Ten Images That Sum Up Yakuza 0 Better Than I Could

Yakuza 0 reviews went up yesterday – at least as far as the worldwide edition of the game is concerned – but no words written could describe the game better than the game itself can.

For those familiar with the series, Yakuza‘s weird sense of humor and eccentric scenarios are nothing new. For yours truly, Sega’s gangsterial action-adventure prequel was nothing short of a revelation.

My DualShock 4’s Share button was given the workout of its life while I played this. The amount of dialog and imagery that needs further examination is more than I can legitimately handle. The following screenshots are a mere fraction of what’s on offer.

Let’s look at some of the bizarre shit I saw!

This one is relatively mundane, but it’s something fun you can do. If Kiryu – one of two protagonists in 1988 Japan – has any oranges in his inventory, he’ll get an option to stuff them in the mouths of his opponents. He’ll then stamp on their faces and cause juice to pour from their lips like little citrusy fountains.

Did I mention I love this game?

Kiryu asks a question I think we’ve all asked at some point or other.

This and the last image are from a quest in which you rumble a group of high school girls selling their underwear. Our hapless protagonist initially believes they’re doing more full-on sex work, so when he’s asked if he wants top or bottom, hilarity ensues!

Another very important message from Yakuza 0.

Over in Sotenbori, alternative protagonist Majima gets to enjoy sights such as these. This happy gentleman is just standing in a cabaret club, thrusting his hips and generally being a naughty boy.

This screenshot features one of my new favorite lines of text ever to be found in a videogame.

The game industry really has come a long way, hasn’t it?

Just another day in Kamurocho.

I spent this whole sequence yelling “CHILDREN ARE WATCHING YOU” at my television.

In this sidequest, Kiryu attempts to help a dominatrix find the confidence to berate her masochistic clients. For some reason, a public park with children in it was deemed a suitable place. The right answer to the question posed in this screenshot – “Don’t fucking say anything with kids watching” – is not an option.

Yakuza 0 has a very odd idea of an appropriate situation.

On the other hand, I can’t really argue against an indictment of kink shaming. Who are we to shame, indeed?

One fun thing about Yakuza 0 is how sidequests don’t just end when they end. Characters from completed sub-stories will turn up to help out with the comprehensive strategy/simulation games that unlock partway through the campaign. Here, the Masochistic Man from the dominatrix quest turns up as an asset for Kiryu’s real estate business.

Also, something about pigs.

Brandon Broze
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Brandon Broze

Japanese gaming seriously needs more hot sandbox titles like Yakuza.

Real shame they don’t… Why is that? Do most Japanese gamers “hate” sandboxes?? Am I missing something here?

Kiririn51
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They pioneered the genre with games like Germs, Mizzurna Falls and Shenmue. So it’s not so much like they hate the genre, but rather that is a very expensive one to produce for very little average returns.

Cinebeast
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Why haven’t I heard about this game until today?

Why?

If I had any money I’d buy it right now.

Marcus Cohen
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Marcus Cohen

Another reason to get a PS4 besides Bloodborne? I thought this day will never come!

Jokerman89
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Jokerman89

I know, currently praising the rains down in africa for Life of Black Tiger

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

Whoever did the localization for Yakuza 0 is a fucking genius.

About12Kittens
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About12Kittens

Because of this and your review I’m gonna pick up Yakuza now, thank you jim

diamond
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diamond

i’m getting both this and RE7 next week.

Drake Warnock
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Drake Warnock

As someone who has also never played a Yakuza game I feel I must play them as soon as possible.

sillyskeleton
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sillyskeleton

Jim only just discovering Yakuza is like an eccentric film buff only just discovering Quentin Tarantino.

diamond
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diamond

Yakuza series has never really been massively successful(at least not outside Japan) or hugely acclaimed, it’s more like a cult series.

Sam
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Sam

Oh what the fuck it’s not on PC?!

ZeroAbbadon
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ZeroAbbadon

The Yakuza series never has been! In fact it’s only made one appearance on a non-Sony platform and that was a port of the HD remaster of 1&2 to the Wii U, and even that was Japan exclusive!

R.D.
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R.D.

It’s a very Japan-centric game, and PC gaming is a pretty niche thing in Japan, beyond erotica games and visual novels. Arcades tend to be more popular there still.

Warwick Stubbs
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It’s too good for PC. Better to keep the quality top-notch rather than take a step down.

Uldi
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Uldi
It’s a Japanese-centric game for a Japanese market. Why would they spend a great deal of money to port a title to a platform most Japanese don’t use for major gaming? PC in Japan is more for visual novels, eroge, and doujinshi (amatuer/indie) games. And with the increase in power of smart phones, even that market for PC is fading. It’s quite possible that in five years there won’t be more than a handful of PC games a year made in Japan. Expensive gaming rigs in Japan are super rare, and generally much more expensive than in the US or… Read more »
Joseph Taylor
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Joseph Taylor

I don’t understand how there are games that still look this ugly 3 years into the ‘next-gen’ life cycle.

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

This game is from 2015.
It was only localized now.

ZeroAbbadon
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ZeroAbbadon
Ok, firstly Yakuza 0 isn’t ugly. It’s definitely not setting the world ablaze with its graphics but it’s not ugly by any stretch. Secondly, Yakuza 0’s lead platform was PS3 and due to this the game is built on the same engine used in Yakuza 4 and 5, which are 7 and 5 years old respectively, so a bit of leeway can be given there. And lastly this game was announced in 2014 and released originally 22 months ago back in March 2015 in Japan, so the graphics are also likely to look much worse than a game coming out… Read more »
CitizenErased
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CitizenErased

Yakuza 5’s engine not Yakuza 4’s engine. Yakuza 4’s engine was the slightly outdated engine originally built for the spin-off Kenzan. 0’s engine is a slightly upgrade/tuned version of Ishin’s which was based on 5’s.

ZeroAbbadon
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ZeroAbbadon

My bad, 4 and 5 both look very similar (although it has been a while since I played 4)

Chürz
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Chürz
The game is 2 years old and Japanese developers don’t have the slightest idea how to take advantage of the power of their consoles. The models are lackluster and the animation could be better. Anyway, this game is pure Japanese escapism, so take it for what it is. But yes, most Japan developed games look way worse than western ones, like 1 generation or more worse, because they don’t have the resources, the personnel or, more importantly, the engines to make them look as good as anything made in Unreal engine. Also, ZeroAbbadon, graphics are important. If you don’t agree… Read more »
Cthulhu30
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Cthulhu30
“Also, ZeroAbbadon, graphics are important. If you don’t agree with this, I feel sorry for you. I mean, why do you want a PS4 if you won’t take advantage of it?” Wow, what an arrogant statement. Firstly the assumption that anything made with Unreal engine will look great; a quick browse through steam will debunk that statement faster than Trump can say something stupid on twitter. What constitutes “Great” graphics are a highly subjective matter, some games like CoD, Skyrim and others are by many regarded as having “Great” graphics but are still running on modified versions of older engines.… Read more »
CitizenErased
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CitizenErased

Indeed. That’s why it’s so easy to forget that The Order: 1886 exists.

The Interloper
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The Interloper
Completely correct. Graphics are only really a major factor when it comes down to “does this graphical decision make it affect how the game plays in a negative or positive manner”, at least imho. Adding a bit to what you said about frame rates, I’ve recently just started playing the Mass Effect games (always been up my alley being I’m a fan of RPG’s and sci-fi, just never played them). Now I’m not someone who doesn’t play 30fps games (although I always prefer 60fps), I just want a stable rate. My point being, Mass Effect, at least ME1 on console,… Read more »
Dennis Estebal
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Dennis Estebal

Again with this “graphics must be top-notch, top of the line otherwise it’s not worth looking into argument” b*shit. Are games now really about who has the highest polygon count or higher terra flops. This is how mid tier games died in the first place, because “AAA” developers thought if their games didn’t get all the bells and whistles in the graphics department, consumers would be turned off to buy their games. And that’s just sad really.

XionEternum
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XionEternum

At least it runs 60fps. Try to say that about “better” looking games on the PS4.

ENAY
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ENAY

This game is running on the Yakuza 5 engine that was developed in 2011 and released in 2012 on the PS3. One could say that Yakuza 0 on a PS4 HD version of the PS3 version. Graphics are decent and 60fps on PS4 is a nice addition. In the end though, it’s gameplay over graphics.

qorl123
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qorl123

I’m not personally fond of the japanese brand of quirky humor, but the fights look kind of amusing

Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander
I am really not into this sort of game, by and large and they generally do nothing for me, so Yakuza 0 can pat itself on the back when I say the game actually looks pretty fun and amusing. I’d be nearly tempted. (Being a PC gamer (who’s one and only console* (unless you count handhelds) is a barely-used PS2 with a shocking amount of unfinished JRPGs on it, it’s not one I’m likely to actually play or anything, but it clearly deserves a tip of my hat nonetheless.) *Well, i suppose you could count my Gamecube, but that literally… Read more »
C. Redfield
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C. Redfield

Late upvote, only because of shared ancient PS2 jrpg shame…

ATBro
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ATBro

What the fuck is going on in Yakuza!?!

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Hey, sometimes a guy has to deal with some crazy shit to get by.

Evan Thompson
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Evan Thompson

I usually don’t judge a game on graphics alone, but Mass Effect 2 looks better than this

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

How?

Sam Robinson
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Sam Robinson

Okay so you need to understand something, this game came out in Japn a year and a half ago and also has a PS3 version. Also these games are rich in content and I for one don’t care what the game looks like if there is a shit ton of content.

Joseph Taylor
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Joseph Taylor

I’m happy for you but I don’t understand why people like you continue to make the argument that gameplay is all that matters etc. You can have great gameplay and great graphics. They aren’t mutually exclusive and it’s a perfectly valid expectation to want both.

Geebun
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Geebun

You better tell them your secret to have infinite money if you want every games to focus on both. I’d rather have them focus on making a good game gameplay wise that looks decent then have them waste money on amazing graphics only to make a game like The Order 1886.

Sam Robinson
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Sam Robinson

Every games focus can’t be on both. Also there was a PS3 SKU and they wanted both to look the same so no one was missing out in Japan.

Dennis Estebal
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Dennis Estebal

Even TotalBiscuit said in a video that if he were to choose between better graphics or better framerate, he would choose to have better framerate and gameplay experience at the cost of graphical downgrades. So if I were to choose this over something pretty like say The Order 1886 or Everyones Gone to the Rapture, I’d definitely choose this.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

You only get a bucket and a half in your lifetime, Jim. If Phoenix Nights has taught me anything, it’s that.

Kyolux
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Kyolux

“My DualShock 4’s Share button was given the workout of its life while I played this.”

That’s great. From my experience with the JP version, it wouldn’t let me use the share feature at all.

Iftekhar Ahmed
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Iftekhar Ahmed

I always felt as though Yakuza is what Shenmue strived to be. The Odin Sphere to Princess Crown if you will.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Oh my freaking god! Now I know what I want for my birthday, and maybe this game for Christmas.

HerbertGW
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HerbertGW

Shame it’s not on the PC.

orion
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orion

For the price of a video card you can play it on PS4. You might even enjoy it.

HerbertGW
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HerbertGW

I can get a PS4 Pro and a copy of the game for less than €200?

orion
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orion

For your info this game is playable on the base PS4 😉

Well PC or console you still have to buy the game right ? Unless you’re the type of pc gamer that steals with pirate versions ? Hence one of the reasons why Sega isn’t bothered to release the game on pc perhaps ?

Like I wrote: base Ps4. Still great.
So you’re in luck it’s even cheaper. Hell you might even enjoy it.

Elvar Ingvason
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Elvar Ingvason

He doesn’t need 1080 to get multiple times better graphics and performance than what ps4 can offer. Even 5 year old graphic cards are better. Ps4 is crap so no, not great at all.

orion
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orion

A ps4 gives on par or better result than a 5 years old gpu.

So I don’t really know what excuse you’d have to not pick a cheap ps4 to play exclusive games that you’d like to play, hence his comment : “Shame it’s not on the PC.”.

Like I wrote if you don’t go top of the line, full on master race, then you have no excuse.

Cthulhu30
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Cthulhu30

So if you already have a gaming PC you’re not allowed to lament the fact that some games are not released on the platform? Buying a console, even at a reduced price, is still a big expence for some people. But I guess if you have infinite money that’s “No excuse”

orion
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orion
I sure don’t lament when a game only release on android or xbox one, thought the later is really a thing anymore LOL. “Buying a console, even at a reduced price, is still a big expence for some people. Hence why I wrote that a ps4 cost less than a new gpu. But HerbertGW which I was replying to had to exagerate : “I can get a PS4 Pro and a copy of the game for less than €200?” When either way you’d have to buy the game, and then there’s no need a ps4 pro, you can get the… Read more »
Cthulhu30
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Cthulhu30
You’re definetely right that high-end PC gaming is way more expensive than consoles, however there is a large amount of PC gamers with middle performance machines you can build quite cheap. The part I disagree with is coming down on the guy just for stating he thinks it’s a shame it’s not on PC In my comment I wrote “if you already have the PC”. I have a decent PC which took me quite a while to save up for, and for me buying a new console is an expense to be considered. However if the game was available on… Read more »
orion
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orion
” with middle performance machines you can build quite cheap. That sounds just like a Ps4. “The part I disagree with is coming down on the guy just for stating he thinks it’s a shame it’s not on PC” Well that’s life, we make choices. So if he doesn’t have to money for say even a used ps4. Then I’m guessing he doesn’t even have money to upgrade his pc. Life choices. “In my opinion exclusives are always a shame as they exclude a lot of people from playing the game” Sony didn’t even ink a deal to have this… Read more »
Elvar Ingvason
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Elvar Ingvason

I have a 1070 and I got the computer for less than a ps 4 would cost me so don’t know what world you live in. On top of the games being double the price in my country

Uldi
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Uldi

And it’s not on PC because it’s a Japanese-centric game for an Asian market. PC is barely a platform in Japan. It’s used for visual novels, eroge, and doujinshi games. It just doesn’t make sense for them to spend the equivalent of millions of US dollars to port what they see as a niche title.

Even in S.Korea, gaming rigs are found mostly in PC bangs rather than in homes. Many of the rest are in pro-gaming team houses.

There are PCs, but they’re almost always less powerful than a console.

HerbertGW
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HerbertGW

I am well aware of how the Japanese market works. I just said it’s a shame.

Richard Cadman
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Richard Cadman

Damn, this looks great. Thing is the only one I played was 4 and while good ,having 4 protagonists didn’t gel so well with me so I didn’t immediately jump into another.

I definitely intend on playing the remake of the first, I think they said they were porting that to the west.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Something about pigs? I think the title should be “Dave Cameron Simulator”!

Sperium3000
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See, this is what I like about the Yakuza series. In a time when every game is like “LOOK AT THIS OPEN WORLD, LOOK HOW BIIIIIG IT IS!” and then gives you a bunch of space with little in it to do because everyone wants to be GTA but invariably fucks it up, Yakuza does it’s own thing. It gives an open, but compact map dense with stuff to do. Be it Kamurocho, Okinawa, Sotenbori or what have you, every town you go to in this series is as much a character as Kiryu or Majima, and the odd people… Read more »
Simon
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Simon

Nice post!

Looks like I can’t buy though cause it’s console only.

Sad… 🙁

diamond
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diamond

Yakuza isn’t really like GTA though, it’s more like Deus Ex with it’s hub world.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

That’s not… Ugh.

Jeremy Alexander
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Jeremy Alexander

He’s right, your making a stupid comparison.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Oh my God.

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

That’s not what he was saying. He said “Yakuza does its own thing.” The entire first point is to say that Yakuza isn’t trying to be GTA like so many other games do.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

THANK YOU!

diamond
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diamond

That’s… ugh

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

That’s…

XionEternum
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XionEternum

He said “Yakuza does its own thing.” dumbass. But I remember we established you’re a dumbass long ago… For the same reason I must add.

diamond
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diamond

You’re only dumbass here cocksucker, but we already established that you’re a brain-dead piece of shit a long time ago.

XionEternum
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XionEternum

Really? Care to cite how? Love to see it for myself. 🙂
Now… that aside; how about you either fuck off or show how you were right?

diamond
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diamond

how about you fuck off you brain-dead cocksucking piece of fucking dogshit?

XionEternum
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XionEternum

Why should I? You’ve given me no reason to. And you’re still dodging having been called out for your stupidity in your reply to the OP.

Benj
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Benj

“Yakuza isn’t like GTA” is essentially the whole point of the first paragraph.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

It’s not really like Deus Ex either. A cross between Shenmue and Deadly Premonition is more along the lines of the Yakuza games.

Simon
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Simon

Oh my jizz-slurping Christ! This is what I’m talkin ’bout! Thank you, Jim! Something about the pics remind me of the edginess of the original Deus Ex before it went mainstream and all micro-transactiony, but even edgier! If this is any indication of 2017 it’s going to be a good year!

Now let’s see if it gets banned or censored in this stupid nanny-state Australia.

Jeremy Alexander
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Jeremy Alexander

What the fuck happened to Australia? It was like the most open liberal nation on Earth and now it’s a fascist fuck fest.

diamond
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diamond

It’s historically pretty awful when it comes to censoring video games for no good reason, things got better then the introduction of an R18 plus rating, but there was still some stupid decisions like removing drug references from Saints Row IV(fortunately importing the U.S. version is easy enough, which is what Yahtzee did for that game and others like Syndicate and Mortal Kombat).

Rick S
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Rick S

That guy must have has staphylococcus infections as a kid. The artist drew the skin pores to appear like large pock marks !

CitizenErased
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CitizenErased

I love how there’s also a balanced amount of substories that range from absurd to genuinely heartwarming or just tear-inducingly dramatic. Yakuza is one of the least cynical series in existence.

Sapphire Crook
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Sapphire Crook

You didn’t mention the Chicken, Nugget.
You should’ve shown Nugget being an A-class financial man!

Simon
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Simon

I’m intrigued!

Christian Friis Jensen
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Christian Friis Jensen

I saw that clip yesterday and I squee’d out loud. Something about this superbadass gangster type deciding “NO! I will not kill this chicken. This chicken is my friend!” just got to me.