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Yakuza (7): Like A Dragon [SeriesX/PS5/XB1/PS4/PC] - Late 2020


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Not sure I have enough years left in my life to make time for the existing games in the series that I've still to play, but the first full trailer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the first in the series pursuing a new characters and storyline, debuted at TGS:

 

 

 

Combat will now be of a turn-based RPG variety.

 

Hits PS4 in Japan in January and the West sometime later in 2020. No PC release announced yet, but it's probably going to happen at some point.

 

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This was under the Christmas tree. It's a slow start with the first two chapters being extended intros to the characters, their stories + their world. Chapter 3 kicks it all into gear. It's another Yakuza game with the same "world" experiences + structure, but with a dramatically different set of protagonists to the usual Yakuza cast + turning the typical Yakuza combat into a turn based RPG-like system is just fun, that's really pulling me in. 

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I’m definitely grabbing this once the PS5 upgrade shows up. I’d have it now but no point since they’re currently saying no to cross-saves between PS versions.

 

Turn based Yakuza sounds absolutely perfect to me; I love the series’ aesthetic and plethora of stuff and the combat is the one thing I can actually take or leave.

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On 12/25/2020 at 10:06 PM, Mark E said:

I’m definitely grabbing this once the PS5 upgrade shows up. I’d have it now but no point since they’re currently saying no to cross-saves between PS versions.

 

Turn based Yakuza sounds absolutely perfect to me; I love the series’ aesthetic and plethora of stuff and the combat is the one thing I can actually take or leave.

 

It's really flippin' good. I'm well past the point where it gets "wacky" in combat, I have my first full party of 4, the job system + crafting mechanic just opened up (in chapter 5, hours in), and the story's got lots of fun twists + turns. "REM Ram", where I'm button matching to make sure ram headed sleep demons don't make me nod off in a classic film cinema, is my new favourite mini-game, ever maybe. 

 

It's not just the combat system change - the cast of characters is dramatically different to most of the Yakuza games and the story leans into their relationships in a big way that's really refreshing as a middle aged guy. Representation! ;) 

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Got stuck at the first real challenging boss fight for ever it felt like

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A big giant construction crane. I love this game. 

 

. Finally past it after some grinding + going through the dungeon - dungeon boss was a big giant Nope in difficulty, but thankfully there's a way out before it. Big giant story dumps + team changes.... And loving it again... 

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