E3 2018: Sega Will Bring Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles, Shining Resonance, and More to Steam

The Japanese publisher is porting a host of popular Japanese games to the PC after its success with Bayonetta and Vanquish last year.

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Among the multiple announcements during this years PC Gaming Show at E3 2018, one they may draw the most excitement from fans is that Sega has plans to port some of Japan’s most popular games to the PC on Valve’s Steam platform. The announcement confirmed that Yakuza O, Yakuza Kiwami, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Shenmue 1 & 2, and Shining Resonance Refrain would all be coming to the PC via Sega.

All of these games have pre-order pages live on Steam right now: Shining Resonance Refrain, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Yakuza O, and Yakuza Kiwami. No official release dates have been set, but expect most of these to be available by the end of the year.

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      June 11, 2018 4:09 PM

      Really hope Persona 5 finds its way to PC eventually. They talked about that and Yakuza coming to PC a while back.

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      June 11, 2018 4:40 PM

      Man, really wish Virtua Fighter 5 was in that list.

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      June 11, 2018 5:11 PM

      Think you want to finally play a Yakuza game (you do), let me help acquaint you?

      Yakuza games are small-scale open world adventures where you are constantly distracted from a genuinely impressive Japanese crime-drama story by adorably petty bullshit and surprisingly deep business simulators. They're wonderful. One minute you're watching someone struggle with the idea of committing their first murder for the family, the next you're helping someone track down their lost pants.

      If you ever played Shenmue, think that but amazing.

      0 is a PERFECT place to start. https://store.steampowered.com/app/638970/Yakuza_0/

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        June 11, 2018 5:13 PM

        Lost pants are my calling in life.

        Btw, I think 0 seems to be the most well-liked of the bunch. 6 seems to have faltered somehow, despite having newer technology.

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          June 11, 2018 5:15 PM

          I'm currently playing through 0 and it is delicious. The only other that I played was 4, which was also amazing.

          What I've heard from other fans is that 0, 3 (uncut--it was edited for the US), and 4 are the best in the series.

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            June 11, 2018 5:16 PM

            0 is the best Yakuza game.

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              June 11, 2018 5:19 PM

              So far (chapter 7) I like the story in 4 better, but only barely. The gameplay is about even, but the side stuff in 0 is more fun. Hard to go wrong with either, but since 0 is what's there, assuming it's a good port (and Sega is usually good about that), it's a confident purchase for the curious. If you have any love of good crime drama or open world activity simulators, it's a lock.

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                June 11, 2018 5:27 PM

                You've maybe seen 1/3rd of the total betrayals.

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      June 11, 2018 5:33 PM

      Shining... Resonance?

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      June 11, 2018 5:39 PM

      hmm should be clear that it's Valkyria Chronicles 4, since the first one is already on PC