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Yakuza 1 and 2 HD possibly hitting PS3 in Japan

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A Japanese release list posted by Sega contained a little surprise before it was pulled. An HD collection of Yakuza 1 and 2 for PS3.

The list, which has since edited and reposted to remove the collection, showed a December 1st release for the package, with a 5,229 yen price point (or $66 USD). Yakuza 5 is also due for release in December in Japan.

It's likely that Sega will announce this in the not-to-distance future. With Sega's recent attitude about releasing games that aren't sure-fire hits, maybe don't get your hopes up for a North American release.

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Staff article by Rhody Tobin (July 13, 2012)

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honestgamer posted July 13, 2012:

I would love to see this definitely happen, and a version released in North America. I think the first two Yakuza games would benefit from HD touchups, and this would allow the whole series (at the moment) to be playable on one platform. That reminds me: I still need to snag Yakuza 3. And 1 and 2, for that matter. Was 2 even released here, though? All I actually own is 4... and the first one, in Japanese, which does me no good now that my modded PS2 is toast.
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Roto13 posted July 13, 2012:

Yakuza 2 was released in North America too late for anyone to notice.
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honestgamer posted July 13, 2012:

That's what I thought, but I wasn't sure without looking it up and I have too many tabs open at the moment as it is. Anyway, Yakuza 3 is on its way to me, and I'll hold out hope for an NTSC version of this compilation. I love me some HD collections!
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zippdementia posted July 13, 2012:

How is the Yakuza series? I've heard the later games are pretty enjoyable, but how about the earlier games? Also, are they basically sandbox games?
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Roto13 posted July 14, 2012:

Think Shenmue + some RPG stuff + Japanese mobsters.
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Genj posted July 14, 2012:

I love the Yakuza series. They're like part brawler, part RPG, part whacky optional Shenmue side diversions with a convoluted Japanese soap opera story. The first Yakuza has aged poorly - the combat system is pretty slow & clunky compared to later installments, the loading times are long, and the translation & dubbing are total ass. The story is pretty ridiculous but legitimately enjoyable. Yakuza 2, while pretty expensive for a complete copy, is fucking awesome. Great story, great combat, lots of content. 3 & 4 are awesome (Dead Souls is for hardcore fans only), but they're more enjoyable having familiarity with the series & characters.
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JoeTheDestroyer posted July 14, 2012:

I would totally buy this if it came out here. I've been wanting to get into the Yakuza franchise for some time.

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