The Yakuza Remastered Collection - Review

The Yakuza remastered collection is so much more than the typical console generation port of a series of classic Japanese role playing game.

This conversion shows the effort they have taken to ensure the quality of these titles can live on for generations.

The pumped up the graphic performance is outstanding with sharper more eye popping vibrant images that take it from 720p to 1080p and from 30FPS to 60FPS. They didn't stop there either as now the titles have all gone through what is known as a "re-localisation" process.

Basically this means that the English scripts for each game have been reviewed, revised, and where necessary rewritten. The best part is that the content that had previously being cut from the Western releases of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 have been re-added in the Yakuza remastered collection, so we are getting important sections of the game that we've never seen before. Giving us even more reason to jump back in and explore this uniquely Japanese world.

If you have never played a "Yakuza" you are in for a treat. The earlier titles are no where near as polished in game-play as the more modern 5. But they are still brilliant games and extremely important to gain an emotional investment into the main characters. Their growth from game to game is something you really don't want to skip out on with simple recap cut scenes at the start of the more recent titles.

As a series it's quite difficult to narrow it down to one genre which is why it is often referred to as simply "Role Playing", each game has a bit of everything which is what makes it uniquely Japanese and more than simply games, they are "experiences". In fact, I'd go as far as saying that this is the "Godfather 1, 2 & 3" of gaming. It's on that level of cinematic brilliant, but entirely interactive.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection is available from February 11 for PlayStation 4