Yakuza: Ishin’s “Another Life” mode detailed, cross-play & more confirmed

Friday, 20th September 2013 10:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Yakuza: Ishin’s website has been updated by Sega, revealing a new, quite peaceful mode called “Another Life”, cross-play features and more.

The official site is displayed in Japanese, but Gematsu has summarised the details in English for your reading pleasure.

The short version is that the mode takes place at Ryoma Sakamoto’s home in the countryside where he and his female companion Haru life a peaceful life tending to pets, cooking, growing crops and furthering their relationship. It’s a far cry from the violence and stress of the core game’s plot.

Another life’s plot sees Haru’s parents killed, leaving her with a significant debt that Ryoma offers to help with. They live together in Ryoma’s home and together they settle down to set things right. Crops can be sold to recoup the money, meals can be cooked and farm work must be tended to.

This mini-game, along with the Battle Dungeon and other modes from the PS3 and PS4 edition can be enjoyed using cross-play on PS Vita. You can also play online games of poker, mahjong, shogi on the handheld., each with player rankings.

The core game’s battle system has been expanded to allow for greater expression using Battle Style. You can combined katana, pistols, spears, long swords, cannons, and your fists to mess up fools in combat. There is also an expanded weapon crafting system, weapon enhancments via mini-games, and the option to level up the blacksmith, which unlocks more upgrades.

Finally, the Battle Dungeon mode sees Ryoma fighting enemies alongside Shinsengumi. By unlocking and carrying special cards, players can unleash new abilities in the heat of battle, acquire rare items and more.

What do you make of the above? Are you hoping for a Western localisation? Let us know below.



  1. bakum4tsu

    As a big samurai fan, all i can say is that this game looks amazing already. Its a shame its probably not coming to Europe. :\

    #1 1 year ago
  2. 2-D

    Let’s just stop pretending like this will come anywhere near the west.

    I’m still waiting on my Yakuza 5.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. absolutezero

    Despite an out pouring of desire for Kenzan it never left Japan, if you are not a Japanese speaker then its almost impossible to play due to the level and depth of text in Yakuza games.

    This is not going anywhere and even if it were it would be like starting the proper series at 3 and having no idea what was going on.

    Atlus games are even more niche than this, they might be more popular but they are harder sells. So if Yakuza is stuck then the chances of new Atlus titles making their way across is looking pretty slim.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. YoungZer0

    @3: The problem about Yakuza games is that they were never really good. Never. Ever. Atlus games on the other hand …

    #4 1 year ago
  5. absolutezero


    I’ve played all the Yakuza games since the first and been entertained each time. Atlus’ games on the other hand are like Russian Roulette if your going to get a good one or an utter broken turd.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. YoungZer0

    We’re talking about the Shin Megami Tensei games here, right? Not one of them was broken IMO.

    The only interesting Yakuza titles are this one and the other one that was set in the Meiji Era.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. absolutezero

    Not specifically, I was thinking more along the lines of the Growlanser games, or Devil Summoner (which I made the mistake of importing), the EU release of Devil Survivor Overclocked was also hugely broken.

    I found the full Yakuza titles very interesting because I like the over the top yakuza stuff amusing. I would never play the same game if it was about the Mafia though. Content goes along way with these games for me.

    I do love Trauma Center though, it seems thats dead now. :(

    #7 1 year ago
  8. JGMR

    This game will NOT come the Vita. ;)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Blue Oni

    Everything about this game sounds fantastic.Too bad Sega hates the money of western gamers.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. neomatras

    @9 i believe sega not hate western, because they release that total war rome 2.

    really hope they’re going to localized this series, espescialy this ishin

    #10 1 year ago

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