Yakuza Prequel Called ‘Yakuza Zero’ Launching In 2015

The Yakuza series is going back in time for the next installment.

The Yakuza series has developed quite the loyal cult following through the years, and now the fifth main entry in the series will be turning back the clocks. Yakuza Zero is set in 1988, which developer Sega revealed at Sony’s pre-TGS press conference as being years before the first entry in the series. This prequel is set to star two new protagonists named Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.

Yakuza Zero is set to launch in early 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and will also feature cross-play for the PlayStation Vita.

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It may not be the biggest franchise that Sony has, but it’s always good to know that a series popular with hardcore fans is still going strong. Considering that it’s a prequel, it will also be a perfectly good place for gamers who haven’t tried out the series yet to begin. Count me in!

‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’ Is Real, Launching Early 2015

A new entry in the Revelations series is coming early next year.

Those rumors that were swirling around after the box art for a Resident Evil Revelations 2 game leaked on Microsoft’s official Xbox site last earlier this month were true after all. Capcom Unity has confirmed that Resident Evil Revelations 2 is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The publisher made the announcement at a TGS press conference today, also revealing that the game will be released early next year.

What’s interesting to note, however, is that the game will not star the first game’s protagonists Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. According to Sony, this game will star new characters in a new story and setting. Check out a teaser for the game below. 

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I’ve yet to get around to playing Resident Evil Revelations, but just from screenshots alone you can tell it’s better than the last couple main entries in the series. Although it will be weird to have Resident Evil game that doesn’t have the characters we know and love, maybe this will be a good thing for the series and give it a breath of fresh air. On a side-note: isn’t interesting that Resident Evil Revelations started as a 3DS exclusive, but the sequel will apparently not be coming to the platform at all?

New ‘Hot Shots Golf’ Coming To PlayStation 4

More Hot Shots Golf is on the way for PlayStation 4 owners.

A new installment in the classic Hot Shots Golf franchise is on the way, according to Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida.

The news was announced at the Tokyo Game Show, where Yoshida also revealed that the game will feature open world entertainment that focuses on golf.

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This is pretty exciting news, considering the last game in the series that made it specifically to consoles was 2008’s Hot Shots Golf 5. This is a series that brings back a lot of memories for me, as the game was on a PS One demo disc that I used to play the heck out of as a kid. I’m no expert on the series as of late, but I’d love to dive back in and see where the series has ended up with this latest game.

‘Bloodborne’ Launching February 5th In Japan

Bloodborne coming early next year in Japan, but no news for everywhere else.

From Software’s latest game in the vein of their Souls series isn’t too far off from the looks of things. At TGS it was revealed that Bloodborne would be launching in Japan on February 5th, 2015, though international release dates were not revealed.

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida did reveal that the game will be getting a limited edition in Japan, which comes with an artbook and soundtrack.

A new trailer was released for the game at the event, so be sure to check it out below. 

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While it’s great news to hear that Bloodborne is launching early next year, I’m wondering how close this game’s US release will be to that of Japan’s. Dark Souls II released right around the same time everywhere, but this game is said to be in development by the division that made Demon’s Souls and that game didn’t get released internationally until several months later. However, the series is much bigger now so hopefully that means this thing will be launching soon for everyone else, as well.

‘Luminous Arc Infinity’ In The Works For PlayStation Vita

The Luminous Arc series is back, but this time only on Vita.

The Luminous Arc series is still alive. It was revealed at Sony’s pre-TGS press conference that a new game in the series called Luminous Arc Infinity is coming exclusively to the PlayStation Vita. All previous games in the series had appeared on the DS, though there were rumors of a game showing up on the PSP at one point.

The original Luminous Arc game arrived on Nintendo DS in 2007, with sequels following in 2008 and 2009 called Luminous Arc 2 an Luminous Arc 3: Eyes. It’s worth noting that the final entry in the series was only released in Japan, so it’s possible that this game could end up being released exclusively in Japan.

There’s not much else information for this game, but when there is you’ll be sure to find it here.

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I’ve never tried out the Luminous Arc series, as they never really garnered enough attention for me to really get interested in them. However, now that it’s on the Vita and maybe going the reboot route this could be a great time to try it out. Hopefully it does end up coming to North America so I can give you guys a review.

‘Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round’ Launching Spring 2015

One more round for Dead Or Alive 5.

Dead Or Alive 5 is coming back for one more round in the form of Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round, according to a Famitsu report that was translated by Kotaku. There are very few details regarding this release, but we know that it will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the Spring of 2015.

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round follows Dead Or Alive 5: Ultimate which came out in 2013, which was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and added new modes and characters.

Check out a brief video announcing the new game below. 

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I don’t think the world really needs yet another version Dead Or Alive 5, however good at may be. The original version came out in 2012, with both Plus and Ultimate versions of the game following. The occasional expansion is OK, but when you release an expansion called Ultimate and then release another afterwards, doesn’t that make the ultimate version ultimate no longer?