• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2012
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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. PSM3 Magazine UK
    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: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  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. 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
  3. 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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  4. Apr 9, 2012
    8
    A standalone split-off story for the main protagonists of the yakuza series most of youre favorite characters appear in this over the topA standalone split-off story for the main protagonists of the yakuza series most of youre favorite characters appear in this over the top zombie story. dead souls weighs in with a lot of content and extras like mini games. The main story will keep you busy for over 40 hours if you do all the sub missions for each playable character. the graphics of the game look the best yet in terms of the city itself. You do get a little framerate drop when there are massive hordes of zombies on-screen but this is rare. Another review said the camera and shooting mechanics were dodgy. but this isnt correct as you need too upgrade youre shooting ability by gaining xp levels. and the camera is player positioned so after a few hours its fine. with the fun mini games. slot machines, pachinko machines,roulette, poker, baccarat, blackjack, and a range of Japanese betting games that are fully explained plus leaderboards for an endless zombie mode. This game is just full of content. My only downpoint for this game is a point in the final boss battle were you have to throw grenades in the creatures mouth. but you cannot do this unless in exactly the correct spot. after 30 mins of trying i finally did it but it took two or three goes to find the correct spot as you cannot throw from were you would expect.Sorry if slightly vague but i didnt want to put a spoiler in. Overall great if you know and love the series and ok as a zombie shooter for people who have not played a yakuza game before. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2017
    8
    Muy bueno el juego, no se porque le dan tan mala puntuación.
    Recuerda mucho al zombie revenge de Dreamcast, es genial!!!
    Lo único malo al
    Muy bueno el juego, no se porque le dan tan mala puntuación.
    Recuerda mucho al zombie revenge de Dreamcast, es genial!!!
    Lo único malo al principio es la cámara, pero te acostumbras en seguida, además tiene 3 modos diferentes para disparar según la situación y vos elegís la que te quede más cómoda.
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  6. May 21, 2016
    7
    Dead Souls was a new spin-off for the Yakuza series, a series that is shamefully not very popular in occident (it's a hit in Japan) despite aDead Souls was a new spin-off for the Yakuza series, a series that is shamefully not very popular in occident (it's a hit in Japan) despite a large number of qualities. For this episode they decided to add zombi in the formula, lets see how it went.

    Technically the game is pretty average, with nice characters but poor textures and a framerate that will suffer a lot when there is a large number of enemies on the screen (15 or more) but without any bugs. Still under the 2012 criteria.

    Concerning the gameplay I've got pretty mixed feelings, from one side we have the classic Yakuza formula that just make you want to live in Kamurocho dating, eating, playing various games (ping-pong, pool, darts, golf, etc.) and where you can loose yourself for hours and on the other side we've got the shooting, yes shooting in opposite with the traditional fist fighting from the others games in the series, that is the most common thing you'll ever experienced with no challenge at all. So considering the kind of gamer you are, you should already have an idea if this game is meant for you.

    Like in the previous Yakuza games there is a lot of side quests to do , with some of them particularly funny, and if you want to finish all of them the game will last about 45 hours which is very good for the genre. Unfortunately there's still a lot of dialogues without voice-overs that could have made the game more immersing. The main story line is pretty close from the Resident Evil franchise with some yakuza elements in addition (duh), it's far from a masterpiece (and from the rest of the series) but if you like zombie movies you'll feel like watching one of them, with the traditional "prototypes" to spice up the cast.

    In conclusion, I'm not sure but I think it was an attempt to develop the franchise in occident with this universal enemy but in the end, it gave the worst episode of the franchise with an already known story, and a dull combat system. Two faults you'll not encounter in the other Yakuza games (including the two others spin-off that take place in feudal Japan and are very good, I advise them if you know japanese or aren't afraid to do the game with an internet guide).This game is not broken and there's still a lot of fun to have with all the things you can do and so if you've already played and liked a Yakuza game then you should pick this one up, but if you're not familiar with it, please start by another episode (they are all great) to truly understand why this series has a such faithful community.
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  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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