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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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Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch) [Review]

Crossovers are fun, right? The Flintsones have met The Jetsons, The Simpsons have met Family Guy‘s Griffins, Steven Universe has met Uncle Grandpa, and hey, Amalgam Comics was a thing, wasn’t it? There’s no better way to get people psyched about something than that something being two respected and well-loved brands smashing into each other. It’s why we get toys called Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga. That’s three brands– triple brand score! To get more to the point, the two biggest names in the puzzle game world have to be Tetris, the immortal block stacker, and Puyo Puyo, the classic blob juggler (which you may also recognize as the 16-bit era classics Kirby’s Avalanche and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine). Why not bring those two all time greats together into an explosion of falling object puzzling? It’s seemingly a no-brainer, but does Puyo Puyo and Tetris go together like peanut butter and jelly, or is it more like a orange juice and toothpaste style situation?

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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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If You Want Shenmue III, Well, You Can Kickstart It Now

CHloywgWUAAWPUx.png largeHey, remember the overly ambitious Shenmue series from the Dreamcast days? The game that was meant to have like 7 chapters but only got 2 before it disappeared forever, with the rest of its story only known by its creator, famed Sega dev Yu Suzuki. It was the one where you walked through an open world (before that was a term) 1980s Japan, bought capsule toys and played Super Hang-On… oh yeah and there was that epic story about avenging the death of your father. Anyways, the world has been clamoring for another chapter in the story of Ryo Hazuki since, well, forever, and now with your (financial) help, Yu Suzuki himself will make Shenmue III a reality, via Kickstarter. Hit the jump for the pitch video and Kickstarter link. Would you like to play a game of Lucky Hit?

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Crazy Taxi Is Coming Back in ‘Crazy Taxi City Rush’

screenshots_ipad_nohud_03.0_cinema_960.0Sega is bringing back the arcade and Dreamcast classic, Crazy Taxi with a new game called Crazy Taxi City Rush! I know, I was excited too, but tone it down for a second because I’ve got some bad news too: it’s a mobile game. And one of those swipe based 3D Temple Run knock-offs. And it’s on rails. Sorry. I know that’s nowhere near the Crazy Taxi you know and remember, but let’s keep an open mind, ok? Maybe it will be pretty good? Sonic Rush was pretty fun and Sega’s got the same people working on Crazy Taxi Rush, Hardlight Studio.

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Bundle Alert! Humble Weekly Sale SEGA!

bundleHey, see all those Sega games up there? Pretty cool, right? Well, you can have them for whatever price you want. Well, over $5.99 if you want the bottom ones. Oh, and $14.99 if you want Total War: SHOGUN 2.

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