Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! (龍が如く 見参!, lit. “Like a Dragon Arrives!”, a.k.a. Yakuza Kenzan) is a spin-off game in the Yakuza series. The game was developed and published by Sega for PlayStation 3. It was first unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show 2007 and first released in 2008.
The Japanese version was released in March 6, 2008 in both Japan and South East Asia, while Sony published it in South Korea in March 25, 2008 with a subititled script book.. In late December 2009, commenting the opportunity of a western release, Sega Australia managing director Darren Macbeth said “there is nothing in the plan at this stage for Yakuza Kenzan. Right now we are focusing on the release of Yakuza 3. The feedback we get from this release will help us in making future decisions“.
As part of the pre-ordering campaign, the Japanese first print was bundled with a limited item, a monography called Kamutai Magazine (March 2008 issue).
Sony celebrated the Japanese release of the game with a 10,000 pieces limited edition Satin Silver 40GB model “PlayStation 3 Like a Dragon Kenzan! Pack” (龍が如く 見参！パック, ryu ga gotoku kenzan! pakku) SKU including a “Rising Dragon” (昇竜, noburyu) stickers set to customize the console case.
As a best seller in Japan, the game received a budget re-release under the PlayStation 3 the Best bargain collection in December 11, 2008
2- Story and environnement
After being defeated by the Tokugawa clan at the historical Battle of Sekigahara which took place in October 20, 1600, Miyamoto Musashi retired from his great swordsman life to become a modest yojimbo (bodyguard) in Gion (祇園), Kyoto.
Five years after the battle, a little girl named Haruka comes to Gion seeking for a local hitman known as Kazumanosuke Kiryu which is actually Miyamoto’s new identity. After eventually finding Kiryū, Haruka asks for him to assassinate an impostor pretending to be Miyamoto Musashi. At first, Kiryu refuses, then when the girl goes as far as becoming an indentured servant in an opulent oiran brothel in order to pay the assassination mission he accepts the one-ryō request.
It is a fictionalized account of the life of Miyamoto Musashi. The main adventure is completed with sidestories including minigames and a hundred “sub-stories”
This is the first game in the series where the games’s main characters have their face modeled in 3D after their seiyu actors who are Japanese celebrities. Cyberware‘s color 3D scanner (model PS) was used to analyze each actor’s head & face in order to collect data on its shape and appearance, then this file was worked with the Softimage XSI 3D graphics application.
- Takaya Kuroda as Kazumanosuke Kiryu (桐生 一馬之介) / Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵)
- Shota Matsuda as Sasaki Kojirō (佐々木 小次郎)
- Susumu Terajima as Itō Ittōsai (伊東 一刀斎)
- Masaya Kato as Seijuro Yoshioka (吉岡 清十郎)
- Takashi Tsukamoto as Gion Tōji (祗園 藤次)
- Hiroki Matsukata as Mysterious Monk (謎の僧)
- Naoto Takenaka as Marume Nagayoshi (丸目 長恵)
- Aya Hisakawa as Yoshino Tayū (吉野 太夫)
- Rie Kugimiya as Haruka (遥)
- Yinling of Joytoy as Libido Waterfall (滝の煩悩)
5- Screens and videos