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  • Summary: RISE LIKE A DRAGON. Become Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking yakuza grunt left on the brink of death by the man he trusted most. Take up your legendary bat and get ready to crack some underworld skulls in dynamic RPG combat set against the backdrop of modern-day Japan.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 4, 2020
    100
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon swaps out its long-running protagonist and gameplay tropes to magnificent results. The team at Sega has crafted one of the most absurd, most entertaining, and most fun JRPG I've played in years.
  2. Nov 4, 2020
    95
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a phenomenal entry into the Yakuza franchise, with an interesting new protagonist, a compelling story, and a combat system that constantly mixes things up.
  3. Nov 4, 2020
    90
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon reminded me why I loved video games to begin with. I cannot think of a game this year that has gripped me this tightly and didn’t let go. Here comes a game brimming with joy and excitement that is earnest with its drama and comedy. It’s the sort of game you can gush about for hours, and I will long after this review is published. Anyone who loves RPGs, open world games, comedies, crime dramas, and games PERIOD should have a lot of fun with the newest Yakuza.
  4. Mar 30, 2021
    90
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon transforms the long-running beat'-em-up series into a Japanese role-playing game—and it's shockingly good. Though it retains some of the past games' clunky character animations, Like a Dragon's action-packed combat and engaging story make it a must-own RPG.
  5. Nov 18, 2020
    84
    Atmospheric gangster epic with many memorable moments and a wide array of mini-games. It does recycle some ideas from its predecessors.
  6. Nov 4, 2020
    80
    Yakuza’s new direction maintains the series signature drama and deckings, while finding rich new comedy in its weirdest beatdowns yet. Hugely entertaining stuff.
  7. Nov 4, 2020
    70
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon takes some bold steps in a new direction for the series but neglects to maintain its balance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 51
  2. Negative: 17 out of 51
  1. Jul 5, 2021
    10
    I think the game is greatness! I love the mini games and the story, also the music is greatness. Its a game with a fresh take on the series!
  2. Nov 30, 2020
    10
    Whether you're a newcomer to the series (This is probably the second best jumping on point aside from 0) or a veteran, this game has a lot toWhether you're a newcomer to the series (This is probably the second best jumping on point aside from 0) or a veteran, this game has a lot to love. Ichiban's party give both the combat and the story a lot of depth, and as someone who has spent years with the Japanese actors, the English dub absolutely knocks it out of the park. There wasn't a moment that I'd thought I would rather be playing in Japanese.

    Personally I'm a huge fan of the switch to turn-based combat. The ways they portray real-world fights as fantastical RPG battles is constantly inventive and it's a blast to see new moves from both your party and the fighters you come across throughout the city.

    Everything to love about Yakuza is still here. The story is an incredibly gripping crime drama, it still has that same zany sense of humor, the side stories always get you invested, and there's hours upon hours of mini games to get yourself lost in.

    I have veeery minor nitpicks about the story but nothing big enough for me to consider this as anything other than my 2020 Game of the Year, no contest.
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  3. Nov 12, 2020
    10
    If you like turn base RPJ combat this is your game, the phenomenal combat system plus, a really god and interesting history and cool graphicsIf you like turn base RPJ combat this is your game, the phenomenal combat system plus, a really god and interesting history and cool graphics makes this game a 10/10 for me, you at least need to try it ask for it to a friend our something. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2021
    8
    Yakuza 7 is in many ways, a new chapter in the series, using a new combat system and character cast to breathe some life into a franchise thatYakuza 7 is in many ways, a new chapter in the series, using a new combat system and character cast to breathe some life into a franchise that had become rather formulaic. I'm glad the developers had the courage to go off the beaten path and try something a bit different. Anyways, here's my assessment after finishing it:

    ++The new turn-based combat engine allows playing as multiple characters and manages to keep a decent pace with action prompts as characters use abilities (basically heat actions). There is a great diversity of abilities and enemies, introducing new ones right up until the end of the game.

    -While I find that this new combat works really well for the random encounters on the street, it stagnates a bit during the "storm the castle" yakuza office gauntlets where you fight your way up to some boss. Due to limitations of the system you will only ever fight a maximum of 10 enemies and there is very little usage of furniture or other environments to really turn it into a fun chaotic brawl. Similarly, the boss fights are not really that challenging (barring 1-2 very good exceptions) or interesting. It's mostly a pattern of debuffing the boss, buffing your characters and then spamming every character's hardest-hitting moves. This is something the previous fighting-game style combat did better.

    +There's generally a decent number of new mini-games to play, some of which are very creative and enjoyable. I particularly like the one in the movie theatres, which comes with its own little subplots and dialogue.

    -The main money-making minigame (that you will have to play because there's no other way to make some real money), is a glorified spreadsheet business-management simulator. It's not very interactive and once you reach the end, there's basically no variety either. Yet you'll still come back because the endgame gear costs ~10 million yen a piece and this game spits out a lousy 3 million, making you pay 5 minutes of your life each time for doing the same thing over and over.

    +The new character cast is strong and really helps the main storyline become more interesting. Their personal investment in the events and antagonists really help the game stand above previous instalments, where it was mostly the plot dragging Kiryu back to save the Tojo clan again. That said I'm a little worried that the writers will make them star in so many sequels until they too, become very tired and disinterested in what the plot wants from them.

    +Very good sub-stories with multiple parts and recurring characters. They have cut out most of the "go there and have some angry men start a fight with you" missions and put them into a separate section where they can be largely ignored.

    -The game is lacking in this kind of side-content for the last 3rd of the playthrough. Even though it unlocks 2 areas to explore, there's not really much to do in them (especially if you've played previous titles) except grind for levels.

    +Good graphics, effects and soundtrack, consistent with the series.
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  5. Aug 28, 2021
    7
    Ne znam meni je sve ovo isto kao i pre stim sto su lose uradili ovaj fajtring sistem na kraju sam cepao sve na brzaka i igrao samo story uNe znam meni je sve ovo isto kao i pre stim sto su lose uradili ovaj fajtring sistem na kraju sam cepao sve na brzaka i igrao samo story u globalu smorio sam se i ne bih je igrao opet. fajt sistem mi je sve usrao vala. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    1
    Turn based combat just doesn't fit into games like this, it's that simple. I absolutely hate this game.
  7. Jan 30, 2022
    0
    What a disappointment, I love yakuza games, especially Yakuza 0. But yakuza dragon is just bad and boring, it's sad to says. I love RPG & turnWhat a disappointment, I love yakuza games, especially Yakuza 0. But yakuza dragon is just bad and boring, it's sad to says. I love RPG & turn based games but it's just really bad on this game. And all the crazy outfits, weapons etc just sucks, we are not in saints row. Expand

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