Yakuza: Of the End officially loses its shit with zombies, giant monsters and men with minigun arms

Riiiight. A zombie apocalypse, you say? Uh, huh. And something that looks like the by-product of a steamy one nighter between the Michelin Man and The Thing. What’s that? A man with a surgically grafted minigun for an arm? Okie dokie. And this is what game again? Ah, the fifth Yakuza title. You mean that gritty, grounded crime series about the Japanese mob? Gotcha. Wait, what? Yup, seems like Kazuma Kiryu’s games have finally lost their shit in the most spectacular, shark-jumping fashion imaginable.

Lets quickly recap, then. The Yakuza series has made its name in Japan as a vaguely serious, if quirky take, on the nation's criminal underworld. Sure, you could play the odd round of golf and beat commuters silly with traffic pylons. But when it came to the story, Sega kept things pretty much straight. So it's somewhat of a surprise to go from Haruka (the orphaned kid Kaz looks after) in a relatively run-of-the-mill hostage situation...

To this fresh madness.


Athletic zombies, no less!

And now, eh... men with massive guns for arms? Okaaaaay. Well, maybe it's just some sort of viral outbreak that's given Tokyo residents a rather feral appearance. And the man above... it's probably just a funny prop. Y'know, like those fake joke arms you can buy to freak folk out with when they think they've pulled your arm out of your socket. Yeah, that'll do. Really, when you think about it, you can pretty much easily explain all of the above with cold, hard logi...

Oh. Yeah, that's just a monster. And a monster that looks like it's been ripped straight from Resident Evil 2, if you ask us. Someone get Capcom's lawyers on the phone. Granted, the whole zombie outbreak thang is a little bit out there, and the disturbing tongue monsters might take a little getting used to as you casually explore inner-city Tokyo looking for hostess bars. But it's not as if there's some giant, preposterous Gollum-like creature rampaging the streets...


To put things into context, here's an actual screen I took for my Yakuza 3 Super Review earlier in the year.

Somebody call Websters, because the definition of jumping the shark has officially changed to 'man gives sound insurance advice to stranger on street one minute, battles 100-foot rock monster the next'. Don't worry, though. We don't think Sega has gone entirely mad... yet. If we were to guess, we'd say Yakuza: Of the End is most likely a non-cannon spin-off from the main series. Certainly, the last shot in the TGS trailer seems to hint at the possibility of four player co-op.

At any rate, the latest chapter in Kaz's tale will be hella different to what's come before, because there's no way we can see his semi clunky fighting moves and different dialogue choices besting that Michelin Man thing.

Sep 17, 2010


Sony WTF


  • Metroidhunter32 - September 25, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Gollem not Gollum. Gollum is the LoTR character, a gollem is a creature made out of stone.
  • redfang7 - September 24, 2010 4:25 a.m.

    H.O.T.D. LOL....brains!!!!!
  • Smeggs - September 21, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Kung-Fu fighting Zombies, it's about damned time.
  • BrianDowns - September 21, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    Zombies in any other game but Yakuza. Fucking hell. Why ruin such a brilliant series by taking it completely out of bounds and incorporating bloody zombies into it. Ok, it's a spinoff, but still. I won't think of Yakuza the same way again thanks to this pile of bullshit. Where's Date? Or Kage? Or even the kids at the orphanage? They all bacon now?
  • axelgarcia1 - September 18, 2010 4:33 p.m.

    no Godzilla attacks?
  • epicdominican91 - September 18, 2010 12:44 a.m.

  • Amnesiac - September 17, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Screw you guys, I think this looks balls-out awesome.
  • crumbdunky - September 17, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    Aren't6 we serious gamers sick of the year in, year out numbered sequel treadmill? If so, why any ridicule when Sega choose to go batshit mental? I'm a massive Yakuza fan capable of playing story based games where I don't understand a word(I make it up for myself and see how close I got when the EU versions eventually come out-but usually I forgot what I'd made up by that time considering the glacial pace of Sega's localisation team!)just to get my hands on them sooner and this has me, literally, drooling with curiosity. What's not to like? They won't screw with canon, you can bet on that, and this looks like co-op done the right way:characters we know and care about involved, settings we know so the outbreak is more stunning and a game made away from canon so fitting co-op in doesn't ruin a series(I'm looking at YOU Capcom for RE5). Seriously, when this arrives in the EU/UK in 2114 I'll be coming back from the dead to preorder. AND I'll fit in!
  • TheComedian823 - September 17, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    *seeting=setting the zombies are killing mah keyboard
  • TheComedian823 - September 17, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    they might have jumped the shark on the seeting, but i'll be damned if they didn't pull it off with style
  • NinjaJamez - September 17, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Definetely a spinoff. And a good one i think, totally crazy, but that shit looks like a lot of fun to me
  • Kapwan - September 17, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    Sega confirmed this is a spinoff and not part of the main story. It's just a crazy zombie game set in the Yakuza world, much like Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan which was Yakuza set in Feudal Japan. In any case I can't wait to see more and try this out.
  • Stabby_Joe - September 17, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    Uh... huh... That is all.
  • Mexiflan - September 17, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    The fuck?
  • n00b - September 17, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    they took out the hostess simulator for this shit?
  • ShaneCedt - September 17, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    At first I thought this was some sort of prank, but I dig this game. I'll pick it up if it ever comes to the US...but we've haven't received Yakuza 4 yet. Easy with the sacrasm. I don't think the series "jumped the shark". We rail on Resident Evil for doing basically the same damn thing over and over ... so kudos for trying something new.
  • PipBowl420 - September 17, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    what the hell?? why do game creaters do this?? this isn't yakuza! this is resident evil/left for dead for god sakes!
  • thatblindgamer - September 17, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    Ummmmm, no. This can't be the actual game right? Right?
  • rabidpotatochip - September 17, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    April fools! Wait, it's September? Yikes...
  • bluscorp - September 17, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    I can't f*cking wait. I love Yakuza 1&3, so this will be very very good.

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