This title is meant to be a continuation and spinoff from the Yakuza series on the PS3. The characters are mostly returning faces from the series, living out a sudden zombie outbreak in the fictional district of Kamurocho in Japan.
The selling point of the game is gunplay with zombies of all kinds. This takes place in the hostile 'quarantine' area of the game, and the killing is plentiful. Graphic yet cartoony enough to be palatable. Good enemy variety, solid weapons. One major hitch is the way the lockon and camera systems behave. It's certainly workable, just not exactly a precise shooter.
There is a surprising amount of sidetracking one can do within the game. Exploring the alleyway shops in the safe zones, going through sidequests and multipart stories of minor characters has depth - as well as reward in money and items.
The story is broken up between four different characters, each with a specific weapon and very distinct character flavor. The cinematics and dialogue are detailed and have a movie feel. The dialogue is all in Japanese, however, so subtitles will be constant.
The main scenarios can be rushed through in about 6 - 8 hours, though I derived about 45 hours during exploration and other activities - and I barely dabbled with the minigames. From playing bowling, darts and casino games to building relationships with Hostesses in social clubs, the amount of minigames here is nearly alarming.
The game environments have real character and sense of presence. The city is the game's main location and changes throughout the main scenario as the quarantine spreads.
There is no multiplayer, but the game offers multiple difficulties and item carryover into subsequent plays.
I went into this expecting a shallow shooter made from a brawling game. I was very pleasantly surprised by the foreign-yet-familiar charm of the game and solid zombie splatter.
gamers (58%) found this review helpful
"Yakuza Dead Souls" had the potential to be a fun entry into the Yakuza franchise, introducing zombies into its tale of gangsters in the various districts of Tokyo. Split into four parts, each one highlighting a different character from the series, the story is set up decently. Graphics and voice acting also meet with the series standards, and there is quite a bit of humor interjected throughout. Sadly, that's where the good seems to end. Bad camera angles intrude, at times obscuring enemies. There are no save points as in the other Yakuza games, though checkpoints are placed decently, so if you die you may not get set back too far. The shooting mechanics are downright awful, so it's a good thing you at least have unlimited ammo. Using anything other than bullets seems to have no effect, and the enemies, even the low grade ones, are bullet sponges. Chances are these mechanics will annoy you enough that you won't even bother to finish this game, which is a shame. A rental only, unless you're an absolute die-hard fan of the Yakuza games are you have to own the complete collection. Casual fans may just want to give this one a pass.
posted by Raijin15 (PANORAMA CITY, CA) Nov 5, 2012
Member since Dec 2011
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
You know how in the other games of the series you occasionally pick up a gun during a fight? Well it's like that except there are a billion zombies surrounding you. You meanwhile keep shooting the wall. I am so sad they tarnished the name of Yakuza with this sorry excuse for a game. Played up to 1 1/2 hours before deciding that this needs to be shipped back right away.
Can't wait for Yakuza 5 and wash this bitter taste off of my mouth.