Story - 81%
Graphics - 84%
Audio - 71%
Gameplay - 92%
Replayability - 55%
Here we are again, another Yakuza series game and the last one for the series (apparently). This may sound terrible but it really isn’t, I love this series and I would rather have it bow out gracefully that tarnish its reputation like other titles, cough cough Skyrim, and now we wait the hate muhuhaha.
The problem most people have here, is that they haven’t really been following the Yakuza tale and it is really hard to climb into a game halfway through or at the end, in this case. Newcomers will feel slightly overwhelmed but the story is pretty self-contained here. The game still takes on that seriousness and darkness, still concentrating on the crime and the mafia type vibe of the Tokyo underground. You still play as Kiryu, the devilish handsome man with the kick-ass moves that will offend anyone over 50. Newly release from prison, he is out of the Yakuza crime life, much older now and things around him are very different. He takes on the life of step father to an orphaned woman’s little daughter and as you can guess, he gets pulled straight back into the life of Yakuza.
My wife saw me playing and asked “When did they add the Asian guy to GTA”, which in fairness, she has a good point, this is the Asian GTAV. The game still takes on a very combat driven style, with it being less about combat and more about character development this time around. Eating, Fighting and interacting with the world with give you’re the EXP you need to develop defense, attack, health and speed, with the additions of passive perks and special moves being unlockable. The gameplay is similar to that of the previous titles, with the fluidity and gameplay feeling very natural to the Yakuza fan. The combat is still the best I have ever seen, between the environment integration, power ups, combos….the fluidity and effectiveness of combat is in the realms of Assassins Creed. The ONLY thing I am missing is the different fight styles, I miss changing stance, but I do get why they would want character development in a single fight style.
Visuals and Audio
BOY! have they stepped up this aspect of the game. The title is so naturally pretty, the lighting and colour you experiences gives you that real Tokyo vibe. The details in characters, both player and NPC’s are enhanced and better than ever. Yakuza 6 has definitely left a trail behind it, with small details like light refraction, reflections and neon colour merging coming together to create a near-perfect city theme that is pleasant to look at and gives you the vibe of actually being in this city. Bear in mind that this isn’t a major graphic’s intensive game and wouldn’t naturally come up in the “can you run” convo, but for what you have to work with here, this game is outstanding. Voice acting and audio is still amazing, with the emotion really coming through, or I could just be overthinking it because I don’t actually understand what is being said (thank you SUBS). I mean Goku always sounded angrier SUBBED than he did DUBBED.
For all these reasons and more, I think you should go get this game. Worth the money and the 20 hours in story mode. You will have a blast on this well-crafted Yakuza title and will spent hours at a time in engulfed into this title. GO BUY IT!
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Available on: PlayStation 4
Age Rating: 18
Publisher/Developer: Sega, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio
Estimated RRP: R969.00
Release Date: 8 December 2016
- Subtitles (Not a fan of reading my game)