Zero Punctuation: Yakuza 4

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Yakuza 4

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Yakuza 4.

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That intro sure was completely necessary to balence out that statement, haha. I would also play a game called Constable Blimey Chaps.

You might like the next Yakuza, Yahtzee...It's probably going to be very combat heavy...with zombies for some fucking reason. Over-the-top insane, from the sounds of it.

I find the combat very fun, too. At least from the demos for 3 and 4.

I even like the story, from what I saw in the recaps of Yakuza 1 & 2...which I saw in the 45 minutes I had Yakuza 3 in before deciding to return it and wait for a price drop. Which has now happened, actually.

Guess I'll try and pick up Yakuza 3 when I go for Portal 2 next week.

Should I really bother with 1 & 2, though?

"Nuh? Duh? Nani?"

SHEN-MOO-EEY?

WTF,G?

XD

Is this really what the dialogue is like throughout the game?

Defeat in Yakuza 4 means you lose face, literally

The rugby tackle joke was hilarious.

does anyone get a "God hand" vibe from this game.

PS what is a hostess club?

I would be interested in hearing a bit more about Deadly Premonition...

Bwahahahaa -- nice opening loved it! "Japanese are into some crazy shit!" right after a heartfelt balanced statement over the recent tragedy -- ah Yahtzee you cheeky bastard -- Another good quote "sumptuous fruit basket for your fist" -- Milk. Nose. Mess. I wasn't going to buy this game anyways - having watched the earlier Escapist review -- but now I am definitely not. I don't want to read the bottom of my tv for the sake of "realism". Realism where I am a kung fu god single handling kicking the ass off of everyone as long as I am in the right place to do it. Pshhhfft. Meh.

I don't see why you had to have a disclaimer when commenting on a culture's seemingly odd interests doesn't imply you want horrible things to happen to them.

German Yahtzee? I think I died when heard that.

Fantastic episode as always!

Onyx Oblivion:
I find the combat very fun, too.

I even like the story.

But I can't enjoy the setting and forced subtitles.

What, no amusing picture that will be spammed throughout the entire thread this week?

I really want to know what else is on that list.

These games are pretty straight forward in terms of the main story. I played the Japanese version that was set in feudal Japan and with no JPN skills at the time managed to beat it by just following the markers on the compass and map.

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In all fairness, it does sound fun which should be the point of all games.

Although the not-brothel mini-game sounds a bit creepy from a non-Japanese point of view.

Wait a minute, Yahtzee claims he doesn't like going for 100% completion, but here he is trying to get all the letters in the alphabet.

You've sold out.

I don't know why you felt you needed to have a disclaimer, it's not like you've shied away from offending before and you never cracked a joke on the earthquake itself. The disclaimer felt out of place and really put me in a somber mood. I guess some people felt it necessary but it just killed the mood for me.

I found Yahtzees little motorcycle "minigame" to be adorable. I want a motorcycle that small. Though, I have no idea what I'd actually be able to do with it.

Anyway, good review, I have no interest in those games, but at least they're apparently not bad.

Celtic_Kerr:
German Yahtzee? I think I died when heard that.

Fantastic episode as always!

German Yahtzee's also in his Zack and Wiki review . Maybe there's something about overly-Japanese games that brings out the German in him.

So, are we fearing karma now Yahtzee? :P

omg a game he liked some what! what a rare occasion!

good one :D

Why are Japanese games full of weird reaction noises? Wah? Huh? I've always thought they were there because of the translation from Japanese to English, but if they're in the Japanese VO as well? Could somebody explain?

zombie711:
does anyone get a "God hand" vibe from this game.

PS what is a hostess club?

a brothel where the clients don't get to sleep with the slappers, just pretend that their going out for an hour, and pay a lot for the privilage.

OT waiting for "constable Blimey Chips" to be released!

How could you not enjoy shirtless muscle men fighting on top of a building?

NA-NI

Well Yahtzee do you really think guys who are very much accustomed to life threatening situations and brutal no-holds-barred fights to the death would really give a shit about a little chilly breeze?

Again, another game series I never played. Am I wrong or were there surprisingly many positive points mentioned in favour of the game (aka like 10 %).

Oh and were the three predecessors good?

randommaster:

Celtic_Kerr:
German Yahtzee? I think I died when heard that.

Fantastic episode as always!

German Yahtzee's also in his Zack and Wiki review . Maybe there's something about overly-Japanese games that brings out the German in him.

I might be mixing stuff up but didn't he (or wasn't it) mention(ed)that he studied erm..."Germanistik" for a while? (I'm sorry, is the English version "Germanistic" or do you just say "I study German"?)

Anyway, loved the review and especially the Nuh!-Duh!-Nani-Remix-idea. Has to be made and put up right next to the Deus Ex-song.
Sad thing is, it's so true, even beyond that game. If people around me would ask "What?" as often as people do in Japanese games/mange/movies I would seriously doubt my ability to articulate myself.

ImBigBob:
Wait a minute, Yahtzee claims he doesn't like going for 100% completion, but here he is trying to get all the letters in the alphabet.

You've sold out.

If he were trying he'd go out of his way to review games with titles that would fill the gaps. He's keeping track, but he's not making it his goal. Priorities.

OT: I had never before considered a dance mix made solely of reactionary sounds from Japanese games and anime. ... Not sure if want.

'Nani' means "What?" In Japanese, it's not quite a reaction noise.

I would like to get into the Yakuza franchise, but I'm hesitant to go pick every Yakuza game evar just to get who's who.

I loved this game.

That being said, I haven't skipped so much dialogue since Mass Effect 2. The Japanese dress-up game was weird as well.

The betrayals play like a bad soap opera. "Good" sop operas at least give you a breather in between plot wrenching back stabbing. This game gives them out like candy. One character even comes back from getting shot like a comic book character. He's perfectly fine, and can kick your ass if you aren't careful. A bit like Uncharted 2, actually. Drake gets shot, sleeps for 3 days, good to go!

Overall, great review. Sucks that Japan is shaking to bits. Also a pity that the next Yakuza game has been delayed indefinitely because it was set in earthquake stricken Tokyo. I wonder if the people who thought up the concept have bought lottery tickets yet, or at least gone to a pachinko parlour to turn a wheel to win stuffed animals.

It's yellow, but not because of racism.

hehe

Great piece, I need to look into this game more.

windlenot:
That intro sure was completely necessary to balence out that statement, haha. I would also play a game called Constable Blimey Chaps.

Me too, in a heartbeat.

redbeta22:
Why are Japanese games full of weird reaction noises? Wah? Huh? I've always thought they were there because of the translation from Japanese to English, but if they're in the Japanese VO as well? Could somebody explain?

Watch any one of the cheesier shounen anime series. Along with shouting character names, they take up half the dialogue.

Was that some Deadly Premonition? Man, Yahtzee has to review that!

Headbiter:

randommaster:

Celtic_Kerr:
German Yahtzee? I think I died when heard that.

Fantastic episode as always!

German Yahtzee's also in his Zack and Wiki review . Maybe there's something about overly-Japanese games that brings out the German in him.

I might be mixing stuff up but didn't he (or wasn't it) mention(ed)that he studied erm..."Germanistik" for a while? (I'm sorry, is the English version "Germanistic" or do you just say "I study German"?)

It'd be "I study German," I believe. I don't recall Yahtzee ever saying anything about stydying anything from Germany, though.

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