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Hostesses in, quiz games out in Yakuza 4's English release

Purists will be pleased to learn that the hostess managing mini-games in Yakuza 4 will make it into the English language version when it's released later this month. A similar mode in Yakuza 3 was removed along with 21 side-quests.

It's not all good news though - the quiz games in the game's true to life Sega arcades, which ask detailed questions about Japanese history and pop culture, won't make the cut. The mini-game's text is stored in image files, making editing the questions extremely time consuming.

The only other major change is to the game's opening movie. The song that played over the original, Butterfly City, could not be used due to licensing restrictions. Instead, Sega is using a remix of the song “For Faith,” by Hidenori Shoji, the game's composer.

[Source: Siliconera]

Mar 4, 2011

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6 comments

  • crumbdunky - March 6, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    More Yakuza is more Yakuza-simple as that and even more wonderful. Good to see we get closer, this time, to the full experience, but as Y3 was still incredible(storywise they hammer most games)in every respect(bar visually)what iusn't to get excited opver with Y4 out soon? Cannot wait and hope enough of us buy it to ensure that the spin off(Of the End)zombie frenzy makes it to the west too. Best thing Sega touch and only Kenzan! remains hidden from us non Jap speakers.
  • philipshaw - March 5, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I'm playing Yakuza 2 in anticipation for this, can't wait for this to come out in the UK. Also good to know the music is as excellent as it has always been
  • JohnDagger - March 5, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    I was a little skeptical of this series until my friend bought me Yakuza 3 for my birthday. I loved it! I can't wait to get this one now.
  • Syncmaster - March 5, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    played the combat demo and have to say it feels awesome, to bad it was only that part of the game
  • IceBlueKirby - March 5, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Yeah, I doubt anyone's going to miss that...although I don't really know anyone that plays Yakuza, so maybe the people who do are hardcore into Japanese pop culture?
  • IMayBeDumbButImNotStupidEnoughToGet14ZeldaTattoos - March 5, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    oh because i know sooo much about Japanese pop culture.

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