A Sword Or A Gun? Why Not Both? Yakuza Restoration Lets You Dual Wield

By Eugene . November 4, 2013 . 3:29pm

Yakuza Restoration has a lot waiting under the hood with its RPG-like features. Forge your own cannon and revolvers? Sure why not? We’ve previously touched on the four different stances that Ryouma Sakamoto aka Hajime Saito can fight in with the eminent “Street Battle Style” that Yakuza does, and now have more info on how that works out.


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Grasping the katana with both hands, players can use more powerful blows that can kill foes in a hit or two after charging attacks. It’ll also be possible to use your superior strength and skill to knock away an opponent’s sword and leave them ripe for a large gaping wound in their chest. It’ll also be easier to defend against incoming blows from melee weapons with just the sword in your hand to help fend off the blow. This is best for those who don’t believe really in defense, however, as the close-in moves can finish off groups fast.


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Pistols will come in four general varieties for players to choose from – such as rapid-fire types or more accurate versions – and is also the one for those who prefer to be like Indiana Jones. While it isn’t clear, they do also mention the ability to multi-shot foes, including those surrounding or behind you. Special ingredients can also be mixed with gunpowder to create bullets that burst into flames or poison foes. Yes, bullets now insta-poison foes. Defense though is pretty much kicking someone away from Ryoma or running away while shooting quickly.



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Arguably the weakest on the surface, don’t mess with unarmed combat. Wearing different types of armor or gauntlets can help improve the damage you’ll dole out, and the fast flurry of blows means enemies don’t get a chance to fight back once you start punching. It’s also possible to trigger a “Chance time!” system with it after countering a foe. Because you’re weaponless, you’ll also be able to pick up various items around the battlefield to use during fights such as that ridiculous medicine man’s cabinet. This is best for those who want a slow, measured pace of combat that relies on the one-shot reversal.



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Dual-Wield Sword/Pistol-style

For those who prefer their action sleek, fast and just mix-and-match there’s the dual-wielding option. With a katana in one hand and a gun in the other, players can mix up their combos or swap between foes at a moment’s notice. Run, slice and dice.


Yakuza Restoration will be out for PlayStation 3 and 4 February 22nd, 2014.

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  • Martian Wong

    So, can they wield two katana at a time?

    • Christopher Nunes

      I want to know that too.

  • TheExile285

    I need this localized so I can throw money at it

    • GH56734

      Not likely. The previous medieval Yakuza didn’t even make it out of Japan when Sega was still localizing the main series.
      They said they are not willing to dedicate even a single employee to handle the technical side of localizing Yakuza 5.
      I would keep my expectations in check if I were you.

      I would also learn Japanese… not that it would help a lot with games as kanji-heavy as the main series, let alone the antiquated Japanese variant of speech patterns for this particular spin-off.

      • 60hz

        yeah because americans don’t like samurai… only tom cruise is allowed to like samurai… come on sega, bring it!

      • Duo Maxwell

        I believe it will, since a Sony insider on NeoGaf says they are considering localizing this title as one of the Japanese title for the PS4.

        • katamari damacy

          If the PS4 is hurtin’ for exclusives, yakuza might get funds fro Sony to localize

    • Ric Vazquez

      Me too

  • dahuuuundge

    gun+katana= gunkata

    • Randgriz

      How about Gun-tana?

  • Randgriz

    Hm i wonder what SEGA US/EU is doing these days…

    • Weeb

      Clearly not localizing video games.

    • Learii

      I bet they just sit there and enjoy watching us suffer =(

    • katamari damacy

      Churning out sub-par Sonic games like Lost World of course!

  • TrueDefault

    It’s like a routine, every time news for Yakuza emerges, we’d go “Sega,
    localise this dammit!” and Sega is like “Hehehehe.”

    • eilegz

      sega and its games, like pso and valkyria… but no americans only like crap sonic games

  • eilegz
  • Kitestwinblades

    This looks really badass! Almost too badass… 2 guys shot in the crotch (;°Д°) … SOLD
    But in all seriousness, the versatility sounds really good. Could be the ideal samurai-like game I’ve always wanted xD Cant wait to see the PS4 version.

  • Servant BerserCAR

    I just gonna leave a quote from a very renowned swordsman here:

    • Ferrick

      and i’m going to leave a quote from a very renowned “Archer” here:

  • katamari damacy

    Well Way of the Samurai 4 got localized (in Europe) and it shares some similarities with Yakuza plus the added bonus of killing story characters whenever you feel like it, Morrowind style.
    Yakuza’s story, while linear, is far better though

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