Yakuza 5 Has Double The Story Content Compared To Yakuza 4

By Spencer . May 29, 2012 . 6:29am

photo-2 (2)Dengeki PlayStation has a feature on Yakuza 5, which claims this game’s scenario is twice the length of Yakuza 4.


Haruka who we’ve seen since the first Yakuza title is a playable character in Yakuza 5. Since she’s only 16 years old she can’t hang around cabaret clubs or gambling dens. Sega is creating new areas and events just for Haruka.


Another interesting twist is Haruka won’t beat up hoodlums, but she has some kind of battle component Sega is keeping a secret for now.


Yakuza 5 is slated for release on PlayStation 3 in December.

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  • Nemesis_Dawn

    I so fear we won’t see this out West, after seeing how Sega seems to be treating their non-Sonic IP’s. I really want to be wrong on this.

    •  I’m optimistic. We didn’t get the PSP games or Kenzan, but we’ve practically had a Yakuza game on a yearly/bi-yearly basis. We just got Dead Souls (which surprised me), so I don’t see why we shouldn’t get this.

      But yeah, Sega.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        Unfortunately, though, the guy at Sega who brought them here stopped working there as of a couple weeks ago. I want to be wrong, but look at the sudden iffiness of “Anarchy Reigns.”

  • Zertan

    “Since she’s only 16 years old she can’t hang around cabaret clubs or gambling dens.”

    Doesn’t stop her from showing up on those places in the first game.

    Another interesting twist is Haruka won’t beat up hoodlums, but she has some kind of battle component Sega is keeping a secret for now.”
    better reveal it fast.  I’m bummed out that Haruka isn’t fighting like the other cast.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Sad that Haruka isn’t going to be fighting but I guess its for the best. Wouldn’t wanna put little Haruka in even more danger.

  • PersonaSpace

    I hate to say it guys, but the chances of this one coming over are pretty slim now: 

    • MrRobbyM

      So Sonic games forever and ever for North America. Great.

    • boundries_san

      Well i believe Yakuza will steadily come here as if they are not bringing Yakuza here, what other thing they have more other than the blue hedgehog here?

      Considering Yakuza series also had loyal fans(Like me.^^) That keep following the series here.(Maybe only the one released on PSP won’t come here as PSP is considered dead here.)

  • cj_iwakura

    Haruka mechanic? “Noooo fighting!!” Thugs: ” :( “

    • Zertan

      Thugs: “Can we at least kidnap you so that we can lure Kiryu into a trap?”

      Haruka: “You sure you wanna do that?”

  • Luis Camargo

    I really hope Sega US surprises us with a more speedy localization of this game. It would be great if they already started the process.
    I’m hopeful we will see this localized.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Given Sega’s recent restructuring, I’m more concerned about the game actually getting released at all, personally. Hopefully they will step up, though.

  • boundries_san

    Double the Story? YEHA!!!!

    Haruka not fighting and not allowed to go to Cabaret???T_T (At least Host Club here??? or Pachinko??? I want to challange the Bog here.^^)

    Haruka special battle mechanic???……. I will said this now.^^ DECULTURE!!!!
    Haruka’s song will make Yakuza turn to Otaku.^^

  • badmoogle

    I’m glad Haruka will not be fighting (at least in a traditional way) because that would look ridiculous to say the least.

    • TheCynicalReaper

       Not if they don’t make her look like a waif and give her a similar move-set to Kazuma but altered to fit her personality. Just as long as they don’t make her give Sailor poses after kicking a thug in the teeth it could’ve worked.
      She could’ve been as hardcore as the rest of the cast since she is the guy’s daughter, but I guess they have other plans for her.

    • amagidyne

       She could shoot people.

      • boundries_san

        Lol so Haruka is changing into…… Golgo Haruka 13???

    • cj_iwakura

      I envision she’d pull people’s ankles out from under them then bash their heads in with a pipe(or bicycle).

  • Yesshua

    I’m crossing my fingers here that this doesn’t end up being terribly gender biased.  Yakuza games largely revolve around beating up thugs and exploring the seedy underbelly of Japanese cities.  From the sounds of this article, this female character is restricted both from beating up thugs and parts of the seedy metropolitan underworld.  Which begs the question, why is this character in the game?

    They said they still have things to reveal about her, so that’s good.  But I think I would have preferred if they just had a tough female character who was able to do all the things the guys do despite her gender.

    • TheCynicalReaper

      I agree, but what makes this idea of non-combat stupid is that Haruka is Kazuma’s daughter. She should know all of his moves and easily be able to fight just like him.

      Them: “But we can’t have Haruka being a badass! She’s loving and sweet and cute!”
      She can be all those things AND be a badass in a fight. That’s what being human means: that you can have multiple aspects to you.

      Whatever. Some will blame it on sexism. I blame it on the director being too scared to show Haruka being cool.

      • boundries_san

        I would blame them to the fans here lol.^^ As i believe there will be fans that will complain on why “Moe” Haruka can become so dangerous lol.

      • Suicunesol

        …let’s be realistic here. It’s not just that she’s a girl. She’s sixteen years-old. A high school student. Maybe she knows judo and some of Kiryu’s moves. But can she beat gangs of thugs (and take hits) all by her lonesome like seasoned veteran Kazuma who’s body is ripped with muscles? No, I don’t think so.

        Yes, it would be cool to see a little girl beating up thugs. On the other hand, it would also be very uncool to see thugs ganging up and beating up a little girl, slamming her with a metal chair, and spilling her blood in a dark alleyway because the player is lousy at playing beat-em-ups.

  • TheCynicalReaper

    I bought every Yakuza game except for 2 and really liked them all. I loved the Yakuza series…until I went to the Badwebcomics wiki and read an article on a webcomic called “La Cosanostra”. It was really bad, blending bishies with mafiosos and just making a mockery out of a very real and very serious mafia. Worst of all, it painted the Cosanostra in a positive light, as if the mafia was a force of good and all the police were evil.

    Then I looked at Yakuza 4. True, not all the police were in on the scheme, but it DID paint the Yakuza as a force of justice, as if the Yakuza wasn’t the mafia but some organization determined to better Tokyo and protect it from evildoers.

    I realized then that, after the first Yakuza game (maybe the second? Never played it), the Yakuza series devolved into a nonsensical love letter to the Yakuza, just like that web comic.
    …Well, it was far better written than the web comic, but still just as moronic.

    • boundries_san

      Well if u check the real philosphy of Cosanostra they are indeed hero here lol.

      As Cosanostra firstly is created to protect the public from government or law enforcers that is corrupt and causing problem to the public.

      However as era passes, that whole philosophy has been scrapped and inserted with new concept where Cosanostra had the right to control the public and do evil things.

      But even with all of these, i had seen more people involved with these business(Mafio,Cosanostra,Yakuza, or Triad.) help the public lifes more than the government lol.^^ They can donate money to hospital, school or even orphanage.^^

    • XiaomuArisu

       Two ex-yakuzas,a money lender and a cop beating up cops,yakuzas,street punks.
      For me its more like:Everyone can be good or evil,yakuzas,cops or just “normal”peoples.

    • Nauj Ibarra

      Not all Yakuza’s are bad people. I have a friend who’s the daughter of a Yakuza and his father is really awesome. Like the other person said, they help around the neighborhood donating money and helping the less fortunate.  They’re not as bad as they were back then. Though there are times that they need to be ruthless so people won’t think they’re weak and push them around.

      Loan sharks are the ones who have a bad image in Japan. Nothing like Akiyama from Yakuza. Yankii’s aren’t as bad as they look as well. Unless you’re not asian and they don’t like you, or you simply pissed them off.

  • amagidyne

    Oh, so these seedy, criminal-run wretched hives of scum and villainy card you? Eesh.

    • Barrylocke89

      It’s a-ok to deal with drugs and escorts, as long as you remember to THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

  • dahuuuundge

    Hope of Haruka bashing street punk’s face in with fighting style learned from Kiryu: gone

    • Göran Isacson

      Seriously man, that would have been SO amazing. Dissapoint in you now, SEGA.

    • XiaomuArisu

      (crying under the table)
      IT can sti…sob sob

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    Still underage, dammit Japan.

  • Sesshomaru

    Idol Battles!!!

    • Nauj Ibarra


  • Should be interesting to see them try something different.

  • icecoffemix

    Betting on Rhythm mini game as the “battle” component.

    Miku cosplay DLC imminent? 

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    But I wanted to see thugs get suplexed by a little girl ;_;. Hopefully she can still fight with weapons though.

    • Nauj Ibarra

      Reminds me if Saaya from Onechanbara.

  • Maybe she’s more of a stealth/puzzle-solving character then?  Sneak in here, steal this, take embarrassing photos of this person, plant that over here, get out?  Would be cool, but I think the mechanics will be too much of a departure so they probably won’t do it.

  • XiaomuArisu

     Twice the lenght?TAKE MY MONEY!
    No Haruka battles?GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!
    Different battle component?Take my money?

  • s07195

    A secret battle mechanic, huh…

    How about only doing groin kicks?

  • Guilherme

    maybe some stealth-like combat? like, setting traps, using the environment to hurt enemies…

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