This applies to me as well. I went into Yakuza 0 more or less blind. I’d never followed the forum discussions on former games and I never listened to my geekiest gaming friend when it came to this franchise, even though his taste had always been really close to mine.
Initial thoughts of Yakuza 0 wasn’t that positive for me, all I could see was lengthy cut-scenes broken up by insane battles, and the random battles on the streets were annoying to me at first. A couple of chapters in and I was hooked but what really opened my eyes was the opening of chapter 3 ( the introduction of Majima Goro ), this is still one of the coolest character introductions in any form of media to me, ever.
While I never got all trophies in Yakuza 0, I got solid 90-100 hours from it but got side tracked when Kiwami was released. I was so hyped for Kiwami that I couldn’t wait. Like Yakuza 0, it didn’t impress me from the very beginning but unlike Yakuza 0, it never grew on me at all
I finished the main story and enjoyed parts of it but where Yakuza 0 was a solid 10 for me ( and a instant classic ), Kiwami never got past the 7 mark for me personally.
I’m just a couple of hours in to Yakuza 6 at the moment and so far it sits comfortably above Kiwami in every department. Can’t wait to dive into the madness!!!