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The upcoming action-adventure title Yakuza 0 has just received its rating from the ESRB.

The game is a prequel in the long running Yakuza series, revolving around, you guessed it, the Japanese Yakuza crime organisation.

When not absorbed in its heavy narrative, or kicking butt with the combat system, you will be able to take advantage of the vast array of features found within the open world.


The ESRB has rated the title with a Mature rating, which probably should have been expected. Alongside intense violence and swearing, the rating summary mentions things such as being able to visit parlours and flirt with women over the phone – one of the many open world activities you have access to.

However, it was noticed that the summary was missing a wide array of other titillating activities that you can take part in.


For example, there is no mention of the gravure idol movies that you can watch. This feature allows you to visit a shady adult movie store, pick a girl of your liking and then watch a real life movie of her acting all provocatively.

Something else that hasn’t been mentioned is the whole cat fighting minigame. This plays out something like rock, paper, scissors – except with bikini-clad babes battling it out in the background.


Some of the previous games in the series are known for making cuts during the localisation process. For example, Yakuza 3 completely removed features such as a massage parlour minigame, as well as lots of content based on hostess clubs. Sega has explained that these decisions were not due to censorship but because of things like time and license issues.

Due to this, Censored Gaming reached out to Sega spokesperson John Hardin for clarification on whether the Western release will be missing any features.

Hardin has been able to confirm that not only will the mentioned activities be present, but that there have been absolute no cuts to any of the gameplay features.

Don’t worry, those are still gonna be in the western release. Production has confirmed that no gameplay features like that have been cut. Actually, our demo at E3 and GameStop Expo included the scene where you have to train the BDSM mistress. (Though in fairness, that scene winds up being a bit more comedic than sexy, but you get the picture.) Yakuza 0’s Kamurocho and Sotenbori are as raw as ever.

Yakuza 0 will be coming to the both North America and Europe January 24th exclusive to PlayStation 4.

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