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Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

March 14, 2018 1 min read

It isn’t often that you see a comfortable, workmanlike series like Yakuza do a complete overhaul in game mechanics or engine. The last time a dramatic shift like this happened was after Yakuza 2 to the Japan-only Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kenzan. While that game stuck the landing and managed to improve almost everything from its PlayStation 2 roots, Yakuza 6 finds itself in an odd space.

Small quality-of-life changes give way to strange concessions in content that undermine the great work that has been done with the main story. And despite being billed as protagonist Kiryu Kazuma’s final chapter, this entry feels positively quaint compared to what the series has evolved into.

Even if the game fails to live up to expectations, Yakuza 6 is still a damn fine game.

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