Yakuza: Like A Dragon Review

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Yakuza Like a Dragon is the series 7th Game Released, and the first with no Kazuma Kiryu after the release of 2018’s Yakuza 6: The Song of life.

Yakuza Like a Dragon begins its own saga with a brand new protagonist in the form of Ichiban Kasuga. Ichiban starts the game off by being framed for a murder he did not commit and gets locked up for 18 years. Fresh out of prison he emerges to find his world in shambles, and everything he once knew replaced with a new Yakuza Hierarchy and a new Yakuza family having taken over his home.

Like a dragon takes you away from the streets you’re familiar with in Tokyo’s Kamurocho and provides a brand new setting in Yokohama. Yokohama is a brand new district that is more vibrant, colorful, and has many many more things to do. With this of course being a Yakuza game every street is filled with mini-games and side quests. It contains brand new Characters and even turns up the craziness level to a new high. The new combat system is completely different from what you have seen before in previous games, It’s gone from a real-time beat ’em up game to completely turn-based combat. While this may seem odd given the last 6 yakuza games, I believe it’s a breath of fresh air for the series and a perfect replacement suitable for the new outrageous and flashy combat moves.

The new Yakuza also lets you have your own Jobs for the characters, Anything from a Hero, to a breaker, to a foreman, to musician to a dealer to a clerk, and even a Hitman. Instead of the typical mage, knight, and tank roles, we’ve instead got the harsh reality of pop idols, security guards, and construction workers. All of the jobs in Like A Dragon can still be broken down into their RPG equivalents, which means that if you’ve played any game like this before, you’re probably going to know the sort of class combinations you’re going to want to make. It makes the game really fun to try and mix and match these jobs to get the best playstyle that works for you.

While there have been several previous Yakuza games, Newcomers can start off with Like a dragon as you don’t need to have played and understand all the previous games to understand the story and setting of Like A Dragon.


Final Thoughts:

Yakuza Like A Dragon is breath of fresh air for the series, The JRPG Combat, Fantastic Story, and New Characters make it a must-play for any JRPG Fan.


  • Great Story
  • Refreshing New Gameplay
  • Still feels like Yakuza despite the changes


  • Story can feel a bit long
  • New combat system takes getting used to


Story - 9.5
Graphics - 8.5
Audio - 10
Gameplay - 9.5
Replayability - 10

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