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All Articles: Yakuza: Dead Souls
It’s “The Wait is Over Week” in this week’s edition of the new release report as a trio of games that were announced a long time ago finally make it to store shelves:
Japan has always been a game or two ahead of the US when it comes to Namco Bandai’s Tales series. So fans of the RPG franchise will be pleased to know that the PS3-exclusive Tales of Graces F is ready for release.
The US releases in Sega’s Yakuza series are typically the victim of a similar situation. And so it goes with this week’s new entry in the series, Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3), which was originally released in Japan in early 2011.
But when it comes to Silent Hill: Downpour (PS3, Xbox 360), gamers have had to wait a while for the game due to a good old-fashioned delay. Several of them, in fact. But it too will be in stores this week.
Finally, EA’s FIFA Street series has suffered any delays, territorial or otherwise. Instead, it just disappeared for a few years. But the franchise is back, in rebooted form, as FIFA Street on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Hit the jump for the complete list of this week’s new releases including a pair of plane games and the new Naruto game. (more…)
I love everything about this trailer. I especially love that there’s a character with a gatling gun arm. Oh, and the music is great. And after teasing us with a March 2012 date for so long, Sega has finally revealed that Yakuza: Dead Souls will be released in North America on March 13. Which is great to know, because I want to pit Yakuza vs. zombies and see who comes out on top.
I don’t know why Sega ever considered not bringing the zombie-riffic Yakuza: Of the End to America, but today the publisher finally announced the game’s North American release as Yakuza: Dead Souls.
Exclusively available for the PS3, Yakuza: Dead Souls will feature dangerous gangsters that can kill nine times before you hit the ground versus reanimated corpses who are already dead. However will they win? Bringing guns to the series for the first time (and bolting a minigun to the arm of one of the largest Yakuza) might be a good start:
Yakuza: Dead Souls is set in the infamous red light district of Tokyo, which is under attack from hordes of zombies. Players will not only face armies of the undead and incredibly powerful mutants, but a treacherous Japanese underworld that is just as merciless. Playing through the eyes of four of the most infamous characters of the series, witness allegiances shift quickly and the line between friend and foe lost. If you thought zombies were bad… meet the Yakuza!
The western release of Yakuza: Dead Souls will include the complete game as well as all of the downloadable content released in Japan and a new minigame, Pachislot. It’ll also star everyone’s favorite Yakuza member, Kazuma Kiryu.
I don’t think I’m telling you anything you don’t know if I say that zombies are everywhere nowadays. Zombies in World War II. Zombies in the Pentagon. Zombies in Anarctica. Zombies on the Moon. And that’s just the Call of Duty series. So it’s understandable if you’re sick of the undead. But what about zombies versus Japanese gangsters?
Umm… yes please!
Sega has filed a trademark application for Yakuza: Dead Souls with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (the European Union’s version of the US Patent and Trademark Office). While the application doesn’t give any specifics about the game, I think it’s safe to assume its the Western localization of Yakuza: Of the End, the aforementioned game featuring Japanese gangsters battling it out a zombie horde.
Like I said, while zombies might be a tad overexposed lately, the idea behind Yakuza: Dead Souls gets a big thumbs up from me.
Earthquake affecting Japanese game market
The recent earthquake in Japan has severely hurt the country. Not to downplay the gravity of the devastation, but the gaming market has been affected as well. New Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC, Yakuza: Of the End, and Motorstorm: Apocalypse have been delayed, the last two of which focus heavily on the aftermath of cities being destroyed. Disaster Report 4, the first entry of the series to hit the PlayStation 3, has been flat out cancelled. The game begins with an earthquake hitting Japan.
Nintendo has also delayed Steel Diver, their submarine simulator for the 3DS. It’s unknown if this delay will affect the game’s March 27 release in the US.
Many services have also been affected. Square Enix has temporarily shut down the servers for its MMO’s Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV. PlayStation Info and Repair centers have been halted for now and PlayStation Network access may be iffy. If you’re in Japan right now, your focus should obviously be on getting safe, but we’ll keep up with the news on how these games and services fare throughout the crisis.