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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: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 27, 2021
    94
    Lost Judgement is in my eyes a superb addition to the Yakuza series and is jam-packed with content. The graphics are great, the voice acting is great and the amount of activities that will distract you from the main quest is mind-blowing. It used the same formula which made its predecessors so much fun to play and improved on it. Even as dark and gruesome as the main story is there is always something around the corner in this game to put a smile back on your face.
  2. Sep 16, 2021
    90
    Yakuza games have been arriving thick and fast over the years, but Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio still hasn't lost its touch. It's hard to think of another series with such regular entries that manages to constantly evolve at this level. While most don't add too much to alter the formula, Lost Judgment throws just about everything it can into its world without feeling over-saturated. With the main story, side quests, school stories, mini-games, exploration and other distractions, it's hard not to be impressed with what's on display. There's still an element of hold handing in the detective sections we'd love to see worked on and the lip-syncing may not be the best, but the team's first attempt at delivering a simultaneous worldwide release for the series is a gamble that has paid off and perhaps offers the best entry in the franchise so far.
  3. Sep 17, 2021
    90
    Lost Judgment is a phenomenal improvement over its prequel and becomes a must-have for all Yakuza series fans out there.
  4. Sep 16, 2021
    81
    Lost Judgment is a good sequel to an amazing predecessor. The fighting system is fun, the mission design is very diverse, and you can still put hours into entertaining optional stuff within the vast open world. There is just one thing that makes a huge difference. Takayuki Yagami's new case is not in the least as personal and captivating as his first one. That doesn't make Lost Judgment a bad game, but it makes it clearly stand behind the first part of the spin-off series.
  5. Sep 16, 2021
    80
    Lost Judgment is a great mystery game with the signature Yakuza flair. If you're a fan, or even if you're not, you'll have a fun time with this game despite its dark subject matter.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Nov 4, 2021
    70
    If nothing else, Lost Judgment proves it would be a great shame if he didn't get another opportunity to find his niche. [Issue#365, p.112]
  7. Nov 2, 2021
    60
    Lost Judgment is a bittersweet event. The story aims for a mature tone but is too often a macabre, morbid misfire that strays too far from the balance between silly and serious that the series is famed for. It's not a poorly developed title, though; the outrageously brilliant combat and sandbox distractions are clear evidence of that. It just struggles to tell the sort of meaningful, believable and sensitively weighted story that players have come to expect from this talented team.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Oct 14, 2021
    10
    10/10 for me, I loved every minute of the lost judgment story, it shows how in this world of shadows and light the truth can be hidden, but10/10 for me, I loved every minute of the lost judgment story, it shows how in this world of shadows and light the truth can be hidden, but there is a brave detective who delves into a case that Japanese justice ignores, In lost judgment, every action the characters take has consequences. The game is not perfect, it has its problems but the good things it has make the negative a small problem. The combat is so dynamic that it gives you the freedom to do many things including juggling combos, many minigames that are a refreshing addition to isezaki ijincho as it makes the city feel alive with the activities you can do. The detective system is not that challenging and does not penalize you at all if you make a mistake but it gives you satisfaction with extra points when you solve a case without making a mistake. highly recommended. You also do not have to play Judgment to play Lost Judgment since the story is written in such a way that you do not feel lost if you did not play the previous one, which I still recommend that you play Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2021
    10
    Lost Judgement is an awesome game with a great story, and superb gameplay. Very enjoyable to play. Do yourself a favor and play this game!
  3. Mar 2, 2022
    10
    after playing Judgement and Yakuza series i really like that style of games, so i decided to give this game a chance and i gotta say it's aafter playing Judgement and Yakuza series i really like that style of games, so i decided to give this game a chance and i gotta say it's a really good one. Expand
  4. Oct 4, 2021
    10
    I'm a big fan of the yakuza style of game play, mix that with a cool story and fast combat and it's a win for me. I highly recommend playing this.
  5. Oct 1, 2021
    9
    剧情相比一代不够缜密,有些地方(尤其是结局)很生硬,但战斗系统大幅进化,叙事也保持了一贯的水准
    Compared with the previous generation, the plot is not meticulous enough. In some places
    剧情相比一代不够缜密,有些地方(尤其是结局)很生硬,但战斗系统大幅进化,叙事也保持了一贯的水准
    Compared with the previous generation, the plot is not meticulous enough. In some places (especially the ending), it is very stiff, but the combat system has evolved greatly and the narrative has maintained a consistent level.
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  6. Oct 9, 2021
    8
    Lost Judgement
    A Great Drama
    Lost Judgement is a 21 hour long action narrative detective adventure.. theres a lot here.. I’ve never played
    Lost Judgement
    A Great Drama
    Lost Judgement is a 21 hour long action narrative detective adventure.. theres a lot here..
    I’ve never played any of the Yakuza games or the previous judgement game and I was just fine hopping in here with Lost Judgement as it is a self contained story, Here you play as detective Takayuki Yagami,the game starts with a man being arrested for groping a woman at a train station, all while you’ve been hired to infiltrate a highschool to stop bullying.. a teacher from this school was murdered, and eventually all things get entertwined, a murder, sexual assult, bullying.. and you have to untie and connect all of the loose threads…
    The game tackles a serious subject of suicide and bullying all while managing to not take itself so seriously at the same time… youll be handing it to these snot nosed bullies multiple times throughout the day, and solving a murder mystery by night, and I was glued to my seat.. at least for the first half of the game.. here youll do a mix of running from point a to be, stealthing past enemies, getting into fights, and scoping out areas for clues to to progress the story.. and every once in a while get into a chase or teach a dance class… theres a great amount of variety here to keep you enteretained not to menton the horus upon hrs of side missions to really flesh this world out.. but ultimately Lost Judement went on far too long.. I loved the story, all of the twistand turns.. but by hours 12 or so, I was just ready for them to get on with it… stop sending me on this wild goose chase and just end this already… None of the new information was compelling and even if it were, this new info would be stretch out across hours leading me to just be over it before even more new info came in to be stretched out another 2-3 hours.. this story could’ve easily been trimmed down towards the end..
    But overall Lost Judgement offers a compelling murder mystery worth sitting down with for a week..
    One that’s simple and accessible enough to feel like a tv series you sit down with for a few hours a night..
    The pacing gameplay wise is amazing, and if you love your self some crime dramas pick this one up..
    I give Losst Judgement
    an 8/10
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  7. Apr 4, 2022
    8
    Minus two points for console exclusiveness (Blame Johnnys for not letting Yagami on PC) & plot hole (Yagami using Sawa sensei's death as aMinus two points for console exclusiveness (Blame Johnnys for not letting Yagami on PC) & plot hole (Yagami using Sawa sensei's death as a shield against basically everything & everyone second half).
    Great side missions although I'm not a big fan of school life, the better Yakuza game(combat & mini games), however we won't get another one. Yagami is cool. Opening song is great.
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