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Crimpressions: Kurohyou: Ryu Ga Gotoku Shinshou

I’m sure many have heard of Ryu Ga Gotoku…or Yakuza as it is known outsde of Japan. It has been primarily a Playstation home console game but finally it will be making its debut on the PSP with Kurohyou. This game does not, however, feature a Kazuma Kiryu or a similar incarnation of him. This time you play a teenage delinquent Tatsuya Ukyou although this will still be at Kamurocho.

Shall we begin? Let’s go! Turn on the demo and you’re introduced to a cool J-Pop tune that repeatedly plays at the demo screen which happens to be theme song for the game. Press start of course.

Metal Gear So- oh, its Yakuza, and it looks good!

You see Tatsuya beat up a random guy in a cutscene…only to realize it was a dream. A guy comes in and talks to him about going to the Dragon Heat? As you would expect, you’ll have to make your way there but first things first…pause menu (as the game indicates you to check out). You will see 6 menus, 4 available in the demo. Those available would be Item, Status, Battle and Story which are all pretty much self explanatory but there is one thing to point out, the Battle section.

Clicking on it, you will see the currently equipped battle style on Tatsuya which is Kenka (or Brawling in Japanese) . This is the basic style you use in the game which offers no extra benefits. By moving the cursors around, you see that Boxing and Puroresu (Pro Wrestling) are also available to use. Each of those styles can give positive and negative bonus to some of your stats. For example, boxing will increase your punching power by 20% while reducing your kicking power by 20 but for now, I’ll stick to Kenka and try it out when I can and then switch to the other two for other missions. Also, you can edit what moves your charging attack does too by pressing square, it’s a neat feature!

Back to the main screen, you can see the graphics are decent for a PSP game. It has the standard Yakuza feel to it too. Exiting this screen, I walk down a hallway, which leads to another hallway. You speak to this purple guy to trigger this cutscene. You see two guys in a match fighting each other. It seems like a somewhat MMA style kind of match. The art style is very similar to MGS: Peace Walker in the cutscenes and I did check out who made the cutscenes in the game and it turns out it’s the same 3rd party company that works on the art for both games, cool isn’t it?

Falcon Punch?

Anyways a number of cutscenes follow and after a while you’re back in control of Tatsuya. Now, you have to go to this place called JeweL. Exit this area, and you enter a city area which is obviously Kamurocho. Finally, someplace familiar! The select button opens up to you here, which is the series standard map button. It shows you where the JeweL place is so I would have to obviously go there…but lets roam around the area first shall we?

Approach this two guys and a battle will occur! You are allowed to change styled before the battle though, but let’s go with Kenka as I said earlier. Cool music plays in the background. It seems you have to fulfill certain requirements in this first battle, it serve as a tutorial also. It basically teaches you how to play the game. I listed the controls below which doubles as the tutorial for this first battle.

Its not difficult to win, but you immediately go into another battle after that one, this time I will use Boxing.  This second battle is also a tutorial for other controls but I did notice Boxing has longer punch combos as you would expect. Its not a hard mission again but at the end, you have different ways of finishing the opponent and getting either EXP of Money. I chose EXP and Tatsuya defeated the enemy with a series of hits.

The usual store in Kamurocho

Once you’re done you can finally roam around the city! I went to a nearby food store, but I can’t seem to buy anything due to the demo’s limitations, oh well! I went to Club Sega, and tried the UFO Catcher but alas it only shows a demo reel of side missions due to it being a demo. It’s a little disappointing not being able to try the minigames here, would have been fun.  The stores also seems to have shrunk compared to the console versions but not a major problem as the essence of it is still there.. The game does feel like a near exact replication of the console versions on the portable, minus a few changes it has to make going portable. Everything you can do there you can do here too.

I do recount an event where there’s this two guys picking on a girl, and Tatsuya beat them up with ease, turns out her boyfriend came later and thought he was disturbing her. We ended up fighting but in the end he misunderstood my character haha! Tatsuya and him became friends after that, pretty funny story. Another incident is at the mart, approach the ATM poster and a prompt appeared.  I clicked on the first option and I see a poster of Rize, the band that plays the game’s theme, and the theme plays for a bit too!

Going to the exclamation point in the map triggers a cutscene which leads to a battle involving multiple people attacking me one at a time until a boss kind of characters appears (he seems to have higher health so I’d assume he is a boss). Not much of a problem thanks to the various battles I’ve been through walking around the game which trained me up….though my Tatsuya suffered an injury at one part of his body. As usual, continuing on…which leads to the end of the demo!

Not 7-Eleven but a minimart nonetheless!

It was a great experience I must say, the demo lacked the minigames regular Ryu Ga Gotoku demos have but it was still great nonetheless. I’m looking forward to getting the full game so I might end up purchasing this in my last day in Japan.

Controls:

Main Screen Menu:

O = Interact

D-Pad/Analog =Move

Battle:

Square = Punch

Triangle = Kick

(hold S or T for a stronger attack)

O = Grab, Activate Heat

X = Step, duck, do Heat Action

L +O = Grab Weapon

R = Lock on

L = Guard

L+ Direction = Catch enemy (only works when he is attacking)

Kurohyou: Ryu Ga Gotoku Shinshou (aka Black Panther: Yakuza New Chapter) releases on the Playstation Portable on September 22 in Japan and TBA elsewhere.

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