Yakuza Games Catch All


Rezzy wrote:

Yakuza 0 is currently $4.39 on Fanatical and having never played a Yakuza game I am both tempted and weary.



Go for it. Set it to easy if you get tired of working the combat system, but the stories are fun and so are the umpteen side activities.

... Yeeah. Pretty sure this game and I are going to have a good time together. Thanks for the encouragement! Playing mouse and keyboard at the moment but getting the feeling that controller might be easier for moving between combat poses.

Finished 5. As far as differing content I've never played a game like it. It's like 5 games in one. Very enjoyable if you can ignore the tedious by now problematic elements that sadly dog all Yakuza games. I loved playing as a pop idol.

As far as story goes......lets just say the journey is more fun than the destination.

When I got to the final boss I was like...


what? Who's that?......Oh that guy? Huh. The big bad even admits he has no idea why he is there in a cut scene.

Just had a super weird bug in YK. In the bowling game, putting spin on the ball just... stopped working. Neither I or the opponent could spin the ball at all. I figure restarting the game should fix it but haven't tried yet. I think it might have been caused by switching from controller to KB and back again, but it's still really weird that the computer opponent would be unable to spin as well.

It made the game easier because I could compensate for a bad direction while I think the CPU opponent relies on spin as part of its game.

Just started 6 and the jump in gameplay is huge. Save anywhere. Being able to jump over obstacles in the streets. No pauses when entering most buildings. Being able to add waypoints on the map. I can see why they chose this engine for 0.

Chapter 2 and I've already had several "WTF am I playing?!" moments.
Last night I was crushing zombies to allow a *wink wink* Michael Jackson clone to Moonwalk along a street while *wink wink* Stephen Spielberg records a music video. That mission interrupted me running to all the convenience stores to shop for specific types of booze for a group of homeless entrepreneurs. Then I beat some juveniles with a motorcycle until the money fell out.

Trying to balance my urge to just keep running through the streets harvesting thugs and pushing forward to unlock more mechanics.

Just hit chapter 4 in Like a Dragon. Went from being reallly annoyed with Ichiban to kinda loving the guy. Are all the games this good at laying out their stories?



Pocket Circut Fighter got old!

The official Judgment Twitter has been posting video clips that appear to be unrelated to the original Judgment game. As such, belief that there will be a sequel announced on May 7th has increased.

Here's a compilation of the clips (which seem to be without sound):

So in today’s session of Like a Dragon, I got the “Pokeman” game and the “Poundtown” ability. God I am loving this.

Still playing 6. I've been looking everywhere for the last 2 mystery drinks but no luck so far.

Babies, man.


This game is so insane and I love it.

Just Platinumed Kiwami this afternoon, gonna give Judgement a shot. Legendary mode was so much nicer than Zero, since you can play it in NG+ and have the Tiger Drop and Golden Pistol from the start, plus items that never let your heat drop. That car chase was still a bitch, though. Failing the chase and it causing me to have to restart the entire chapter and suffer through 3 big, annoying fights about 20 times was just bad design.

Lost Judgment confirmed for September 24th, 2021 for PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

You can see some additional gameplay in the full "Judgment Day" promotion, where Yagami seems to have gotten some upgrades. There's (far more?) parkour going on, he's able to kick litter at the heads of those he gives chase to, there are distraction options in stealth modes, and he gets an additional Snek combat style. As the story will take him under cover to a high school, he'll also get to participate in Robot Wars competitions, boxing, and, of course, leading a bunch of high school girls in dance choreography practice.

Didn't get to watch the full video, so I dunno what the Q&A session covered. It has been confirmed that the mainline Yakuza series shall continue to be a turn-based RPG from now on, or (and this part is my assumption) as long as Ichiban is the protagonist. As such, Judgment continues the more traditional action-based gameplay of the franchise.

Am hype.

The Yakuza Series Will Remain a Turn-Based RPG Series Going Forward

Ryu ga Gotoku Studios has officially announced Lost Judgment today, a sequel to its action-mystery 2018 title. For fans who miss Ryu ga Gotoku’s action-style, Judgment will be the franchise that carries that torch as Yakuza transitions into a turn-based RPG.
In an interview with IGN ahead of today’s reveal Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa confirmed that Judgment will be Ryu ga Gotoku’s action series pillar, while Yakuza evolves into a turn-based RPG after the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Just beat Yakuza 0. I enjoyed it but with some big issues. The combat was pretty mediocre. And the ending was well awful. I'm probably a minority in that view. But the finale chapter was just bad. Like it was made by committee then welded onto the first game.

Had good fun otherwise.