Yakuza, originally released in Japan as As Though a Dragon (龍が如く, Ryū ga Gotoku?) is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Sega in 2005 for the Sony PlayStation 2. Sega announced that the budget for the game and its sequel together was 2.4 billion yen (21 million US dollars).
This game is the first entry in the Yakuza series; A sequel, titled Yakuza 2, was released in Japan on December 7, 2006 and in North America and Europe on September 9, 2008 and September 19, 2008 respectively.
source : wikipedia
Sega sold 740K copies of this game in Japan
Due to its commercial success on the Japanese market, Yakuza had a PlayStation 2 the Best edition on October 26, 2006, and an exceptional reprint on December 6, 2007. In contrast, this Asian long seller title never had a Platinum or Greatest Hits re-release on the western markets. Though, total sales reached 1 million.
2- Story and environnement
Yakuza is a sprawling tale of underworld Tokyo featuring 3rd person action/adventure mechanics. The main character, Kazuma Kiryu, is a feared Yakuza enforcer who is embroiled in a mystery that involves his closest friends and $10 billion yen missing from the Yakuza clan’s main bank.
The core of the game is hand-to-hand fighting, where the player can use an enormous variety of weapons and items against his enemies. The game features a character upgrade system, where experience points will give Kazuma more hit points, unlock new moves, increase the heat gauge (special power meter), or unlocks new heat moves, which gives the player the most powerful and nasty looking attacks in the game.
The adventure elements contain plenty of collection quests and dating mini-games, authentically reproducing the nightlife found in modern day Tokyo.
Source : Vgcharts
Although the game does not explicitly say it, much of the game takes place in Tokyo‘s Shinjuku ward, most noticeably a recreation of Shinjuku’s red-light district Kabukichō, which is famous for its hostess bars (cabarets), host clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and its organized crime presence. Although the area was recreated as a fictionalized “Kamurocho district”, much of Kabukichō’s landmarks remain such as the red neon sign Kabukicho Ichiban-kai (歌舞伎町一番街) portal in the district’s main entrance (renamed “Kamurochō tenkaichidōri”, 神室町天下一通り), Koma Theater (renamed Kamuro Theater), Theater Square, Milano Bowl (renamed Shunjiku Mach Bowl), Don Quijote discount store (a tie-in), Seibu Shinjuku Station, Kabukicho Sakura Street (歌舞伎町 さくら通り) portal renamed “Kamurocho Pink Street” (神室町ピンク通り), and its adjacent FamilyMart convenience store (renamed Poppo). Tokyo’s area called Shinjuku Golden Gai (新宿ゴールデン街), which is located in eastern Kabukicho and is famous for its small bars, is also recreated in as the “Kamuro Champion Gai” (神室チャンピオン街).
Kabukicho’s highest skyscraper Tokyo Tokenko Plaza Hygea (東京都健康プラザハイジア) and its surroundings don’t exist in Kamurocho though, and they have been replaced by different streets and a comparable yet fictitious building called “Millenium Tower”, the game’s main landmark.
3- Cast and Characters
This is the only game in the series to feature English voice acting for its U.S. and PAL releases. Following titles use the original Japanese cast with localized subtitles.
- Takaya Kuroda (Japanese) / Darryl Kurrylo (English) as Kazuma Kiryu (桐生 一馬)
- Rie Kugimiya (Japanese) / Debi Derryberry as Haruka Sawamura (澤村 遥)
- Kazuhiro Nakatani (Japanese) / Michael Rosenbaum (English) as Akira Nishikiyama (錦山 彰) / Akira Nishiki
- Miyako Uesaka (Japanese) / Eliza Dushku (English) as Yumi Sawamura (澤村 由美) / Mizuki Sawamura
- Tetsuya Watari (Japanese) / Roger L. Jackson (English) as Shintaro Kazama (風間 新太郎) / Shintaro Fuma
- Junko Mihara (Japanese) / Rachael Leigh Cook (English) as Reina (麗奈)
- Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese) / Bill Farmer (English) as Makoto Date (伊達 真)
- Naomi Kusumi (Japanese) / Michael Madsen (English) as Futoshi Shimano (嶋野 太) / Futo Shimano
- Hirooki Yoshida (Japanese) / Robin Atkin Downes (English) as Kyohei Jingu (神宮 京平)
- Takafumi Yamaguchi (Japanese) / Daniel Capellaro (English) as Shinji Tanaka (田中 シンジ)
- Hidenari Ugaki (Japanese) / Mark Hamill (English) as Goro Majima (真島 吾朗)
- 龍澤慎一 (Japanese) / James Horan (English) Lau Kar-long (ラウ・カーロン, 劉家龍) / Lau Ka Long
- Ryūji Mizuki (Japanese) / Alan Dale (English) Masaru Sera (世良 勝) / Masa Sera
- Akina Okada (Japanese) / Nan McNamara (English) as Saya Date (伊達 沙耶)
- Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Japanese), Dwight Schultz (English) as Sai no Hanaya (サイの花屋) / Kage
5- screens and videos