I never updated the OP for Judgement or Yakuza 7. But they're rad. Someone who's not lazy can do a new thread and I wouldn't mind.
Welcome to the brand new and updated Yakuza thread. And welcome to any and all newcomers. Yes, you can start with 0. Yes, it's a prequel band the start of the overall story. And welcome to the best damn video game series that Sega has ever released. It's about damn time you joined us.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLD74kWXUKE
But don't just take our word for it:Metacritic: 85
(Your one-stop review shop.)The Jimquisition - 9.5/10
(Good review from newbie to the series.)
Polygon - 8/10
If Yakuza‘s always been this magnificent, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and a lot of “friends” to chew out for not recommending it to me sooner.
Eurogame - Recommended
I wasn't expecting to leave Yakuza 0 with a deep emotional connection to a character who shrieks and beats people with a baseball bat.
Hell, even The Verge wrote about its praises.
Yakuza's greatest asset is its heart. Its tough side is counterbalanced by a disarming tenderness: its side quests are almost exclusively about helping others in need, and its narrative focuses on the honour of fighting for the people you love and the causes you believe in. And when action rather than compassion is required, it provides the context to let you break faces without feeling too guilty about it - pitting you against a bunch of hateful bastards, piling on even more reasons to hate them, and then letting you enjoy delivering justice in cathartically brutal fashion.
They don’t make games like this anymore
Yakuza 0 sets the stage for the entire series, taking place in December of 1988 during the decade of overindulgence where money flew. Here we see the beginnings of series lead Kazuma Kiryu and series rotating foil and ally Goro Majima in their early days as you play through a narrative that switches back and forth between their two cities and trials. For newcomers, it's the perfect introduction. For veterans, it's just another fantastic new game in the series we've all been in love with for over a decade.
For the uninitiated that still have their pinkies attached, the Yakuza series is the spiritual successor to Shenmue, mixed with the most brutal and visceral Streets of Rage style combat in 3D, taking place in huge city sets with ridiculous amounts of content and mini-games, set to the tune of over the top dramatic soap opera worthy Yakuza drama. Hostess will be dated. Tigers will be punched in the face. Armed gunman will be taken out with every single incidental weapon available as if you're in a Jackie Chan movie, only more painful and brutal. Manly friendships will be vindicated over sweat and blood. And men will scream about honor while shirtless fighting on the tallest roof in the city.
But the series is also filled to the brim with delightful humor. Outside the main story with its over the top drama and, main characters you want to cheer for, and truly detestable villains you love to hate... the series has some of the weirdest and wackiest sidequets and side stories you'll see in a video game series. Prepare to laugh as often as you cheer.It's even been well reviewed by actual Yakuza.
Welcome to Like a Dragon. Enjoy your stay.