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As Though a Dragon 4:
Successor of the Legend
龍が如く4 伝説を継ぐもの
Yakuza 4 cover temp.jpg
Japanese boxart
Developer(s) CS1 Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Toshihiro Nagoshi (producer)
Composer(s) See Soundtrack
Series Yakuza
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) JP March 18, 2010[1]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) CERO: D
Media Blu-ray Disc
Input methods Gamepad

As Though a Dragon 4: Successor of the Legend (龍が如く4 伝説を継ぐもの "Ryū ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu wo Tsugumono"?), is a video game developed and published by Sega exclusively for the PlayStation 3[2]. The game was announced on July 24, 2009[3]. A promotion video was presented at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show[4] and a preview presenting the main story was released on January 13, 2010[5].

The game is the sequel to Yakuza 3 and was released on March 18, 2010 only in Japan. A playable demo will be available in the Japanese PlayStation Store on March 5, 2010[6].





Yakuza series story chronology

Yakuza / Movie Version
Yakuza 2
Yakuza 3
Yakuza 4

As with the original game, most of the action takes place in Kamurocho (a.k.a. Kamuro City), a fictionalized yet realistic recreation of Tokyo Shinjuku's red-light district Kabukicho.

Three new locations are added since Kamurocho gets a vertical expansion called Rooftop (屋上, okujou) which is made up of building roofs; there is also Kamurocho's back, a brand new area known as Rujiura (路地裏) and a third area expansion named Underground (地下, chiki) for it includes city sewers, parking lot and shopping arcades[7].


There are three new main protagonists alongside Kazuma Kiryu who is the main character since the original Yakuza game. These are Masayoshi Tanimura, Shun Akiyama and Taiga Saejima. These teammates have a connected story through the game with each other and Kiryu himself.

Other new characters include a Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department detective called Junji Sugioshi (Kenichi Endou), a Tojo Clan yakuza called Hiroaki Arai (Ikki Sawamura), a high rank police officer called Seishirou Munakata (Kinya Kitaoji) and a woman called LiLi (Majyu Ozawa).

Returning characters are Takeshi Kido (Kenta Kiritani) as well as Haruka Sawamura, Goro Majima, Daigo Dojima and Goh Hamazaki.


Adventure Mode

Added gameplay elements hinted by the early official screenshots include the control and management of a four-character team each one gets his own abilities and fighting techniques[8] instead of a single playable character; real-time weather conditions such as rain and dawn.

New mini-game (re-)entries are pachinko, harbour fishing, table tennis, hanafuda, onsen bath, romancing two cabaret girls at a time and karaoke duet.

Battle Mode

The game engine features an enhanced Chase Battle since it is now possible to use items as weapons during the chase sequence.



The games's main characters have their face modeled in 3D, through Cyberware's head & face color 3D scanner (model PS)[9], after their seiyu actors who are Japanese celebrities.

Event Mode uses Magical V-Engine.


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The theme song is called Butterfly City and is sung by Japanese hip hop music artist Zeebra featuring Ryo the Skywalker, Mummy D. (Rhymester) with a music by DJ Hasebe (a.k.a. Old Nick)[10]. The CD will be released by Ariola Japan (SME) on March 17, 2010 through a regular edition (BVCL-89) and a first print limited edition including a bonus video DVD (BVCL-87). Zeebra first collaborated with the Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! spin-off's opening theme Bushido. The video was posted on Ariola Japan's official Youtube channel which revealed that R&B singer Double had contributed vocals to the song.[11]

  • opening theme: Butterfly City feat. Ryo the Skywalker, Mummy D & Double by Zeebra


Tie in

Three new tie-in were made with real life shops, these are Watami (和民) izakaya added in Kamurocho, Cuez Bar billiards-bar and Milestone boutique both located in the newly added Rujiura area.

Trial version

A free trial version will be available for download on the Japanese PlayStation Store on March 5, 2010[6]. This demo will feature Story Mode, which comes with an updated version of Yakuza 3s shooting minigame called Boxcellios 2, and a brand new "4-type Battle Mode" which allows to play with the four characters[6]. The Trial Version's download size is 1,78GB[6].


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