Yakuza Restoration won’t be just about running around feudal Japan while dual-wielding swords and pistols to take out rebels as Ryoma Sakamoto. There will also be a dungeon crawler mode, with collectible allies who’ll be helping you out. Famitsu gives us a first look at the game’s dungeon exploration segments.
Since Ryoma won’t be able to take dungeons on alone, he’ll be able to recruit help from fellow Shinsengumi members, who will appear in the form of cards, as seen above. In order to acquire these cards, you’ll first need to beat them up on the streets, as they appear as your regular Yakuza thugs looking for trouble.
As you beat up different thugs, you’ll acquire their cards which consist of different unit types, such as attacker, defender, and healer; so putting together a team that fits your playstyle will be an important factor in the dungeon runs. There will also be rare units that are much more powerful than your average ones.
As you progress through dungeons, you’ll get to level up your units. Additionally, you’ll also be able to combine cards to further gain experience.
There’s also a chance to acquire rare items you wouldn’t normally find outside the dungeons.
These rare items can be used to enhance Ryoma’s weapons, or they can also be used to sell for some extra pocket money.
According to Famitsu, the number of dungeons are quite impressive, and there are several strategies required to take them on. For example, some will be simple enough where you just need to prepare yourself and things will go smoothly, then there are some where you’ll be required to carefully choose your allies.
Yakuza Restoration is slated for release in Japan on February 22nd, 2014 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.