Yakuza 4 Trophy Guide. Difficulty: *** A third-person action title in an open-world and a direct sequel to the 2009 Yakuza 3. While three full playthroughs are required, the lack of a mini-game completion trophy marks this Platinum as slightly easier than its predecessor.
Yakuza 4, known in Japan as Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono (Like a Dragon 4: Successor of the Legend) is a third-person open-world action game, similar in style to the Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row series, and is a direct sequel to the 2009 title Yakuza 3. Like other games in the series, Yakuza 4 takes place mainly in the fictional district of Tokyo named Kamurocho, based on the real location Kabukicho. Aside from the main storyline, players switch between different characters to perform unique side-quests and goals. The game also includes several mini-games, including pachinko, karaoke, mahjong, table tennis, hanafuda, as well as fishing and visiting hot springs.
Taing place one year following the events of Yakuza 3, a man is found dead within the Tojo Clan's territory. After a small group from the Tojo Clan attempt to investigate, their leader is found stabbed to death. These events start a chain reaction that will see four men compete in a heated battle for power, status, and honor.
Yakuza 4 received high praise in Japan and fairly positive reviews overseas, with an average score of 84% worldwide. The game was praised for its plentiful amount of activities, and its graphics, though criticized by some Western critics for its repetitive battles and the presentation's lack of updates.
Since there is no mini-game completion trophy, Yakuza 4 is certainly easier than its predecessor, Yakuza 3. Also, some of the boss battles and Ultimate Challenges aren't as tough, either. Players who have completed the previous game will probably find Yakuza 4 a walk in the park, in comparison. However, there is still a lot to do, as well as some trophies that require both skill and luck, which warrants the game a low 3-star rating. Also, three full playthroughs are required.
Expect roughly 70-90 hours of gameplay for the Platinum, and perhaps more if you need to learn the rules of some mini-games, such as Mahjong or Pachinko.
You'll need to play through the game three times on your route to the platinum. One time on Normal in order to unlock the Indomitable trophy, another playthrough on Hard in order to unlock the Ex-Hard mode, and then again on Ex-Hard to unlock the Heir To The Legend trophy. Though its up to you which mode to begin on, we recommend - particularly if this is your first time playing a game in the Yakuza series - beginning with your Normal run.
There are only two missable trophies. Indomitable requires you to play a full game on Normal without reverting to Easy. (This trophy cannot be unlocked on Hard mode) While playing on Normal, if you fail or die several times, you'll be given the option to switch to Easy mode. Do NOT revert the game, and you should unlock Indomitable at the end of your Normal playthrough.
The other is the Fashionista trophy, which requires you to purchase one of each outfit type for the hostess. This cannot be done once the hostess has reached the No. 1 rank, so just make sure to unlock this trophy before that happens.
Otherwise, after completing each playthrough, you will enter a free-roam stage where you can mop-up all the other trophies. We recommend doing this all one one playthrough, leaving your second and third playthrough to simply focus on completing the story. Be sure to check out the Yakuza 4 trophy guide links under our Links tab to see which trophies you still need and what the requirements are.
awritingdog has a detailed, text-based Walkthrough here:
IGN has a Walkthrough here:
And a text-based Walkthrough for the Japanese version, by Patrick Coffman:
BreadSkin and yewjhin have a great Trophy Guide here:
And a great Trophy Guide created by trophybot:
And a detailed, text-based Trophy Guide by barticle:
Here's a Substory Guide by BreadSkin:
An Ultimate Challenge Guide by xRicexCakex:
And a Challenges List by BreadSkin:
Finally, here's a basic Trophy List: