Capturing the Essence of Yakuza 5: Unleash your photography skills in the diverse and layered world of the game.

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Yakuza 5 Photography Tips

Yakuza 5 is the fifth main entry in the series, but it’s also one of the most layered and diverse. The game draws inspiration from Shenmue, but carries it to an even grander scale.

Early in the game you’ll meet a man who works for the tourism board on Nagasugawa Street South. He asks you to take photos of prominent viewpoints in the game’s cities.

Wandering Around

Taking place in five cities across Japan, Yakuza 5 follows five protagonists who were once part of the underworld. Now they’re trying to move on with their lives, but they find themselves dragged back into it by a series of events. Having to rely on their fighting, driving, gambling and shooting skills, they get pulled back into the seedy underworld of the yakuza and must use their old skills to survive.

Yakuza 5 is packed full of substories and activities to keep players occupied, including a tourist spot photography mission where you can visit each city’s top five locations and take photos for rewards. A clumsy stalker task, another where you trail a criminal, and Kiryu’s taxi driving missions are also included in the mix.

Training from hell, where players must fight masters who are a greater challenge than regular enemies, returns for the first time since Yakuza 4. The Okinawan weapons expert from 3 is back, as well as Saigo who puts Akiyama though even more brutal training.

Borrowing a Camera

In contrast to the more claustrophobic, strict combat and dialogue sections of prior Yakuza games, “Yakuza 5” is chock full of substories and minigames. Among them is the tourist spot photography activity that is available right from the start of the game.

Shigeki Baba (Shunsuke Daito) reveals to Kiryu that Majima faked his death and is trying to lure out the real mastermind, Chairman Kurosawa of the Omi Alliance. Upon this news, Kiryu and Saejima join forces with Watase, the captain of Omi Alliance, to fight back.

To take a picture, approach the Tourist Bureau member located on Bishamon Bridge and say “Jie riWu noYi Yan rehu Borrowed Camera”. He will give you a camera to borrow. Once you are close to the relevant viewpoint, press O (Japanese settings) or X (NA / EU settings) to take the photo. You can repeat this as many times as you want. It takes up about thirty minutes or so to complete.

Taking a Photo

One of the best things about Yakuza 5 is that it’s utterly packed with substories and minigames to keep you entertained during its massive 80-hour story mode. From taxi driving and gambling to tourist spot photography, there’s plenty to do outside of the main story.

To enter photo mode, simply press up on the d-pad (or the A button on Xbox controllers) when you’re near something worth snapping a picture of. This will instantly enter you into a first-person view-finding mode that’s easy to use to get the pictures you want.

When you’re done, just tap the Square or X button to apply filters or decorations to your photos. Filters currently include Normal, Sepia, Toy and Monochrome. Decorations let you give your pictures a silly look, with options including Pig ears and snouts; Cat ears and noses; Monkey ears and noses and a scary person’s goatee and glasses. All of this is free to enjoy and doesn’t interfere with the main game.


Print Screen (PrtScn) is a key function that allows you to capture an image of your computer’s display. You can then paste this image into documents or other programs. It’s a very useful tool, whether you’re writing tutorials for others or want to keep souvenirs of your gaming high scores.

You can take a screenshot by pressing the ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard (or the ‘PrtScn’ key on some laptops). Pressing this button will place a snapshot of your screen on your clipboard. This will allow you to use it in any program that supports pasting an image.

Gadwin PrintScreen Professional combines screen capture power with advanced image editing and annotation tools. You can select the exact part of your screen that you’d like to preserve using rectangle, ellipsis and freehand selection tools. You can also add arrows, lines and text boxes for marking important parts of the image. There are six different image formats to choose from, each of which can be resized.

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