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Yakuza 0

龍が如く0 誓いの場所

Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: Sega
12 March 2015
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In Kamurocho, Tokyo, low ranking Tojo Clan member Kazuma Kiryu is framed for murder after a debt collection gone wrong, and finds an unlikely partnership with a real estate mogul in a search for answers. In Sōtenbori, Osaka, Tojo Clan exile Goro Majima is offered a chance to rejoin his family, but when the job turns out to be assassinating an innocent blind woman, his morality sets him on his own search. The stories of these two Yakuza legends intertwine for the first time in a prequel set 17 years before the original game.
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After being framed for a client's murder, yakuza member and social extraordinaire Kazuma Kiryu seeks to unravel who exactly did this, while being on the run from the many that now want him dead.
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A dramatic story of struggle and yakuza pride surrounded by side-content that is essentially episodes of The Simpsons.
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Yakuza 0: The Prequel You Didn't Know You Needed
Yakuza 0 is an absolute masterpiece of a game. The storyline is gripping, the characters are incredibly well-developed, and the gameplay is incredibly fun and satisfying. The attention to detail in the game's world is truly impressive, and the game's visuals are absolutely stunning. The combat system is also incredibly well done, providing a sense of weight and impact with every move. The side activities and minigames are also a great touch, providing a nice break from the main story and adding a lot of replay value to the game.

One of the only criticisms that could be leveled at Yakuza 0 is that it can be a bit overwhelming for newcomers to the series. The game's open-world structure and plethora of side activities can be a bit daunting for those who are not familiar with the series' mechanics. Additionally, some of the side activities can feel a bit repetitive after a while. However, these are minor criticisms in the grand scheme of things, and do little to detract from the overall experience.

In conclusion, Yakuza 0 is an absolutely fantastic game that any fan of open-world action games should not miss. It's a must-play for fans of the series and a great entry point for newcomers. It's rare to find a game that so expertly blends storytelling, gameplay, and open-world exploration, but Yakuza 0 manages to do it with ease. A true masterpiece.
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An origin story of money and madness
(jan 26, 2017)

An empty lot. That’s all it took for Kazuma Kiryu’s spiraling descent from the the Tojo clan’s hierarchy to begin. When Kiryu is falsely accused of murder and sabotaging yakuza operations, an action-packed quest of justice awaits him, and that quest is the best PS4 exclusive available.

Yakuza 0 is what happens in your favorite soap opera when the cameras turn off. Melodramatic cutscenes, playing out the plights of Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, are bridges to some of the best combat of this generation. Kiryu and Majima’s tale is a grand one, composed of the best bits and pieces of Japanese culture and storytelling.

I wouldn’t use the word “self-aware” to describe Yakuza 0; it’s not satirical in tone, it’s not trying to say anything. Yakuza 0 is determined to give you a fun time, confident in it’s silliness. Absurdity doesn’t just come from pure campiness; cutscenes and gameplay differ wildly in tone but their juxtaposition creates a harmony.

It’s clear that Yakuza 0’s plot isn’t to be taken seriously. There are serious moments with television-quality cinematography, but it’s overplayed just enough to stay light. Great voice acting and script localization add to the anticipation of what a story unafraid of campiness can bring.

The mix of serious and campy storytelling gives the player more reason to screw around in Kamurocho, too. Yakuza 0 has a stunningly gigantic amount of content outside of the main missions. Putting aside that the town hosts playable SEGA arcade games like Space Harrier and Out Run, there’s buildings for bowling, batting, dancing, singing karaoke, playing mahjong, poker, pool; listing all of them would make this article a page longer.

If the town, overflowing with content and character, doesn’t pull you into the world, then the side missions are hook, line, and sinker. Yakuza 0 provides so much side content that it’s hard to differ whether or not some NPC encounters are part of the main storyline. Every mission is charming and hilarious, Yakuza 0 being one of the only games I can think of actively tries to be funny and succeeds twofold.

The gameplay drives past TV drama and crashes into the nearest barcade. Getting into street fights is never a dull moment; every single blow strikes sharp and hard with (literal) flaming fists and crackling kicks. Random encounters never feel grindy, they feel like real fights with context.

Yakuza 0 has a fixation on money, being a major component to the game feel. Bills and coins of yen fly out of every enemy, reaping the benefits through a shiny, golden yen counter. Ability upgrades appear expensive, but you beat up a couple guys here and there and suddenly there’s eight million yen spilling out of your pocket.

How money is treated in Yakuza 0 is the best example of influencing game feel through story. The wealthier you are, the more women flock to you, the more your higher-ups respect you. “Nobody in this town gives a crap about substance. What you see is what you get,” says Akira Nishiki, Kiryu’s friend, walking down the neon-bleached streets of Kamurocho.

It’s sleazy, it’s corrupt, but it’s assertive, and that’s what pulls you in. That Scorcese-like dialogue, monologues about the ugly truths, teeming with conviction, is so enticing, and no other game could have gameplay that compliments those sentiments but still retain the silliness of an 80s action movie.

When it comes to contextual gratification, Yakuza 0 has the formula down: cutscenes recoil, gameplay takes action. Fantastic, entertaining story development is merely setting the stage to make awesome fights even more meaningful.

Of course, this is true for most story-driven games, but Yakuza 0 values both elements equally. It’s rare to see a game put the same care and passion of gameplay in cutscenes or vice versa, but it creates an interdependent relationship when done right. In any given moment, whichever Yakuza 0 puts in the spotlight, it shines bright.
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A must-play
This is one of my favorite games of all-time. I truly think it is a masterpiece. It is clear to me that the creators put serious effort into the game. The combat is very fun, with several different styles to choose from between Majima and Kiryu. My favorite styles were Breaker, Slugger, and Mad Dog of Shimano once you unlock it. There are also multiple boss fights which are all pretty good, especially the ones with Kuze and the one with Shibusawa. The cutscenes are all polished and feel cinematic. And the story's fantastic. It's very well-written and I felt very invested in both Majima and Kiryu's stories. Both characters are bad-ass and very likable, although I prefer Majima. I really like how their two stories feel unrelated but they eventually become intertwined and you eventually see them meet face-to-face in the after-credits scene. I also really liked the emotion they injected through the relationships between Tachibana and Makoto and Makoto and Majima. I also really enjoyed the Cabaret Club minigame. The substories are also all very well-written, wholesome, and enjoyable. They usually offer some good comedic relief from the main story. The music in the game is also top-notch and memorable.

Overall, I think this game is a 9.5/10, nearly perfect. I have a couple gripes with it. I feel like the coliseum fights could have a little more variety to them as they get repetitive. The Cabaret club minigame is way more fun and engaging than the Real Estate minigame. The first 2-3 chapters are good, but feel slightly slow compared to everything that comes after. Majima's styles are definitely more fun than Kiryu's. But these are all minor complaints and nothing that really hindered my enjoyment of the game. This really is a must-play if you like open-world games or action-adventure games.
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This is my favorite game ever no questions asked, If I could delete my memories of this game and play it again I would do so in a hearbeat.
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Snivz 2022-11-11T05:04:26Z
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For me it's a frickin worst game ever cause i broke my laptop while playing Yakuza. On something round chapter 6 there's a section when we fight Yakuza all over the city it's like there's a fight after fight after fight it's pretty long and frustrating cause fighting in this game is trash. You can get caught in a loop when all the enemies knock you out one by one and you can't do nothing cause Kiryu is a fckin weakling and goes down on every punch. This game REALLY need good block button something like in Metal gear rising so you don't need to look straight to enemy to block his moves. And to the point during this fights i die like two times to i think fck it and go into easy mode an it's have no effect i can't do SHIET anyway just my hp bar was Infinity so i go like mad angry and punch my laptop and it turned off. is still under repair so if it's turn out it can be repaired my rating gonn be 1.0 but if not it's the worst game ever sorry. It's really heartbreaking game with such a good story have anything more than story straight:// Yakuza gonn be such a good visual novel!
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  • PiccoloZ 2022-11-11 23:24:32.51022+00
    ngl, one of the most overrated pieces of junk i have played, the gameplay is terrible and the writing was a mess. legit can't understand the praise for this one.
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    • jake7 2022-11-15 20:33:51.599431+00
      The writing certainly has its issues, but the combat is so ridiculously fun idk how you can hate on it so much
    • PiccoloZ 2022-11-15 20:57:05.358866+00
      Hi.
      My problems with the combat are more than one:
      1- Subjective: I hated the controls and the "Feel" of the combat, the movement felt very clunky and stiff, and when i was pressing attack the targeting system kept messing with me, its rather unresponsive.
      2- I didnt like how the enemies are always the same, it was fun for the first few hours when i was watching a cool cutscene of Kiryu/Majima beating the shit out of the thugs but after few hours the combat starts to get extremely repetitive because the enemies are the same (no variety) and the nature of the finisher moves and the nature of infinite respawning similar enemies made the combat slower and more tedious than fun.
      3- The combos/mechanics are shallow and the progression is very disappointing; Pretty much the winning strategy for 95% of the game is to mash square x3 then triangle then watch the cutscene, it got boring with how shallow it was, eventually i unlocked few movesets but they were ultimately useless and unrewarding, it doesnt help that the progression and skill tree consist of (+dmg, +health, +heat) which is lame and uninteresting.
      4- It's super easy and the only slightly hard (but annoying) part is on higher difficulty in the later chapters with gun enemies but thats not fun as well.
      5- I played a lot of God Hand before.
      6- Outside of combat and outside of minigames the gameplay is lackluster and you lack the varied and engaging tools to engage with the game's systems, its essentially a movie game with minigames.
      7- Overstays its welcome, the game gives you little depth and variety in fighting style compared to the length it tries to offer, but thats pretty much a problem in most narrative driven rpgs/action-adventure with rpg elements.

      I was willing to put up with the gameplay issues if the story was worth it, it wasn't.
      After chapter 12 i turned my brain off and started to watch it only to see how bad and ridiculous the story can get before the ending.
    • Convalescence 2022-11-22 21:47:43.568122+00
      the squaresquaresquaretriangle combat is a very real issue with the game. honestly the combat is one of my least favourite parts of this game, and the writing is pretty silly as well. i fully understand why people don't enjoy it and it's FAR from a favourite for me. but it's a pretty unique game with respect to how it blends all these absurd elements into some at least halfway engaging.

      it also just has SO MUCH STUFF TO DO, which is pretty fascinating, and makes the ride a bit more silly and enjoyable when you can cut between the STUPIDLY HIGH DRAMA of the main plot, and the ridiculously silly side quests, many of which i didn't do since I was curious about the trajectory of the main plot.

      but yes, i can certainly understand someone hating the story and combat; they have HEAPS of issues.

      i like this game and i support/largely agree with your comment. ^
    • Rixbyte 2023-01-20 15:18:14.546847+00
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  • jumrum 2022-11-29 22:13:08.678117+00
    im only 5 hours in so far but this game is sooo impressive wtf
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  • white_calx 2022-12-04 10:01:07.413605+00
    anyone that doesn't give this a 5 was filtered.

    perhaps the most immersive video game i've ever played. i understand some may have issues with the combat but i can easily overlook this because this game is simply just MASSIVE. I love that the writing is all over the place (main story is so melodramatic and OTT, and side stories are equally goofy but heartwarming) because there's something for every one. and if you don't like the combat that much? oh there are like 1945739201 other things to do in this world, it really doesn't take up that much of the gameplay. one of the most unique gaming experiences i've ever had and i wish i could experience it for the first time all over again
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    • PiccoloZ 2022-12-04 22:47:15.811587+00
      Hi, i understand its your opinion but lets discuss it a bit:

      How did you manage to find this game as the "most immersive" there's very few things here that can immerse the player, why? because the game takes away your control most of the time.
      From the start of the game you are left with watching cutscenes upon cutscenes, long badly animated cutscenes that go back and forth from dialogue to movie scenes, that alone takes you out of the scenes themselves and puts the game in awkward position.
      So the gang comes to a garage ohh intense things are going to happen, things are at highest tension aaaaand...screen goes black and we are back to dull dialogue boxes with lips moving animations.
      I felt that took me out of the main story immersion.

      Continuing further: The hub area itself appears to be populated and full of life, right? but then again you walk around and you find yourself unable to interact with anything, the NPCs cannot be interacted with, the characters can't even jump around you are stuck to walking from point to another in a very strict and linear path with invisible walls, this alone takes you out of the immersion that the city is alive, instead of doing that you should be able to interact with the environment and the characters inhabiting it. Again the game fails on immersion because it takes you out of the city and insists on its artificial fake world.

      Lets go even further:
      After reaching a side mission, the dialogue and how characters behave are so so weird and unrealistic, i cannot find that immersive at all, because everything feels like an asspull, characters literally get shot and few minutes later they appear alive and well, when the timeline of the story is inconsistent and feels vague the immersion is broken.

      The fights of the same thugs and gangs around every corner does a great job of breaking immersion as well, you are walking around soaking the vibes of the city but then you cannot walk few seconds without a "literally who" gang trying to fight you again and again, and there's no street cred, if the game acknowledges you are strong known badass now and gangs start to fear you at least that would make it more immersive right?

      One more thing regarding immersion:
      You can go inside shops, but unfortunately the interaction itself is super bland, i went inside a restaurant, but what did i do? im just clicking on a menu to choose a meal and then watch a poorly animated scene of Kiryu/Majima eating his meal and thats it? you can't even sit where you want to sit, or eat where you want to eat, thats not immersive.

      Immersive games are generally games that are either rooted in realism and interactivity or games that are super atmospheric and Yakuza 0 is neither of those.

      Yes the writing is wacky and full of flaws, the combat has a lot of issues, but the problem is most of the minigames and the things that you can do in the Yakuza world has been done before, most of the minigames i found are just crap, few minigames stand out, like cabaret managed one or the karaoke, but for every good one minigame there's at least 3 generic and boring ones, darts, 8ball, car racing, like some of those were just junk. But i dont take issue with the game with implementing minigames, they are nice addition for those who want to distract themselves and play around, however they cannot save a game from its core aspects being flawed.

      Good for you that you like it, you are like the 9239548234 person to do so, but if some users didn't like it that doesnt mean filtered, the game has its share of flaws like other games and its totally reasonable that some people find it underwhelming or overrated, hell this game gets a pass on most issues people here pretend to hate, like clunky gameplay or too much cutscenes or shallow mechanics or whatever, this game and few others strangely get a pass and i have yet to see a solid justification for that. Seems to be just blatant bias tbh.
    • jake7 2022-12-08 01:59:43.62789+00
      You make some good points, but I think most people love it because of the variety of content and that content in juxtaposition to the main story and characters. Also the entertaining tone shifts and comedic aspects. I can see where they're coming from with the immersion as it does vaguely give you the feeling of freely exploring a lively city even though when you explore the details the veil kind of lifts. Not to mention the main story line which many love as well, but I can't explain that one as it's one of the weakest aspects of the game for me.

      I don't love this game, but I can see where the praise comes from even if I think it gets way too much of it.
    • mdzie 2023-01-08 15:15:00.157773+00
      everything that piccolo says is pretty much true, i had the same thoughts when i finished both of the first two games, but there is something magical that just keeps me thinking about them, I can't figure it out...
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  • pankoooo 2022-12-07 07:07:17.314266+00
    just beautiful.
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  • Teglement 2023-01-10 05:00:53.461734+00
    yes yes you can all write your multiple paragraphs of gameplay flaws and all this and that and so be it, I will detract exactly .5 from the score and no more

    because holy shit this is such a charismatic game from front to back that all of its charm and eccentricities make up for its flaws
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    • azusanakano 2023-01-21 08:59:55.787041+00
      based, this is one of my favorite games.
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  • iamahorseradish 2023-01-11 20:33:13.672256+00
    so sos os so so so good
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  • Dragoniteite 2023-01-16 05:12:18.831025+00
    Incredible
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