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Yakuza 4
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): PlayStation 3
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥7,600 (7,980)[1] BLJM-60208
Sony PlayStation 3
JP (The Best)
¥3,800 (3,990)[2] BLJM-55021
Sony PlayStation 3
JP (The Best Reprint)
¥2,800 (2,940)[3] BLJM-55032
Sony PlayStation 3
US
$?
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
$19.99[5] NPUB-31510
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
£? BLES-01081
Sony PlayStation 3
FR
€? BLES-01081
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
€? BLES-01081
Sony PlayStation 3
ES
€? BLES-01081
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
€19.99Media:Yakuza4 PS3 FR PSStore.png[6] NPEB-02036
Sony PlayStation 3
UK (Download)
£15.99[7] NPEB-02036
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
$? BLES-01081
Sony PlayStation 3
AU (Download)
$24.95[8] NPEB-02036
Sony PlayStation 3
BR
R$? ?
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
₩? ?
Sony PlayStation 3
TW
NT$? ?
Sony PlayStation 3
CA
$? ?
Sony PlayStation 3
AS
? BLAS-50309
Sony PlayStation 3
RU
?RUB ?



Yakuza 4, called Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono (龍が如く4 伝説を継ぐもの) in Japan, is an action game developed by Sega CS1 and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3. It is the sequel to Yakuza 3, also released on the PlayStation 3 the year before.

Unlike previous games which had only one protagonist, Yakuza 4 has four main characters. Each character's story arc is divided into four parts and eventually combines for the final fifth chapter. Each character has his own fighting style, story and substories.

Yakuza 4 was a big hit in Japan and also received well in overseas when released in English in 2011. Unlike Yakuza 3, no content was cut from overseas versions this time.

Story

Story takes place in Kamuro-cho in 2010 and revolves around a mysterious woman named Lily. A power struggle in the streets of Kamuro-cho is taking place and old grudges from decades ago starting to surface. Each four character, one way or another, gets involved with the plot that can change the Kamuro-cho forever.

Characters (In order of chapters)

Shun Akiyama A money lender working in Kamuro-cho with his secretary Hana. Formerly a homeless due to an unfortunate incident, Akiyama lends money to people in need without any interest, if they can pass the unusual tests he gives to them. His life changes when Lily, a mysterious woman who shows up in his office and asks for a large sum of money. He inadverantly gets involved with a shootout in front of his office and gets tangled with the war in the streets of Kamuro-cho.

Akiyama's fighting style somehow remind taek won do or kickboxing as he uses his kicks to defeat enemies. He is the also fastest character in the game.

Taiga Saejima Formerly a Yakuza in the Tojo Clan's Sasai family, Saejima was arrested in 1985 after the infamous "Ueno-Seima Hit" which killed 18 people. He was tried for murder and sentenced to death. He has been waiting in the death row for 25 years until one day he was inexplicably transfered to Okinawa Special Prison No.1 for unkown reasons. While recovering from a beatdown from prison guards, Saejima is approached by Goh Hamazaki, another inmate (and the same person who stabbed Kiryu at the end of the Yakuza 3) and learns that Sasai family was disbanded after the hit. Furious that his whole life was ruined for nothing, Saejima agrees to work with Hamazaki to escape and return to Kamuro-cho in order to find the truth. Saejima carries a Tiger tattoo on his back, a pun to his name (Taiga sounds like "Tiger" in Japanese).

Saejima's fighting style focuses on raw power. He is slower than other characters but he is most resilent and his moves hit harder than all characters.

Masayoshi Tanimura A police detective in Kamoro-cho Police Department's public safety division, Tanimura is known as "Parasite of Kamuro-cho" for his love for gambling and taking bribes from establishments that allow illegal immigrants work in. He is however, actually a good cop who will never turn a blind eye to any injustice, especially if it involves an owner abusing his foreign workers. Money he gets from bribes usually goes to "Little-Asia" a small section in Kamuro-cho which houses illegal immigrants and their families. He is proficient in many different Asian languages. He gets involved in the story when he gets a clue that might bring light to the possible corruption in the police force and murder of his father, who was also a detective and was killed 20 years ago.

Tanimura's fighting style involves mostly grappling and parrying moves. He has many additional attacks with can be used with QTEs.

Kazuma Kiryu Main character of previous Yakuza games, Kiryu's quiet live is again disturbed when Saejima, who escaped from prison washed up in the beach in front of the orphanage. Kiryu at first refuses to help Saejima and advises him to turn himself in but Saejima refuses and after a brief fight, he finally agrees to help him to go to Kamuro-cho. A few days later, Hamazaki, who also survived from prison shows up at his door and gives him a file that can change lives of many people in Tojo Clan. Resolved to solve the mystery that started 5 years ago, Kiryu sets off to Kamuro-cho one more time.

Magazine articles

Main article: Yakuza 4/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 April 2011, p99
95 №1110, [1]
90 2011-03-23
90 2011-03-19
79 May 2011, p90
80 №107, p120
79 №203, p92
90 №134
91 April 2011, p72
90 2011-04-13
Sony PlayStation 3
85
Based on
10 reviews

PlayStation 3, US
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Cover
PlayStation 3, EU
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Cover
PlayStation 3, JP
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Cover
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Disc
PlayStation 3, JP (PS3 The Best)
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Cover
PlayStation 3, JP (PS3 The Best) (Alt)
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Cover
PlayStation 3, AU
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Cover
PlayStation 3, AU (Kuro)

PlayStation 3, AU (Shiro)

PlayStation 3, UK
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Cover
PlayStation 3, UK (Kuro)

PlayStation 3, UK (Shiro)

PlayStation 3, FR

PlayStation 3, FR (Kuro)

PlayStation 3, FR (Shiro)

PlayStation 3, DE
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Cover
PlayStation 3, DE (Kuro)

PlayStation 3, DE (Shiro)

PlayStation 3, ES

PlayStation 3, ES (Kuro)

PlayStation 3, ES (Shiro)

PlayStation 3, RU
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Cover
PlayStation 3, CA
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Cover
PlayStation 3, Asia
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Cover
PlayStation 3, KR
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Cover
PlayStation 3, TW
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Cover

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/bljm60208.html (archived 2010-03-02 16:42)
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/bljm55021.html (archived 2010-12-28 18:01)
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/bljm55032.html (archived 2011-12-01 01:52)
  4. http://blogs.sega.com/2011/03/10/yakuza-4-locations-trailer/
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://archive.is/Nai07
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:Yakuza4 PS3 FR PSStore.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://archive.is/9N8b1
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://archive.is/CzrDs
  9. https://archive.is/hj1Hp


Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku series of games
Sony PlayStation 2
Yakuza (2005) | Yakuza 2 (2006)
Sony PlayStation 3
Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! (2008) | Yakuza 3 (2009) | Yakuza 4 (2010) | Yakuza: Dead Souls (2011) | Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD Edition (2012) | Yakuza 5 (2012) | Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume, Kanaeshi Mono Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (2013) | Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin! (2014) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kiwami (2016)
Sony PlayStation Portable
Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou (2010) | Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen (2012)
Nintendo Wii U
Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD Edition for Wii U (2013)
Sony PlayStation 4
Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin! (2014) | Yakuza 0 (2015) | Yakuza Kiwami (2016) | Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (2016)
Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku related media
Music
Ryu ga Gotoku & Ryu ga Gotoku 2 Original Sound Track (2007) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! Original Soundtrack (2008) | Ryu ga Gotoku 3 Original Soundtrack (2009) | Ryu ga Gotoku 4 Densetsu wo Tsugumono Original Soundtrack Vol.1 (2010) | Ryu ga Gotoku 4 Densetsu wo Tsugumono Original Soundtrack Vol.2 (2010) | Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinsho Original Soundtrack (2010) | Ryu ga Gotoku of the End Original Soundtrack Vol.1 (2011) | Ryu ga Gotoku of the End Original Soundtrack Vol.2 (2011) | Ryu Uta: Ryu ga Gotoku Karaoke Best Selection (2011) | Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track (2011) | Majima no MajiROCK (2012) | Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Asura Hen Original Soundtrack (2012) | Entenka / Shonan no Kaze (2012) | Ryu ga Gotoku 5 Yume, Kanaeshi Mono Original Soundtrack Vol.1 (2012) | Ryu ga Gotoku 5 Yume, Kanaeshi Mono Featured Songs (2012) | Ryu Uta: Ryu ga Gotoku 5 The Best Songs Collection (2012) | Ryu ga Gotoku 5 Yume, Kanaeshi Mono Original Soundtrack Vol.2 (2012) | Ryu ga Gotoku Series Best Soundtrack (2014) | Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Original Soundtrack Vol.1 (2014) | Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Original Soundtrack Vol.2 (2014) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho - 80's Hits! Collection (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho - 80's Hits! Collection (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho Original Soundtrack Side A (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho Original Soundtrack Side B (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kiwami Original Soundtrack (2016)
Book
Yakuza Official Strategy Guide (2006) | Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume, Kanaeshi Mono Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (2013) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (2015) | Ryu ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (2016) | Ryu ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (2017)


(unsorted): Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shin Fumi Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 2 Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 2 Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 3 Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 3 Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume, Kanaeshi Mono Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! Kouryaku Shinan no Sho | Ryu ga Gotoku of the End Kanzen Kouryaku Kyoku no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku of the End Kouryaku Shinan no Sho (20xx) | Ryu ga Gotoku Thank You no Sho (20xx) |

Film
Like a Dragon: Prologue (2006) | Like a Dragon (2007)