Yakuza 0 - PlayStation Hits (PS4)
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Yakuza 0 portrays the genesis of Kazuma Kiryu, the rising Dragon of Dojima in the heyday of the economic bubble in the late 1980s. Starting off in series familiar location Kamurocho, Kiryu, a junior member of the Dojima family, gets blamed for a debt collection that ends in murder. Of course, this murder happens on a hotly coveted plot of land in Kamurocho, and Kiryu quickly finds himself in over his head trying to regain his honor and save the reputation of his savior and father figure, Shintaro Kazama.
Meanwhile, series familiar Goro Majima is living the life in Osaka, running a cabaret above board. But his desire to rejoin the Yakuza Clan he was ousted from is intense, and in order to do so, Majima must complete impossible tests set by increasingly unforgiving bosses. The clan keeps pushing his limits just to see how far he will really go to prove his loyalty...
- The Dragon's Origins: What lies in a man's past defines his future, and in this case, we learn a lot about what inspires Kiryu down the paths he takes in the rest of the Yakuza series. Plus, you don't get to be called "Dragon" without being able to knock a few heads. Combat styles can be hot-swapped during fights for some of the most intense battles in the Yakuza series to date.
- Embrace the Mad Dog: For the first time in a numbered game, long-time NPC Goro Majima is now playable. With his own fighting style, abilities, and his penchant for turning sleaze into profit, stepping into the role of Yakuza's most eccentric character will provide some eye-opening insight.
- The Decadence of the 1980s in Japan: Cash rules everything in the world of Yakuza 0, and in the game, there are a million ways to spend, make, or take money. From cash spilling out of the pockets of gang members you fight to Telephone Clubs, Disco Halls, or even Pocket Circuit car races, there are tons of ways to be a well-to-do gangster.
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- 23 Jan 2017
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The Dragon & the Mad Dog: An Introduction to the Yakuza series
Raeez Ahmed M onReviewed by
Now moving onto Y0. If you have never played a Yakuza game before, and you enjoy excellent story-telling, deep and nuanced characters and solid melee combat, Yakuza is the series for you. Y0 is the ideal game for newcomers to the Yakuza series, as the game serves as a starting point for the series as a whole.
Y0 focuses on the origin stories of Kazuma Kiryu (KK), the main protagonist of the Yakuza series, and Goro Majima (GM), a long-time fan favourite. Y0 is set primarily in Tokyo (Kamurucho) and Osaka (Sotenbori), with KK and GM being able to traverse and interact with both settings. Y0 is set in 1988, during the period of economic boom in Japan.
Let's deal with the graphics. As Y0 was developed for the PS3 as well, it doesn't share the same level of graphic fidelity as Yakuza 6. Y0 does appear a bit dated (especially when compared to Yakuza 6) as the game is using assets originally used on the Yakuza games developed for the PS3. Despite that, the facial animation, especially of the cast which are based on real life Japanese actors and actresses, are superb. Unfortunately, the same level of detail is not present with the protaganists, as they do not share any facial likenesses with their respective voice actor.
Speaking of voice, Y0 is fully presented in Japanese, with English subtitles. There is no option to switch to an English voice track. Depending on your taste, this could be either an advantage or a disadvantage. All in-game text is presented in English, and most NPCs are voiced, but there are some situations where in-game text is used (primarily for the minor segments for Side Quests).
The gameplay is a strongpoint for Y0. The game runs at a solid 60 frames-per-second, which is especially nice considering that it's a fighting game. Y0 consists of fighting segments, similar to a beat-em up style game and Y0 also contains a large variety of mini-games as well.
Each protagonist has 3 unique fighting/combat styles, and you're able to switch to different styles at will during combat. The combat has a good flow to it, and you are able to upgrade your combat styles with new moves etc. Combat also includes the use of weapons, mostly melee weapons, but there is a limited number of firearms available (these are used within the fights itself, so there are no playable shootout sequences/areas in the game).
With the massive amount of mini-games available, you are bound to stumble upon a few that you enjoy. There's the in-game Sega Club which offers classic Sega titles(Super Hang-On, Outrun and Space Harrier). There's the scalextric-like Pocket Circuit Racer game, Ten Pin Bowling, Fishing, Gambling (Casino and Traditional Japanese), Karaoke, Darts, Pool and much more. Do take note that a few of these mini-games do have adult themes (the game is set in the Red Light Districts of Tokyo).
With the story, I don't want to spoil anything but rest assured that it's another strongpoint of the game. A murder mystery (for KK) and an assassination attempt gone-wrong (for GM) forms the story arcs of the 2 protagonists. These stories later intersect and intertwine in totally unexpected ways.
Overall, Y0 is considered one of the best games (of the genre) for the PS4, and if you're looking for new story-heavy and action packed game (which doesn't take itself too seriously - see the mini-games), Y0 is perfect for you.
Came here for the mini-games, stayed for the feels
Megan C onReviewed by
Fun, semi-open world game
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