Yakuza screenshot
Yakuza screenshot

Yakuza, already a hit in Japan, is gearing up for its western release, and today SEGA has announced the line-up of Hollywood talent lending their voices to the game's characters. Michael Rosenbaum, Michael Madsen, Eliza Dushku, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Mark Hamill have all been signed up to voice characters in the game.

Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Sin City) will voice Shimano, a Yakuza boss who relies on brutality to achieve his selfish goals; Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor from Smallville) lends his voice to Nishiki, a ruthless Yakuza member who has turned against his friend Kazuma; Eliza Dushku, (Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) voices Yumi, who grew up with Nishiki and Kazuma in an orphanage; Rachel Leigh Cook (She's All That) plays Reina, the owner of the Serena hostess bar; and Mark Hamill (son of Darth Vader) voices Majima, a violent and insane Yakuza boss.

"Yakuza was an immense hit in Japan, and in bringing the game to the western market, we wanted to ensure that the subtle nuances of the game were brought to life," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "The title delivers the cinematic visuals and fast-paced action gamers demand, and with these top notch performances, they will experience a deep, character-driven storyline like nothing they have encountered before."

Yakuza is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 in September.

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Probably fair enough. There must be some Japanese English speaking voice talent around surely? See The Last Samurai for evidence of that.
Posted 23:26 on 18 June 2006
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Supposedly they couldn't fit two sets of voice tracks on one disk.
Posted 19:30 on 18 June 2006
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vandy@ B

Fair enough idea although I don't see why we should pay more for it. They could just as easily include that audio track in the realease.
Posted 18:05 on 18 June 2006
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I read this suggestion elsewhere, and I thought it was notable and valid idea, so here goes:

Sega should release a Special Edition of Yakuza. It would cost about a tenner more than the standard version, but you get the original audio with subs. That audio exists already, it's not like they'd have to re-record anything, and everyone goes home happy.

If you desire that authenticity, and that's important to you (I for example am quite a stickler to the belief that the creator's original vision in media is paramount to be respected) then a tenner on top's nothing really, but it would help make it worth Sega's while.
Posted 16:50 on 18 June 2006
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thats one way of getting people to buy it is put Eliza's voice in the game. lol.
Posted 21:56 on 16 June 2006

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Release Date: 15/09/2006
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega Europe
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
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