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  • Summary: As the story begins, it's business is as usual in Kamurocho. Soon, however, all hell breaks loose as a zombie outbreak turns the area into a quarantine zone, walled off by the Japanese Self Defense Force. This quarantine zone gradually expands as the story progresses. Real-life shops andAs the story begins, it's business is as usual in Kamurocho. Soon, however, all hell breaks loose as a zombie outbreak turns the area into a quarantine zone, walled off by the Japanese Self Defense Force. This quarantine zone gradually expands as the story progresses. Real-life shops and signs from the quarantine zone add a sense of realism to the scene. Added to the sub stories is a new "Buddy" system, where players can recruit and fight alongside local residents, further enhances gameplay. And as for corporate tie-in products and stores - a hallmark of the RYU-GA-GOTOKU series - OF THE END features
    more of them than ever before. Two Kamurochos for you to explore to your heart's content: the blazing neon streets of the red-light district, and the desperate squalor of the quarantine zone.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    It's the equivalent of a shrapnel grenade rather than single, well-placed sniper bullets. Some bits will miss, others will lodge deep enough to leave a lasting impression. [May 2012, p.106]
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    75
    Going into Yakuza: Dead Souls I had some reservations, but after playing it, I'm happy to say that this works surprisingly well.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    70
    If you're in need of a zombie fix, you could do better… even if to me it feels more than a little like a crime-themed Shenmue with an undead army.
  4. Mar 17, 2012
    60
    As a third-person zombie action game, it's awkward and clumsy, and therefore, a difficult recommendation for gamers looking for a post-Dead Rising quick fix.
  5. Jun 9, 2012
    60
    A zombie-outbreak in the Yakuza makes for a fresh change of pace. Unfortunately that really says it all, because Dead Souls misses the nuance and class of previous installments. It's not even the presentation or story, but mostly the game mechanics that disappoint. Shooting zombies is what you'll be doing most in Dead souls and by the end of the game you'll long for the 'regular' Yakuza experience.
  6. Mar 29, 2012
    60
    An interesting turn in the series, but its gameplay is terribly designed in some parts, and it lacks ambition and originality as a zombie game. We will pass a lot of time shooting and killing without no additional motivation or extra, repeating the same scheme constantly. Only for hardcore fans of the Yakuza series.
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    42
    I don't feel like Yakuza: Dead Souls is a game that anyone really needs to play, even if you're a pretty hardcore fan of the series. The action is such a departure from the series, and handled so poorly, that it literally turns you off of wanting to do anything but the non-combat side stuff found throughout.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    This isn't just a Zombie shooter; Bowling, darts, dating sim, fishing, karaoke, poker and a whole lot of other things going on.It's a shooterThis isn't just a Zombie shooter; Bowling, darts, dating sim, fishing, karaoke, poker and a whole lot of other things going on.It's a shooter that actually has some personality, charismatic characters, and a villain that actually has a greater motive than just " kill everyone". Calling Dead Souls just another Zombie shooter is an offence because it's so much more. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2014
    9
    I'm surprised how low of scores this game gets. It is extremely underrated and a ton of fun. The clever writing advances the plot, a decentI'm surprised how low of scores this game gets. It is extremely underrated and a ton of fun. The clever writing advances the plot, a decent combat system, and the return of loved characters and environments. I have never played much of the Yakuza series, but am familiar with it, so I picked this up on a whim. This game is a blast.

    The controls are fairly intuitive, and while not as great as say RE 4, they are nowhere near as abysmal as most magazines have been calling out. The environments are also huge, theres tons to do, and the Heat moves are awesome because of how over the top they are.

    You can usually pick this game up for cheap due to how poorly reviewed it is, but it is more than worth the money I paid, and is just genuinely a good time to play, something I haven't been able to say about most games in the past few years.
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  3. Mar 23, 2012
    9
    A great spinoff, all the old Yakuza openness and detail with a straightforward zombie apocalypse story. Even though the engine is showing itsA great spinoff, all the old Yakuza openness and detail with a straightforward zombie apocalypse story. Even though the engine is showing its age, the city still looks as good as ever, even as it's dying. Storyline is simpler than the previous Yakuza games, but that works to its advantage - zombie apocalypses don't need complexity, and the four player characters all play their part in the story well. Controls are fine in the western versions. Effective, even. This isn't a dedicated shooter, and should not play like a dedicated shooter. If you take time to use the controls effectively (some pro reviewers seem not to, others make it clear that they didn't) and you'll easily be able to work your way through the infestation while putting the dead back in their place. Unfortunately, easy tends to become boring, and after repeated trips into the quarantine zone you'll want to just ignore as many as you can. There's plenty of things to do, both zombie-related and traditional Yakuza content, such as sidequests, minigames, underground missions, directives, hostess clubs, a well-done postgame mode... it's a Yakuza game alright, not quite as much content as 4 but it's more than could be expected from a spinoff with a somewhat overdone concept. Unfortunately, that overdone concept and lacking professional reviews means that in the west, this will probably be doomed to bargain prices in no time. If you're played the past Yakuza games, this is as good as you could hope it would be, so support it not because the series needs you but because it's a great game that deserves it. If you haven't played the past games, you might want to try one of the earlier games first so you know what to expect, rather than comparing this to another zombie action game. Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    9
    In every hardcore gamer's library, there are a handful of slightly clunky titles that are just fun enough that the player overlooks theirIn every hardcore gamer's library, there are a handful of slightly clunky titles that are just fun enough that the player overlooks their flaws for the sake of originality and enjoyment. Deadly Premonition, Nier, Sacred 2, and Dead Rising are good examples from the Seventh Generation, for instance. While Yakuza games would typically fall among the more polished releases of their, an aging graphics engine and a somewhat awkward shift to third-person shooting mechanics place Dead Souls into that "guilty pleasure" category. Reviewers have trashed Dead Souls for failing to conform to the Gears of War standard, which has somehow become the litmus test for a great TPS. In truth, Yakuza: Dead Souls is far more reminiscent of Gungrave, and even that comparison might appeal to some of its potential players. This chapter takes place in an alternate universe, where many of the events of Yakuza 4 have not yet transpired, some previously dead characters are back with altered backstories, and completely new people show up without a lot of wasted exposition. It's all in the name of fun and fanservice, though, and there's plenty of cameos and inside jokes that long-time Yakuza players will appreciate. That being said, it's not a bad way for new players to jump into Yakuza for the first time, either. Like every game in the series, Dead Souls is chock full of mini-games, side quests, quirky Japanese humor, and other quality content to fill 60+ hours. The main story would only take 15-20 hours, which is still above average for an action game, but surprisingly deep representations of golf, billiards, darts, bowling, karaoke, various casino games, batting cages, fishing, and a ton of other mini-games make Yakuza: Dead Souls a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs. It also features some of the most disarmingly suggestive (but hilarious) dating sim elements ever to reach our shores, with Hot Spring Ping-Pong and Aromatherapy Massage (complete with a "Happy Ending Bonus") topping the list of activities you can enjoy with Kamurocho's nightclub hostesses. It may seem odd that you can do all of this stuff in the middle of a zombie outbreak, but Yakuza's weird internal logic makes it all seem pretty natural. You'll understand when you play it. And you SHOULD play it. Sure, the shooting mechanics are a bit frustrating when the camera hangs up on a wall or your auto-aim plugs more holes in the wall than in a nearby zombie's head, but it doesn't take much time to get adjusted. Besides, Dead Souls packs in an overwhelming number of ability upgrades, weapons and armor to craft, and items to pick up amongst four respectably varied characters (Kazuma Kiryu, Ryuji Goda, Goro Majima, and Shun Akiyama, all series favorites). Heat Snipes are a fun addition to the gunplay, as they allow potentially massive assaults against enemy hordes, and some of them are combined with the abilities of your current partner. On that subject, dozens of characters, some new and some familiar, will join you when entering the zombie-infested quarantine zones. They'll offer commentary, guide you on mission objectives, and help keep you alive, though you will also need to watch their back in the process. As the game progresses, the quarantine zones will grow to overtake more and more of Kamurocho, so the only real downside to Dead Souls is that if you don't enjoy the gunplay elements, the game could get increasingly frustrating as the story nears its end. Still, when you consider all of the steps that Yakuza's developers took to make it an exercise in fanservice and stupid fun, Dead Souls deserves some serious respect for what it does right. And even with the same graphics engine that serves as a foundation for 4 games (Kenzan, 3, 4, and now Dead Souls), the cutscene motion capturing and accompanying voicework is still pretty staggering, even if all the dialogue is in its native Japanese. The bottom line is this - Yakuza: Dead Souls is a varied and enjoyable piece of gaming entertainment, and if you can get past a few clunky flaws in its TPS mechanics, there is a wealth of content to explore that is unlike anything else on the market... well, unlike everything but Yakuza 3 & 4. Enjoy! Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2012
    9
    I beat this game twice already. The game is huge,you will def get your moneys worth that's for sure. It's a spin off and also the end of theI beat this game twice already. The game is huge,you will def get your moneys worth that's for sure. It's a spin off and also the end of the Tokyo location and game engine..Hence the title "of the end". Part 5 is being developed as we speak with tons of work to be done considering they are making a whole new engine. Now I won't go into heavy detail as I did with my Yakuza 4 review, but give my pros and cons.

    Pros:

    Storyline- Can never say more than enough for a STELLAR storyline.. you will not find better from any series including cutscenes.
    Characters- The loan Shark,Dragon of Kansai and Majima join Kazuma into gunning hordes of zombies popping heads like it's going out of style. Can't ask for a better team.
    Graphics- Same as 4,same engine..Love it or hate it, it works.
    Mini games- Are all here..Whether you like to bowl, play slots,arcades,cards,mahjong,hostess bars,batting cages,karaoke,massage parlors tell me when to stop..And many many side missions for each character(One example is saving store fronts and reopening businesses).
    When complete you can have the option to travel around a normal town or apocalyptic town with zombies.

    Cons:

    Sadly the controls are a little problematic at first,but as you play you will be popping heads with a hostess in no time.
    Some Framerate issues at times.

    Overall it's a great end to this engine and the Tokyo location. I hope when 5 is complete they bring it to the West. Sadly other reviewers will sway hordes of people from even touching the series. Thank you Sega for supporting your fans.
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  6. Apr 16, 2014
    8
    I feel the need to defend this game as it seems it has been getting a bad rap. Don't get me wrong its far from perfect I am not claiming itI feel the need to defend this game as it seems it has been getting a bad rap. Don't get me wrong its far from perfect I am not claiming it is. Its my first time playing a yakuza gane and im glad I picked it up. There are 4 playable characters split into chapters for each with a few crossovers. All the characters have unique outlandish personalities that are very different which I love. The game play is pretty straightforward, shoot and kill zombies. There are special types of zombies, boss zombies and your normal run of the mill zombies. The gameplay reminds me of dead rising which is a plus in my books. If you care about graphics you will be disappointed they are solid and take nothing away from the game but aren't superb and that bothers me not one bit. The storyline is great and engaging and isn't just kill everyone done there is more depth than that. There are loads of side missions and mini games which boost the gameplay time a lot. You can upgrade your characters and abilities by using souls which further your arsenal and attacks and things such as inventory space and aim. Theres also exploring to be done ala gta which isn't in depth like gta but done very well. There's manual aim aswell as what I use the most which is strafing which lacks aim but increases kill rate. I will definitely be picking up the other games in the series and petioning them to release yakuza 5 in europe. Cant wait to finish this game and find out the full plot! Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2012
    1
    This game sucks. My girlfriend asks me "why are the graphics so terrible?""Bad engine I guess, they most probably just concentrated on theThis game sucks. My girlfriend asks me "why are the graphics so terrible?""Bad engine I guess, they most probably just concentrated on the characters and not the backgrounds. The manual aim system is terrible "You look like me trying to play that game"-girlfriend, you every five levels upgrade a single weapon. The slight noises characters make are so annoying and you cannot skip cut scenes, this is a zombie game I do not need to see a montage of pictures of people I met the previous level, I believe I can remember them. Poor camera angles. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME at any price seriously it is terrible unless you like Yakuza 4 or you want to take a trip back in time to when video games where terrible. Expand

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