Yakuza series always had a cult following, but the franchise took a huge leap in fan base last year when Yakuza 0 went on to become one of the best selling games in the series. A lot of people got to experience the franchise for the first time, and it was a great start to everything. Things became even better with Yakuza Kiwami, which was a direct sequel to Yakuza 0. Now, Yakuza 6 has graced the market and just like the previous entries on the new consoles, this one is another treat and brings one of the best storylines to its end.
Sadly, there is no way to play other games on PS4, but Sega has included story summaries of all the previous titles. If you don’t own a PS3, then there’s no need to wait any longer because Yakuza 6 isn’t the game you want to miss out on. It takes everything that made the franchise popular, and makes it even more fun to do for the players. The storyline, the characters, the nods to previous games, the side quests – everything is implemented amazingly well. In one sentence, we can say that Yakuza 6 is a great sendoff to one of the most interesting characters in history of video games.
Unlike previous entries in the series, Yakuza 6 was developed for the PS4, so graphically it is on par with Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami, both of which came after. The world and everything it contains has quite a detail to it. However, more than the world, characters are the focus of the franchise, and once again, they have received amazing facial animations.
The anger, the sadness, the happiness – everything is presented beautifully. Playing previous entries in the series, you may not have given much attention to these details, but in Yakuza 6, the facial expressions are quite clear and bring a whole new dynamic to the already amazing title.
Gameplay didn’t really need any change, and it hasn’t received one either. If you have played either Yakuza 0 or Yakuza Kiwami, you’ll be right at home with Yakuza 6’s combat as it plays and progresses very much the same. You will have multiple stances with all of them offering different styles of combat. You can go with any style that suits you.
The best part is that the styles aren’t locked in any way, which means that you can switch between them, and upgrade any of them at will. If you use one style, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be locked out of others. You can switch the stance any time in the game, and can upgrade them too without even using them. This keeps the game open for the players as they always have a choice.
Yakuza series rely on story and Sega knocked it out of the park with Yakuza 6. After five amazing games, we were supposed to be getting the end Kiryu’s saga, and a lot of people were worried that the developers might not handle it well.
However, there’s nothing to worry about as the game provides an amazing sendoff to an amazing character. Luckily for us though, Yakuza series is far from over as Sega has announced the upcoming game in the franchise will contain a new protagonist.