Japan Import: Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition reintroduces players to Kazuma Kiryu

July 19, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition reintroduces players to Kazuma Kiryu

Here’s something from Sega I’m sure you totally didn’t expect. Brace yourself! The company is rereleasing slightly updated ports of even more of its older games. This time, the company’s focusing on a series that’s traditionally done best on Japan, Yakuza. Specifically, it’s hoping PS3 owners will want to experience the first two games again in Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition.

The Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition is exactly what it sounds like. Sega’s taking the first two PS2 games and is bringing them back to the PS3 for people who don’t have a backwards compatible system. The rereleases will have HD graphics and less loading when moving between areas, locations or events. It also will improve the phone booths so Kazuma can manage his inventory from them. The only thing it doesn’t seem to do is add trophy support. Which seems odd because Sega tends to always add that in its rereleases. Perhaps that feature just hasn’t been announced yet.

As a PS3 game, this will be import-friendly if you want it. We don’t know if it will have optional English subtitles yet, so don’t get too excited about possibly importing it. Not to mention it will be ¥5,290 (~$67) when it releases on November 1, 2012. That’s quite a bit of money to spend.

It may be smarter to be patient and wait. Perhaps Sega will decide to release Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition as a PlayStation Store download or something like that. Let’s give it a few months and see what happens.

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