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Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3)

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Genre: Action & Adventure / Video Game for PlayStation 3 / Release Date: 2012-03-16 / Published by Sega

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      31.01.2013 15:42
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      A great, fun game at an amazing price.

      Yakuza: Dead Souls is , at first glance, an odd mash-up of genres - survival horror, gangster, and open-world antics all mesh together to form a strange brew. I was a bit hesitant to play this at first, being a fan of the more traditional Yakuza games (Yakuza 3 and Yakuza 4) and must admit I found it difficult to get going. I found the controls a little tricky, especially auto aiming on multiple targets, but as you progess it starts to come a lot more naturally.

      The story is set in the fictional Kamurocho district of Tokyo, a bustling 'red-light' district of hostess clubs, shops, restaurants, arcades, bowling alleys, karaoke etc...you get the picture! and yes, you can visit and play in all of them. After an attack on a gangster's office, the zombie virus spreads rapidly and the main storyline of the game follows uncovering how the outbreak happened, and how to stop it. A nice touch is how the district goes into quarantine, initially a small area which grows as the game progresses until it engulfs the whole area.

      In an interesting wrinkle, you get to play as four different characters, a different one in each chapter, which keeps things interesting, as each character have their own story to tell, places to visit etc. I like the fact that your experience, upgrades and rewards carry across all characters though, so no having to start from scratch.

      Gameplay is fun and varied; I spent over 80 hours playing and have only just reached 75% completion. Apart from the main story missions, there are hundreds of side-missions to undertake - eat in every restaurant, woo a hostess as a girlfriend, go shopping, undertake extra-curricular zombie-slaying for extra rewards, sing karaoke, gamble, play darts, pool, table tennis.

      Overall, its a great, fun game. The tone is very light-hearted, and its a pleasure to play.
      Complaints? None really. The dialogue is all in Japanese, so you may not like if you mind reading sub-titles, but it just belnds in for me. Its a steal at the price, buy it!

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