Today Sega updated the official website of the upcoming Yakuza-meets-Fist of the North Star adventure game Hokuto Ga Gotoku, with a lot of screenshots and info on the battle system.
While the game retains an intuitive fighting style similar to the Yakuza series, there are several elements unique to Kenshiro, inspired by the manga and anime. This is focused in the representation of the Hokuto Shinken used by Kenshiro.
You can use the “Just Pressure Point” technique with perfect timing to cause high damage. A rather unique element is that the death cries of the enemies will turn into items with different effects, including weapons that you can turn against them. Another special feature lets you actually collect those death cries from various enemies in various locations.
The screen features a seven-star gauge shaped like the Big Dipper, and it’s filled by defeating enemies. Attacking pressure points fills it more efficiently, and when it’s full, you can enter Burst mode, increasing Kenshiro’s abilities dramatically. You can avoid enemy attacks with powerful jumps, and strike them from above. You can even defeat many at once.
Progression is done via gems that can be obtained in many different ways. They allow the player to unlock abilities in four different elements of the Hokuto Shinken school. There are sealed abilities that can be unlocked only by progressing in the story and defeating powerful enemies.
Last, but not least, special talismans allow you to use the abilities of other relevant Hokuto no Ken characters, including Raoh, Shin, and Lynn.
You can enjoy the screenshots below. If you want to see more you can also take a look at a recent trailer, a TV commercial, the beautiful cover art designed by Tetsuo Hara himself, some recent screenshots, and some gameplay from Tokyo Game Show.
The game’s Japanese release has recently been slightly delayed from February 22nd to March 8th. It’ll come exclusively for PS4.