Yakuza 5, also known as Like a Dragon 5: He, Who Fulfills Dreams in Japan, is introducing the idea of “mentors,” teachers who the player can meet and train under to gain special abilities. Only one mentor can train the player at a time, with the player tasked with completing special challenges and missions for each teacher.
Included below are the Mentors revealed so far. Check out our Gallery below for a special look at their abilities.
Komaki: Master of an ancient Komaki-style martial art that seems to offer special moves and a glowing aura that buffs attacks.
Tendo Saekima: A huddled old man possessed by a mountain god, the player can train under him by finding his mountain shrine. He will be a formidable enemy, able to use magic to float, cause avalanches, make ice henchmen, and shoot fireballs.
Daijiro Saigo: A mercenary recently returned from the Middle East, Daijiro Saigo will offer military training by putting the player through grueling battles that involves machine guns and grenades.
Leo Ayanokoji: A 35 year old who has never worked, Ayanokoji is a self-proclaimed nobleman who gives the player weapons training in return for favors.
Tatsuya: A famous chef from a TV cooking show, Tatsuya is trying to make an original menu while researching in each city Tatsuya meets the player. The knowledge Tatsuya gives to the player can raise attributes like strength.
Doctor Minamida: The game developer behind popular arcade franchise “Inner Fighter” is being tasked with creating a portable helmet to place gamers into the virtual world of “Inner Fighter 8: Load Battle,” and needs the player’s help to complete it. Helping him will put the player into a side-scrolling world and acquire skills after defeating enemies and bosses.
Yakuza 5 is set for release in Japan Dec 6, 2012. Hopefully Western gamers won’t have to wait too long to train under mountain gods and TV chefs.
If you’re excited about this game, check out the Gallery below and let us know how you feel in the comments below. And as always, stay tuned to DualShockers.com for more Yakuza 5 news.