Guns Won't Rule New Yakuza, Melee Combat Returns
When everyone learned that Yakuza: Of The End would feature gun play, long-time fans issued one cohesive, simultaneous groan. Would it completely replace the melee combat that is the staple of the franchise...?
The good news is that no, it most certainly will not. According to Andriasang, Sega has revealed that hand-to-hand fighting would still be a big part of the newest Yakuza installment; some of the screenshots you see through the link prove that. Furthermore, fans will be happy to know the use of environmental objects as weapons is another returning trait; you'll be able to use everything from trash cans to bikes when facing off against zombie enemies. Furthermore, based particularly on the one pic you see here, it appears we'll be able to execute melee attacks while holding our firearms. They've also simplified the shooting aspect as you just turn in the direction of the approaching hordes and fire; there is no aiming element...unless you want there to be. If you switch to "Aiming Mode," you can try for some head shots and attempt to nail a foe's weak spot. Oh, and handgun-type weapons have infinite ammo, too.
Those of you who are familiar with the series will remember the Heat moves; these will return in the form of Heat Snipe moves, which are basically gun-based versions of those super-cool skill maneuvers. But we're just happy to see that once again, Kazuma and Co. will be able to use their fists and feet to dole out pain. The combination of melee and shooting ought to be pretty freakin' fun, right?
Related Game(s): Yakuza: Of The End
10/25/2010 10:21:27 AM Ben Dutka