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nomuru2d Gamer-turning-maker from Port Saint Lucie, FL Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
Gamer-turning-maker
Sep 14th 2010 at 11:43:47 PM

Swear to god, not a joke. Ryuga Gotoku's next entry revolves around a Zombie Apocalypse.

What. The. Hell.

Long live Cinematech. FC:0259-0435-4987
HarryMiste Curtain Call from Dark Side Of The Moon
Curtain Call
Sep 15th 2010 at 2:49:16 AM

I don't care how they do it, or why they did it, only that they do it right. I want to see heads ripped off with bare hands, damnit.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no "big lie", there is no "system". The universe is indifferent.
Sep 15th 2010 at 8:31:47 AM

Holy crap. Is this Yakuza 4 or is that a different game? Seems pretty stupid to me (and may be confirmation of the decline I sensed in the transition from Yakuza 2 to Yakuza 3)

I like the hostess club screenshot in the magazine scan. Wonder if they're open for business during apocalyptic hours.

Neo_Crimson Your army sucks. from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Sep 15th 2010 at 8:46:56 AM

What.

Who thought this was a good idea? And who thought this was a good idea to make this canon? The only saving grace so far is the thought of Kazuma beating the crap out zombies, and Majima being playable.

Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
nomuru2d Gamer-turning-maker from Port Saint Lucie, FL Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
Gamer-turning-maker
Sep 15th 2010 at 9:16:59 AM

Well... if this is the end, then truly the series couldn't possibly go out with a greater feat of ridiculousness.

Long live Cinematech. FC:0259-0435-4987
Neo_Crimson Your army sucks. from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Sep 15th 2010 at 9:21:07 AM

Please be a spin off. Please be a spin off. PLEASE be a spin off.

Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
nomuru2d Gamer-turning-maker from Port Saint Lucie, FL Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
Gamer-turning-maker
Sep 15th 2010 at 9:25:43 AM

It's not. It's canon.

Long live Cinematech. FC:0259-0435-4987
Sober-Irishman An Rí na Gnéaschiapadh from Hibernia
An Rí na Gnéaschiapadh
Sep 15th 2010 at 4:35:02 PM

What's everyone complaining about? If they pull this off, it'll be the most awesome thing ever!

I'm not really a massive Yakuza fan. I own the first game and rented the third. But I'm interested as to how they'll work a zombie apocalypse into the narrative.

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. ~Voltaire
nomuru2d Gamer-turning-maker from Port Saint Lucie, FL Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
Gamer-turning-maker
Sep 16th 2010 at 8:09:00 AM

Yeah, it would figure that you couldn't understand.

The Yakuza/Ryuga Gotoku series has been noted for near-realistically portraying the underground life of Japan (tiger-punching and such being the few exceptions)... so to undergo such a radical departure in both gameplay and plot is completely ridiculous.

Long live Cinematech. FC:0259-0435-4987
ShirowShirow Gated Tail from Land of maple syrup Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
Gated Tail
Sep 16th 2010 at 9:21:06 AM

Nomuru, where exactly did you hear this being canon? This is obviously going to be a Dream Sequence or Alternate Universe so coming down hard on it just because you think it's a Genre Shift for the whole series is a bit silly.

But yeah, there better be some awesome melee moves you can pull off. Maybe some of the anti-zombie martial arts that anyone that's properly Crazy-Prepared knows all about.

Bleye knows Sabers.
nomuru2d Gamer-turning-maker from Port Saint Lucie, FL Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
Gamer-turning-maker
Sep 16th 2010 at 9:33:01 AM

Until proven otherwise, according to the Wiki page...

"Scans of the Famitsu issue set for release on September 16, the first day of the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, revealed that this game will be a canon sequel to Yakuza 4, and is set during a zombie outbreak in Kamurocho."

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Sober-Irishman An Rí na Gnéaschiapadh from Hibernia
An Rí na Gnéaschiapadh
Sep 16th 2010 at 9:45:48 AM

Yeah, I know that the series is most well-known for its realistic storyline, but it could work if they could capture exactly what a real zombie apocalypse would be like.

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. ~Voltaire
HarryMiste Curtain Call from Dark Side Of The Moon
Curtain Call
Sep 16th 2010 at 11:45:02 PM

To be fair, Yakuza was always crazy, tiger punching or no tiger punching. It was just well hidden behind a very good, realistic main plot.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no "big lie", there is no "system". The universe is indifferent.
Sep 17th 2010 at 3:07:47 AM

This is either an elaborate practical joke pulled off by a Japanese magazine, or (here's hoping) at worst an Alternate Continuity game based off of the canon Ryu Ga Gotoku saga. I was especially suspicious when the magazine article showed Ryuji Goda with a cybernetic Arm Cannon- and he's supposed to have died in 2.

Not to mention that making the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse canon rather than AC would- especially if properly done in a non Uwe Boll manner- severely undermine the social interaction dynamics that marked all previous games in the series.

I can't imagine Sega would shoot itself in the foot by topping off a well-renowned series with Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse and making it canon rather than (an admittedly fun) Alternate Continuity experiment.

edited 17th Sep '10 3:22:20 AM by Socius

HarryMiste Curtain Call from Dark Side Of The Moon
Curtain Call
Sep 18th 2010 at 12:18:43 AM

It's not a joke. Sega has announced it at TGS.

I don't care, I just want because I want to see Majima singing karaoke.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no "big lie", there is no "system". The universe is indifferent.
Sep 18th 2010 at 8:56:29 AM

The series have always kept to a fairly believable sense of scale, if not outright realism. As Alternate Continuity it would be fun. As Canon, it would toss a whole lot of logic out the window. Throwing in zombies and a resurrected Ryuji Goda into a game that was fairly realistic and saying it's part of the official storyline is a definite WTF.

edited 18th Sep '10 9:04:16 AM by Socius

Sep 18th 2010 at 12:20:52 PM

Really, I don't see what the big deal is...

It's Yakuza, crazy awesome, with zombies, even more awesome, this hated response makes me sad...

Really this is quite possibly the most AWESOME IDEA EVER, Badass eastern gangsters kicking ass and taking names, plus with all the facets of the Yakuza universe what's not to like!?

Plus I like how they're handling the outbreak so originally, you know competently. Unlike other zombies games which assume that somehow slow moving rotting beings can take over the world in a span of a few months, in Yakuza it actually shows the government taking action and people not acting like chickens with their heads cut off, plus apparently there are super-zombies to balance it out the war, all seen in the gameplay blowout.

And on how the Yakuza universe was always "serious", yeah it was pretty realistic while having an awesome story, and that's ok, but you have to admit there ALSO has always been some comedy and more light-hearted elements included in the game, which is why I liked the series, being serious without going "GRITTY" like some other games, after battle-auras, swinging an umbrella so hard it breaks into little pieces, fire-lighted limbs, hanging in arcades, singing karaoke, buying stuff from convenience stores, and the like zombies seems to just add to the awesome.

Though it does make me wonder how in Japan, a country where guns are illegal, businesses are able to acquire heavy firepower like shotguns and machine guns...

edited 18th Sep '10 12:22:59 PM by WORLDTree

Sep 18th 2010 at 7:00:01 PM

I'm wondering if this was inspired by L 4 D, or maybe Dead Rising. Either way, it is conceptually stupid and I hope to god they file it under non-canon, but I am actually looking forward to the gameplay (assuming it turns out any good).

...And looking at page 3 of the scans I'm thinking this has to be a spin-off, because of Ryuji goda... unless they pulled a lame ass retcon and brought him back in Yakuza 3 (I couldn't bring myself to play through it)

If I were to pick the playable characters, I'd rather have Kazuma and Majima of course, but also Kaoru and maybe Haruka. Goda should stay dead and I don't even remember who Shun Akiyama is.

Sep 18th 2010 at 7:19:29 PM

Serious Business much?

It's zombies, zombies are cool, it's Yakuza, Yakuza is cool, together it is awesome overload.

Oddly this argument reminds me of one of Yahtzee's points brought in Extra Punctuation, that when a series does something new, even when it's INSPACE, it's generally better then letting the damn thing stagnate, his example was Monkey Island, and what he said was true, you shouldn't want to "live up to" or "fulfill" the last game, you should exceed and expand, and this actually looks to be shaping up to be pretty good.

edited 18th Sep '10 7:19:52 PM by WORLDTree

Sep 29th 2010 at 11:31:43 AM

Well, I'm interested to see how it'll turn out.

After all, I'm sure the zombies would just add to the awesomeness that is Yakuza.

Sep 29th 2010 at 1:52:11 PM

I didn't start the Yakuza series until 3, and I liked the story of that. Rikiya... But I'm kinda looking forward to this. I got a feeling it'll be like Metroid Other M for me, where I'll love the gameplay but just try my best to ignore the story as much as possible. I've got a feeling this'll be like Dead Rising in Tokyo. With Yakuza. And hostess clubs.

My only gripe so far is with guns. Are they going to be necessary? I might not play it if they turn it into a third-person shooter, and if they expand the gunplay it's going to feel a bit awkward for me, since the other games had somewhat clunky guns with extremely limited ammo.

Sep 29th 2010 at 2:54:30 PM

Yeah, I don't think the guns will become a MAJOR part of the game, clips show you can still use melee just as well as before, though I think the point is to fix the previously worthless guns by incorporating them better here.

Sep 29th 2010 at 9:16:54 PM

I wish zombies would stop being trendy.


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