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'Yakuza 6' adds the thrill of running your own cat cafe

Engadget logo Engadget 16/09/2016 Mat Smith
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As Sega attempts to tie up the long-running (typically late-to-translation) Yakuza series, the sixth iteration has yet more ridiculous mini-games and side jobs, offering more mundane distractions from the boot-to-face Japanese gangster brawls that typically make up a large part of the games. While calming a weepy baby is certainly mundane IRL, if you're a speedy enough typer (through your DualShock controller) you'll be able to charm webcam girls online -- for those days when the protagonist can't quite make it to his regular hostess club. And that's just to start with.

Yazuka series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi went in-depth at TGS 2016 about some of the more obscure timesinks the latest game comes with. These include, but aren't limited to:

  • Busking.
  • Finding stray cats.
  • Using said strays to run your own cat cafe.
  • Typing online with web-cam girls. Oh boy.
  • Soothing a crying baby. (That. Might. Be. His. Son!)
  • A baseball simulator.
  • In-game playable two-player (!) versions of Virtua Fighter 5 and Puyo Puyo.
  • Making friends with other hostess bar patrons. Oh boy.
  • Darts.
  • Batting cage practice.
  • Mah Jong.
  • Diving for fish.
  • Eating fish (probably)
Naturally, there will still be plenty of thugs to punch, people to swear at, and all that delightful melodrama you'd come to expect from a Yakuza game. Iteration six is scheduled for release in Japan later this year.

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