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the beauty of the underworld [FW Labs]

Yakuza Like A Dragon finally arrived on this side of the world and we can tell you that it is worth it, continue reading to find out everything.

Yakuza Like A Dragon is known in Japan as Yakuza 7 and marks a new beginning in the franchise, for the first time in history in which Kazuma Kiryu is not the protagonist and, in addition, it is the first time that we can see a completely different style of play.

Added to all that, the game only takes place in Kamurocho for a few times in history, but I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but don’t blame me, there’s so much to talk about this game that it’s hard to know where to start.

Gameplay

Basically from the start, the game makes it very clear that it takes inspiration from the Dragon Quest franchise, and literally says so, Well, the main character is a big fan of that series of Japanese RPG games.

Here the combats will no longer be in real time, but we will enter combat as If it were a typical RPG, because here everything must take turns to beat the opposite team.

You will also find certain clichés that are taken up in a comical way and adapted to the modern age. The weapons stores can be Sex Shops, where you can find very varied « weapons » and « armor ». Added to that, each fight will give your party experience to level up and various items, as well as money.

Since this RPG takes place during 2019, here we can find recent technology such as smartphones and their applications that will allow us to approach this world in different ways. One of them, and one of the most striking is being able to « invoke » the help of mercenaries to eliminate your enemies.

One of those apps is a « Sugidex » that literally acts like a Pokédex of the Pokémon franchise, only here you can register the enemies you have already defeated, it is not necessary to capture them. In fact, The mission to obtain this app involves talking to a teacher who has decided to investigate the Sugimon and asks for your help to achieve that goal.

But not everything is completely based on the battles you will have throughout the entire title, But there are a huge number of secondary activities that will make your experience in the different districts of Japan very fun.

Activities and people

The maps here are huge and it is best to try to move around the map using the different taxis that you find out there, as well as being able to call one when you need it through your cell phone. Sure, this has an additional cost, but it can save you time and effort if you need to get somewhere faster.

You can also find material to create weapons, pawn shops to buy and sell items for your adventure and restaurants where the combination of foods you make will give a different bonus to your team in battle, in addition to that it will help strengthen their bonds of brotherhood.

You can buy drinks in the different vending machines that you find throughout the game or even, look for things underneath to see if you find money or valuables that someone has lost.

There really are so many things to do in the game that I would never finish listing everything, because you can drive karts, pick up trash for money, go to the movies and try not to fall asleep, play Majong for money, go to the arcades to try out classic Sega titles and even go to school, where you can take tests that will raise your statistics for charisma, intelligence and other.

Obviously you must do all of this as you progress through the game and defeat main and secondary missions, which can lead you to investigate « dungeons » full of enemies, treasures and final bosses.

Hanging out at the bar also has its benefits, because apart from getting drunk it can help you in combat (or hurt you too) you can sing karaoke and get to know your team members more, which increases their support during battles.

Sincerely hang out knowing the city is like going on a trip from your own console.

History

The Yakuza series is well known for its great stories, endearing characters, very Japanese humor, and wacky battles. All this lor you will find in this installment, with the peculiarity that you do not need to have played the previous games to understand this.

Yes, there are references to the events of Yakuza 6 and earlier, but they are minor and do not have a great weight in the development of Ichiban Kasuga, the new protagonist of the franchise.

I will try not to ruin the story for anyone, so I can only say that it is almost like watching an anime. Characters feel real and well developed, plus there are great plot twists and cliffhangers that will blow your mind..

Everything is like watching an organized crime movie / series in Japan, there are tragic origins, loyalty oaths, unforgettable lines, legendary cinematics, sentimental moments, great displays of heroism and an endless moment of brotherhood that will make you laugh and cry on many occasions.

Being that now you not only have a single character that goes around defeating everyone like a dragon, the interactions between your team members are really important to get to know the story and the characters in depth, what are their passions and regrets, what do they want in life and what makes them happy.

You will not be able to finish the adventure without becoming fond of all of them, well, just like in the RPGs that we love so much from Japan, the narrative plays a very important role and here we can see great masters of the narrative giving the best of themselves.

Other things to consider

Since here you no longer control Kazuma Kiryu, the protagonist of all the previous games, you will no longer feel like an almighty god that nothing and no one can hurt. Ichiban Kasuga feels much more human and, to some extent, fragile, because in addition to not having the strength of the previous protagonist, he does not have the same resources..

This is precisely what makes this game so different from all the previous ones, because Instead of earning billions of yen for each battle, here it is important to manage your money well, because it does not fall from the sky, completely changing the approach to battles and the game itself.

Still, Ichiban Kasuga is an excellent protagonist who has nothing to ask of anyone else, as his attitude to life, his passion in everything he does and his tragic story make him completely unforgettable. Besides his great imagination and his desire to become a hero like in Dragon Quest, help enemies change their appearance before entering combat and apparently only he can see the different forms of enemies during battles.

In the same way, as much as Ichiban, the Yokohama district has a great personality, as it is completely different from what we came to see with Kamurocho, and as I said before, it is not the only district in the game, but the main one in which most of the story takes place.

Visuals and audio

The city lights look amazing, whether it is day or night, the enemies are very varied and your team members are perfectly animated, with an incredible personality that can be seen in every action and felt in every word.

The audio in the game is also very good, because not only The voice performances are excellent, but it features classic songs and melodies from the series, some in their original format and others in remixes.. If you’re wondering, yes, you can find Baka Mitai at karaoke and even find song records all over town. One that I came across was Friday Night and it brought back many memories.

Even walking the streets of Kamurocho in the middle of 2019 feels like a totally new and nostalgic experience at the same time. And it is precisely that is what the game seems to point to, the nostalgia of the fans of years ago and the generational change that indisputably had to come.

Of course, you also have a photo mode where you can see the city and its inhabitants in more detail, who will pose for the camera together with you or with your classmates if you point it at them.

conclusion

I feel like I could talk even a lot more about everything this title has to offer. And yet it would not do it justice, as it is one of the most complete games of all that I have been able to play this year.

He has a personality like no other and it is impossible not to fall in love with everything you see and live in the game. Everything is done in such a way that it makes you feel things, from infinite joy to deep sadness, but always with the scoop of making you feel that you can achieve everything in life, even if things seem like they will never get better.

They just have to try it, well it’s a work of art in every way.

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