Episode 84 – Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

On XVGM Radio, we generally are pretty knowledgable about the subject matter of both game music and the game series we discuss. But what about when we’re not familiar with a franchise or its tunes? We bring in someone who’s played them all and in this circumstance that would be patron saint of video game music podcasts and leader of his own show, Alex Messenger of A VGM Journey. Together, we discuss Alex’s history with the Yakuza series as Justin and Mike experience the franchise through Alex. From misheard vocal lyrics “Can You Hungry – Just Brillo!” to Mike’s experience growing up listening to whatever his parents played in the car and of course Justin had to jokingly give Mike a hard time about a track! Come along for the trip to Japan as we chat about one of Sega’s newer yet most prominent IPs of the PS2 era and beyond! This…is a journey through the Yakuza franchise’s video game music!
Big thank you to Alex from A VGM Journey for joining us on this show! You can check out his podcast at https://anchor.fm/vgmjourney or other podcatchers!
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Intro – Yakuza 3 (PS3 – 2009) “Fly” Hideki Sakamoto, Hiroyoshi Kato, Keisuke Ito
1 – Yakuza (PS2 – 2005) “Funk Goes On” Hidenori Shoji
2 – Yakuza 5 (PS3 – 2012) “Be The Star!!” Mitsuharu Fukuyama
3 – Yakuza 4 (PS3 – 2010) “Funny” Kenichi Tokoi, Yasuhiro Takagi, Mitsuharu Fukuyama, Ryohei Kohno, Chihiro Aoki, Takahiro Kai, Yuichi Kanatani
4 – Yakuza 0 (PS3/PS4 – 2015) “Pledge of Demon” Yuri Fukuda, Chihiro Aoki, Saori Yoshida
5 – Yakuza 5 (PS3 – 2012) “Battle of Pride” Mitsuharu Fukuyama
6 – Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4 – 2017) “Ruthless Octagon” Yuri Fukuda, Chihiro Aoki, Saori Yoshida
7 – Yakuza: Like A Dragon (PS4 – 2020) “Sub Story Battle Theme” Hidenori Shoji
8 – Yakuza 3 (PS3 – 2009) “Clay Doll On The Cradle” Hideki Sakamoto, Hiroyoshi Kato, Keisuke Ito
9 – Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS4 – 2020) “Overcoming the Dragon” Hidenori Shoji

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