This article is about the 2006 video game. For the Yakuza series, see Yakuza (series)
Yakuza (JP:龍が如く Ryuu ga Gotoku lit. "Like a Dragon") is a video game for the Sony PlayStation 2. The Japanese version was released in December 2005, with a worldwide release following in September 2006. A Japan-only HD remaster was released as a bundle with the game's sequel on the PlayStation 3 in 2012 and the Nintendo Wii U in 2013. An HD remake of the game, Yakuza Kiwami, was released in 2016 in Japan and August 2017 in the rest of the world. The game follows protagonist Kazuma Kiryu (voiced by Daryl Kurylo in the English dub), who serves 10 years in prison for killing his yakuza family patriarch, a killing actually committed by his kyoudai Akira "Nishiki" Nishikiyama in order to protect their childhood friend and mutual love interest Yumi Sawamura. When he comes out in December 2005, he finds that the world he left behind in Tokyo's Kamurocho red-light district has changed beyond recognition: Nishiki has become a tyrant bent on killing him, Yumi is nowhere to be found, and 10 billion yen has mysteriously disappeared from the coffers of their yakuza clan, the Tojo, sending them into a crisis.
Yakuza has the distinction of being the only title in the series whose western release features a full English-speaking voice cast, including the likes of Mark Hamill as Goro Majima and Dwight Schultz as Kage. Unlike Judgment however, there is no option to choose the original Japanese voice language. It is also the only game prior to Judgment to feature other European language text options than English (only available in the PAL region), and the only game in the series to have a UK English localization for the PAL version.
Note: an emulator was used to capture very high-resolution screenshots of this game for clarity. This upscaling required the disabling of some post-processing effects due to resulting graphical glitches. All screenshots have been checked against original PS2 footage to ensure that any glitches noted on this page are also present in the PS2 version.
The following weapons appear in the video game Yakuza:
The AMT Hardballer, a derivative of the Colt 1911 with a long slide and adjustable rear sights for better power and accuracy, is the handgun of choice for Nishiki. Kiryu takes it after Nishiki used it to kill their family patriarch Sohei Dojima for kidnapping and trying to rape Yumi in the 1995 flashback at the beginning of the game. He also uses it in a scene 10 years later. The model appears to be too small in scale; the Glock model below for example looks far larger in Nishiki's hand despite being a sub-compact pistol.
AMT Hardballer Custom pair
This pair is seen in a pre-rendered flashback cutscene where Kiryu's father figure Shintaro Fuma uses it to kill a pair of Snake Flower Triad members who are torturing Kiryu. Although these models are too badly rendered to make a purely visual identification, the fact that they are a left/right-handed pair likely means that they are based on the "AMT Silverballer" pair originally seen in Hitman: Contracts. As well as being very badly modelled however, Fuma is also holding them the wrong way round.
Colt Combat Commander with Seecamp double action conversion/Colt Gold Cup National Match
A Colt Combat Commander with Seecamp double action conversion, a pistol based on the Colt 1911, is seen in the hands of Haruka Sawamura in the Bacchus bar. It also features the standard-shaped hammer, front sight, angled cocking serrations, and Pachmayr grips seen on versions of the Colt Gold Cup National Match, as well as having its .45-calibre barrel.
MBI agents (including their leader Kyohei Jingu) use these pistols. They appear to be a hybrid of the 9mm Glock 26 upper end and the single-stack frame of the Glock 36 (although Glock did not start making a single-stack 9x19mm magazine until the Glock 43 in 2015, a decade after this game was made). As Nishiki holds both this gun and the Hardballer model, it can be seen that this one is considerably bigger in scale, to the point that, conversely, it is slightly too large. For some reason, the MBI was renamed to the MIA in Yakuza Kiwami.
Luger LP08 "Artillery"
In another flashback sequence (mercifully not an FMV this time), Fuma shoots an assassin sent to kill Yumi and Haruka with a Luger LP08 "Artillery".
The Makarov PM can be purchased as the "9mm Semi-Automatic" from the Beam weapon store.
Nambu Model 60
The Nambu Model 60 is used by police officers in the game. Like the Glock, the textures are symmetrical, and thus the cylinder release is also seen on the right side of the gun.
Norinco Type 54
Remington Model 31
A shotgun based on the Remington Model 31 can be purchased from the Beam weapon store as the "Shotgun." It appears that the developers were having trouble getting their models to be correctly scaled; this shotgun model is massive.
Winchester Model 1912
A shotgun based mostly on the Winchester Model 1912 appears in various places in the game. Its presence is most notable during the side mission "My Lover is a Show Girl," where it is used by a hitman in disguise as a dancing girl. It does however have a differently shaped pump handle, and there appears to be no connection between the barrel and magazine tube at the front. The stock appears to be from the original model, whereas the shorter barrel is like that of the riot model. Also, the barrel does not taper outward towards the receiver end. Note: the ghosting is an effect of the PlayStation 2's interlaced video output and cannot be avoided.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
A Snake Flower triad member tries to assassinate Kiryu with a Heckler & Koch MP5A3, but Kiryu uses one of his triad comrades as a human shield. It appears to be fitted with an RIS forearm, and the cocking paddle is on the wrong side. For some reason, the sound of the gun is more like that of an assault rifle or machine gun rather than a 9mm SMG.
Karabiner 98k Sporter
What appears to be a sporterized version of the Karabiner 98k rifle (redone from the model of a conventional military rifle) appears briefly in a scene where a sniper uses it to wound Kiryu's father figure Shintaro Fuma. There also appears to be some kind of stock bump in front of the trigger.
Type 97 hand grenade
Type 97 hand grenades are seen during chapter 12 when Shimano family men bomb Shintaro Fuma's yacht. One of them is then used by Futoshi Shimano himself to try and kill Kiryu, instead fatally wounding Fuma.
Beam weapon shop guns
The walls of the secret weapon store inside the Beam video store are adorned with various firearms: a Smith & Wesson 645 with a long slide and rail-mounted sight and a Colt Python with a 4" barrel, as well as three Sturmgewehr 44s, Heckler & Koch G3s, and M16A1s.