Maybe it’s just me, but the new Yakuza game for the PSP seems brutal as hell. The previous Yakuza games for the PS2/PS3 featured a fair share of brutal violence but Yakuza’s PSP debut seems to be notching things up a bit. With manga style cutscenes depicting brutal punches and the actual game combat featuring blood spewing, Black Leopard: A New Yakuza Chapter isn’t just a simple PSP port of the main Yakuza gimmicks.
This new five minute trailer for Black Leopard shows off a good chunk of the game. Not only do we get another look at the manga cutscenes but certain story elements are detailed as well. Sadly I’m a bit behind on my Japanese skills, but it appears that at some point in the game you’ll come across deadly Yakuza members engaged in underground fighting rings when they’re not shooting people. Isn’t that a big surprise? But honestly, according to the fine folks over at Andriasang a key story element revolves around a mysterious arson in which hero Tatsuya was somehow involved as a young lad. Guess Tatsuya may be trying to rise through the Yakuza ranks to perhaps get vengeance.
As the intense Japanese trailer narration continues, quick flashes of the exceptional looking cutscenes are shown which eventually lead up to some new gameplay. As always the Yakuza combat is fast, intense and brutal. But Black Leopard looks to give things a bit more of realistic side as Tatsuya isn’t shown picking up objects in the environment to use during combat. That may disappoint some, but I’ll take brutal head bashes and blood spurts any day.
The video goes on to show the new multiplayer combat mode along with the single-player exploration mode. Not to different from the PS3 versions, players will be able to explore a section of downtown Japan to partake in mini-games (work at a cheeseburger shop) and side quests.
So far I’m so impressed with what I’ve seen of Black Leopard that I might just dive in and pre-order it. Not knowing a single word of Japanese won’t deter me much as my fighting thugs on the streets of Japan and going to hostess bars are fun things to do that aren’t hampered by the whole language barrier thing. And I’m sure someone will post a translation for all the fellow North American and European Yakuza fans who want to try out the game.
Black Leopard will be available in Japan on September 22nd.