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Yakuza 5

Bobbles And Beats And Bears, Oh My
by Joseph Knoop on Oct 30, 2015 at 07:09 AM
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios
Release: December 8, 2015 (PlayStation 3), February 11, 2020 (PlayStation 4)
Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

There’s more to life as a Yakuza member than back alley crime and shady business dealings. Yakuza 5 developer Sega has released a new batch of screens that show off the game’s numerous diversions.

Even Yakuza members like to spend their evenings gallivanting around their respective districts, taking in the sights and playing a game or two. In Yakuza 5, players will be able to snap pictures at photo booths, raise and bet on chickens, try to talk up the hostess at a local bar, and even practice their drumming skills at the arcade with Taiko no Tatsujin. Yakuza 5 is, unsurprisingly, filled with nods to modern Japanese culture, including collectible Hatsune Miku and NiGHTS statues. There’s even old arcade cabinets with Virtua Fighter 2. When not traversing the bars and beat-em-up games, you can also go hunting for bears in the snowy mountains.

Yakuza 5 is scheduled to release sometime before the end of the year on PlayStation 3. No exact date has been announced. For more on Yakuza 5's inspiration, check out the first of a three video series here.

For a look at a bunch of dastardly criminals enjoying themselves, check out the gallery below.