Yakuza 5 Is Less Crazy Taxi And More Taxi Cab Confessions

By Spencer . July 5, 2012 . 11:12pm

Kazuma Kiryu left the gangster life behind and when Yakuza 5 begins he’s working as a taxi cab driver in Fukuoka. Of course, Sega took this opportunity to make a taxi driving mini-game, but Crazy Yakuza Taxi this isn’t.




When players pickup passengers like drunken salarymen sometimes they’ll talk to Kazuma about their problems. You can choose how Kazuma replies to help resolve their issues.



Yakuza 5 also has race battles where you zip through a highway and try to beat a rival. Players can drift around corners and do roaring heat actions (kind of like regular heat actions, but in a vehicle) to win the race. Sega made a car customization feature too where you can choose paint jobs, add decals, and tune a taxi by changing tires. Check out screenshots of race battles over at Famitsu.

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  • DanteJones

    I was already planning on getting this, but HOLY CRAP. Why does this sound so awesome?!

  • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

    LOL! Taxi driver that solves your deep rooted relationship problems. Good god, I love it.

  • Andrew Austin


    Oh. Nevermind.

  • gaiahatergaia

    It may be just me but, don’t those graphics on the first picture look a bit crappy for a PS3 game?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-LaBranch/100002132711844 Wayne LaBranch

    if only Kazama decided to be a Bartender…he be known as Master…Bate (anyone who knows where that’s from is awesome).  Seriously though Taxi Driver or Bartender…Kazama is always helping people’s troubles

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      If Kazama become a bartender, everytime he shakes the liquor, the drinks will spill all over due to his sheer awesomeness lol.^^

  • SupaPhly


    haha, oh wow

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Initial Yakuza!!! Coming to PS3.^^

  • SupaPhly

    but wait… what happened to the orphanage?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-de-Groodt/100000446926616 Mike de Groodt

      I think Mikio and Naganohara are taking care of that

  • RKM_13

    I figured it wouldn’t be like Crazy Taxi. Somehow that premise just doesn’t sound crazy enough for the Yakuza series.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Am I the only one who gets an “Initial D” vibe from this mini game???

  • XiaomuArisu

    One of segas proof that they can still make good games!

  • Zertan

    I got the feeling that one of the passengers is going to pull a knife at Kiryu and you get the option to talk the passenger out of it.

    Street racing using a taxi.  I feel bad to those who lose to Kiryu.  Supe up car < Taxi

    • Ravage27

      I feel sorry for any unlucky souls who think its a good idea to rob Kiryu :p

  • Guest

    Hmm you mean Kiryu doesn’t have to wear that ugly tan cop jacket at all times?

  • TerraEx

    What… at the start of Y5 Kaz has stepped down yet again? How many times has it been now.

  • Pope The Rev XXVIII

    This Series needs to be multiplatform already Only lazy developers make 3rd party exclusives now. 

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      “Lazy developers”? Wut are you smoking here??? 3rd party exclusives happen all the time so all developers here are lazy?

      Do yourself a favor here and buy the specific console to play the game here.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    …..Yakuza 5:Taxi Confession.^^

  • 60hz

    it’s you – there’s a ton of people in that shot and a pretty far draw distance…

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