2017
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I had no idea that they made Binary Domain. I have been meaning to play that.
 
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Akumatica

Akumatica

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E3, being sick and waiting for Judgment has kept me from playing any games for this. Since the fan translation patch is pretty much dead, I started to play Yakuza: Black Panther using a Google translated Japanese guide. I’m on chapter 4 and while I’m missing a lot with my super limited Japanese, it’s still fun. The story seems pretty dark so far.

I don’t know if these open up later but the Sega arcades only have 1 UFO catcher each and no video games, the karaoke has 1 song and no rhythm game, you just mash the O button to fill a meter (another side activity shares the same mechanic).

The batting cage, bowling and hostesses are here, cabs and locker keys are out, You find cats now. No darts even though there’s a huge sign mentioning them. The jobs you can do are pretty fun, working at strip club as a bouncer(?), noodle shop, burger place & ice cream shop.

The game uses the fixed camera of Yakuza 1&2 and a motion comic style for cut scenes that’s growing on me. The battle system is opening up and is more like a 2D fighting game than the other games in the series. Stat’s like attack, stamina, heat etc.. seem to take money to level up.

Any tips from those who’ve play it would be appreciated.
 
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shadowman16

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Its been a while since I played the first game in the series, but just remember you can swap fighting styles and level them up individually. Most have different heat moves so its worth doing just for the heck of it. Also, its maybe the first game in the series to put "?" icons on the map for side stories, so its easy to find them all and fight the secret boss. There's really not much you need to know, just get used to the different way combat feels and your good to go, bosses get pretty tough though so make sure your fully healed before challenging each, as they get really hard later on.

And yeah, mini game wise the game is pretty damn bare bones as you've noticed. The sequel actually adds much more in regards to side stuff (Mahjong, better Karaoke - still one song though its Majima!, an arcade game etc.) so of the two, the second or more content complete and definitely worth your time once your done with the first one.
 
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Akumatica

Akumatica

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Oct 25, 2017
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Its been a while since I played the first game in the series, but just remember you can swap fighting styles and level them up individually. Most have different heat moves so its worth doing just for the heck of it. Also, its maybe the first game in the series to put "?" icons on the map for side stories, so its easy to find them all and fight the secret boss. There's really not much you need to know, just get used to the different way combat feels and your good to go, bosses get pretty tough though so make sure your fully healed before challenging each, as they get really hard later on.

And yeah, mini game wise the game is pretty damn bare bones as you've noticed. The sequel actually adds much more in regards to side stuff (Mahjong, better Karaoke - still one song though its Majima!, an arcade game etc.) so of the two, the second or more content complete and definitely worth your time once your done with the first one.
Thanks!