What a twist! Yakuza: Of The End is – no joke – a zombie shooter

By Nathan Grayson, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:10 GMT


It’s not April. Our little totem thing isn’t spinning for eternity, so we’re not dreaming. We still don’t understand the appeal of Glenn Beck, so we’re not insane.

Yep. This is happening.

According to the latest issue of Famitsu, people who took one look at Yakuza: Of The End and thought, “Oh great, another one” might want to reconsider. Well, unless those same people caught a glimpse of Dead Rising 2 and gave it the cold shoulder as well.

This time around, Kazuma and co. are burying the hatchet with each other so they can re-bury an entire zombie apocalypse. For whatever reason, Kamurocho’s been overrun by an undead army, and the Japanese Self Defense Force has managed to quickly fail at that whole defending itself thing. So, of course, the Yakuza’s stepping in to save the day and reassert its dominance.

This is either really silly, or the ballsiest social commentary ever attempted by a videogame. We honestly can’t decide which.

Anyway, you’ll be able to choose from a number of Yakuza characters both past and present, and they’ll wield customizable firearms – including a literal fire arm. As in, there’s a shot of someone with a gun for an arm.

Apparently, Toshihiro Nagoshi told Famitsu that Of The End won’t be the end of the series – unless it sells badly, in which case, it might. But who doesn’t want to see the Yakuza throw down with an undead legion? With this one game, Sega just made the Syfy TV network obsolete. Yakuza vs. Zombies? Sorry, Mega Shark and Giant Octopus. Your services will no longer be needed.

Thanks, Siliconera.

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