Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta (Japanese: 龍が如く6 命の詩。, Like a Dragon 6: Poem of Life) is a videogame by SEGA released in December 2016 in Japan and April 2018 worldwide for PlayStation 4. The game was subsequently released for XBOX One, Windows 10, and Steam in March 2021. Set in the new location of Onomichi, Hiroshima, as well as the staple Kamurocho, Tokyo district, Yakuza 6 is the seventh game in the main Yakuza series, and the last to feature Kazuma Kiryu as the main protagonist. Kiryu is searching for the father of his adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura's infant son after a hit-and-run leaves her in a coma. A revamped battle system means that Kiryu can no longer purchase or obtain weapons, including firearms, outside of picking them up during battles. Such weapons cannot be placed in his inventory.
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The following weapons appear in the video game Yakuza 6: The Song of Life:
Handguns & Revolvers
Certain characters, including Hirose Family patriarch Toru Hirose (Beat Takeshi) have this 1911 clone, familiar to those versed with previous games, which mostly resembles a Para Ordnance LDA 7.45. It does have elements from other pistol series such as the Beretta 92 series pistols. The older version of this model from the previous game engine also appears in flashback screenshots from Yakuza Kiwami.
As usual in the Yakuza series, this modified Makarov-PM-type pistol with an extended barrel and ring hammer is a stalwart of the criminal underworld, being used by Tojo Clan yakuza and the Saio Triad alike. This appears to be an updated model of the prior versions, as it now has correct proportions, although the safety is now incorrectly engaged (and still inaccurately present on the right side of the pistol). The safety being set would mean the hammer and slide are locked and thus it would make it impossible to fire, although of course in gameplay it still is able to. A silver-coloured version also appears in street fights, simply labelled as "Pistol." Note that the cutscene pistol appears to have a black finish vs the gameplay pistol appears to have a silver finish.
Nambu Model 60
Police officers in the game are modelled with this revolver holstered. It is distinguished by its distinctive lanyard ring and associated handgrip cutout.
Nambu Model 60/Smith & Wesson Model 36
This hybrid of the Model 60 and its Smith & Wesson Model 36 forbear appears from its numerous appearances in previous Yakuza titles, having been retextured for the new game engine here. Unlike the Model 60, this revolver lacks the lanyard ring and handgrip cutout. It also has a straight barrel like the 36, lacking the Model 60's distinctive sharp taper towards the frame end of the barrel. It nonetheless retains Model-60-like features, such as the shape of the cylinder release lever and the extended thumb lever on the hammer. The model has been improved for Yakuza 6's new game engine, separating the actual rounds from the gun model itself.
Traditionally in the Yakuza series, the Walther PPK is used by a character who has managed to create great power for themselves by being a selfish, greedy, and cold-hearted individual who is willing to kill just about anyone to preserve their place. Yakuza 6 is no exception to this, with Iwami Shipbuilding president Heizo Iwami (AKA Yomei Alliance chairman Takeru Kusuru) having one, which he used in 1985 to murder Hirose's Aniki in front of him for no other reason than to prove a point. Three decades later, he shoots Hirose himself for refusing to kill his own adoptive sons for discovering the Secret of Onomichi (below).
In the sea fishing minigame, which plays as an on-rails shooter such as other famous SEGA franchises like House of the Dead, Kiryu uses a harpoon gun, called a "speargun" in-game. There are different models with different stats such as ammo count and power that are unlocked during the course of the associated side-quest. To prompt the player to reload, the speargun makes a "ping" like that of an M1 Garand when the last spear has been fired.
In one scene, a Yakuza from the Yomei Alliance uses a rocket launcher to fire at Kiryu. It appears to be the same model as the rocket launcher from Binary Domain, which is based on the Panzerfaust 3, except the warhead has been removed for this game. Yakuza 6 is the first appearance of this particular model, which is later used in Yakuza Kiwami 2 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon
M134 Minigun (Handheld)
Tojo Clan thugs in the helicopters which harass Kiryu during his assault on Millennium Tower are armed with General Electric M134 Miniguns. Although the minigun is facing through the port-side door - much like the minigun placement on military helicopters - this is a handheld variant, as the chopper itself is a civilian model.
The Secret of Onomichi is the Yamato Mark II, a fictitious updated version of Japan's Yamato battleship, which - alongside its sister ship Musashi - was the largest battleship ever constructed. The original Yamato's main guns were a volley of nine 460-mm (18") Type 94/45 naval rifles mounted in three triple mounts; two on the fore-end of the deck, and one on the stern. The largest guns ever mounted to a warship, their maximum range was 42 km (26 mi), the length of a marathon. The Mark II quite literally turns the main-gun count up to 11, adding two extra Type 94s on in a double turret towards the bow of the ship. This necessitates the raising of the turrets behind it to clear. The rest of the guns appear to be the setup as the original Yamato's 1945 configuration. Its medium-sized guns are six 155-mm/60 3rd Year Type naval guns in two triple mounts (fore-and-aft-mounted respectively) and twenty-four 127-mm Type 89 naval guns in twin mounts situated broadside around the ship's exhaust tower. The ship's smaller weapons are comprised of four Hotchkiss M1929 13.2-mm machine guns, and a humongous one-hundred-and-sixty-two Type 96 25-mm AT/AA guns in triple mounts.
Hirose family member Takaaki Matsunaga has a 1:350-scale model of the Yamato, a present bought by his biological father the night he was assassinated by Hirose. Interestingly however, whilst the model itself is that of the original Yamato (identified by its lack of extra turret at the bow and wooden deck), the box depicts the Yamato Mark II.