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Topic: Yakuza Goes Full RPG In The Wild And Brilliant Yakuza: Like ...
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 7541
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Having played through quite a large slice of the upcoming Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PC (it's also an Xbox Series X launch title) it's safe to say that the transition to turn-based RPG (ala Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest) is a decision that will go down in history. As one that added perhaps the secret ingredient needed to create one of the best Yakuza games to date.

Even though the turn-based nature of encounters are simple, to the point of repetition ala getting sucked into a fight every few steps as found in many a JRPG from the ‘90s - it serves as the glue to hold together.

Like a Dragon is a Yakuza experience and game that feels more cohesive and less disparate than ever before. Which is a weird thing to say, but the whole RPG angle makes every mini-game, each strange encounter, each “dungeon” of hallways and fights, feel like a piece of a larger videogame whole. Having a cool Jazz bar as a hub to unwind and get to know your party - whilst also partaking in a little karaoke - is a brilliant touch. And one that keeps with the series’ tradition of leaning into story at almost every turn. This is perhaps the game’s secret weapon, Yakuza: Like A Dragon isn’t over the top for the sake of being over the top - it’s all grounded by characters you can empathise with and stories that are, well, sweet. Even the tale about an S&M customer yearning for pain ends up being touching.

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Hunter
Posts: 109
Location: Australian Capital Territory

Odd it is only PS4 and not PS5 until Match 2021 - is this a timed "next-gen" exclusive or did they need more time to get the PS5 version completed?
BladeRunner
Posts: 3054
Location: Queensland

I saw a video of it and it looked interesting. Ive not played a yakuza game since the PS3 and I don't even remember anything about it lol. It's going to have Denuvo DRM on it which is not great though.
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