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February 22, 2011 // 3:48 pm - Sega of America's Assistant Community Manager Aaron Webber has shared a video announcing the Yakuza 4 PS3 demo is going live on PlayStation Network today.

To quote: That one guy from SEGA is back again, here to talk all things Yakuza 4, answer your questions in the comments, and remind you of one very important thing: The free Yakuza 4 demo is going live on PSN today!

If you've never played the Yakuza series before, I highly recommend you download the demo and give it a whirl. Today's demo is built around brawling, and in it you'll get to play as all four unique characters in the game.

Oh, and if you're glowing blue and you see the triangle button appear, make sure to press it - those are called HEAT actions, and they're both brutal and pretty amazing.

Also, hidden tip - we've equipped each character with a special weapon to use! Tap down on the d-pad to equip a weapon, and you'll find yourself armed with everything from nunchucks to spears to katanas. Kazuma Kiryu, the final character in the demo, also comes equipped with all three for you to try out.

If you own a PS3, you owe it to yourself to see why this series is exclusive to the console. And there's even more good news: following the great positive support from fans who picked up Yakuza 3 last year, we've made a massive effort to include as much content in the game as possible this time - which means that you've got hours upon hours of bonus side-content and mini-games added in.

Like Hostess Clubs? Worry not - we've got 'em. Pachinko? Check. Baseball, bowling, a date at the hot springs, massage parlors, table tennis in kimonos - it's all here.

Yakuza 4 is much more than just brawling, though we hope you'll really enjoy just how deep the combat is within the demo. You can experience everything the game has to offer firsthand soon, on March 15th! (Our friends over at Gamestop also have a shiny Hostess premium theme if you support the game by pre-ordering!)

As always, thanks to you guys for supporting series like Yakuza and Valkyria Chronicles.

Video: Yakuza 4 PS3 Demo is Live on PlayStation Network Today

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#3 - Denida - February 23, 2011 // 9:20 pm
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Looks very promising, a very short demo though unfortunately...

#2 - Zentsuken - February 23, 2011 // 3:43 pm
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Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 was great, too bad they slimmed down various of the things in the version of Yakuza 3.

But Yakuza 4 is said to be intact, nothing removed. Can't wait till this hits stores.

#1 - nova12 - February 22, 2011 // 7:55 pm
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Been a fan of the series since its debut on PS2. Haven't gotten the chance to play the PS3 versions yet, but I think now is a good time to get both Yakuza 3 and 4 (when it hits stores)