New Yakuza Loses Kazuma Kiryu, Set To Go Portable
The Yakuza series is very popular in Japan and thus far, the critics have quite enjoyed these flashy, atmospheric, story-driven beat-'em-ups.
Yakuza 3 was the first entry for the PlayStation 3 and we know Yakuza 4 is already out in Japan (so if the third sells well here in the US, we might see the fourth). However, it seems that Sega is done with the PS3 for a while, as they want to bring this brutal basher to the PSP. According to Kotaku, the latest Famitsu edition not only told us all about the perfect score for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, but it also opened our eyes to "Project K," the newest Yakuza installment. It's a portable title and will not feature the traditional protagonist and total bad-ass, Kazuma Kiryu; instead, we get a new, younger guy named Tatsuya Ukyo. The magazine also tells us the setting will be Kamurocho, which will be an easily recognizable name for fans of the series. We'll miss Kazuma because he's so freaking awesome, but he was already getting old in Yakuza 3...and only Hideo Kojima can make a hero go gray and still keep him as kick-ass as ever. I mean, that requires special skill.
Besides, PSP owners could use a game like this. It should be both lengthy and a blast to play - provided Sega can implement the combat controls correctly on the PSP - so portable players ought to be enthusiastic.
4/21/2010 10:58:58 AM Ben Dutka