Hokuto ga Gotoku details battle system - Gematsu
Hokuto ga Gotoku details battle system
posted on 12.21.17 at 10:59 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Defeat enemies with Pressure Point Action.

Sega has updated the Hokuto ga Gotoku official website with first official information and screenshots on the game’s battle system.

Get the details below.

■ Battle

With the new “Hokuto” battles offered by Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, you can enjoy a new type of action centered on “Pressure Points,” which are representative of the Hokuto Shinken martial arts style. The action of Hokuto ga Gotoku is a fusion of the action from the Yakuza series, which has sold more than 9.5 million copies, and the Hokuto Shinken martial arts style.

This is Hokuto Shinken! Hit the Enemy with Pressure Point Action

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

The exhilarating action of the Yakuza series—defeating enemies with a variety of techniques unleashed through simple controls—returns in Hokuto ga Gotoku. But with the addition of Kenshiro as the protagonist, battles feel completely new, from battle taste to enemy reactions.

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Speaking of Hokuto Shinken, “Pressure Point Action” is the key to victory in Hokuto ga Gotoku. Some enemies can be defeated easily with Kenshiro’s combos, but you can get through battles more efficiently by utilizing pressure points and, more particularly, Hokuto Shinken ougi (secret techniques).

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

The overwhelmingly popular Hokuto Hyakuretsuken technique, ougi used against powerful enemies in the manga, and ougi that counter against enemy attacks are being prepared for the game, allowing players to completely immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a Hokuto Shinken successor.

In addition to that, you can also use ougi created just for Hokuto ga Gotoku. Enjoy the actions of an all-new Kenshiro!

Just Pressure Points: The Essence of Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku features a system called “Just Pressure Point” where you can deal big damage by striking pressure points with good timing. When you get the hang of it, you can skillfully defeat the scoundrels that attack you, but there is more to it than that. If you succeed at pulling off a Just Pressure Point, the letters of the enemy’s death cry will manifest. Those letters will change into items with various effects, including a weapon you can use to strike the enemy.

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There is also an element called “Abeshi Collection” where you can collect enemy death cries. Be sure to defeat enemies in various locations and collect their death cries.

Mow Down Enemies with a Violent and Overwhelming “Burst”

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Your “Shichisei Gauge” (Big Dipper Gauge), which is modeled after the Big Dipper, will build up as you defeat enemies. You can build up the gauge efficiently through the use of ougi and Just Pressure Points, and activating the gauge will enter Kenshiro into a “Burst” state that rapidly increases his abilities.

The Burst state unlocks the fighting spirit hidden within Kenshiro and temporarily powers him up. In the Burst state, Kenshiro can jump high up to evade attacks and follow up with attacks. By growing, you can also mow down a crowd of enemies all at once.

Play a Lot to Unlock Abilities

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

Hokuto ga Gotoku

By using “Destiny Gems,” which are obtained through various means, Kenshiro can unlock his hidden abilities as a successor. Since abilities are divided into four major elements, you can select which element to unlock each time and develop a Kenshiro all your own.

There are also abilities marked as “sealed.” While progressing through the story and fighting against familiar characters, you will be able to learn new techniques.

Use the Powers of Various Other Character with “Zodiac Talismans”

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Hokuto ga Gotoku

“Zodiac Talismans” are items that enable Kenshiro to use the powers of various other characters. “Talismans” have the experiences of various characters within them, and have different activation conditions and effects depending on the character.

For example:

  • Lin’s Talisman: Revives Kenshiro when he runs out of HP.
  • Shin’s Talisman: Increases the amount the Shichisei Gauge fills with standard attacks for a certain amount of time.
  • Raoh’s Talisman: Triggers the “Tensho Honrestu” ougi.

Since there are amulet that exhibit effects useful outside of battle, be sure to gradually collect them all.

Hokuto ga Gotoku is due out for PlayStation 4 on March 8 in Japan in standard and “Century’s End Premium” editions.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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