Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition coming to Japan in November

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#1 Posted by pekoe212 (522 posts) -
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#2 Posted by Demoskinos (17298 posts) -

GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME! UGGGNNGH!

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#3 Posted by Sooty (8194 posts) -

Cool. Gonna import these.

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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@pekoe212 said:

Do you think it's likely they will localize this version for the west?

It's a Yakuza game, so your only answers are "no" and "far later than you'd prefer".

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#5 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

I want this. Never played this series but always wanted too. Problem is finding the first game plus it hear it has a bad dub. Would like the option for Japanese audio if this leaves Japan.

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#6 Posted by killacam (1341 posts) -

playing 3 right now and absolutely loving it. how do its prequels stack up?

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#7 Edited by AjayRaz (12789 posts) -

that's cool. i'm not crossing my fingers for a western release but it would be neat-o. if anything i would expect a release on the PSN store. also, it means more people get to play Yakuza 2.

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#8 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Great, let's pick this topic up in two years when it comes here. If it comes here.

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#9 Posted by pekoe212 (522 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan: But then you'd miss Mark Hamill as Majima!! He is genuinely awesome and memorable. I've only played some of the first game, but I would say the problem with the English dub isn't so much bad acting (although there definitely is some) but that having all these American actors try to convince you they're Japanese and attempt to pronounce Japanese names is very jarring and doesn't feel believable, just supremely awkward. I think the social conventions and ways of expressing emotions are just different enough in Japan that American actors/the English language cannot approximate it consistently, it feels strained. I'm glad they went back to the Japanese language versions but please don't count this game out just because of the voice acting.

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#10 Posted by Sooty (8194 posts) -

@pekoe212 said:

@ImmortalSaiyan: But then you'd miss Mark Hamill as Majima!! He is genuinely awesome and memorable. I've only played some of the first game, but I would say the problem with the English dub isn't so much bad acting (although there definitely is some) but that having all these American actors try to convince you they're Japanese and attempt to pronounce Japanese names is very jarring and doesn't feel believable, just supremely awkward. I think the social conventions and ways of expressing emotions are just different enough in Japan that American actors/the English language cannot approximate it consistently, it feels strained. I'm glad they went back to the Japanese language versions but please don't count this game out just because of the voice acting.

Really? I think Majima sounds terrible, it's pretty bad work compared to The Joker. I didn't even believe it was him until you just made that post.

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#11 Posted by SerHulse (710 posts) -

I want these sooooo badly, I love 3 + 4 and would love to play the rest (hopefully soon).

I to would also like to have it just subbed instead of dubbed, or at least have the option. I definitely wouldn't skip the game because it's dubbed, I love the series too much to do something like that, but I have a profound dislike for dubbed foreign language media, no matter how good the voice actors themselves may be, I find it always sounds a little off.

I hope this comes out before Yakuza 5 so we have something to tide us over while we wait for that, which by the way, looks fucking awesome.

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#12 Posted by cclemon36 (195 posts) -

I've been hoping for a re-release of these games ever since the first HD collections started coming out so this news puts a smile on my face. Now just start inching your way to the west, won't you?

I like it when games localised for the west still let you select the original VO, it should be a standard. It tends to sound less awkward, and if the original acting sucks, I usually can't tell and won't get bogged down by it.

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#13 Posted by eroticfishcake (7857 posts) -

I like simple fact that it ticks off the food you've already eaten is used as a selling point for the series. Though in all seriousness it does help a lot. In any case that's awesome and now I want Yakuza 5 now.

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#14 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

Fist-fighting tigers in HD?!

Oh fuck yes!

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#15 Edited by MyNameIsJoe (187 posts) -

Well hopefully if they do bring it out they'll rip out a bunch of content that they don't think is to "Japanesey", that westerners won't understand; and replace it with absolutely nothing.

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#16 Posted by pantzing_nome (605 posts) -

@MyNameIsJoe said:

Well hopefully if they do bring it out they'll rip out a bunch of content that they don't think is to "Japanesey", that westerners won't understand; and replace it with absolutely nothing.

Yakuza 1 & 2 had all the same content for their western releases, Sega only took content out for 3.

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#17 Posted by FakeKisser (435 posts) -

I played through Yakuza 1 a couple years ago, and I really didn't love it. It was very repetitive, and the story didn't draw me in at all. The world didn't feel "alive" or particularly appealing. I kind of want to give the other games a try, though, based on other things I've heard.

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#18 Posted by mtcantor (983 posts) -

If they fix the frame rate and load times I will just start mailing my money to Japan now.

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#20 Posted by cannonballBAM (712 posts) -

http://ryu-ga-gotoku.com/hd_edition/

the official website is up with information. I really hope this makes it stateside, I would love to replay 1 with original voice acting and replay both with trophy support.

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