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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: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 11, 2020
    100
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon is ultimately a masterclass in pacing and storytelling with an fabulously gorgeous backdrop, welcome combat shake-up, and a cast of extremely affable characters, especially the newcomer Ichiban Kasuga.
  2. Nov 4, 2020
    100
    It was a gamble on Sega’s part to make such major changes to a tried and true formula, even more bewildering given its recent meteoric rise in Western markets. If Yakuza: Like A Dragon proves anything, it’s that fortune does indeed favour the bold.
  3. Nov 4, 2020
    90
    Like a Dragon is a wonderful jumping in point for the series and also one of the best titles in it to date. Don’t sleep on this game, it is worth digging into.
  4. Nov 4, 2020
    90
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon makes for an excellent new entry in this long-running series. The developers took a chance on a new protagonist and battle system, which forces fans out of their comfort zone for a very different yet, familiar Yakuza experience. Although the opening exposition can be a bit overwhelming, this is a standout video game on its own with plenty of emotional story beats, insane sub-stories, and plenty of ways to spend your time around Ijincho.
  5. Jun 28, 2021
    90
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon takes the risky option of including RPG elements in its core, but it does this absolutely brilliantly. It's a new approach that may make those fans of action in previous games a little apprehensive, but it does deserve a chance. It's a fantastic gateway to the series and not to be missed by fans of Japanese RPGs. It maintains the series' spirit, refreshing it with Ichiban Kaguya, heroes who risk becoming the new icon of Yakuza.
  6. Nov 25, 2020
    85
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon is surprisingly one of the best JRPGs that I’ve played since I beat Dragon Quest XI over three years ago. It’s especially impressive coming from Ryu ga Gotoku studios which has never made a turn-based RPG before. However, there are some glaring issues that take away from the overall experience; most notably the lack of a weakness indicator and wonky AoE moves during battles. If only the battle system was perfected, then Like a Dragon would be a top-tier JRPG. Regardless, I would recommend to any RPG fans that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a must-play title.
  7. Nov 4, 2020
    80
    Despite all the changes that have been made, Yakuza: Like a Dragon feels very much like a Yakuza game. The combat may now be turn-based, and the scenery might be different, but this is still a game full of drama, thrilling battles, and a huge amount of side content, all smothered with an ample amount of humour. And I never thought I’d say this, but I didn’t miss Kazuma Kiryu one jot while playing it; Ichiban Kasuga is simply a more likeable fellow with more depth. So, if you like the Yakuza series, consider Yakuza: Like a Dragon a must-have.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Jan 3, 2021
    10
    Un juego con una buena historia, un sistema de combate que no es el mejor en su genero, pero sin embargo no deja de ser divertido, mapas conUn juego con una buena historia, un sistema de combate que no es el mejor en su genero, pero sin embargo no deja de ser divertido, mapas con un montón de historias secundarias interesantes y buenos mini juegos. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2020
    10
    Excellent game, great graphics, frame rates etc on the Series X, really good game play and many varied things to do. Really good value game, Must buy.
  3. Sep 13, 2021
    10
    Terminé sur Xbox Séries X, le jeu est une pépite. Mettre Yakuza en format RPG, le tout dans un délire psy, fallait oser, le pari était risqué.Terminé sur Xbox Séries X, le jeu est une pépite. Mettre Yakuza en format RPG, le tout dans un délire psy, fallait oser, le pari était risqué. Eh bien ça marche et redoutablement bien. Tout est excellent dans ce jeu. Des personnages à la fois hyper attachant, burlesques, profonds, ou dans le gameplay, les invocations à mourir de rire, etc...
    Tout n'est pas parfait techniquement mais c'est pour moi l'un (voir LE) des meilleurs Yakuza de la saga.
    A faire absolument.
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  4. Dec 20, 2020
    10
    The first Yakuza game I have stuck with, and loving every minute - with those minutes getting better and better the further into the game youThe first Yakuza game I have stuck with, and loving every minute - with those minutes getting better and better the further into the game you go. Technically excellent in the 60hz mode on X Box 1X - whilst meaning I am more than happy to leave Cyberpunk until it sorts itself out. Still surprising me after +60 hrs, and making me miss Japan even more (2020 sucks). Mini-games that are better than standalone games - with a fantastic story, and excellent acting for those parts that are properly voice. Do your self a favour and make sure it is in Japanese/with subtitles for even better immersion. Close to Hades/Ori as my game of the year. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2021
    10
    First yakuza game played and its amazing! The storyline is brilliant and definitely worth getting!
  6. Dec 10, 2020
    9
    I return back to English-Dubbed Yakuza game, and I love it. Finally don't have to rwad. Hated that about all that came after the Ps2 OGI return back to English-Dubbed Yakuza game, and I love it. Finally don't have to rwad. Hated that about all that came after the Ps2 OG because of that, thank you Sega for dubbing this game. One point knocked off for making me read most of the game still. Expand
  7. Jun 14, 2021
    1
    This may indeed be a great game. I wouldn't know. Two hours in and it's just been cutscene after cutscene. Not sure at what point there's anThis may indeed be a great game. I wouldn't know. Two hours in and it's just been cutscene after cutscene. Not sure at what point there's an actual game to be played, but if it takes more than two hours, it should probably go back to the cutting board. I can only imagine at what point you get to actually play this game. 3 hours? 4 hours? Expand

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