Zero Punctuation: Yakuza 4

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Chiefwakka:
So, are we fearing karma now Yahtzee? :P

It just seems a little late, doesn't it?

Does it at least play the Final Fantasy victory tune when you're done smashing faces in random encounters?

Most of what is expressed here is why I find it hard to sympathise with the Japanese in their hard times.

Wierdos.

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

Not new, though, did it in a Mario review mid-last year (I think...)

OT: To answer: YA-ku-ZA, not ya-KU-za... though you probably already know that, dontcha...

shi-ne!

There's two ways to react negativly to a game when it comes to story and it probably needs to be reworked if you say any of the following while playing;
"Stop interrupting my gameplay with story!"
or
"Stop interrupting my story with gameplay!"
I had actually shoutet the second part while playing Lost Odyssey and it sounds like Yakuza 4 suffers from "Stop interrupting my gameplay with story!".

Genuine Evil:
I wonder if it was the escapist or Yahtzee who put that intro in

Most likely the Escapist. My guess is either Yahtzee makes these weeks in advance or he made this ep after the tragedy, but is aware that...

Nurb:
commenting on a culture's seemingly odd interests doesn't imply you want horrible things to happen to them.

Either way, due to the eathquate and reactor issues, Escapist probably wanted to lessen the chance of Yahtzee rustling any feathers.

OT: The review of this game actually confused me a bit. I haven't played any of the Yakuza games, so I was under the impression that the game's focus was to handle things as realistically as possible (or y'know, about as realistic as a game about gang members can get), but from the sound of this review, Yakuza 4 is a little wacky.

Also, the reaction noise stuff kinda gets on my nerves too. But you know what's even worse? When the characters repeat what someone just said but in the form of a question. If I were an ignorant boob that just judges Japan's culture from what I've seen in anime, I would think that everyone there is hard of hearing.

LOL at Alan Wake joke

It seems I would like 3 out of the 4 characters. Thar big dude who came from prison doesn't seem interesting.

The little disclaimer was there not because Yatzee thought he'd offend someone without out it, but instead because it was funny. Stark contrast=humor.

My least favorite Japanese reaction noise? "Mhh" I hate that one. Innocent girl characters do it the most. Hard to illustrate how it sounds with text, though.

I love how you go on a rant about Japanese culture and then incorrectly attribute Kung Fu to the Japanese. Kung Fu refers Chinese martial arts. Cave Johnson, we're done here.

When i first found out Yahtzee was writing reviews, i had pages of yahtzee videos to go through, of pretty much any game that came out in the last year or so.

Now...ive watched them all. I have to wait every week, and they feel so short. Cant watch them all together like a movie anymore, lol

I seriosly was not expecting Yahtzee to review Yakuza 4. He was pretty much spot-on how the game goes, but I was surprised he didnt mention the pants-on-head retarded things the protagonists do at times in this game.
Example: You defeat big bad, then turn you gun on him but then decide youre better than this and throw it WITHIN 3 meters of the embittered baddie who is close to mental breakdown, and to whom you recently gave a lengthy Reason You Suck-speech. Darwinism really has no credibility with these people walking the earth.

Didn't even realize there was a Yakuza 4. I might look into, it looks kind of fun.

orangecharger:
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.

It's not about "realism" as few if any video games are truly realistic, it's about authenticity. When a game takes place in Japan it's only logical that the people actually speak Japanese.

And Kung Fu is Chinese, not Japanese.

I've just finished Yakuza 3 and he's not wrong about the wierdness and some of the shonky design decisions.

But I liked it anyway, combat is brutally awesome and you can get as much or as little out of the side stuff as you feel like.

Plus if it were any more atmosperic you would actually be in Japan.

Wait, there's a ZP alphabet?

this remix will be up within 5 hours

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

You managed to ninja my entire post there :(

BX3:

Genuine Evil:
I wonder if it was the escapist or Yahtzee who put that intro in

Most likely the Escapist. My guess is either Yahtzee makes these weeks in advance or he made this ep after the tragedy, but is aware that...

Nurb:
commenting on a culture's seemingly odd interests doesn't imply you want horrible things to happen to them.

Either way, due to the eathquate and reactor issues, Escapist probably wanted to lessen the chance of Yahtzee rustling any feathers.

He makes these episodes on a weekly basis, meaning this one was made within the current week.

Anyone willing to lend me a PS3?
I might end up renting it and the PS3 otherwise X)

I like this review, it was genuinely funny, and not unreasonable or stupidly trying to come up with funny points to make.

Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit

SFR:
He makes these episodes on a weekly basis, meaning this one was made within the current week.

Oh, okay then. Thanks for clearing that up.

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

Sure it is, just as much as "huh?" or "metal gear!?" would be reaction noises. It's not as if people respond to the question.

One constructive ragging, two potentially brilliant ideas just begging for someone in the audience to make. Good run.

This may be the first time that I really didn't understand his full impression of the game. Yeah, the combat is awesome and the story is a bit convoluted, but I don't really get what he thinks of the full package.

No doubt, the Japanese ARE into some pretty weird stuff. Right on the money there, Yahtzee.

Sounds like a Japanese GTA4, shouldn't be too bad.

I know it was just one word, Yahtzee. But that one word you spoke in Japanese absolutely slayed me.

"Nuh, duh, nani?"

If I had a cell phone, I'd use this as my ringtone.

LCP:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit

Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.

This is one of the funniest ZPs in a long time. Extra points for mispronouncing everying.

"Yakyoooza" and "Shenmooey".

Gold.

Gotta say, if there's one thing in this life that makes less sense to me than paying somebody to have sex with you, it's paying somebody to not have sex with you. Unless they're twice your size, have brass knuckles and a raging case of herpes, I'll just try to avoid them and buy a nice sandwich instead.

Nani is a word....

One of the few words I know in multiple languages...

Que?

A1:

LCP:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit

Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.

Okay, but why is that of all the far east Japan is the most that stands out. No North Korea is not bizarre, Kim Jong-il is.

A1:

LCP:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit

Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.

My mistake, i meant some...

Although certain sections on certain numbered websites, specially one being the 4th letter of the alphabet is troublesome

great review as always but i still think he is a closet anime fan. also desu, degeso, hanuu, uuuggguu.

Bare-chested fist fights on top of tall buildings? The Japanese must be really into that. Wasn't it also the end of that Freudian porn game, Metal Gear Solid 4?

brazuca:

Okay, but why is that of all the far east Japan is the most that stands out. No North Korea is not bizarre, Kim Jong-il is.

Because other eastern countries don't have as many cultural imports as Japan.

Know how not all Politicians are corrupt... in fact most of them aren't? And yet they have that reputation, why? Because the ones you DO hear about make the most noise.

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