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  1. Positive: 82 out of 91
  2. Negative: 0 out of 91
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  1. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 offers one of the finest, most realized crime stories of the medium. It also marks the conclusion of Kiryu Kazuma’s story, granting him an ending befitting such a well-rounded character. And the best part is that you don’t have to be a Yakuza expert to appreciate how it all ends.
  2. 100
    If there’s any justice in the world Yakuza 6 would sell millions of copies. It’s smart, sharp, often surreal, and always hugely entertaining. The game maintains the series’ penchant for reproducing the experience of being in a Japanese city to exacting details, and then overlays a brilliant, labyrinthine, wildly funny B-grade yakuza drama over the top. It’s the kind of game you just “live” in, and the perfect example of open world game design done right.
  3. Mar 20, 2018
    This game is so much better than all previous iterations and every aspect of this title is so well executed that the game as a package is, well, unmissable. Great mini games, fantastic humor, an awesome story, exhilarating combat and a plethora of technical improvements. We could go one forever about the things that Yakuza does right. The bottom line is this; Yakuza 6 is hands down the epitome of the franchise and a great excuse to get into this franchise if you haven't before.
  4. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 has so much to offer and every moment of it is a joy, even if you can’t always read what they’re saying.
  5. 95
    A rip-roaring conclusion to Kiryu's tale and the best entry in the Yakuza series to date, Yakuza 6 is a triumph that effortlessly cements its place in the pantheon of all-time JRPG greats.
  6. Mar 15, 2018
    What Yakuza 6 meant to me as someone who has followed the series from the very beginning is a true culmination of 12 years worth of characters and story. It’s an absolute emotional rollercoaster ride, packaged together with some of the best content the series has offered to date and polished to an absolute shine. “The Song of Life” may very well represent the final chapter in the legendary chronicles of the Dragon of Dojima. However, as is the case with every great legend, his story will live on, having left an indelible mark in gaming history as one of the most memorable and important characters to have ever graced the medium.
  7. Mar 15, 2018
    We love Yakuza´s story, its locations that seem "alive" and its many minigames (including classic Sega arcades such as Puyo Puyo, Virtua Fighter 5 or Super Hang On). The song of Life is the perfect ending for this saga.
  8. Mar 15, 2018
    One of my favorite things about Yakuza 6 is that it delivers surprises at such a steady clip.
  9. Mar 26, 2018
    It’s a pretty solid Yakuza tale, and it builds upon the progression and combat systems from the previous games pretty well. The side stories are fun and weird (sentient cleaning robots?), and there’s still a hefty number of side activities to explore. It’s a great looking game with some minor technical issues, and will likely provide the average player with dozens of gameplay hours.
  10. Jun 2, 2018
    Yakuza 6's intimate story, combined with a cinematic presentation, pays tribute to Japanese gangster movies while the overhaul of the combat and RPG systems leads to the hero's organic development.
  11. May 8, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a good game. Nice story and fun gameplay are what it does best. There were some unnecessary changes in gameplay, overall, maybe not the best Yakuza, but still tons of fun and stuff to do.
  12. Apr 23, 2018
    After 13 years SEGA brings us the final chapter of the Yakuza series. Albeit it doesn't offer many new things than change drastically its established formula and its world maps and activities feel a little bit reduced when compared to the previous entries, Yakuza 6 is an awesome game with fantastic visuals and a great and deep narrative that concludes the story of Kazuma Kiryu in a terrific way.
  13. Games Master UK
    Apr 19, 2018
    A fitting swan song for Japanese gaming's finest protagonist, balancing drama with bonkers fun. [May 2018, p.68]
  14. Apr 16, 2018
    Offering closure on a long-running saga while also entertaining on so many fronts, Yakuza 6 may feel smaller in scale at times, but that still doesn't stop it from being a mighty fine game.
  15. 90
    Although the game sports a few bothersome hiccups, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life ultimately serves as a near-perfect send-off for the Dragon of Dojima after years of delivering bloody knuckles and scarfing Smile Burgers.
  16. 90
    Every part of the game was a delightful surprise and I’ve found myself absolutely addicted to the game, even post-story. Every time I come back to Yakuza 6, I find something else absolutely charming about it.
  17. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a fitting end to a great saga, with fantastic combat and lots to do outside the main story.
  18. Mar 15, 2018
    Good graphics, new and improved battle system, engaging plot... SEGA has made, once again, a superb title that moves away from some of the conventions of the franchise (such as the experience gathering and progression system, the possibility to save anywhere...) but keeps the essence of what makes Yakuza, Yakuza.
  19. Mar 15, 2018
    When the title credits roll, you’ll be hard pressed not to feel bittersweet to know this is the end of Kiryu’s long tale. Where the series goes next is anyone’s guess, but it’s hard to imaging it without our scarlet-shirted protagonist. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is not only a great game, but a fitting closure for the long and turbulent story of Kiryu Kazuma.
  20. Mar 15, 2018
    A touching finale for Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6 manages to surprise and delight in equal measure.
  21. Mar 15, 2018
    We could not have thought of a better way to end Kiryu Kazuma's adventures. More than a simple GTA clone, Yakuza 6 is a generous game which will provide you with a hundred hours of an amazing gaming experience. You will never be bored with the never-ending amount of content available in this game. Moreover, Japanese culture enthusiasts will have a great time hanging out in a very well modeled versions of Hiroshima and Kabukicho. A must have.
  22. Mar 15, 2018
    A wonderful crime thriller that embraces everything that made the series great, refining it further with new technology – it blew me away. I’m not ashamed to say that the closing minutes of Kazuma Kiryu’s final chapter brought me to tears, acting as the culmination of a story in which I’ve lost myself for more than a decade.
  23. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life tells a truly gripping tale – a story that blows most games out of the water. Combine that with a refined combat system and a new engine capable of making the game's world feel more alive than ever, and you've got a stellar Yakuza title. Although the experience does feel a little stunted in places outside of the main plot, this is still a fitting final chapter. Yakuza 6 is a gloriously dramatic send off for one of the greatest characters in modern gaming.
  24. Mar 15, 2018
    I could go on and on about how utterly incredible Kazama Kiryu is as a character, and how the Yakuza series has broadened my horizons when it comes to Japanese games. If you've played Yakuza in the past, I think you'll get a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of this game.
  25. Mar 15, 2018
    It’s taken me a long time to experience the Yakuza series, but Yakuza 6 makes me so thankful that I finally have. The insurmountable badass Kazuma Kiryu is surrounded by a fantastic cast of characters and some gripping drama—it’s just a shame that the “game” portion of this video game isn’t quite what it could be. Still, this is a superb adventure from beginning to end, and further proof of the magic that Japanese developers can weave when they put their minds to it.
  26. 90
    Song of Life is Kiryu’s story and focusing on something larger would only be a disservice to one of gaming’s most fully realized characters. It’s only fitting that he bows out in Ryu ga Gotoku Studio’s most mature and focused game.
  27. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 isn't just one of the best entries in the series to date, it's also one of the most fulfilling experiences you'll find in 2018. A game bursting with content and character alike, it takes its rightful place alongside some of the best releases of the year not just on substance or style, but on its ability to balance all its attributes yet pace it in a way that's both manageable and inviting.
  28. Mar 15, 2018
    It's definitely a more condensed experience than the content-stuffed Yakuza 5 or 0, but the trade-offs are worth it. Whether you've been following this series for years or only have minimal experience with it, Yakuza 6 is an entry worth playing.
  29. Mar 15, 2018
    For the past few years players had the chance to enjoy the beautiful story of Yakuza. Unfortunately, this story comes to a close with Yakuza 6. While you assume the role of Kiryu for the last time, the beautiful ending is in sight.
  30. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life wraps up the story of Kazuma Kiryu with the same sense of style and attention to quality the series has always maintained. By alternating erratically between deadly serious crime stories, and wildly goofball side activities, Yakuza strikes an entertaining sweet spot that few other series manage. Players should set aside a lot of time before engaging with Yakuza, because like the mob, this is a game that will keep pulling you back in.
  31. Apr 3, 2018
    Technically and dramatically impressive conclusion of a unique Japanese epic.
  32. Mar 16, 2018
    One step back and two steps forward; Yakuza 6 changes up some of the core elements for Kiryu's last adventure and give new life to a series that's become a cult classic for JRPG fans.
  33. Mar 15, 2018
    There is still something that drags him into the past, such as the atavistic static nature of the characters waiting for our input, but the leap in quality is clear, in every single aspect of the game.
  34. Mar 19, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life drew me into Kiryu Kazuma’s world and I’m now eager to discover more about this endearing figure by playing through the previous games, which I think stands as a testament to how good this truly is and how captivating the story that unfolds manages to be.
  35. Apr 16, 2018
    The story is interesting enough, but I didn't find it nearly as engaging as in some of the prior games. Onomichi is a nice enough location to visit, but the game has you spend too much time there for what it has to offer. And I miss the fighting styles of Yakuza 0 and the strategic element they added to the fights. If you're new to the series, you'll have fun with the game, but fans of the series will probably be left feeling like they expected more out of Yakuza 6.
  36. Apr 11, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a strong entry in the series (although it takes a back seat to Yakuza 0), and a very fitting wrap up to Kazuma Kiryu’s storyline. All in all, this is a smaller, more refined game than we are used to with a few missing pieces (likely a result of the new game engine that is still being perfected). It manages to deliver almost as much fun and insanity as its predecessors in a smaller amount of real estate.
  37. Mar 16, 2018
    There's murder, intrigue, babysitting, and thoughtful contemplation on what it means to be a man and a father in these changing times.
  38. Mar 16, 2018
    The overall story does come up short when stacked against the incredible Yakuza 0, but it’s still a joy to take Kiryu out for a stroll in the most meticulously-crafted and comically-dangerous rendition of Japan ever offered.
  39. Mar 16, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a beautiful game, plays smooth, and has a story that is genuinely compelling and driven by top notch dialogue and dynamic characters. The fighting is complex but easy to learn, and the game provides tons of great content in the form of mini-games, town exploration, and side storylines. There is lots to look at and take in as you play, and the game packs a lot of good into a nearly flawless package.
  40. Mar 16, 2018
    Yakuza 6 sure has some weaknesses. But it also is a fitting finale for an underappreciated franchise, where storytelling, compelling minigames and above all, beautiful visuals craft one extraordinary experience.
  41. Mar 15, 2018
    Maybe it isn't Kazuma's biggest adventure, but it's the most espectacular and personal. Yakuza 6 is the swan song fans of the franchise can't miss.
  42. Mar 15, 2018
    Like its predecessors, Yakuza 6 is a beautiful, engaging and deep title. Nonetheless, after seven main chapters, countless spin-offs, remastered versions and remakes, a slight whiff of deja vu is almost inescapable. Having said that, The Song of Life is a great conclusion to an unforgettable saga.
  43. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 does not invent anything new compared to the previous installments, and the lack of many iconic characters from the saga shouldn't be understimated, but despite this, the final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu's adventures remains one of the best Yakuza installments ever.
  44. Mar 15, 2018
    The Yakuza series is again founded on three main pillars in The Song of Life: myriad activities and mini-games, deep combat, and wonderful storytelling that ends the era of Kazuma Kyriu and serves to draw the new horizon toward which Sega will go.
  45. Mar 15, 2018
    Despite the few shortcomings, Yakuza 6 is a worthy successor for the franchise and an absolutely fantastic experience that will keep most enthralled from the beginning to the end, with a whole lot of extremely welcome detours due to the wealth of side stories and additional content.
  46. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 succeeds because its core story is so compelling. Every seemingly disconnected part serves a purpose: Without fights, it’d just be a movie; without cutscenes, it’d just be a series of contextless fights; without exploration, it’d be an on-rails punching simulator. All of those unexpected pieces and the (oh-so-long) cutscenes interact to make an equal parts story- and punching-driven game that is heart-wrenching. This is so much more than that game about a crime guy that I had expected.
  47. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is undeniably one of the best entries in the long-running series. Memorable side quests and engaging mini-games offer countless diversions and emotional encounters. The combat becomes routine, but the personal struggle of Kazuma Kiryu brings a satisfying and remarkable conclusion for the legendary Dragon of Dojima.
  48. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is an excellent entry in the SEGA series: the game's absolutely solid, spectacular and convincing in many of its mechanics, it's got an impeccable direction and lots of content, subquests and collateral activities.
  49. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 30, 2018
    Song of Life is one of the best installments in the Yakuza series, mostly because Sega finally switched to quality over quantity mentality. The game no longer weights you down with hundreds of boring little side quests that make you run around so much you end up forgetting what was going on in the main storyline. [Issue#228, p.54]
  50. Mar 16, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a fitting end to the journey of Kazuma Kiryu that will not disappoint long-time fans, while also providing an accessible journey to newcomers. Though it does not reach the heights of previous entries in its narrative and optional content, it does deliver a touching tale with a strong thematic core that has even stronger combat chops.
  51. Mar 15, 2018
    For the most part, though, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life gives fans of the series what they want, plus a new level of polish and smoother gameplay. And if you’re new to the series, this is one of the better titles to start with, and you’ll catch on to what you’re supposed to do pretty quickly.
  52. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 13, 2018
    The sixth Yakuza does not bring a huge open world. It brings a great hall full of amazing toys that you will not want to leave. [Issue#284]
  53. CD-Action
    Jun 5, 2018
    There are a lot of seemingly dissonant notes in The Song of Life, but from this chaos arises one of the best written open world games of this generation, a great technological foundation for upcoming Yakuzas and a beautiful farewell to Kazuma Kiryu. [05/2018, p.38]
  54. May 25, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a weird, fun, bizarre but most importantly, fitting conclusion to an epic saga of one video game character. The game is fun in all the best ways possible but bear in mind that it can feel a bit dated sometimes.
  55. Apr 27, 2018
    With Yakuza 0 overflowing with complexity and quality material, you would have expected Yakuza 6 to go for an even larger and more spectacular final story of its main character’s ark. Surprisingly, the developers chose to trim the fat and return to the starting origins of the show. While it does feel like a step backwards in some cases, it does allows for a far more dramatic experience and believable storyline where you can actually feel the intent of the characters and get invested in them and their lives. A solid, well crafted ending to one of Sega’s greatest stars.
  56. 80
    It's smaller and more focused than usual but Yakuza 6: The Song of Life retains the heart, charm and drama the series loves to dish out. Combat can still feel clumsy but it's rarely troubling or tough. There's a seamless quality to the new engine which helps keep pacing up whilst the story beats and tone remain well executed. It's a welcome installment, if a little lacking in some respects.
  57. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 3, 2018
    A fitting end for the tale of Kazuma Kiryu. With so much to see and do on top of an engrossing crime drama, it's well worth the trip. [Apr 2018, p.77]
  58. Mar 30, 2018
    I feel that the way SEGA completed Kiryu's saga was done with so much class, and the investment I felt throughout was constantly there. While the changes to the combat were somewhat of a letdown, I won't deny that every other aspect of the finale wowed me and left me an emotional train wreck. Long time fans of the Yakuza series will likely find The Song of Life to be a satifying conclusion.
  59. Mar 29, 2018
    An interesting combination of brutality and tenderness.
  60. Mar 28, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is not a game for everyone, but you can't deny it a certain charm. I followed a very cool storyline for many hours and I have happily frittered some time away playing various mini-games. The combat becomes repetitive after a while, but, all in all, this is a really great game.
  61. Mar 19, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The song of life is the finest entry in the series yet. Although impressing with its open world aspect, we do miss some of the content from previous games.
  62. Mar 17, 2018
    Yakuza 6 The Song of Life is clearly one of the best works in the series offering a great finale for Kazuma and greatly improved visuals thanks to the Dragon Engine and one of the best casting of characters in the entire series.
  63. Mar 16, 2018
    This is the biggest Yakuza addition until thus far, but it does not really know how to amaze us like Yakuza 0 did. We appreciate the way Kiryu's story comes to an end. Even after many chapters this game still surprises us.
  64. Mar 16, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a beast of a game, and it sends Kiryu off in style. The graphical upgrades are mouth-watering, and the seamless interior exploration makes an already immersive world even more engrossing.
  65. Mar 16, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a game I keep going back to. Even after finishing the main quest I want to keep playing and exploring the world of Yakuza. It also inspired me to get into the larger series, and as a result I just installed Yakuza 0 to start playing.
  66. Mar 15, 2018
    The Yakuza games have always balanced brutality with tear-jerking sentimentality: it’s a curious mix, but they commit so wholeheartedly to both that they somehow pull it off. It’s no surprise when the final act launches a full-blooded assault on your heartstrings. Yakuza 6 may not be subtle, but few players will be left dry-eyed as the curtain on this tale is finally drawn.
  67. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 applies themes of fatherhood and masculinity as coping mechanisms for intense interpersonal drama. While it surrenders the sweeping ambition that defined Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5, it feels sharper, more focused, and more honest about its intentions.
  68. Mar 15, 2018
    The Dragon Engine is certainly a welcome upgrade, creating a gorgeous Karumocho and Onomichi. But this visual change does not come without sacrifices, which can be seen in the other aspects of the game, equally or more important: combat, exploration and secondary content.
  69. Mar 15, 2018
    The sixth installment in the Yakuza franchise diligently completes its task: it brings the series to a new dawn of modernity and allows the fans to say goodbye to the legendary Dragon of Dojima. Even with some small flaws in the script and less epic boss figths, The Song of Life is a thrilling experience and one worth buying.
  70. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has an incredibly bittersweet ending, and the narrative twists and turns that brought me there, left me feeling satisfied with the close of Kazuma Kiryu’s story.
  71. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 delivers the series' signature poignant story, and is probably the best Yakuza has been narrative and production-wise. However, the game's trademark diversions have been trimmed back.
  72. Mar 15, 2018
    The story, content and gameplay are unquestionably of a good standard, but it was not what we wanted from the final game of Kiryu Kazuma, who we were so fond of during these 12 years. In our opinion it was reasonable to expect something more, especially in the combat system that instead of going forward took a step back, especially if compared with Yakuza 0, which on that front (but not only that) was the pinnacle of the series. The purchase is still recommended in an essential way, especially if you are a historical fan, in the meanwhile we'll waiting to find out what'll be the future of the brand without Dragon of Dojima.
  73. Mar 15, 2018
    Fighting and exploring is more free than ever, and the story, while wanting in certain areas, introduces a few great characters. Some activities and side missions lack a punch, but how many games do you get to wear a giant orange on your head?
  74. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 is a solid entry in the franchise. It's carried by a strong story and excellent visuals that make up for the fact that it's a fairly bare-bones Yakuza title that has less content than other titles in the series. Fans of the franchise should find a lot to like in Yakuza 6. It's not the best entry for a newcomer due to it being the end of Kiryu's story, but it's a solid and enjoyable game.
  75. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 0 is simply the better game overall, leaving Yakuza 6 as just a great game. Of course, a number of games aspire to be "great", so Yakuza hitting that benchmark even on an off year is a testament to the development team and the strength of the franchise. Yakuza 6 is well worth your time, but remember to manage your expectations.
  76. Mar 15, 2018
    The world is dense and rewarding to exist in, the dynamic combat system stays exciting even after you’ve kicked the crap out of five thousand enemies, and perhaps most importantly, Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life serves as a fulfilling conclusion to the turbulent, decade-long saga of its beloved icon, Kazuma Kiryu.
  77. Mar 15, 2018
    While Yakuza 6 takes a small step backward in its combat, sidequest content and presentation, its attention to detail with its engrossing, dynamic story paired with its near-infinite replayability makes this a thoroughly enjoyable, if only slightly disappointing, chapter of Kazuma Kiryu's life.
  78. Edge Magazine
    Mar 1, 2018
    Yakuza 6's narrative builds to one of the finest climaxes in the series - perhaps, in fact, the best of the lot...When the dust settles, the series fan is given something that no previous Yakuza game, bound as it has been to an inevitable sequel, has ever offered: closure. [Apr 2018, p.108]
  79. Apr 10, 2018
    Even though it's a bit of a disappointment, there's no denying that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a solid entry in Sega's epic series. Both fans and newcomers alike will find a lot to love about Kiryu's latest (and possibly final) kick ass adventure.
  80. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life offers amazing storytelling and world-building, but when it comes to gameplay mechanics and technique Yakuza 0 and Kiwami 2 are way ahead.
  81. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life presents the most detailed virtual chunk of Japan the series has managed to date, and its story provides a satisfying end to the Kizama Kiryu saga. However, as far as gameplay goes, Yakuza 6 doesn’t make enough of an effort to break new ground, making it weaker overall than last year’s Yakuza Zero.
  82. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6 has an ambitious narrative, alternating between lighthearted and dramatic. Unfortunately, it doesn't give its characters enough love and care to truly pull off the pathos.
  83. May 7, 2018
    The Dragon of Dojima returns for one more adventure, with the stakes higher and more personal than ever in this touching farewell to a Yakuza legend. With a tale that closes the book on a long-running saga, Kiryu’s farewell results in a story that is as satisfying to watch as its gameplay is as underwhelming to consume.
  84. games(TM)
    Apr 20, 2018
    Its fluid action and bustling open world full of character will draw you in, while the deeply engrossing narrative will keep you hooked until the emotionally fuelled finale. [Issue#199, p.70]
  85. Mar 20, 2018
    I wish I could say Kiryu’s sendoff was the best Yakuza game of the bunch, but last year’s Yakuza 0 still stands out. Yakuza 6 succeeds, though, despite its shortcomings. It’s definitely the best looking, most technically impressive Yakuza game. And The Song of Life is its most heart warming (and heart wrenching!) story.
  86. Mar 19, 2018
    Kiryu's final chapter is a beautiful one that has its heart in the right place, but feels slightly let down quite likely due to the new engine not allowing the developers the time they required to flesh out other areas such as the battle system and sections of Kamurocho. Despite slipping in parts, though, Yakuza 6 recovers with a compelling and intricately woven narrative featuring an appealing cast, rounded off with the side distractions expected of an entry in this series.
  87. Mar 15, 2018
    A slightly underwhelming end to the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, but the changes in gameplay and graphics do hold a lot of promise for the future.
  88. 70
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life brings a satisfying end to Kazuma Kiryu's story, but it's not quite the send off I expected. Between its convoluted systems and cut content, it didn't feel like the saga ended with a roar, but with a whimper.
  89. Mar 15, 2018
    Given more development time, this could have been the definitive entry in the series, but what we’re left with is good enough.
  90. Mar 5, 2018
    For a story-driven game, there are just too many inconsistencies in its story. Yet despite this, Yakuza 6 comes with undeniable charm.
  91. Mar 15, 2018
    Yakuza 6‘s thematic consistency is impressive, though the game scarcely gives women the space to be more than props or damsels or to speak up when they’re shamed for having lives outside the constraints of possessive men. The game wants to be about parents in general, but in a series steeped in the kind of male bravado where expensive suits are cast off in one swift motion to reveal extravagant back tattoos, it’s mostly just about fathers.
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  1. Apr 18, 2018
    Yakuza 6 sums up its lead character succinctly and emotionally, while shaking up enough to make the return ride feel fresh.
  2. Mar 15, 2018
    Perhaps not the greatest Yakuza game, but Kazuma Kiryu's farewell certainly makes for the most human. [Recommended]
  3. Apr 18, 2018
    If you look at Yakuza 6 in strictly narrative terms, as the Kazuma Kiryu game, you might be a little disappointed here. The lack of involvement from old friends, and the manner with which his departure is handled, feel rushed and inconsequential when you consider how much he’s been through over the years. As a complete Yakuza experience, though, things are much more positive.
  4. Mar 15, 2018
    The in-combat effects and camera work really make what could be a relatively basic combat cycle into something that feels dynamic and empowering.
  5. Apr 16, 2018
    It’s not the biggest nor the best game in the series. But whether you’re calming a crying baby with motion controls or bashing a gangster’s head in with a bicycle, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a poignant, bloody, and altogether brilliant send-off.
  6. Apr 17, 2018
    This is a game to be savoured slowly and enjoyed as much for its questionable qualities as its obvious ones. Where other franchises seek to shave off rough edges, Yakuza has opted to not only keep them but to celebrate them.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 481 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 481
  1. Apr 22, 2018
    More like 9.5 than 10.

    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the last game in the Yakuza series, but not the last in terms of quality; far from it.
    More like 9.5 than 10.

    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the last game in the Yakuza series, but not the last in terms of quality; far from it. My knowledge of this series already comes from Yakuza 4, which came out in PS Plus in February 2015 and from there I was completely addicted and aware of the upcoming Yakuza that were to come at that time, namely Yakuza 5, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. As in previous games, Yakuza 6 is an action-adventure game that mixes brawler style combat with RPG elements. And again we have the protagonist, the 4th Chairman, that is, Kazuma Kiryu.

    When I returned to Kamurocho, I soon noticed that it was visually amazing and the same goes for the city Onomichi, who is also present in the game. Now we will not have loadings of 1 second, each time we enter or leave a restaurant for example. Whenever we come into conflict with some ruffians on the streets, the city itself "becomes a battle arena" (and still we can escape successfully), unlike the previous ones where we were limited to a small place. Yes, we can also take and fight the ruffians in places like Poppos or on Smile Burger. The spectacle of all this is to see smashed glasses, objects flying and as result, the employee expels us and the site is temporarily closed for repairs. It's these little details that make me delight in this Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.

    But you may be wondering, what has really changed in the gameplay over Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami? A lot of things. The Brawler and Rush styles were eliminated, with only Beast (when we entered Extreme Heat Mode) and Dragon remaining and still have their differences. In Beast we don't have those slow movements anymore and in Dragon, the moveset is different from the previous Yakuzas. Each time we win a battle or eat something, we are rewarded with experience points for 5 abilities: Strength, Agility, Spirit, Technique and Charm, which can be used to increase Kiryu's stats (Health, Attack, Defense, Evasion, Heat Gauge) and to buy Battle Skills, Heat Actions and other skills.

    What I really have to say about the gameplay of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is that I feel the character's moves and the blows are smooth, frantic, and full of strength. It is true that at the beginning we are taking a lot of kicks when we are facing many ruffians, triads or yakuzas, but it is because we are limited to a one quickstep (there are double and triple) and the fact that we don't have the quickstep cancel. It's always rewarding to see our enemies taking with a Heat Action, some of theme are hilarious. An example of this is the Essence of Electromagnetic Torture, which consists to shoot the enemy at the microwave and asking the employee to "warm" the head of our enemy. Another example, the Essence of Knock Out Punch, allows us to see (through a 1 second Slow Motion) our enemy spitting blood whenever we punch him in the chin. In comparison to the previous ones, we don't have some old Heat Actions, but we have many new ones.

    In this Yakuza 6: The Song of Life we have something new called Clan Creator. Let's say it's a kind of Fighting Manager, in which we have a hierarchy (Chairman> Captain> Lieutenant> Soldier) to organize, take them to the missions and fight against other clans. Correct, if we want a soldier for our clan, sometimes we will have to search in the streets of Onomichi and defeat this person in a fight. They all have different moves, weapons, punches and some characters have special moves. And yes, we can also take our team to the online battles.

    As always, this Yakuza 6 also features the usual Yoshida Batting Center, Hostess Clubs, Substories and Mahjong, but new things have also been added, such as hunting fish, octopuses and sharks in the waters of Onomichi, a site called RIZAP Kamurocho to exercise our muscles and improve our character's physique, and we even have to rescue lost cats, which we then send to the Nyan Nyan Café. In addition, there are also Vending Machines, which help to temporarily increase our stats and the missions or the help requests to rescue someone who is having trouble with ruffians, for example. And, of course, the Sega Club is also present in this Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and we have games like Virtual Fighter 5: Final Showdown and even classics such as Out Run, Puyo Puyo, Super Hang-On, Fantasy Zone and Space Harrier.

    Despite all of this, i miss the mini-games like Bowling, Pool, gambling and fights in the Purgatory Coliseum. Fights against bosses are challenging, with a phenomenal soundtrack and feature breathtaking scenes. SEGA has done a almost perfect work by keeping the style that made this series unique, but at the same time make some changes so that the game and series stay fresh. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is not only one of the best entries in the series, but also one of the best experience of 2018 so far.
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  2. Apr 17, 2018
    Kazuma Kiryu's last game (no spoilers)

    I managed to get Yakuza 6 a little earlier and my opinion on it is highly positive. The game is
    Kazuma Kiryu's last game (no spoilers)

    I managed to get Yakuza 6 a little earlier and my opinion on it is highly positive. The game is really immersive with a cast made out of very wholesome, comedic and plain evil characters. The story takes you to both Onomichi and Kamurocho in yet another tale of our beloved Dragon.

    The story itself is really good. Yakuza 6 has a really interesting plot and definitely goes for that less grim Yakuza 5 atmosphere in comparison to the one that we had in 0. The substories this time around are fully voiced. The substories can be sad, funny and have a whole lot of effort put in them. The substory-voice actors really did put that extra weight on their characters and it really helps out because not every character has that much screen time.

    The mini games including the new Clan Creator, Baseball manager and underwater fishing game are done really well. One moment you're fighting a squid monster that fires little squids as projectiles and other moments you'll find yourself waging war in the streets of Hiroshima and Tokyo. And don't worry about previous minigames, as far as I can tell they have all been improved and streamlined.

    The game does have a couple of minor issues however. The combat for one is shallow compared to previous installments. With only one style and a limited amount of heat moves the combat does feels repetitive at times. At some point in the game I had been using the same combo string for 10 fights in a row! BUT repetitive doesn't mean bad, keep that in mind. Kamurocho is also missing part of the upper map which made me a little upset. And finally it's time to address the engine. While the engine is drop dead gorgeous it does have some issues: minimal street NPC's, fade-aways, pop ups and some physics based issues.

    All in all Yakuza 6 is a great game but I can't easily ignore some of the issues it has. However i'm happy to say that Yakuza 6's positive aspects easily overshadow the negatives aspects. The game is fun, well written, unique, dynamic, addictive and worth your time. I rate Yakuza 6 a 9 out of 10.
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  3. Apr 17, 2018
    Not better than Yakuza 0, but Yakuza 6 still has its own ways to attract the gamers with its touching story. The dragon engine really improvesNot better than Yakuza 0, but Yakuza 6 still has its own ways to attract the gamers with its touching story. The dragon engine really improves Yakuza 6 graphic to the next level.
    You don't really need to play yakuza 2 until 5 to follow and understand yakuza 6 story.
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