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| "Re(1):Ryu Ga Gotoku" , posted Wed 2 Nov 14:43|
Anyway, does anyone know more about this game?
I'd know a LOT more if me and Brandon had been ALLOWED IN to the demo room at TGS. They straight up told us NO FOREIGNERS. Like a regular yakuza strip joint in Kabukicho. They should have had a "JAPANESE ONLY" sign on the door.
We were like, "Well, we can kind of speak some Japanese, so can you let us in?" They showed us The Hand and said, "Sorry, we're not releasing this game in the West, anyway."
Bunch of bastards!!
Anyway, the game looks really good. Nagoshi is really pumping it as "Shenmue for adults." And he's even calling it a "FREE" game. Though I think Sony will probably force the genre "adventure" onto the back of the box. Well. I mean, I know this for a fact, because I have the box . . . ON MY DESK RIGHT NOW!
Too bad there's no game in it.
Anyway, it's going to be rad. Apparently it's going to have NUDITY and rough language in it; Famitsu is hyped about it being "The Japanese Grand Theft Auto." It's being called SO MANY THINGS, and compared to SO MANY controversial GAMES, it must be good!!
Oh, I'm joking. It will be good. It'll be like Killer7 with more "realistic" visuals, less esoteric gameplay, and a firmly-written story. The gameplay, actually, promises to be pretty fun, as Nagoshi talked about lending "weight" to the action. The story is written by Seishu Hase, a rather famous Japanese crime/yakuza novelist (http://www.hase-seisyu.com/). Fans have been growing disappointed by Hase's works in recent years, which I think makes him a good fit for Sega. They can earn a lot of credibility if this game is good. I hope Nagoshi keeps his priorities straight. It NEEDS to play well. The Shenmue comparisons are flying all over the place among Japanese gamers, and Nagoshi isn't dismissing them. As long as it doesn't have quick-timer-events that involve walking across planks for TEN FLOORS in a rickety building, it should be pretty good.
And man, if only F-Zero GX was one of the games playable in the arcade...! Which I don't think it would be. Anyway.
The game will have more of an RPG feel to it than Shenmue, which is interesting. You can get jobs from various yakuza bosses, and then you set out to do them, to earn money. So I guess this is where the GTA comparisons come into play. Only!! You're not driving around a big empty city, you're walking around Kabukicho. Which is not called Kabukicho, though lord knows that's what it's supposed to be. So yeah, like GTA, kept personal, with Shenmue's attention to detail, and well-fueled by the narrative. It could be a legend, this one!!
It's interesting that no one is talking about it in English. ... well, I guess they are now! Ho-HOH! Sega's plan to hide the game will soon go completely bust.
As for HG "Hard Gay" Razor Ramon -- there's alt-text on that image, you know.
The guy's nuts. He's also pretty hilarious.
He also stole the "Razor Ramon" part of his name from an old WWF wrestler, I think.