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Yakuza Kiwami (PS4) [Review]

The Yakuza series is a vastly underrated collection of games that seems to have come into a new renaissance as of late. Always a niche title that we were lucky if SEGA even decided to localize (an in a case of a few of the games in the series, got localized with chunks removed for cost and “cultural” reasons). Lucky for us though, the last several entries in the franchise (Yakuza 5, Yakuza 0 (the set in the eighties prequel I reviewed here) and even the zombie spin-off Yakuza: Dead Souls) did get to make the trip to our shores, and thankfully the game we’re here to talk about today, Yakuza Kiwami, got the US localization treatment as well.

Yakuza Kiwami (Japanese for “extreme” I am told) is a remake of the original PS2 game in the series, simply titled, Yakuza—which kind of puts it in a weird place. It has to go up against the recently released Yakuza 0, all while being a remake of the oldest game in the franchise. That’s a lot to juggle, but luckily Yakuza Kiwami mostly succeeds.

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Yakuza 0 (PS4) [Review]

The Yakuza series is a long running franchise from SEGA with at least 6 other titles under its belt at this point, all with its own continuing lore– a non-stop, hard-hitting, martial arts soap opera all about Japan’s Yakuza criminal underworld. This time though, we’ve got a prequel– where we’re going all the way back to 1980s Japan during its huge economic boom– and learning the origins of series hero, Kazuma Kiryu as well as well the reoccurring character Goro Majima. Sounds like a lot, huh? Well, luckily for you, Yakuza 0 is the perfect place for a series newcomer to drop in. The question is, is it worth it? Follow me, dear reader, across the jump to find out.

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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PS4) [Review]

In the world of pop idols who become outlandish stereotypes of themselves after being chewed up and reformed by the music industry machine, why not have one that starts out a cartoon? Hatsune Miku, the teal haired, twin tailed anime mascot of a singing synthesizer application by Crypton Future Media has really taken on a life of her own, headlining concerts worldwide. Miku also has not been a stranger to the video game world appearing in a ton of games in both the Project DIVA and Project Mirai series– both of which are rhythm games, but Mirai gives Miku and friends a look based on their Nendoroid figures and is typically for the 3DS. So in the vast sea of existing Hatsune Miku-based rhythm game experiences all over Sony platforms, what makes this Project DIVA game, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone, stand out?

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STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT Trailer Revealed!

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It’s been a big week for Star Wars fans, or just anyone really. After the trailer dropped for Force Awakens, seen here, I did not think it could get much better. But then EA and DICE revealed the trailer for a game I’ve been waiting for a long time. Star Wars Battlefront.

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ROCK BAND Is Officially Coming Back With ROCK BAND 4 For XB1 and PS4!

hmqbcqoybqyyodykae39It’s been rumored for the past month or so that Rock Band series developer Harmonix was secretly plugging away on a new version of their famous music game– well it’s secret no more! As of today they announced Rock Band 4 will be released on both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 sometime this year! Wondering if your old plastic instruments that may or may not be gathering dust in storage somewhere are going to work, or if your massive collection of DLC songs will transfer over to the new games? I’ll fill you in on the other side of the jump, along with some pictures of the new instrument peripherals!

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Stop What You Are Doing and Get Your Eyeballs On This PERSONA 5 Trailer!

Persona-5-logoI make it no secret I’m a huge fan of Atlus’s Persona series, so imagine my excitement when a new trailer for the upcoming Persona 5 snuck its way on to the interwebs this morning! It looks cool, it looks stylish as all hell, and actually shows some legit, for real gameplay! Looks like they’ll be all kinds of new mechanics (is that platforming? In my JRPG? Perhaps stealth action too?) and it’s definitely going to be a game to lookout for when it comes out on PS3 and PS4 sometime this year. Hit the jump to check it out, there’s also a cool new cat mascot character, and you know you wanna check that guy out.

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New FINAL FANTASY XV Trailer Has Both a Dragon AND a Sweet Car

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Oh my god, guys, this trailer for Final Fantasy XV, you guys. It looks friggin’ incredible! Amazing graphics, awesome battles with real gameplay footage (yes, I couldn’t believe it either, they showed actual gameplay) and to top it all of, a really huge dragon and an awesome car…lots of the car actually. It looks like driving might play a big role in this Final Fantasy (sorry, Chocobos). Hit the jump to see it in all its glory!

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