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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: 24 out of 44
  2. Negative: 16 out of 44
  1. Dec 13, 2020
    10
    I really like drama in 龍が如く series and that one was perfect too. I was crying almost whole game. However, there were a couple of annoyingI really like drama in 龍が如く series and that one was perfect too. I was crying almost whole game. However, there were a couple of annoying logical mistakes in the plot but that's doesn't affect overall experience from the game. Really strong meaningful story.
    Спасибо за игру
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  2. Dec 31, 2020
    10
    It's been a while since I've played a game that's so detailed, so interesting story-wise and most importantly - so much fun! Yakuza: Like aIt's been a while since I've played a game that's so detailed, so interesting story-wise and most importantly - so much fun! Yakuza: Like a Dragon brought back my joy of playing video games, and I really mean it. I usually skip all of the stupid mini-games in similar games, but here I was craving for more activities and more subquests, that's how well they were done. Definitely my GOTY 2020. Expand
  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. Jun 8, 2021
    7
    Positive:
    - Fluent 60fps capped @maxed settings on 1440p
    - Interesting story - Fun side quests - Good variety in weapons/gear to use (this
    Positive:
    - Fluent 60fps capped @maxed settings on 1440p
    - Interesting story
    - Fun side quests
    - Good variety in weapons/gear to use (this was before i found out that you have 100 different jobs to choose and use a different weapon on every job too....)
    - Great main/party characters
    - Good character design
    - Voice acting is good
    - Treasure hunt feature, sadly doesn't get much from it. Almost not worth the time it takes to do it.
    - You can save for the most part at any given state
    - Ichibans investment company

    Negative:
    - Getting overwhelmed with equipping, collecting and leveling up several characters alongside with exploring 3 cities ....
    - No hostess club minigame like it used to be in Zero and the Kiwami games
    - The amount of "Jobs" doesn't benefit the game, considering you have to level up each job from level 1 again plus get different weapons, only the character level sticks
    - Slow leveling, need to level & equip your allies too
    - Too many different towns to attend, kamurocho would've been enough
    - Lipsync isn't too good
    - Just go over one street in yokohama - enemies skyrocket in level, almost oneshot you
    - Debuffs / Skills aren't much useful in fights
    - Many dialogue is replaced by cheap text lines and some moans. Low effort. Most games have full voiceovers for pretty much all dialogues
    - Game consumes too much ressources for the results of how it looks.
    - Paid DLCs, garbage ones too
    - Gold safes require keys which have to be purchased and can't be found, money is the issue in early/mid game
    - Too much stuff to collect throughout the game
    - Turn based game, wish it was the combat as Zero had, fights get annoying really quick
    - All prices are insane, the only affordable part is food in restaurants, stores are overpriced
    - Transition from ingame to cutscene often stutters or even freezes the game for a couple seconds

    For now the negative overweights the positive, so i have to give it a negative review for now.
    Will reconsider the review until i'm fully through the game or so annoyed that i quit playing.
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  6. Dec 8, 2020
    1
    If anyone likes this, well good for you. I absolutely hate this combat system. It feels like game from 2001 not 2020.
  7. Feb 24, 2021
    0
    I spent hours watching this entire game. The cut scenes are glorious and never ending. My only recommendation would be to watch this gameI spent hours watching this entire game. The cut scenes are glorious and never ending. My only recommendation would be to watch this game via YouTube because it has better optimization. Expand

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