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  • Summary: The story follows Kazuma Kiryu as a junior yakuza member who finds himself in a heap of trouble when a simple debt collection goes upside down and his mark ends up murdered. Meanwhile, Goro Majima is living a "normal" life as the proprieter of a cabaret club, but is doing whatever it takesThe story follows Kazuma Kiryu as a junior yakuza member who finds himself in a heap of trouble when a simple debt collection goes upside down and his mark ends up murdered. Meanwhile, Goro Majima is living a "normal" life as the proprieter of a cabaret club, but is doing whatever it takes to rejoin the yakuza. What that entails isn't exactly easy. Expand
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  1. Positive: 77 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Mar 18, 2017
    100
    Mood, pathos, emotion, humor ... and helluva fights. This is a combination that makes Yakuza zero the one of the most entertaining game in the whole series. For lovers of Japan Y0 is a must-have. [Issue#272]
  2. Jan 27, 2017
    93
    Yakuza 0 shows how unique Yakuza actually is. Drama and humor come together in a setting filled with violent street fights. We all know the concept, but Yakuza 0 takes it to perfection.
  3. Feb 7, 2017
    90
    SEGA tops itself with Yakuza 0, a highlight of an already beloved franchise that manages to succeed in every single way.
  4. Jan 19, 2017
    88
    Yakuza 0 is a terrific game, packed with a simple structure but extremely rich in content. The campaign tells a long, deep, violent story, with two charismatic characters and a whole lot of enemies to fight.
  5. 85
    Yakuza 0 feels a bit like an anime that also happens to be an action/fighting game. The only problem is that the fighting feels dated, though the environmental options and multiple fighting styles to master help to spice things up a little. A genuinely entertaining and captivating story lurks in the seedy underworld of Tokyo, where a miniscule empty lot somehow sparks a massive conflict.
  6. Jan 27, 2017
    80
    Even though the Yakuza series is more than 10 years old, Yakuza 0 feels like a fresh new start on PS4. The fact that the story takes place before Yakuza 1 makes Yakuza 0 the perfect starting point for new gamers. The game takes place in an incredible recreation of Japan near the end of its "Bubble Economy" and makes gamers feel as if they are in Japan during that time. The game manages to be both very serious and incredibly funny and, cherry on the cake, gives players a ton of things to do. Yakuza 0 is truly one of the better episodes of the series.
  7. Jan 19, 2017
    50
    Yakuza 0 takes it back to where it all began, but a mildly interesting setting and story don’t quite make up for the game’s more tedious elements.

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  1. Negative: 8 out of 164
  1. Jan 24, 2017
    10
    Yakuza - this is one of the best series of games for all the existence of the gaming industry! This game is simply gorgeous. Not nearly turnedYakuza - this is one of the best series of games for all the existence of the gaming industry! This game is simply gorgeous. Not nearly turned bad, but on the contrary has become more colorful and better.
    Story+
    Main Character+
    Gameplay+
    Graphics+
    Music+
    Magnificent quests+
    Be sure to play this masterpiece!
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  2. May 20, 2018
    10
    I know that many users have only 2 scores they can give a game: 0 or 10.

    I use my 10s with extreme parsimony. But in the case of Yakuza 0,
    I know that many users have only 2 scores they can give a game: 0 or 10.

    I use my 10s with extreme parsimony. But in the case of Yakuza 0, it's the only score I could consider giving.

    I bought this game based on the hype and a at a PS Store sale price. It took me a few months to even start it up. At first, I was put off by the relatively small map, the lack of vehicles and the last gen graphics. Yet, despite its shortcomings, it remained unexplainably appealing, so I stuck with it.

    Simply put, this game offers some of the best storytelling and voice acting I have ever encountered in 33 years of playing video games. And through side quests and mini-games, the replayability of Yakuza 0 is undeniable.

    And because it took so long for this series to gain traction in North America/Europe, there will be many more games for you to play after this one. Yakuza 1 was remade as Yakuza Kiwami, the 2nd game's Kiwami version comes out this summer. Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 are available on PS3, with 4 and 5 also being carried on the PS Now service. Hours and hours of entertainment.

    If you haven't already (and unless it's for a child, which would be super inappropriate), give this game a try. It's well worth your time.
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  3. Mar 22, 2017
    10
    Fantastic game, it has amazing presentation, a story that is completely unpredictable, and satisfying gameplay. At times the game may seem aFantastic game, it has amazing presentation, a story that is completely unpredictable, and satisfying gameplay. At times the game may seem a little slow however when it gets going, it booms. You can be sure when there's a cutscene **** about to go down, first 5 chapters alone and I am already loving it and very much into the game. Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2017
    9
    Yakuza 0 is a excellent demonstration and throwback to not just the entire series, but also a nostalgic reminder that games can still be funYakuza 0 is a excellent demonstration and throwback to not just the entire series, but also a nostalgic reminder that games can still be fun and not rely on graphics and size to make it a selling point. On the surface, Yakuza 0 can look quite negative: its graphics and textures look awful, the stiff animation models, the sometimes buggy AIs of bystanders, the lack of way points or proper labels of properties and places, the invisible walls and objects, etc. This alone could spell disaster for any game sold on modern hardware, so it speaks volumes that this game not only holds its ground with its limitations, but drop kicks expectations sky high. That's the greatness of this game; it soars above so many modern titles for keeping the core foundation of satisfying gameplay, great stories ripped right out of action and mafia films with its own originality, metric tons of activities (all surprisingly fun to do) and so much respect for its players that even for $60 this is highway robbery and would have been assaulted by most game companies in the worst of ways. Thankfully, this is a 2 games (you could even argue 3) in 1 that is absolutely worth your time. Let me briefly explain the game more to not mislead.

    Story - Arguably one of the best, well-written, solid voicework and mature tone to a game I have not seen this strong in a long time. While some can argue the dissonant tone of the game might take wind out of its sails, the balancing of this tone is so well executed that it blows my mind. The plot is a bit lengthy and definitely full of dialogue, but watching it was engrossing. The ending went on longer than I expected and even after all of what happen I felt I only scratched the surface of this series.

    Characters - What a hell of a character list. Kazama Kiryu and Majima Goro (the latter in particular) present a air of realism, stoicism, grit and gusto that had me sold after the first chapters they appear in. The other characters of the different families and clans all had complex and deep personas that oozed curiosity. For a game mirroring action and mafia films this was a kickass cast of people. Well done voice acting as well.

    Combat - Satisfying, but I would not call it outstanding overall. It has issues in most of its abilities (even some of the styles themselves) being weak additions and not worth the investment. The repetition can set in after awhile and for those wanting a deeper system you wont find that here. This is more of a old school beatem up (with absolutely amazing if not insane finishers and heat action moves) that carries problems as a result. Regardless, this serves its part and at least keeps me interested. The fourth weapon slot is forgettable and the use of handguns by enemies can be a pain to deal with. Bosses are not really different from normal enemies and easy to abuse, but the QTE events make them memorable and stand out alot.

    Minigames - So many of them, ranging from blackjack to soft core porn videos, karaoke to shogi, this game has it all and it serves the point of "just because you have to be yakuza serious, doesnt mean you cant have yakuza fun". Add to that a real estate and club management and this alone could be its own game on some mobile free stuff. I absolutely loved it all.

    Substories/Challenges: Completing these were overall good with some memorable and well written pieces that had me laughing one minute and sobbing the next. The objectives themselves might be simple or fetchy, but the writing to them is great and is able to keep that dissonant tone consistent throughout with no real sign of weakness. Then you have challenges that test your abilities and skills to learn new moves with a ton to offer you.

    I feel almost insulting this game for not talking more about it, but it is one of those games that is better to play and roll with its crappy initial impression than to have someone fully explain it. I would like to add a few more things to it: the music is well done and memorable, the crafting system is weak, new game plus, free mode and other options to play with another player is insane. Playing over 50+ hours felt like the first course and based on how much more I would still have to do, this would easily be a 100+ hour game to 100% complete, with a exciting energy to it that makes me smile ear to ear.

    As a newcomer to the series, I was initially skeptical but now I consider Yakuza 0 to be a colossal achievement for what it wants to accomplish and feel inclined to play the remasters and the future Yakuza 6. This game is a action packed treat and if you have a PS4 this is an absolute buy, no questions asked. Despite its outdated nature, the beating heart of nostalgia gaming of Yakuza 0 burns as passionately as Kiryu and Majima's spirits and is an excellent game for anyone to play.
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  5. Mar 12, 2017
    9
    A fantastic game , its a comedy+gang related theme game+hentai+anime+++++
    yakuza check , boobs check , dance check , karaoke check , beat up
    A fantastic game , its a comedy+gang related theme game+hentai+anime+++++
    yakuza check , boobs check , dance check , karaoke check , beat up check, simulation check.
    Do yourself a favor and got this game.
    Cannot wait for yakuza kiwami.
    Its not a perfect game , i rate it 8.5 but since metacritic dont support it so i will rate it a 9
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  6. Jun 21, 2020
    9
    I'm impressed. Never thought that a game about Yakuza could be as good as this. It has perfect balance between its own serious story andI'm impressed. Never thought that a game about Yakuza could be as good as this. It has perfect balance between its own serious story and ridiculous mini-games. Many mini-games distracted me from the main story but I was not bothered at all. Why? Because the structure has been done right. It made me laugh all the time and wanna give credit to who came up with those incredible ideas. Anyway, when playing the game I found a lot to love about Yakuza 0 and in some instances, I even prefer it than GTA. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    0
    After 15 minutes of skipping every cut scene. i still didn't get to play. So i gave up.

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