The Yakuza franchise is heralded by many followers as Sega’s greatest RPG franchise.
Whereas I can’t attest to this as a newcomer to the sequence, if the opposite Yakuza video games are wherever close to nearly as good as Like A Dragon, then I can see why.
All through my roughly 80 hour lengthy playthrough, I used to be handled to among the most gratifying characters, story, gameplay, and self-aware humor that had me coming again for extra.
LIKE A DRAGON
Despatched to jail for over a decade and a half for against the law he didn’t commit, Ichiban Kasuga makes an attempt to rejoin society with nothing however the garments on his again. His former mentor disowning him and making an attempt to determine how society works after being locked away for therefore lengthy makes for a fantastic hook to reel you in for this 60+ hour journey.
LIKE A PHOENIX
Nevertheless, being shot within the chest, thrown right into a rubbish heap, and waking up with no cash isn’t going to cease our boy Ichiban from climbing the ladder to make it to the highest of society.
Like A Dragon incorporates a distinctive mixture of Flip-based Fight, social hyperlinks to max out that may result in unlocking hidden areas and dialogue selections, mini-games, a quasi-realistic story, and only a trace of Slice-of-life magic.
By no means one to sacrifice gameplay for Story or Vice versa, Like A Dragon encourages you to get to know your teammates by way of many various social settings. Doing so will unlock optionally available cutscenes that can fill you with extra of stated teammate’s backstory.
It should additionally enhance your bond with them that can assist you to unlock new abilities and new job courses for these characters.
Every job class gives its personal distinctive set of abilities that sure characters can use throughout and outdoors battle.
The battles on this title are turn-based, making this the primary sport within the franchise to not have real-time fight. Nevertheless, some components of the fight system reward you for paying consideration to what’s round you, so it’s not a typical turn-based RPG.
LIKE A TURN-BASED RPG
A lot of your characters’ assaults require you to carry out on-screen button presses to maximise their full potential.
When an assault knocks an enemy down, you’ll deal further harm for those who can attain them in time with one other assault from one among your social gathering members. Moreover, once you command one among your characters to assault an enemy, and there’s an merchandise close by, the character will choose up the merchandise and assault your opponent.
Whereas it might not appear to be a lot, it does do one thing to make it stand out from the standard norm of turn-based battles.
There’s additionally a gear improve characteristic that permits you to create new weapons and armor and improve your present weapons and armor by going to a weaponsmith and mixing uncommon objects that you simply’ve collected all through your journey to strengthen your gear additional.
LIKE A PLAYGROUND
Like A Dragon is excess of merely a turn-based RPG set in a metropolis; it options dozens of hours of facet actions, a few of which can even support you in fight.
You’ll be able to take part in go-cart occasions, golf, and baseball mini-games, in addition to some traditional Sega Arcade video games, and even a on line casino. All of which gives you the flexibility to unlock objects that may both be utilized in battle or advance your relationships with different social gathering members.
There are additionally dozens of facet quests that you will discover all through town that may vary from humorous to severe.
This helps add to the slice-of-life nature of the sport’s story.
I may spend hours looking town for uncommon objects that I may use to improve my gear and commerce for different uncommon objects.
Whereas it might be just a little annoying to need to grind for some time to get sure objects both by preventing the identical enemies repeatedly or by going to particular spots on a map, the payout is greater than price it, in my view.
LIKE A BOSS
My private favourite facet exercise in Like A Dragon was the enterprise administration facet quest. You begin off because the proprietor of a sweatshop, and thru investments, and arduous work, you’ll be able to finally grow to be the proprietor of a high firm. It took me seven hours of sport time to grow to be the very best enterprise proprietor within the metropolis. The truth that I can take such a very long time to give attention to one facet quest is a testomony to this sport’s endurance.
My solely nitpick is that once you play this mode, you’ll be able to unlock a bonus character that can be part of your social gathering,
nonetheless, she isn’t in any of the numerous story cutscenes. It seems like a rush job that the devs couldn’t have developed barely totally different cutscenes to characteristic her for individuals who labored arduous to unlock her as a celebration member.
That stated, I did benefit from the story, and the characters have been nicely developed and enjoyable to get to know on a private stage.
LIKE A PARODY
The sport options self-aware humor that’s carried out proper and reveals that the devs really cared about creating a singular expertise.
Nevertheless, not like SEGA’s different property that depends on being self-aware as a promoting level *Cough Sonic The Hedgehog Cough*
Yakuza: Like A Dragon finds enjoyable methods to play off of its RPG base with out coming throughout as an adjunct as every thing feels crafted to cater to the story and gameplay, not only a supplementary guidelines.
LIKE SHENMUE BUT GOOD
Somebody as soon as stated that Shenmue crawled in order that Yakuza may run. If that’s true, then Like A Dragon is the Usain Bolt of the sequence. There’s a lot to like and uncover within the sport’s 50 to 70-hour major story.
Prime this off with a brand new sport plus mode, and you’ve got an RPG that I can simply see being performed for tons of of hours.