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FUCK YEAH!

Anyone else here playing this? I'm only on Chapter 4, got it yesterday.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Thursday, 28 September 2006 00:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I really don't like it at all.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Thursday, 28 September 2006 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

The demo did nothing for me.

adam (adam), Thursday, 28 September 2006 03:33 (fifteen years ago) link

This game is incredibly frustrating and irritating. There's a lot I like about it, especially its hilarious Japaneseness, but I kind of with I had rented i5t and not bought it. Anyone want to trade for Okami?

antexit (antexit), Thursday, 28 September 2006 14:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I haven't found it to be particularly frustrating at all. What's been giving you trouble? I've only lost one fight, in Chapter 2 when I was still figuring out the controls, and I've been doing all the optional missions for EXP. It took a few hours, but in Chapter 5 I already have 5 Soul 7 Tech and 7 Body, with close to 1,000,000 yen and over half of the locker keys. I guess a lot of people hate the random encounters (and the loading time that comes with them), but I wouldn't say there are any more than your average RPG. There's an EXP cap on those things, too. Since doing all those missions, I haven't had any apart from the scripted ones while you're carrying Haruka to Serena.

I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would from the demo.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Friday, 29 September 2006 04:57 (fifteen years ago) link

What I find frustrating is mainly the fighting mechanic, the stupid combos that continually leave you punching the air while the guy you're fighting punches you in the back of the head. And I actually liked the random encounters at first, since fighting can be really fun, but there's just too many of them; they should have made them more avoidable. What I like: the story, how weirdly adult it all is, how the usual levelgrinding stuff in the game actually makes you feel like you're living the depressing life of a Tokyo salaryman, the way the city looks, all the shops you can go into and things you can do that have no bearing on the game itself (in that way it's like Shenmue in a way I hoped it'd be.) Also, fuck! All the fucking swearing becomes fucking irritating after a fucking while! Fuck! What's the fucking point? Again, trades for Okami: hit me up

antexit (antexit), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:35 (fifteen years ago) link

the stupid combos that continually leave you punching the air while the guy you're fighting punches you in the back of the head.

I've heard this complaint before, and while I haven't had too much trouble with this, there is a solution fairly early in the game. Aside from remembering to hold down R1 while fighting and using the shift technique to quickly escape when you find yourself in this situation, there are two reverse attack moves you can learn that pretty much make this a non issue. At the start of Chapter 4 you can go to the alleyway southwest of Theater Square to find Coin Locker Key No. 50. Unlock this locker to get a book on Roundhouse kick techniques. Once your Tech stat reaches 4 you will automatically learn this if you have the book. There is also a Reverse Strike punch to learn from Sensei Komaki in Purgatory, but you have to have Tech built up to 6 for him to teach it to you.
The only "random" encounters in all of chapter 5 for me were the ones on the way to meet Majima, again scripted so they don't really count, none in chapter six so far. Again, too many random encounters is the game telling you to earn more EXP.
All the swearing is an attempt to approximate in English the way Yakuza actually talk. It sort of works but I could see it all coming off much better in Japanese with subtitles. I read that they wanted to include the Japanese language track but there wasn't enough room on the disc.

Okami is great but if I didn't have it I wouldn't trade this for it. The story alone makes it a keeper, for me.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Friday, 29 September 2006 20:09 (fifteen years ago) link

hold down R1 while fighting and using the shift technique to quickly escape

Should read: hold down R1 while fighting to shift and using the dodge technique while shifting to quickly escape

Marmot (marmotwolof), Friday, 29 September 2006 20:13 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

did anyone play yakuza 2 through? seen it mentioned a few times on ILg I think

cozwn, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:25 (twelve years ago) link

Sitting on my to-be-played shelf :(

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 16:36 (twelve years ago) link

some solid praise from good writer types. been meaning to pick up a copy, but that would necessitate buying a new PS2 memory card.

GM, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 17:11 (twelve years ago) link

Yakuza 2 was probably my favorite game of last year. the story is stunningly non-retarded (I never played the first one so I had no idea what to expect), the action is frantic and awesome, and then there's this:

jamescobo, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 17:28 (twelve years ago) link

this game is great (regretting putting it on easy tho cos it's a pinch too easy); as james says the story is surprisingly nonretardo, the presentation (gfx+music) is great and the combat is rly satisfying

my only complaints are petty: no 480p even tho the box says so, the camera is a bit iffy, eh

cozwn, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

we're never going to see yakuza 3, kenzan or yakuza 4 in the west are we?

m. white btw (cozwn), Friday, 24 July 2009 07:24 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

fuck yeah!!!!
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=18013966&postcount=424

I peacocked your mom (webinar), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 14:09 (twelve years ago) link

if this actually goes down I am bullish as hell on the chances of it selling well enough to justify the other games being brought over since (1) there's an actual groundswell of support behind the release and (2) people still haven't figured out how to pirate PS3 games yet. (assuming we're talking about a disc release and not on PSN like foax had been a-sayin').

"I have seen bloodstains on the Pac Man joystick" (jamescobo), Thursday, 15 October 2009 00:33 (twelve years ago) link

four months pass...

It's not going to win any awards - unless there's a category for "best golf game unexpectedly inserted into a violent RPG" included in end of the year round-ups - but it's slick stuff, and in the quirky wholeheartedness with which SEGA's underworld adventure throws itself into capturing the feel of Tiger Woods, you can see why people often refer to this series as the spiritual successor to Shenmue.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/yakuza-3-european-hands-on

forksclovetofu, Monday, 15 February 2010 23:08 (eleven years ago) link

only one flaw w/that argument YAKUZA rocks SHENMUE sux

dnw (cozen), Monday, 15 February 2010 23:11 (eleven years ago) link

anyone who doesn't buy this game should be reincarnated as Amy Winehouse's taint

/no cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 20:01 (eleven years ago) link

i say no, no, no to that

antexit, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 23:38 (eleven years ago) link

i heard eliza dushku is in this, true?

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 17 February 2010 01:03 (eleven years ago) link

lol

Nhex, Wednesday, 17 February 2010 01:09 (eleven years ago) link

poor old sega ;_;

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:14 (eleven years ago) link

true, but they put out at least 3 classics in the last 3 years (Yakuza 2, Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta)

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

do you have a take on this whole saga jc?

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:14 (eleven years ago) link

(I assume you've been following the saga of the removed hostess sections in the NA release of Y3; general internet bitching and whining as per)

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:15 (eleven years ago) link

it sucks that they're removing content, but I never got as much into the hostess stuff as other Yakuzatards so I'm not slitting my wrists over it or anything. as long as I can still win a fight with a tiger by sticking a cigarette in its eye, I'll be good.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:29 (eleven years ago) link

new trailer up on PSN for yakuza 4 apparently; features a chainsaw

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

btw Sega has said that if Y3 sells well enough they'll consider bringing over Yakuza Kenzan (the one set in like 1885), so everyone buy like eight copies

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:41 (eleven years ago) link

omg cig flick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl11P__gN1Q

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:30 (eleven years ago) link

oh fuck yeah

antexit, Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:00 (eleven years ago) link

want to play this so bad ;_; are there any ps2 emulators?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ (dyao), Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:18 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, but you need a super beefy machine to get playable frame rates

Nhex, Thursday, 25 February 2010 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

btw Sega has said that if Y3 sells well enough they'll consider bringing over Yakuza Kenzan (the one set in like 1885), so everyone buy like eight copies

I hope "well enough" is like 10,000 copies, because that's the game I really want to play (and Yakuza 3 is sure not to sell much, come on, not at sixty dollars, not with this packed AAA March). Also based on missing tropies from the western release of Yakuza 3, it seems a lot more than just the hostess club stuff has been cut, but also the japanese games like mahjong and shogi (and more). Kind of a bummer in 2010...

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 25 February 2010 16:13 (eleven years ago) link

Also based on missing tropies from the western release of Yakuza 3, it seems a lot more than just the hostess club stuff has been cut, but also the japanese games like mahjong and shogi (and more). Kind of a bummer in 2010...

okay, THAT is a bummer; the insanely-fleshed-out minigames added a lot of flavor to Y2 even if I never actually beat any of them. I still remember flipping through like 10+ pages of tiny-ass text explaining how to play mahjongg; it was more imposing than most of the fights.

still preordering it since beating people's asses in Y2 is impossibly fun, though.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 25 February 2010 18:18 (eleven years ago) link

while I don't agree w/sega's decision I can understand their rationale and I don't think this is the wrong-headed idiocy that the internet wd have you believe

tht being said the hostess club content is interwoven throughout the game, losing that loses you a significant proportion of the non-combat experience. how many small events that enriched yakuza have now been lost because the hostess club backbone has been removed?

the qn is how many side missions dependent on the hostess club content have we lost? it has a domino effect.

if yakuza was just a fighting game I wouldn't be interested.

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 18:48 (eleven years ago) link

hopefully they leave it on the disc and then patch a translation in later.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 25 February 2010 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

it totally affects different threads throughout the game tho so presumably they'll have to remove those and insert other scenes; don't see tht happening myself jc

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 20:47 (eleven years ago) link

http://kotaku.com/5478862/sega-you-are-once-again-making-a-giant-mistake

I agree with his point but as with most Ashcraft articles, the only thing I end up taking away from it is that Brian Ashcraft should be dropped from a great height

/no cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:03 (eleven years ago) link

it seems mr. ashcraft has missed the subtext of sega's 'you wouldn't get it, sugar' explanation: pretty sure they just couldn't afford to translate all the game (and have said as much in a subsequent statement iirc) - they had to cut something and decided this was the most non-essential portion of the game

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:06 (eleven years ago) link

The couldn't afford it explanation reeks of bullshit - honestly, how could it cost more to translate a few hundred lines (or whatever) of text compared to paying a programmer to take out those sections of code and reprogram the game to work w/o those sections?

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:15 (eleven years ago) link

that makes sense, I guess, iunno, sick of reading about this and discussing it by now tbf ;_;

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:16 (eleven years ago) link

can't stop reading the GAF thread on this, against my better judgement. must. stop.

a passing heavy daftie (cozen), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:17 (eleven years ago) link

2 lazy to google relevance but translation is iirc really expensive whereas deleting shit not so much. i mean idk anything abt how/what/how much has been cut but i can see that being both a) cheaper and b) quicker

i dont think is like snes ear nintendo i just think its sega rushing/doing the trans on the cheap *shrug* in the would i rather wait for the ~right~ version of the game vs getting the game at all/soon im usually predisposed to go with the latter

von Neu! man universe (Lamp), Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:17 (eleven years ago) link

I agree with his point but as with most Ashcraft articles, the only thing I end up taking away from it is that Brian Ashcraft should be dropped from a great height

he is like the worst writer ever. i know i've mentioned it before, but also 85% of his articles for kotaku are creepy thnigs about japanese soft-porn actresses, he reminds me of that shiroi basket shoes guy with the creepy flickr page.

on in the b.g. while you're grouting (stevie), Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:30 (eleven years ago) link

Finally started Yakuza 2 last night (and played for a little over an hour - is it always that long between save points? I think in the first one you could save at phone booths?) I know they did it to save money, but the decision to stick with the Japanese language track was the best thing to happen with this game - it really adds to the atmosphere. I was also surprised to actually be into the story (so far)... that just happens so rarely with games it's sort of shocking. On the negative side, the way the camera works in these games still kind of annoys me, especially in those awkward moments when you take a few steps and it has to load a new angle or whatever. And I still feel like the brawling in 3d is just a little more clunky then it should be - game would benefit from a Demon's Souls style lock-on maybe. Anyhow, definitely looking forward to playing some more over the weekend.

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 26 February 2010 16:44 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, the story is surprisingly engaging and well written

Hideous Lamp (cozen), Friday, 26 February 2010 17:01 (eleven years ago) link

that whole game is just such a treat. definitely going to place in my top 3 when we get around to the PS2 poll.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Friday, 26 February 2010 21:23 (eleven years ago) link

Here's a new, long trailer for Yakuza 4 (out in March in Japan, I think?), mostly focusing on the side games you can play in the game...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNd9HlQ_OwY

Jeff LeVine, Saturday, 27 February 2010 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

The remake collection is out and I’m only replaying 3 and my God, the fishing is still fucking hard!

hyds (gyac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:26 (one year ago) link

Ok, this may be just me last night but I totally fell asleep starting Yakuza 0 and an hour in. SLOW. SLOOOOOW.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:44 (one year ago) link

definitely slow. It's kind of a game for hanging out in, more than like plowing through, it seems like.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:47 (one year ago) link

Go to a Karaoke bar! Play Mahjong!

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:51 (one year ago) link

I am trying to get past a lot of this dialogue to get more into the story but now we can't find the game we saved last night. OMG I was so bad at karaoke.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:52 (one year ago) link

Yakuza doesn't autosave, you have to manually do it (at a telephone booth) (remember those?).

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:54 (one year ago) link

yeah we found it. Thank G. We have had guests for a week (that just left) so am now cramming in a bunch of playing.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:57 (one year ago) link

I appreciate the sideburns in this game.

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 20:09 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Playing the hd remakes for PS4 rn. 3 was a total treat with all the added back content, but the mahjong was harder than in all the other games! Now on 4 and taking my time with mini games and completion til I get bored. Definitely a good self-isolation investment.

gramsci in your surplice (gyac), Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:11 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

The soundtracks are apparently all on Spotify? Idk if this is true of them all cos I’m too excited that Reign! is on there!

https://open.spotify.com/track/5pVXt1JRoB6QVitDGmsn3l?si=BEVt71T1TJuPfFoIKd1sxg

Honestly incredible when they introduce this in-game.

Also the karaoke songs lolllll including classic Venus ripoff Queen of Passion

https://open.spotify.com/track/6IG120oWSCkGH6UVStALwR?si=qeujj7-sSUaahuHihqRSFg

and my personal favourite, Koi no Disco Queen:

https://open.spotify.com/track/3talAeqbqkl8sOSc6hT3TI?si=k123w-tCTsG2TIi-RiAv9A

extremely Dutch coughing sound (gyac), Thursday, 9 April 2020 09:35 (one year ago) link

right. do I start with zero or kiwami or one of the others?

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:54 (one year ago) link

Zero is chronologically the first one!

roxymuzak otm (gyac), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:57 (one year ago) link

0 is both the best game and the best entry point

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:14 (one year ago) link

i love hanging out in the world of yakuza 0 but i wish the combat didn't feel so unsatisfying

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:36 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K90yf6y4bDE

chihuahuau, Friday, 22 May 2020 09:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

bought yakuza 0 lads

about to peacock some moms

specific fry such as scampo (||||||||), Saturday, 27 June 2020 18:25 (one year ago) link

Delighted for you, tell us how you find it

scampos mentis (gyac), Saturday, 27 June 2020 18:45 (one year ago) link

I watched the entirety of Yakuza 0 being streamed in Giant Bomb videos recently. Less time consuming than replaying the whole damn thing and it's so story heavy that it works out pretty well. Fucking love this series so much.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 09:26 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNmM9pivqQ0

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 31 August 2020 10:26 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

anyone fucking with the new jrpg one?

adam, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 14:42 (eleven months ago) link

it looks good, i'll get to it eventually. i'm like a year and a half behind on new jrpgs

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 14:50 (eleven months ago) link

xp I’m playing this! I’ve never played an RPG of any stripe before so, you know, interesting. Ichiban is a great character, I love him. The beginning is very cutscene heavy but I’m just starting to unlock stuff now. It’s hard to earn money at the start, so it helps if you can win at mahjong. A thing I am not sure is widespread in other games series is how sympathetic the series generally is towards homeless people - in this, you’re taken in by a homeless man, who is a member of your party and who you can bond with and level up, and you help protect sex workers from Japanese ultra conservatives!. It’s a very interesting story. Yokohama is great too, it’s by far the biggest city you have to play in in any of the series and it’s gorgeously done.

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:20 (eleven months ago) link

Played Judgment last month and it's good, but the main character is just obnoxiously smart and good at everything; into Y7 now and it's so nice to just slip into the shoes of an absolute dumbass

The game's apparent attempts to grapple with some of the series' more problematic recurring themes are definitely interesting. Had a bit of a grim lol at Nanba's righteous monologue about the no-win situation the homeless are in being followed up by him joining your party and disabling enemies with noxious homeless guy burps

Had some mid jaw-agape moments involving ad*lt b*bies and some enemies dancing around wearing full bin bags

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

Oh this series loves the adult baby takeovers, they were in 2/Kiwami 2 as well

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:09 (eleven months ago) link

But i don’t know that the series was ever dodgy wrt depiction of homeless people? It definitely depicts homelessness as prevalent and an incredibly difficult grinding existence, and homeless characters are depicted largely sympathetically

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:11 (eleven months ago) link

Had a bit of a grim lol at Nanba's righteous monologue about the no-win situation the homeless are in being followed up by him joining your party and disabling enemies with noxious homeless guy burps

lol this is kinda the series in a nutshell isn't it

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:19 (eleven months ago) link

Kiwami 2 is on Humble Choice this month so I'll pencil in another adult baby takeover for 2021

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:37 (eleven months ago) link

Nice, I really liked K2, it’s up there with 0 for me

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:43 (eleven months ago) link

Is it worth slogging through K1? I got about ten hours in last year but the age of the underlying game really shows with that one

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:52 (eleven months ago) link

i dont think its that long, you were probably halfway or more unless you were plinking around on side content a lot

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:57 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah Kiwami isn’t long, K2 is on the new engine as well and looks and plays a lot better

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:28 (eleven months ago) link

i just want the karaoke to open up, i found a place in yokohama i'm fairly sure it's that but it's shut down atm

chihuahuau, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 20:34 (eleven months ago) link

I just found the Mario Kart style minigame!

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 20:36 (eleven months ago) link

Haha, it’s INCREDIBLE. Hurtling around the streets at high speed with rocket launchers? Yes.

scampus fugit (gyac), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 20:43 (eleven months ago) link

Yagami-san! A bunch of those Keihin gang guys just showed up and started wailing on people outta nowhere! You gotta do something!

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 23 November 2020 18:16 (ten months ago) link

four months pass...

Spoilers for late game Like A Dragon

After the above post, I didn’t play the game again until two weeks ago. That was me, not the game; I had a lot of irl stuff going on at the time and I needed all my time to be depressed. Then after Christmas I picked up Hades and fell in love with it. I’m not quite done with that either but I intended to come back to Like A Dragon and I love it.

My God. What is this game?

So I’ve never played a JRPG before and this was a lot to come to terms with learning curve wise but once I got used to it, I was sold. Because of this, the dynamic is different and fascinatingly so; the fight scenes are never alone, you are always helped by your party (apart from a couple of times where numbers are limited for plot reasons), and when you defeat enemies you all celebrate. It’s weirdly wholesome and cheerful compared to Kiryu just, like, glaring at them or spitting out an insult.

The party is now seven strong and I laughed when I went to do karaoke and had to pay in for seven people. (Even though Joon-gi doesn’t have a song, oh WHATEVER). I love when the party is walking around the streets and conversations start when they see an interesting building or sign or something, and the dinner table talk is really nice too, you can feel the love for the seven characters and it’s great.

The plot itself is predictably dramatic but even for a Yakuza game, this Went Places. I wish I knew literally anything about Japanese politics so I could work out if they are commenting on real people, but that aside it feels very much like the culmination of a lot of themes the series has been building up to. Especially 6.

Ichiban, oh God. I love that guy so much. His scene at the park with Arakawa hurt me cos I knew what was coming next. I can’t believe I had no interest in this character when they initially announced him - he’s warm, energetic, caring and all that, very different from Kiryu in his way but also... not.

I hit my first with this series when Majima and Saejima appeared and I had to fight them - SEVEN FUCKING TIMES it took with a load of grinding in between to beat them. Their fight theme is incredible though.

And oh, I was so happy to see Kiryu.

More thoughts when I have more time, but ultimately an incredible game that I can’t recommend strongly enough.

Scamp Granada (gyac), Monday, 5 April 2021 23:02 (six months ago) link

bookmarked once i work the courage back up to dive into this bananas game

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 5 April 2021 23:33 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I ended up going through that entire fighting building in Sottenbori to level up because I kept getting my ass handed to me by Majima. One trick I picked up online that ended up helping a lot was to get the dude poisoned early on. The huge fight afterwards when they announce the disbandment of the Omni alliance was a bit of a letdown after that - kinda prefer the Kingdom Hearts 2 approach where the enemies may be super weak but you do get that rush of defeating like twenty of them.

Totally agreed on Ichiban, he is such a sweetheart. Yakuza games were alway going to be good for lockdown because of the illusion of getting to walk along the streets of Japan, here you get the extra bonus of hanging out with all your buddies as well.

I've long thought that some intrepid youtuber should do a series on Yakuza analysed through the lens of Japanese politics, there's so much political intrigue in there. You could have chapters on real life attitudes towards organized crime, the real estate bubble of the 80's, tensions with the US, etc.

I have often toyed with taking a picture of Joon-gi and Zhao and captioning it "immigrants - we get the job done", a meme for literally no one.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:01 (six months ago) link

Neither of them are immigrants iirc, they are second or third gen. I love how huge Yokohama is and it takes so much time to wander around, love doing it for the reasons you said and also you can pick up tons of material pretty easily. I’m grinding up for the last fight now but I’m also trying to finish off minigames and substories etc.

Scamp Granada (gyac), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:03 (six months ago) link

Look at this adorable idiot throwing out a bin of crusty tissues
https://64.media.tumblr.com/3397ea570ca7d6fcd10ea5b073d2c963/d5edf8473845e989-ab/s500x750/49201b448e9708d6879443ee68944b192678de0d.gifv

Scamp Granada (gyac), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:08 (six months ago) link

Yeah, they are second gen, but (again a video series on this would be useful) I think the game views them as very much Korean and Chinese because Japan doesn't view immigration in the same melting pot manner that the West (fools itself it supposedly) does. The visibility of immigrant communities in these games is something I'd love to understand better, there's also the Masayoshi Tanimura storyline in 4.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:11 (six months ago) link

Yeah true, and ofc Y0 and the second game dip into this as well. I’m sure that they’ve used the character being secretly Chinese/Korean plot a few times as well. I found it really interesting how they will talk about food and the Chinese/Korean way of doing things, it’s very different from what has gone before.

This is the best summon btw
https://media2.giphy.com/media/5YugAJvmcaNvIauK0I/giphy-downsized-large.gif

Scamp Granada (gyac), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:20 (six months ago) link

is it just me or does Zhao periodically go "eye of the tiger!" during battles?

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 12 April 2021 14:44 (six months ago) link

I haven’t noticed this, but Nanba says something that sounds like “Tom Turkey!”

Oh I finished this btw! Fair warning if you share a console with someone else, as I do, because the end cutscenes are over an hour long and largely unskippable. This isn’t a problem in any sense except in terms of me having said “I’m just about finished, come down and you can have the ps4.” But yeah, they really went hard in that last bit, phew.

Grinding for trophies now, am not nearly levelled up enough to try True Ultimate Millennium Tower or whatever it is.

Scamp Granada (gyac), Monday, 12 April 2021 15:42 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.polygon.com/22424987/yakuza-rpg-turn-based-sequels-judgment-action

Not sure about this, the turn based combat was a fun novelty and made sense because of Ichiban's Dragon Quest obsession but I miss the crazy moves of previous entries.

Here's hoping this Judgement doesn't interrupt the action every 5 minutes for you to either run around defeating random gangster bosses or be reprimanded for being a coward.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 9 May 2021 14:29 (five months ago) link

ichiban is continuing as the main character, no? so it makes sense to keep that for his games

i never finished judgment but was enjoying it other than the frequent stealth/tailing segments

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 May 2021 19:50 (five months ago) link

I loved Judgement and I am so happy to hear there’s a sequel!

I got the platinum trophy on Like A Dragon today, have no problem with the mainline series continuing in that direction.

Scamp Granada (gyac), Sunday, 9 May 2021 19:55 (five months ago) link

Yeah Judgment was a good time, apart from the aforementioned Keihin mobster nuisance events. Fantastic levels of "smiling judge nods and says 'I'm going to allow this'" wackiness in the courtroom scenes

This new one apparently has large parts set in a high school, so my prediction is that Yagami-san goes undercover...as the coolest schoolboy ever

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 9 May 2021 20:13 (five months ago) link

My post up there really belongs in the first response hall of shame. Wish I could delete that

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 10 May 2021 19:39 (five months ago) link


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