Wow! I didn’t see this one coming. The whole turned-based combat system really put me off and after a few hours in I wasn’t sure I could stick with it, but I’m so glad I did.
Yakuza games have always had phenomenal gameplay with intricate storylines and @rggstudiowest took a big risk changing the protagonist and gameplay model, but they totally pulled it off. The combat and leveling up can seem a little grindy and it took me right on 50 hours to finish the main campaign (with a few sidequests), but the story is brilliant! Like amazingly brilliant.
Ichiban Kasuga and his party of misfits bring so much to the franchise and I really hope we see more of them in the future. If you’re new to the world of Yakuza you could start here and not feel out of place with the storyline too. Yes there are some throwbacks but nothing that will have you scratching your head. Even if you think turn-based combat isn’t for you, give this a try, it honestly could be the game that changes your view. The story and gameplay is that good!
The next-gen upgrade comes out early next year and I’ll definitely be playing it again. Thank you to Five Star Games for the opportunity to play this amazing title.
Gaming, Pop Culture and Tech Enthusiast who has an obsession with the 90’s. I have a long running background in the IT & Audio Visual Industry, followed by substantial experience in Business Development, Sales & Digital Marketing.