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Yakuza (2005)

Ryû ga gotoku (original title)
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Kiryu Kazuma was brought up in the Sunflower Orphanage, and has been protected since his childhood by a lieutenant of the Dojima Family, affiliated with the Tokyo-based Tojo Clan of the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darryl Kurylo Darryl Kurylo ... Kazuma Kiryu (voice) (as Darryl Kurrylo)
Michael Rosenbaum ... Akira Nishikiyama (voice)
Eliza Dushku ... Yumi Sawamura (voice)
Michael Madsen ... Futoshi Shimano (voice)
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Reina (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Goro Majima (voice)
Alan Dale ... Masaru Sera (voice)
Dwight Schultz ... Kage (voice)
Debi Derryberry ... Haruka Sawamura (voice)
Bill Farmer ... Makoto Date (voice)
Roger Jackson ... Shintaro Fuma (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
Robin Atkin Downes ... Kyohei Jingu (voice)
Daniel Capellaro ... Shinji Tanaka (voice)
James Horan James Horan ... Lau Ka Long (voice)
Nan McNamara ... Saya Date (voice)
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Kiryu Kazuma was brought up in the Sunflower Orphanage, and has been protected since his childhood by a lieutenant of the Dojima Family, affiliated with the Tokyo-based Tojo Clan of the Japanese organized crime syndicate, the yakuza. His back covered with a tattoo of a dragon, Kazuma soon becomes a prominent member of the Dojima Family - until he takes the blame for the murder of its leader in order to protect his best friend, and is sent to prison. Ten years later, Kazuma returns to his home town Kamurocho. He finds out that Yumi Sawamura, a young woman he grew up with in the orphanage, has disappeared. Ten billion yen has been stolen from the Tojo Clan, and various yakuza groups are searching for the money everywhere. Against his will, Kazuma becomes involved again in the struggles and intrigues of the yakuza world.

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Step into the shadows of Japan's underworld.

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Crime

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

JPY 2,400,000,000 (estimated)
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Sega of America See more »
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Color
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Lone Yakuza and 10 billion Yen Cub.
25 May 2010 | by whatdoes1knowSee all my reviews

I am plowing through my second run of the fourth installment of this franchise, yet the first game will always hold a dear place in my heart. This is not Grand Theft Auto. The morality of the protagonist is impeccable, and the worst you could do is refuse to help in a side mission. You play a man who took the fall for his best friend and spent ten years in prison, and since you supposedly killed your own boss, every yakuza hates you. This is unfortunately the most irritating aspect of the first title. Every encounter-able character in the street will pick a fight with you (a problem addressed in the sequels). Go to a convenience store to buy that household item which will turn your weapon into something more, and you'll get into two fights along the way. Try to make your way back to a save point and you'll have to beat the crap out of three new sets of punks. What saves this from becoming entirely unbearable is that your set of moves develops as you smash more faces to the ground, and you rarely run out of environmental weapons or the chance to pull a cinematic special move: you seldom get bored of beating people up. While you're not beating people up, you're running from place to place in town, and unfortunately, this second aspect is equally mortally flawed by slow loads--as many load times as street corners, and space distorting camera angles which will make you run into a street (after a prolonged load time hiccup) and back where you came from (meaning another prolonged load time to put you back where you started) by simply holding the directional stick in the same direction because the fixed camera angle will have done an unexpected 180 on you.

Those are the only two things I can complain about the game, which I still think deserves its 10. Once you beat it, get hold of the sequel which is twice as long and takes place in Osaka half the time. Beat that and buy a Playstation 3 to play the third game (not the swashbuckling spin off), which is half set in Okinawa. The fourth game is entirely set in the original city, with the addition of rooftops and underground levels. I love the series, and every installment. Since the playstation 3 games did away with the fixed camera, I doubt I'll be playing this game again, but I still give it a 10 for hooking me in so bad I did all of the above.


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