In celebration of…I guess we’re calling it Yakuza Week, (rad) I figured it would be appropriate to dedicate some time to the music of the recently-released Yakuza 4. Their soundtracks have been one area that this series has always excelled in, and Yakuza 4 is certainly no exception. The adrenaline-pumping and guitar-heavy soundtrack returns, of course, as do the power balads, and let’s not forget those crazy Japanese karaoke songs. Here are some of the songs I found to be memorable in Yakuza 4, and I encourage you to post/discuss yours in the comments section below!
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As you get into fights towards the end of the game where Kazuma must face and destroy what feels like one wave of enemies after another, we start hearing this awesome new battle music that plays, uninterrupted, as you ascend one of the couple enemy-infested towers that you’ll be journeying up in Yakuza 4. I love this song because it not only features the ever-present guitar solos, but it also seems to take place in some weird sort of dance mix. Definitely unique and one of my favorites.
As those of you who have played Yakuza 4 will know, there’s actually a pretty substantial love story at the center of all the violence. Ever since Final Fantasy 10’s ending (one of my favorites) I’ve been a sucker for vocal songs in video games, and this one’s no exception. It took me a couple listens to realize it, but this ballad is actually being sung in English. Even though I can’t tell what the hell she’s singing, the song’s definitely a powerful track and it fits perfectly with the mysterious Lili, the character at the center of the game’s complex story. Not to mention the fact that they managed to work a guitar solo into this one as well.
All Yakuza games have a part where your character finds himself on the run throughout the city. It’s during these moments that the normally music-free city gets an urgent song that plays on the soundtrack. Yakuza 4’s is by far my favorite of these “urgent” songs. It’s a jazzy number that perfectly captures the feeling of the city’s nightlife and it manages to feel tense without actually losing its jazzy flavor. Check it out.
Do you like the karaoke mini-game? Course you do! Check this song out. Enough said.
Last but not least, this has to be one of my favorite battle themes in the game. It’s not as in-your-face as this series’ various battle themes can sometimes be, but I still really like it and find it both relaxing, exciting, and addictive at the same time. Actually reminds me of Monkey Ball for some reason. This song always inspired me to beat the crap out of the enemies who tried to challenge my characters.