Yakuza 1-Four have been reprinted, and we will most likely thank a hen

The Yakuza sequence is having fun with a surge of lengthy overdue reputation. We blame the hen.


Yakuza 0 appears to have reignited curiosity in Sega’s cult-favourite open world sequence.

Yakuza video games have at all times been beloved of their fervent fanbase, however have by no means actually discovered mainstream attraction – and so Sega typically takes its time localising them, and releases them in restricted portions. Just a few years on, it may be actually tough to discover a copy.

Now GameIdealist experiences Sega has issued a restricted reprint of Yakuza 1 by means of Four, in order that recent copies can be found by means of main on-line retailers. (Yakuza 5 was not launched on disc within the west, so don’t go searching for it.)

One can solely assume that curiosity in Yakuza zero is accountable for this nice flip of occasions. But why has Yakuza zero lit a small hearth below the Internet when its precursors haven’t? Look, it’s most likely the hen. Behold:

The hen scene, which has been shared extensively by various totally different gamers (this one was the primary instance I discovered with a fast Google), has gone a bit viral, drawing new consideration to Yakuza zero. Even Sega acknowledged its pull in a advertising survey. Check out the underside choices in each pictures:

The hen scene is definitely fairly typical of the Yakuza sequence, which fits from ultra-dramatic scenes of syndicates clashing, road violence and betrayal, to, uh, probably much more ultra-dramatic scenes of Kiryu photographing an outdated woman doing a flip on a granny bike with out dropping her canine out the buying basket, rapid-fire writing a weblog publish, and thereby studying a brand new wrestling transfer to be used in fight. It’s a sport sequence the place you’ll be able to ignore the plot and go play lovingly recreated arcade video games, throw all of your cash at hostesses, and simply immerse your self within the bizarre.

Here’s a pleasant abstract of Yakuza zero:

If Yakuza zero isn’t sufficient to fulfill you however you’ll be able to’t be bothered dragging the PS3 out the closet for the older video games, take coronary heart: Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the primary sport, is coming west in northern summer season, whereas Yakuza 6 will arrive someday subsequent 12 months, each for PS4.