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  • Summary: SEIZE THE TRUTH - December 2021, Tokyo district court. Akihiro Ehara stands accused of groping a woman on a crowded train. A bystander’s video footage of his attempt to flee the scene and subsequent apprehension is all over the news, and public outcry demands a maximum sentence. “Three daysSEIZE THE TRUTH - December 2021, Tokyo district court. Akihiro Ehara stands accused of groping a woman on a crowded train. A bystander’s video footage of his attempt to flee the scene and subsequent apprehension is all over the news, and public outcry demands a maximum sentence. “Three days ago, a dead body was found in an abandoned building in Yokohama. Have you identified it yet?” he proclaims as confusion cuts through the court room. His defense lawyer, Saori Shirosaki, has no doubt that crucial details of the situation have been overlooked, as Ehara was not even tried for the murder. She contacts detective Takayuki Yagami to investigate this further.

    How could Ehara have committed two crimes at once? Was the sexual battery just a cover up? Has Ehara gamed the entire justice system? As victims surface and Yagami digs farther into the truth, he is faced with a question: Defend the law, or enact justice?

    From just a single stumble, one can become a monster…

    BRINGING JUSTICE AT THE EDGE OF THE LAW

    Put Yagami’s distinct martial arts forms to the test in order get to the bottom of the case. Harness the Crane, Tiger, and new Snake stance, a graceful style that can deflect and return an opponent’s strikes, using their energy against them.

    EVERYONE’S GOT A STORY

    Employ Yagami’s arsenal of detective tricks with new gadgets, stealthily tracking suspects, and crafty methods of infiltration. Leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the truth as you take on cases in both Tokyo and Yokohama.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  1. Sep 16, 2021
    100
    Lost Judgment is nothing short of stunning. It's tightly-packed narrative never fails to enthrall, while its gameplay systems make navigating to each of its engrossing narrative beats an exciting experience in its own right.
  2. Sep 16, 2021
    90
    Those worried about where the tradition of Yakuza would stand following last year’s change in direction for the series should rest easy in just how well executed Lost Judgment truly is, from terrifically-written story to masterful gameplay.
  3. Jan 20, 2022
    90
    Lost Judgment represents the unexpected return of detective/brawler Yagami and company in an even more exciting adventure that brings everything we loved in the previous instalments, and much more. Peak old-school Yakuza-like experience for those who love the more active approach to this genre.
  4. Sep 16, 2021
    85
    Lost Judgment can best be described as The Yakuza Game With The High School. It's familiar and comfortable, and it's likely to please fans of the franchise who weren't thrilled with the JRPG style of the last game. The storyline is sometimes too grim even for a Yakuza title, and it plays things a bit safe, but it's still a darn fun experience. If this really is the Judgment spin-off's last entry, then it's a fitting send-off to the sub-franchise.
  5. Oct 11, 2021
    80
    Lost Judgment is more of the same with some fine tuning, but there are no revolutionary updates. There are more activities than ever, but the interface is the very same. There is a more fluid a spectacular combat system, but the AI is just the same. The analysis of the environment for clues still feels underdeveloped, and the tailing of people is still clunky, despite the new mechanics. If you liked the first episode, you’ll love this one, despite the high school drama. If you did not play Judgment you can start with the new game to see how well it suits your tastes, since it can be enjoyed without knowing past events. All in all, it is a good sequel to a promising franchise.
  6. Sep 16, 2021
    80
    Lost Judgment is a sequel that builds on the strengths of the original installment. If Judgement was to your liking, then Lost judgment is a game you must buy.
  7. Sep 16, 2021
    60
    Lost Judgment is a mechanically sound Yakuza spin-off, but its convoluted story makes it feel like a TV show that's gone on a few seasons too long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 69
  2. Negative: 6 out of 69
  1. Sep 25, 2021
    10
    The combat is the best in the series. Infact it's tge best 3D beat em up I've ever played The world is as lively as you'd expect from an RGGThe combat is the best in the series. Infact it's tge best 3D beat em up I've ever played The world is as lively as you'd expect from an RGG studio. Story is intriguing Side missions are great
    Everything has been improved from the previous games
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  2. Oct 3, 2021
    10
    yes yes yes ! this is exactly what i was waiting for this game is a masterpiece gameplay,side missions are so fcking great aswell
  3. Oct 2, 2021
    10
    Loved every second of this sequel. The story is yet again very gripping and I absolutely loved the fighting.
  4. Oct 6, 2021
    9
    Just another solid showing from RGG who have dropping gems each year. I was a very big fan of the first Judgement and part of me was worriedJust another solid showing from RGG who have dropping gems each year. I was a very big fan of the first Judgement and part of me was worried that since Yagami's character arc was essentially done in the last game, his generic demeanour would have dulled the experience. Thankfully I was wrong. Yagami is a phenomenal protagonist and there are so many gameplay features that are new or have been built on from the previous game that it is very worthwhile to play this game instead of watching a YouTube video of the always incredible story.

    What keeps this game from reaching that 10 is simply the same flaws that haven't been thoroughly addressed from Judgement. Lost Judgement still has pacing issues with the crucial game modes like the tailing and listening missions. When this game is flowing that well and it all comes to a halt with those modes, the impact is very noticeable. I am well aware that there is a significant decrease of these modes but they still exist. I think for this mode to work as well as in games like Assassins Creed there need to be more of a focus on this for the next Judgment game. It is necessary as it is natural for Yagami, a detective to do these things.

    The other flaws that this game has is one that resides in the combat. Judgment's combat had an issue where the Tiger style was far superior to the Crane style as you get deeper into the game. RGG definatly tried addressing that by makeing Crane stronger and bringing in the equally strong Snake style but the issue is the fact there all the styles have lost their identity. You can use any style for any fight and some might see that as a posiitive because of the freedom to combat it brings but personally for me this seems unessaary. They either need to add more unique weaknesses to the styles or add stronger enemies. The only time the Styles matter is the Amon fight. Everyother time you are fine with whatever style you choose. This is not major gripe but honestly me just nitpicking. Outside of that the Combat is still very good but there is still room for improvement.

    I dont want to get into the story too much for the sake of spoilers but this is a must see. That is all I can say about it.

    Lost Judgment is currently the Game of The Year and worth every dollar and I am looking forward to the Kaito DLC.

    Kevin
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  5. May 4, 2022
    9
    Hours Played: 24 Hours
    Trophy Completion: 13/56 (20%)
    Worth My Time: Yes, at least mainline. Worth My Money: Yes, but do note it goes on
    Hours Played: 24 Hours
    Trophy Completion: 13/56 (20%)

    Worth My Time: Yes, at least mainline.
    Worth My Money: Yes, but do note it goes on sale often.

    What I Like: Story is really captivating with never a dull moment. Much better pacing than the first game. Yagami is fleshing out to be pretty badass, but still not quite Kiryu levels. Gameplay, especially combat is also much better with more depth and variety. Some of the less interesting gameplay sections like tailing a target or taking spy shots are not as prevalent in the main line, which is better for me.

    What I Dislike: Some of the side characters aren't as well written in this game. Feels a bit too easy for me at times, with more handholding than previous games. For some reason, the world doesn't feel as vibrant. Eating for example is kinda pointless.

    How It Stacks Up: It's Yakuza all grown up. The first Judgment didn't quite resonate with me, but this one hit all the right notes. Offers a more mature setting than Like A Dragon, and also quicker to finish. It leaves little breathing room to do side quests, but that's how I like to play Yakuza games (mainline first, then all the open world stuff in Premium Adventure mode). For people new to Yakuza, personally I'd still recommend Like A Dragon, or even Yakuza 0 over this, unless you're really into detective stories.
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  6. Feb 19, 2022
    8
    It took me a while to enjoy this game, which is the reason it is not rated higher, but once the story started to take shape I got hooked.It took me a while to enjoy this game, which is the reason it is not rated higher, but once the story started to take shape I got hooked. Another complaint I have is the number of enemies you run into can get kind of annoying. I would be going to someplace on the map and constantly run into enemies where I would be forced to fight. It is fun but after a while, it gets annoying especially if you are trying to do specific things and keep getting interrupted. Overall though, I loved this game. The characters are extremely likable and the world feels so alive. All of the side quests are super unique, which is something I feel many games can struggle with. Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2022
    0
    Bad story, horrible controls, and even worse graphics make for a terrible experience. Save your money and buy LITERALLY anything else.

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