Publisher/ developer Sega (Yakuza Studio) Format PS3 Origin Japan Release 2015
Sony’s Third Party Relations division – together with sustained appeals from series fans – is responsible for finally convincing Sega to localise a game that launched in Japan over two years ago. As with its predecessors, Yakuza5 is a multistranded tale of good-hearted gangsters, sharp suits, elaborate tattoos and UFO Catchers, this time with added rhythm-action dance-offs and grizzly-bear brawls. Having spent over 40 hours with the Japanese version, we’re ready to call this the best in the series to date. Hopefully we’ve not got much longer to wait to find out if the plot can match up to those thrillingly crunchy street fights.