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The West Likes Yakuza Because It Doesn't Pander to Western Tastes, Says SEGA

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I'd say it comes down to Yakuza looking like actual Japan, not anime version of it.



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Hiku said:
gooch_destroyer said: 

 

 as was the downright terrible Quantum Theory.

Had never heard of that game before. It looks like Gears of War vs Final Fantasy. lol

COKTOE said: 
I started with 3 on a lark and it was such a breath of fresh air. It's been so long, I'd honestly forgotten about the removed parts in 3. I've never plat'd any of them, but spent at least 120 hours+ on each of 3 ,4, and 5. Some of the side stories, Oh my god. Funny shit. Even the transphobic stuff, which is *cough* kiiinda there....it doesn't feel malicious at the very least. Don't get caught by the marauding trans sex monster! You cannot possibly withstand her sex attack! The best transphobic humor this side of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Good times. Good times......This was mostly in 3 and 4. The character in question was treated with more reverence in Yakuza 5.

You're referring to Michiru? That was hilarious in Yakuza 3. I don't think I interacted with him/her in Yakuza 4, other than seeing her at a bar.

shikamaru317 said: 
This kind of contradicts what they said about why they didn't localize Yakuza Ishin. They said they were afraid to release it in the west because they thought that it couldn't be enjoyed without knowledge of Japanese history.

@shikamaru317 
Yakuza's popularity in the west seems to have grown recently, in particular with the release of Yakuza 0.
It was a good starting point for people who hadn't played parts 1-5.

Couple things. I think you are correct in that Michiru doesn't chase you in Y4, and is indeed at a bar. As the owner, I think?  But I think there is at least one sub-story with her. Maybe more. It's been a while, and I couldn't find any definitive answers. Also, in doing some research on this, I found a few more....questionable elements. I almost wonder if Sega will change a few things up for the remasters of 3 and 4. Some of the content is even more dicey than I remembered.



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Xxain said:
This is not a perfect mentality you guys. I understand why we like SEGA acknowledging, but we should careful about it.

What do you mean? I think it's a good thing for a company to stick what makes their games what it is, rather than trying to emulate something that is foreign to it.



animegaming said:
shikamaru317 said:
This kind of contradicts what they said about why they didn't localize Yakuza Ishin. They said they were afraid to release it in the west because they thought that it couldn't be enjoyed without knowledge of Japanese history.

Since they made that statement, they have released 0, Kiwami, and 6. All of which did well in the west. So its clear that is no longer the case.

I just wish they'd revisit the idea of localizing Ishin. Sadly, they don't seem too interested in the idea.



It's about time they figure that out, how many weebs are just in North America. I buy Japanese games because its another perspective of gaming.... That and I recently just passed 3500 hours in my watchtime of anime..........



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COKTOE said:
Hiku said: 


You're referring to Michiru? That was hilarious in Yakuza 3. I don't think I interacted with him/her in Yakuza 4, other than seeing her at a bar.

Couple things. I think you are correct in that Michiru doesn't chase you in Y4, and is indeed at a bar. As the owner, I think?  But I think there is at least one sub-story with her. Maybe more. It's been a while, and I couldn't find any definitive answers. Also, in doing some research on this, I found a few more....questionable elements. I almost wonder if Sega will change a few things up for the remasters of 3 and 4. Some of the content is even more dicey than I remembered.

I didn't quite finish Yakuza 4 though, but I did get to the final showdown. Had a few side quests I wanted to take care of first, so it's possible Michiru was involved in one of them.



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KazumaKiryu said:
its the best Sega-IP of all time in my opinion.

It really is. And that's saying something!



Nem said:
That is actually true.

The west is turning twards over sensitivity socially.

Yakuza gives a taste of the 90's where this nonsense wasn't a thing and people just had fun and played games to have fun, rather than to make social statements.

Not sure if this is where Sega was going with their statement but OK. Also, video games are inherently Japanese so the gaming community doesn’t take issue with Japanese leads and characters. The gaming community really only takes issue with black leads and female leads. Yakuza doesn’t shy away from its Japanese roots and that’s commendable. There will never be an overtly African game because blacks will complain that it’s racist toward them and whites will complain because they’re not the hero. 



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