• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2017
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 87 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
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  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. 100
    For all its humour, its intelligent noirish thriller narrative, and the sheer amount of stuff to do, Yakuza’s real strength forever remains in the little details that it gets right about its representation of Japanese cities... Every Yakuza game to date has been a genuine classic, and Yakuza 0 continues the fine form for a series of JRPGs that is right up there with the best of the genre. It’s completely essential.
  3. Mar 20, 2017
    95
    Yakuza 0 is a magnificent achievement that should be experienced by anyone interested in lecturing people on the importance of money, then blowing ten billion yen on a horrifically tacky golden statue of themselves. Or those curious about winning a chicken in a bowling competition, then installing it as the manager overseeing some of the most financially lucrative real estate holdings in Tokyo. Or those inclined to beat fifty knife-wielding thugs to a pulp in a back alley before heading off for takeaway and wasting the night playing Outrun. Or those wondering why that man in the convenience store is walking around in his underpants, and being unafraid to forge an unexpected friendship with him.
  4. Mar 20, 2017
    95
    Yakuza 0 is a magnificent achievement that should be experienced by anyone interested in lecturing people on the importance of money, then blowing ten billion yen on a horrifically tacky golden statue of themselves. Or those curious about winning a chicken in a bowling competition, then installing it as the manager overseeing some of the most financially lucrative real estate holdings in Tokyo. Or those inclined to beat fifty knife-wielding thugs to a pulp in a back alley before heading off for takeaway and wasting the night playing Outrun. Or those wondering why that man in the convenience store is walking around in his underpants, and being unafraid to forge an unexpected friendship with him.
  5. CD-Action
    Mar 6, 2017
    95
    Yakuza 0 is a diamond that no gamer should ignore irrespective of whether they’re drawn to Japanese games or not. Grand Theft Auto has a much larger budget, but Yakuza has a much bigger heart. [03/2017, p.50]
  6. Feb 21, 2017
    95
    If there is one game you decide to take a chance on this year, please let it be Yakuza 0 - a game that is as fun and intelligent as it is silly and violent.
  7. 95
    A wondrous melting pot of Japanese cultural excess distilled into a relentlessly compelling synergy of RPG and action elements, Yakuza 0 arguably represents the consummate entry point for newcomers to the series. Without a doubt, Yakuza 0 is a masterpiece and the first must-have title of the year.
  8. Jan 19, 2017
    95
    If Yakuza‘s always been this magnificent, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and a lot of “friends” to chew out for not recommending it to me sooner.
  9. Jan 19, 2017
    95
    With such a dynamic and interactive interface, Yakuza 0 will keep you coming back for more and even catch you off guard when you least expect. It’s a game everyone should experience or at least try out.
  10. Jan 19, 2017
    94
    Whether you’re visiting Kamurocho for business or pleasure, be prepared to sink another eighty hours into a crime epic that only Sega can deliver.
  11. 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.
  12. Jan 19, 2017
    93
    Yakuza 0 tries a ridiculous amount of things, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t almost always succeed in its own weird way. The Yakuza series has established a cult following in the West, but it hasn’t managed to break through to the mainstream. If there’s any justice in this world, that’s about to change.
  13. Jan 11, 2017
    92
    The best entry so far of the saga released in Europe, with a brilliant plot, a breathtaking atmosphere that will makes us feel like we're back in the 80's, and solid and improved gameplay (including new fighting styles, and steal gameplay sections). Only the fact that it comes only in English and its roots as a PS3 game can be mentioned as issues.
  14. Jan 19, 2017
    91
    Yakuza is one of the most beloved sagas by a legion of fans who appreciate the good work of SEGA in terms of atmosphere, gameplay and narrative. Yakuza 0 is the best of the saga and one of the greatest games on PS4.
  15. Oct 12, 2017
    90
    Yakuza Zero is a fantastic game. Spectacular main story combined with great diversity of sub-stories and solid gameplay create a rather unique game.
  16. Games Master UK
    Apr 2, 2017
    90
    A fantastically bonkers open-world gem that finally opens up the magic of the series to everyone. [March 2017, p.64]
  17. games(TM)
    Mar 9, 2017
    90
    One of the most detailed open worlds to date. [Issue#184, p.83]
  18. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 1, 2017
    90
    With a wonderful story that actually makes sense to newcomers to the series, brilliantly varied fighting and a world packed with things to do, this is the best Yakuza yet. [March 2017, p.90]
  19. Feb 24, 2017
    90
    Thanks to its outstanding writing, acting, cinematography and animation, Yakuza 0 tells an effective and surprisingly nuanced story of one man and his early journey through the complex world of organized crime. Although it marginalizes women to the role of cliche props and some of the dialogue -- in translation, at least -- rings a little hollow, Yakuza 0 is still a great introduction to both the series and its long-running characters. With an almost impossibly large number of things to do and combat that is brutal and entertaining throughout, Yakuza 0 has to rank as one of the most memorable and successful entries in the franchise.
  20. Feb 15, 2017
    90
    An excellent, unique, packed with content and replayability game, that will keep you hooked for hours upon hours.
  21. 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.
  22. Feb 6, 2017
    90
    It’s a truly wonderful trick that Yakuza 0 plays, and rather than work out how it does it, just sit back and let this video gaming alchemy entertain you.
  23. Jan 30, 2017
    90
    If there is a game that fully embodies and actually easily overcomes the definition of “complete package,” that’s Yakuza 0. It’s a rich, colorful and engrossing experience that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who loves the genre, Japanese culture, or simply a very, very good story with some of the best and most genuinely likable characters you’ll ever encounter in gaming.
  24. Jan 25, 2017
    90
    Yakuza 0 is everything fans of the series want it to be. It contains its trademark style, enhanced graphics, smooth framerate and an excellent story. By design, it is also a throwback to older gameplay styles and tropes and is not only proud of the fact, it’s downright smug about it. It is a game to be enjoyed, savored and explored, warts and all, for as many hours as possible. While not perfect, it is definitely an instant classic and worthy of your time and money (which you can always earn back by stomping on street toughs in Kamurocho).
  25. Jan 25, 2017
    90
    With Yakuza 0, Sega's managed to give the long-running series a shot in the arm, re-invigorating it for longtime players, and making it accessible to anyone that was turned off by jumping in so late in the series before.
  26. Jan 23, 2017
    90
    Yakuza 0 is easily one of the highlights of the PlayStation 4's lineup. An engaging story mixed with zany humor and over-the-top brawler gameplay, the title hits all the marks. It has its flaws, including a potential overreliance on non-brawling minigames, but they're not enough to drag down the game. Fans of the franchise should be delighted, and newcomers should find this title as a great place to dive in. The plot, characters and setting are instantly accessible, and the gameplay holds up extremely well.
  27. Jan 23, 2017
    90
    While I completed Yakuza 0 in roughly thirty hours, I didn't feel like I had done everything the game had to offer. This is a game that is completely bursting with content just begging to be uncovered and explored. With each successive Yakuza game, it's clear that this series is growing in a variety of ways, and it makes my heart so happy. Yakuza 0 has risen to the top of my favourite games of all time, easily pushing past Yakuza 2, which had held the spot as my favourite Yakuza for many years. Whether you are a newcomer to the series or a veteran of it, Yakuza 0 offers so much to gamers with its spellbinding storytelling and plethora of content. Enchanting until the last chapter, Yakuza 0 is the pinnacle of the series and it looks to be difficult to unseat.
  28. Jan 21, 2017
    90
    Fans of the series will likely love it, but for newcomers this is the best time to jump in. I am happy to have finally taken the plunge, and over time I can see myself returning to the series, especially with two more games already scheduled to hit PS4 soon. There is plenty here to enjoy, and I guarantee there is nothing else quite like Yakuza.
  29. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Yakuza 0 is, simply put, the best game of the series and one of the best examples of how a franchise should evolve through the years. It offers an incredible story, fantastic and fresh gameplay mechanics, a rich and lively world plagued with ton of things to do and enjoy. You cannot pass this one by any means.
  30. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Despite the shallowness of the combat, you’re always being pulled towards something new, and you can’t help but be carried along by it. Whenever you tire of one thing, the next distraction or big set-piece is just a few minutes away – just be prepared to be offered pocket tissues, have a few scraps, and become someone’s agony aunt.
  31. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    A novel twist on familiar gameplay elements, Yakuza Zero once again delivers a unique blend of real-world immersion, humanistic storytelling, and some of the best action gameplay on the market.
  32. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    To play Yakuza 0 is to deeply fall in love with its characters and world; a challenge that many games try to conquer, but only a handful ever manage to actually achieve.
  33. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Yakuza 0’s story is full of twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing and make it exceedingly hard to put the controller down. The final few hours of this game are absolutely phenomenal. I’m not sure words can properly do it justice, there’s plenty of major events that cause you to shout out to no one in particular in the middle of the night just from pure excitement.
  34. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Yakuza 0 is a game that demands the audience's full attention, and it’ll get that whether it’s through a heart-stopping revelation or a quiet moment that leaves the player with misty eyes. If a compelling narrative is what you look for in a videogame, then you’d best get ready for a night on the town with the Tojo clan.
  35. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Even after a dozen years and seven (or eleven) games, Yakuza 0 is an impressive and easy invitation to its namesake's adrenalized world.
  36. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Yakuza 0 is a great entry into the series, with plenty for old fans and newcomers alike. Its story is cheesy and melodramatic at times, and the graphics are a bit outdated, but between a nearly perfect melee combat system and a city bursting at the seams with activity, anyone looking for a sandbox crime game should definitely pick this one up.
  37. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    The second best Yakuza game ever after Yakuza 3 and a breathtaking mix of mini-games, fighting, mob plots and Japanese craziness.
  38. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    It features all of the best aspects of the series with very little of the negatives, making for a game that I’ll probably still be digging through by the time Kiwami releases over here.
  39. 90
    While it still suffers from the same flaws as its predecessors, Yakuza 0 is a great reminder why Sega's series is so special.
  40. Jan 19, 2017
    90
    Yakuza fans are in for a massive treat with Yakuza 0.
  41. Yakuza 0 is a great point to enter the series. It has a lot of content waiting to be explored and while at its fullest, it manages to tell a great, dark and gritty story with some really charismatic characters.
  42. Feb 28, 2017
    88
    You'll certainly get your money's worth out of the game in terms of gameplay, and if, like me, you've never played a Yakuza game before, Yakuza 0 is an excellent opportunity to see what you've been missing.
  43. Jan 19, 2017
    88
    Yakuza 0 is probably the best episode of the series. A gaming experience which you should try once in your lifetime. A great crime-story which will not disappoint you.
  44. 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.
  45. Jan 19, 2017
    88
    Yakuza 0 is the perfect prologue to an underestimated - at least here in Europe - yet rich and complex saga. The story is really intriguing, albeit dedicated to hardcore Japan fans, with its dialogues in Japanese (English-subbed). The gameplay is genuinely, and truly, "Japanese". If you love Japan, this is a game you shouldn't miss.
  46. Aug 8, 2018
    85
    Yakuza 0 is a lot of Yakuza, showing a great deal of excess, brilliance and occasional frustration in equal fashion. There's lots and lots to do, a great story to breathe in, and wonderful characters who play well off each other. At the same time, 0 lacks some of the innovations and gameplay conceits that came with later titles, and it's also just as frustrating in places as some of the franchise's more egregious offenders.
  47. Feb 2, 2017
    85
    As an origin story, Yakuza 0 is a perfect starting point for series newcomers, and a wonderful look in to the past for those already familiar with Yakuza. While its combat can become a slog, soaking up the sights and sounds of a 1980s Tokyo criminal underground is enchanting.
  48. Feb 1, 2017
    85
    Yakuza 0 has so much to offer, even though some aspects are a bit outdated. Look past this and you'll see a great game with a perfect combination of action, storytelling and RPG elements.
  49. Jan 25, 2017
    85
    Yakuza 0 starts 2017 with a very enjoyable gaming experience that takes elements from a variety of genres and then blends them together like some Iron Chef of gaming!
  50. Jan 20, 2017
    85
    Yakuza 0 is one of the best episodes of the series, and a great choice if you haven't played it before. It polishes the gameplay and delivers a great adventure you rarely find in other RPGs.
  51. Jan 20, 2017
    85
    Yakuza 0 is not for everybody but it the perfect game to introduce you to this series. Over the years lots of unique elements became better and better and Y0 is a prequel - that means an easier transition. There are some technical issues, and some cut-scenes could be shorter but overall this crazy, colorful adventure is worth your time.
  52. Jan 20, 2017
    85
    Yakuza 0 is one of the best games in the series so far. It goes back to the origins, leaving behind the high number of locations and characters, but thanks to it is also more focused in the plot and the development of deep and complex mechanics around the money, the great protagonist of this new entry.
  53. Jan 19, 2017
    85
    Yakuza 0 may not have the best visuals or the biggest game world but its outstanding gameplay and amount of content make it a must-buy prequel for fans of the series.
  54. 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.
  55. Jan 19, 2017
    85
    If you’re a fan of the series, you’re going to want to play this--Yakuza 0 encapsulates the zaniness of Japanese culture with spectacular side missions, and is aided by it’s own satisfying combat and recreational activities.
  56. Jan 19, 2017
    85
    While its melee combat may lag slightly behind modern genre standards, Yakuza 0 still hits far more than it misses and is a big, bold and bruising tour through the Japanese underworld.
  57. Feb 7, 2017
    83
    Yakuza 0 is a fantastic journey through the seedy underbelly of the '80s in Japan. The game’s strong narrative core, filled with memorable characters, is the perfect driving force between engaging combat, memorable sidequests, and time-devouring minigames.
  58. Jan 26, 2017
    83
    There’s a lot to do in Yakuza 0, but it may take you some time to get through the game. While the story is very compelling, there are so many side activities that are equally entertaining, it may be difficult to pull yourself away to continue with the main story. If you have a history with the Yakuza series, there are even moments when you see where these characters began that will make you feel even closer to the grouping of polygons on your TV screen. Almost everything about Yakuza 0 is well-done and exceeds expectations.
  59. Jan 19, 2017
    83
    Almost two years have passed since Yakuza 0's original launch and it has its impact on visuals. However, it is leveraged with a superb plot, addictive gameplay mechanics and the usual and humongous array of minigames at our grasp, in order to fill around 60 or 70 hours of play.
  60. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 1, 2017
    80
    Newcomers, Yakuza 0 is the perfect entry point, and is therefore worth paying the full pinky price (RRP). Veterans will be captivated by these origin stories and a ridiculous amount of minigames. [March 2016, p74]
  61. Edge Magazine
    Feb 27, 2017
    80
    Such steps forward may seem at odds with the time period, but that late-'80s setting is put to brilliant use in the story. [March 2017, p.98]
  62. 80
    The best way I can describe Yakuza 0 is that it is a jack of all trades. None of the particular aspects of the game could be considered special in their own right. In a lot of cases the various aspects of the game shouldn’t even gel together. However, the mastery on show is just how well that Sega have managed to assemble all of these parts to make an excellent video game. It is a well realised drama, incredibly diverse and has plenty of fun things to do. You can’t ask for more than that really.
  63. Feb 3, 2017
    80
    Yakuza 0 is a strong testament to the level of detail and the amount of content the series is known for. The writing is equal parts a compelling crime thriller and a hilarious spoof of Japanese culture, the combat is simplistic but unobtrusive with some satisfying hard hits, and the numerous amounts of side activities, unlockables, mini-games and extra modes will keep players satisfied and busy before the next game rolls around.
  64. 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.
  65. Jan 23, 2017
    80
    Yakuza 0 is a specific game that demands turning a blind eye on some elements, like mediocre graphics, technical shortcomings, long cutscenes and slow story. If we can accept these issues, Yakuza offers a rich world and hours upon hours of gameplay. Seems like the best moment to check out this Japanese fenomen.
  66. Jan 22, 2017
    80
    If you can endure the clunky combat that pervades much it – and if I can, you certainly can too – you’ll find a wonderful game in Yakuza 0. It tells a captivating story in its own right, and it’s also a perfect jumping-on point for the series, especially with Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, due out later this year. If nothing else, do it for the karaoke, hostess clubs, and the chance to make a difference in the life of an up-and-coming dominatrix.
  67. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    The most entertaining Yakuza game so far, that’s part gangster epic and part surreal Japanese nightlife simulator.
  68. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    Since its debut in 2006, Yakuza has been relegated to a niche audience in the West, which is more heartbreaking than ever after finishing Yakuza 0. It's a game that offers an abundance of varied activities and memorable stories. Even with a lack of difficulty and a few minor pacing hiccups, Yakuza 0 demonstrably proves that this long-running series has so much bite left in it.
  69. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    Yakuza 0 is not only an achievement in video game storytelling, but it’s the best this franchise has ever felt, looked, and played.
  70. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    The problem with tough guy heroes isn't that they're done too often, it's that they're so rarely done well. In that regard, Yakuza 0 felt like a revelation — even in spite of some significant shortcomings. It keeps a consistent, strong pace, and it doesn’t meander through side streets you’d rather avoid. But more importantly, it’s just so damned cool. It's vicious and grand, but bears its heart and soul. It has fun without completely sacrificing its gravitas.
  71. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    It's easy to recommend Yakuza Zero to all fans of the series, as it tells a brilliant origin story that shows unseen sides of both the Kazuma and Majima personalities, and, at the same time, it's easy to dismiss this prequel as "another Yakuza game" for those whio never got to like the series. All in all, it's a solid and well written debut on PS4.
  72. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    Yakuza 0 is the perfect game for those who never played any Yakuza to enter in this epileptic and violent world of madness made in Takashi Miike's best dreams.
  73. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    While a bit disappointing on the mini-game front, Yakuza 0 remains as strange and charming as ever, with the best story and combat the series has seen in years.
  74. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    By weaving a complex web of relationships and alliances, Zero's story grows ever more fascinating, proving to be equal parts surprising and exciting from beginning to end.
  75. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    At this point, the property's trademark formula is seriously starting to wear thin, but when it comes down to it, there's nothing quite like Yakuza 0. It combines unapologetically mature themes and violence with brilliantly dumb minigames and hysterical side quests, resulting in a thoroughly memorable experience. Bolstered by a gripping story that's packed with great characters, fans of Japanese games or even Japanese culture owe it to themselves to give this a prequel a shot. Yakuza 0 is fantastic place to start a love affair with Kamurocho's finest, and what's more, it's one of the best entries in the series to date.
  76. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 1, 2017
    76
    “As is always has been” is a major problem for the series. Just to list a few issues that it lovingly keeps since PS2 era: unwieldy save system, clumsy camera, a separate loading screen for every shop and venue even though the “open world” is so small they could’ve been easily integrated into it, and, of course, abrupt transitions from lovingly rendered cutscenes to plain text dumps. Still, it you can stomach all that, Yakuza is worth a look due to its uniqueness. [Issue#217, p.78]
  77. Jan 19, 2017
    75
    This is a game from the '80s, for the '80s and should be enjoyed as such.
  78. Jan 25, 2017
    74
    Slight changes in the fighting system, and slightly rearranged visuals: Even 30 years in the past Yaukza is the game it always was. The concept is still cool – but feels slightly overused.
  79. Feb 22, 2017
    70
    Yakuza 0 is a compact slice of modern Japan with one difference that in real Tokyo and Osaka they actually have street traffic.
  80. Feb 2, 2017
    70
    Yakuza 0 offers a great story and loads of side activities, but dated mechanics keeps it from being considered a true stroke of genius.
  81. Feb 1, 2017
    70
    In all its weirdness Yakuza 0 is as charming as the series ever has been. It isn't a game for everyone, but for those who fall for this there will be tons of stuff to do, wonderful settings to visit and well-written characters to meet.
  82. 70
    Beyond the era and location-specific authenticity strived for and achieved in this title, both the dated combat and graphics leave something to be desired.
  83. Jan 19, 2017
    70
    Yakuza 0 is one of the best entries in the entire series. Unfortunately Nagoshi's work needs a strong technical upgrade to bring Yakuza series to the next level and to be suitable to a broader market.
  84. Jan 19, 2017
    70
    The best of Yakuza Zero is actually not the part you're playing, but the part you're watching. It can seem harsh, but that's a feeling you can't deny as the former is far from being as good as the latter. It's still a great storyline though and the game developers have the talent to make it alive.
  85. Jan 19, 2017
    65
    I’d never played a Yakuza game before this one, much to the dismay of certain friends. While it’s definitely a daunting franchise to enter into, Yakuza 0 is simultaneously the best and worst starting point for newcomers like myself.
  86. Jan 19, 2017
    60
    It has the challenging combat and wacky humor that you’d expect, and the story is top-notch. Also, who can pass up on a chance to see Majima while he’s still relatively sane? If you’ve never tried one, it may be a bit weird to you at first, but if you’re willing to wade through it all, there’s an enjoyable experience to be had.
  87. 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. Jan 19, 2017
    By now, the Yakuza series knows what butters its fans’ bread, and their spread of choice is theatrics. That means exaggerated comedy, tragedy, and more often, some uncommon blend of the two. The combat, while offbeat and satisfying in its own ways, is definitely a supporting role.
  2. Mar 7, 2017
    Though a return to Kamurocho isn't far away, Yakuza 0 is, in many respects, the end of an era - and a heck of a finish it is, too. [Recommended]
  3. Jan 19, 2017
    Such is the strange appeal of Yakuza: beneath all the bizarre Japanisms and po-faced sentimentality lies an almost-bottomless reservoir of charm.
  4. Jan 24, 2017
    This isn’t a GTA clone, or an RPG, nor is it a brawler. It’s something more than that but also different, a human drama that combines rudimentary game elements and weaves them into something that can make you laugh, cry and feel within the space of minutes.
  5. Mar 7, 2017
    Yakuza 0 is a game where one minute you’re beating up gangsters with a steel pipe, and the next you’re belting out Japanese power ballads in a swank karaoke club. And if it’s your first time with the series, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn just how fun it can be to be good at both of those things.
  6. Jan 20, 2017
    There's a lot to love about Yakuza 0, but it's going to take me a while to work my way to the story's finale. The endless brawling turns the whole thing into a real chore, I'm afraid. But I will say that as tired as I've already become of the constant beatdowns, the story and general self-confidence of the game makes me want to power through. And for anyone who doesn't share my disinterest in punch-ups — well, there's literally no reason for you not to give Yakuza 0 a try. It really is like no other game I've ever played. Because it's the Japanese version of Grand Theft Auto, and that means something weird, wonderful, and decidedly not at all like Grand Theft Auto.
  7. Jan 27, 2017
    If you resent games walling the player off or insisting on where they go next, you will hate Yakuza 0. But it uses its distinctly un-Western sense of constraint and mise–en–scène to tell a story more intelligent and subtle than anything you’d find in its foreign counterparts.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 941 Ratings

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  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.
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    Be sure to play this masterpiece!
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  2. Jan 24, 2017
    10
    It hasn't been a long time since Yakuza 5 released on NA. And Yakuza 0 improves it in a lot of ways. Nagoshi-san is one of those developersIt hasn't been a long time since Yakuza 5 released on NA. And Yakuza 0 improves it in a lot of ways. Nagoshi-san is one of those developers that knows how to improve a franchise over the years.

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  3. Jan 24, 2017
    10
    Bringing back the fun in video games

    The Yakuza series deliverers yet again with a awesome addition. This time it's set in the 80s. The
    Bringing back the fun in video games

    The Yakuza series deliverers yet again with a awesome addition. This time it's set in the 80s. The plot follows both Kiryu & Majima and is executed really well. While the first two chapters are a bit slow the rest of the game is so much fun. The Main story is really dark and grim but is balanced really well with the side content. I really love the crazy side of the game with all the weird subplots and mini games. They make the game a unique experience. Definitely recommended for both newcomers and fans.
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