Yaukza 5’s Five Playable Characters And Five Locations

By Spencer . May 24, 2012 . 12:55am

Sega is working on Yakuza 5, which is said to be the biggest installment to date. Kazuma Kiryu returns as a playable character and he’s currently working as a taxicab driver in Fukuoka. Taiga (now with a shaved head) is in jail and Shun is living the high life.


For the first time players will be able to control Haruka, the girl Kazuma has been taking care of in previous Yakuza games. She’s going to Osaka to pursue a dream of becoming an idol, but her agency may have "other" plans for her. Tatsuo is a brand new character who has been banned from baseball for gambling. He’s being hunted down by loan sharks. One of the key themes in Yakuza 5 is "dreams."


Tatsuo Shinada

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Haruka Sawamura

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Shun Akiyama

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Taiga Saejima

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Kazama Kiryu

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Yakuza 5 also has five different areas of Japan to explore:


Tokyo – Kamurocho

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Osaka – Soutenbori

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Fukoka – Nagasugai

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Nagoya – Kineicho

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Sapporo – Tsukimino

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  • Paradox me

    Shame they aren’t a higher resolution, but they look nice regardless.

    I’m super jealous that Japan gets this in December. Hopefully Sega is quick to announce this for the West.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Why do I think Tokyo is gonna wish the zombies were back once Haruka hits town for life on her own.

    • An invasion of otaku?

      • Guest

         Whenever I hear the term Otaku I picture:

        fat greasy guy with mop top messy haircut, thick glasses, pugly nose, acne, slight facial hair and neckbeard mess, tight Anime shirt with striped short sleeved unbuttoned shirt over it, sloppy jeans or slacks and a backpack with a pen and paper to have people sign autographs :P

  • SupaPhly


  • heartless141

    Tatsuo looks like a cross between akiyama and old taiga for some reason

  • dahuuuundge

    Do we get to beat up street punks as Haruka?

    • XiaomuArisu

       I hope so!
      A little girl beating guys twice her size=Awesome!
      A little girl beating guys twice her size using moves Kiryu taught her=Yakuza 5

      • dahuuuundge

        Just imagine Haruka doing Kiryu’s exact finishing move on downed enemies. Stomp on face, double feet on the face, then elbow drop on the face…TAKE ALL MY MONEY

        • XiaomuArisu

           Do you know Kiryu´s move “Hells Floor”?He had it in Y3 but lost it in Y4.
          Haruka ´could get it even if it is a little brutal.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Yeah, Haruka is one of the main characters now – She is playable.

  • Awesome! I wonder how she’s gonna fight?

    I mean you can’t be Raised by the “Dragon of Dojima” and not learn how to Kick Arse

  • xXDGFXx

    Wait. Is Akiyama broke now, or is he just being extremely laid back?

    • A bit of both?

      regardless I think he’ll bounce back anyway

  • Yaukza 5’s characters look much more detailed now :D
    Kazuma still looks sharp as ever!!! And anyone notice Vanquish in Nagoya??
    Hope it get released soon maybe March or April 2013. :D

  • I’m still yet to finish Yakuza 4 but I’m looking forward to Yakuza 5.

    Can Haruka beat the **** outta some creepy otaku guys (the “LOVE” idol girls). That would be badass! Though it would be WAY better if I can play as Goro Majima! His crazy fighting and over-the-top screaming.

    I’m glad to play as Kazuma and Akiyama. Siejima too as well. (Did he get a haircut?)

    As much as I love Kamurocho, I’m glad new locations are added. More touring, more  sight-seeing, more restaurants and more people to beat up.

    • boundries_san

      HARUKA HARUKA HARUKA!!!! *Part of Haruka idol fans*^^

    • cj_iwakura

      The ending of Y4 was incredible, and sets up for 5 nicely, but…things aren’t what I was expecting.

      Let’s just say this is a step back for Kiryu and Saejima.

  • Wow, The detail of the aging Kazuma Kiryu..

  • ikiryou

    Awesome locations:) I found a pic of the Nagoya ferris wheel.

  • Also it’s YAKUZA

  • Whoa…

    Is it just me or is this the wrong game? 

    Isn’t it suppose to be YAKUZA… NOT YAUKZA? 

    • boundries_san

      …..Lol Yaukza 5 coming soon!!!!

  • Woooh hoooh, now I can finally look at Haruka and not feel like a lolicon anymore, well… almost.
    PS. “Yakauza” ?

  • boundries_san

    After seeing each art of the char especially Haruka.^^ I am glad that each character facial face is aging as it gives us more sense of how long has the game pass here.^^

    Now need to wait Haruka minigame section……. otaku concert? Host Club???

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Saw these a few hours ago. Almost creamed myself at Kazuma’s new outfit. Although it kinda spoils that Saejima and Akiyama don’t die at the end of Y4 (have yet to beat it) I’m glad they’re back.

  • Bentan

    taiga looks more awesome now! can’t wait to smash some weaklings with him!

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    I so can’t wait for this game. If it doesn’t get localized, I will find everyone who didn’t buy 3, 4, and Dead Souls (new) and…well, it won’t be pretty. 

  • badmoogle

    Looks better than ever.

  • Nitraion

    Why i can’t get over Accident between Taiga and Haruna on yakuza 4 XD 
    *little spoiler*
    And I about to play Dead soul, my copy is on the way XD

    • XiaomuArisu

       Yeah about that accident….Kiryu beat the crap out of Taiga….
      Sure he said it wasnt about that but I believe he was pissed enough to activate red heat.

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    Last time I checked Yakuza (it was the second), Haruka was still a little girl. Whast the heck? Being an idol? For some reason I couldn’ help but remember Final Fantasy X-2.

    • Guest

       Japanese idols can be as young as 10 yrs old

    • Dantis

       I think she’s 16 or 17 in Yakuza 5.

      • cj_iwakura

        15 I believe, pretty sure she was 14 in 4.

        • Dantis

           I think I read that this takes place two years after Yakuza 4.

  • Luis Camargo

    Why the hell is Kiryu as a taxicab driver ?
    Especially after Y4 ending.

    He might not be the best driver for this job, but I’m sorry for the guy that decides not to pay his fares.

    • Guest

       He looks kinda pissed in that screenshot. Like he’s surprised you’re even asking for a ride or something

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  • Gentlemagnate

    Who goes to Osaka to become an idol?

  • BadGenome

    Poor Saejima just can’t seem to stay out of the clink. :-(

  • Would I have to play the first four Yaukza games to understand this one?

    • MrRobbyM

      I can’t comment on Y4 or the first two because I haven’t played them, but I have played Y3. Y3 contains lots of nods and such to previous Yakuza games, so playing them would help but Y3 has summaries of the first two games so it’s not necessary. I didn’t even really pay attention to the summaries much and there were only a few moments I was a little confused but it’s not hard to put two and two together.

    •  Yes yes you do but the games have summaries from past game so you know what’s what

    •  Each game comes with detailed short films telling the plots of the past games, so people who hasn’t played them can understand the one they are playing. I doubt 5 will be any different.

  • MrRobbyM

    I’ll judge it when I see a video. I don’t trust screenshots as much as I used to.

    lol at 4:20 in the last screenshot ;) Also, Yakuza*

  • So excited for this, I hope it sees a Western release! Those screenshots are marvelous too!

  • thebanditking

    Awesome, can’t wait!

  • Haruka as an idol… she looks cute, but who’d thought this back than playing the older episodes?
    I hope this will be good, though so far I liked Yakuza 1-2 the best.

    • Peter El Massry

      Yeah the story lines for the first two games were superb. 

  • So how old is Haruka in this one? And if she’s playable that means her sections won’t involve fighting, right? Because I really can’t see Haruka kicking ass and taking names.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Why not? You’d think after all this time of being kidnapped, she’d be tired of it and would have started studying under Uncle Kaz.

  • No Tanimura Masayoshi this time? Ok SEGA you’re ruining my “dreams”

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