This Week In Games: The Evil Yakuza

We're starting to get into the business end of the gaming calendar already. While most of this week's releases are either ports or your typical indie fare, there's two major entries that people have been waiting for.

First up is the new Resident Evil, which should be fun if only to see all the PSVR footage again of people screaming at jump scares. Secondly is the immense Yakuza 0, which has finally made its way to the West almost two years after its Japanese release.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PS4)

What is it? An adventure that harkens back to the era of PlayStation and SNES RPGs with turn-based combat.
Should you care? One for fans of the older Final Fantasy games. It's only around 11-12 hours long.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PC, PS4, PSVR)

What is it? The Resident Evil franchise returns.
Should you care? If you love the series, yes. Also for those who don't mind horror and want a "proper" PSVR game.

Lethal League (PS4)

What is it? The most intense version of Pong you've ever played in your life.
Should you care? Just watch some gameplay. It's a fantastic couch co-op game.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)

What is it? A three pack including a remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance, the KINGDOM HEARTS x Back Cover movie, and a new playable episode that connects to Kingdom Hearts 3.
Should you care? If you're a Kingdom Hearts diehard, probably.

Moto Racer 4 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The Moto Racer series returns.
Should you care? Probably better off with Ride 2 if you want to recapture that oldschool Moto Racer, arcade feel.

Yakuza 0 (PS4)

What is it? A game about living as a member of the Yakuza while running a cabaret club as your day job.
Should you care? Look at that feature GIF. Why are you even asking.

Police Stories (PC)

What is it?A top-down shooter with Hotline Miami-esque action where you also have to defuse bomb and rescue hostages.
Should you care? Could be quietly fun.

A Normal Lost Phone (PC)

What is it?A game about picking up a lost phone and searching through the available information to discover the owner.
Should you care? Definitely for fans of Her Story.

Tales of Berseria (PC, PS4)

What is it?A third-person JRPG starring Velvet, a woman whose life has been irrevocably changed following a traumatic experience.
Should you care? Tales's big calling card is the Linear Motion Battle System, its stunning cut-scenes and exploration. Check out some gameplay and you'll know whether this is your jam.

Subterrain (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A top-down survival game where you manage a Mars colony as it withstands a mutant onslaught.
Should you care? No idea about the console version, but Subterrain got a solid reception on Steam. Worth a look.

Hunter’s Legacy (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A 2D Metroidvania featuring a twin sword-wielding cat.
Should you care? Looks a bit too plain for my liking.

So that's the lion's share of all the titles, big and small, coming out this week. Did I miss anything important? Anything catch your eye? Let me know in the comments!


    Digimon World: Next Order is also out on PS4 this week.

      I am unreasonably excited for it, loved Cyber Sleuth and Digimon World 1 is one of my favourite PS1games so having another game like that makes it an instant buy for me.

    I'll be screaming at Resident Evil 7 in VR.

    I didn't even bother with RE6 so hopefully number 7 isn't too continuity heavy.

    A new Resident Evil game, that promises to be drastic and shake things up, holds a lot of significance for me. RE4 was the first new game I bought after taking a bit of a sabbatical away from games entirely during my early adult life/uni years. This new one being released on my birthday is also bit of a cosmic joke.

    I'm very interested in exactly why everybody in the 'biz' has gone downright radio silent over this game as it's nearing the review embargo zone of crazy twilight business. The hype from the demos was a little over-bearing, I hope it's good.

    If not, I think it's about time the 'PT' genre of game actually gets its day in court. They might not make for worthwhile actual games, just short quick scary demos.

    What's the go with the Yakuza franchise? Is this the first one released outside of Japan proper?

      I want RE7 to be good, but there's no way I'm going in blind, especially since they went all out with the collectors edition (which I would've bought if I wasn't so suspicious of the game).

        It's that the lead-up has been so.....quiet.

        I'm erring on the side of positivity and thinking this is due to the game being heavy in narrative and user experience moreso than other games.

        Who knows!

          It has? Maybe you're reading the wrong websites then...

          Capcom hasn't been quiet about it though, they released a series of short videos over ten weeks, highlighting random parts of the game, plus the demo was updated some...four (?) times to allow people to trawl through the differences and what they meant, plus I believe the embargo is due to end early in the week rather than on release day.

          I really don't think Capcom are worried about it, as they've been doing all they can to generate regular discussion and interest, which I've seen get quite a bit of coverage online personally.

            In my defence, I don't want to read too much about a game I don't want ruined for myself. I have that issue enough as it is with other media.

        Here's a hint from someone who already has it. It's a purely PSVR game. 100% first person and is the same thing you saw in the demo: cheap jump scares. I barely got through the opening sequence of the game before giving the game to another reviewer out of fanboy rage.

        The embargo on the game is very restrictive (to the point where you can't talk about anything to do with the game at all story wise) which is why most places are silent on the game. Luckily, the loophole to say what I say above is 100% fine.

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          I don't mind that sort of thing as long as there's also more to it, not that I'll ever play it in psvr.

          I was a huge fan of condemned!

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    Desperately want Yakuza 0,but just don't know when I'll find the time to play it :( Will probably buy anyway just to support the franchise so we keep getting it over here, no matter how late.

    Earthlock kinda sounds cool, maybe when it's cheaper it might be worth a stab.

    That Yakuza though... damn. Just the best kind of batshit I think. Saw that small clip of him ordering chicken at a bowling alley, cracked me up haha.

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    Got my preload and dirty coin ready to go! Time to strap a PSVR to my face!!! HYPE!

    Is Yakuza 0 only available as a physical copy? There seems to be no mention of it on PS Store at all.

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