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I’m on to Y4 in my lockdown play through of the full series. 3 & 4 are notably inferior games to Zero and K2. I do appreciate that 4 seems pretty easy so I can just do the minimum to get through to 5. Love these games though :wub:

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1 hour ago, DumbMagician said:

I’m on to Y4 in my lockdown play through of the full series. 3 & 4 are notably inferior games to Zero and K2. I do appreciate that 4 seems pretty easy so I can just do the minimum to get through to 5. Love these games though :wub:

 

I'm just on to 3 after doing Kiwami, Kiwami 2 and Judgement. And yeah, it's quite tough going as it feels extremely primitive compared to the previous 2 (as they're both Dragon Engine games). Still enjoyable though. I'm particularly enjoying the "Revelations", which tend to be hilarious. I doubt I'll hang around as long as I did in Judgement though.

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1 hour ago, DumbMagician said:

I’m on to Y4 in my lockdown play through of the full series. 3 & 4 are notably inferior games to Zero and K2. I do appreciate that 4 seems pretty easy so I can just do the minimum to get through to 5. Love these games though :wub:

Not the biggest fan of Yakuza 3 or 4 myself I did really enjoy 5 mind . it's to top Yakuza 2 that game was super impressive punching a tiger in the gop was crazy 

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Harsin’s definitive rankings:

 

1. Yakuza 0

2. Yakuza Kiwami 2

3. Yakuza 6

4. Yakuza 4

5. Yakuza Kiwami

6. Yakuza 3

 

Haven’t finished 5 yet but will probably bump 4 down the list when I do. Not included Judgement, but would probably come just below Kiwami 2.

 

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37 minutes ago, Kevvy Metal said:

I enjoyed Kiwami much more than Zero! 

 

I know right?

 

I love Kiwami equally with 0. I think the fact that the story follows the relationship between Kiryu and Nishki makes it almost feel like the second chapter in a 2 part story (with 0).

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3 is mechanically very basic and every single enemy is a turtling bastard but it has one of the best stories in the series and is well worth persevering with. I preferred it to 4 in the end, which was more ambitious but also had an extremely stupid plot and some very annoying rooftops. 

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1 hour ago, Garwoofoo said:

3 is mechanically very basic and every single enemy is a turtling bastard

 

I just did the

Spoiler

Lau Ka Long

fight and if all the major enemies are that turtley, it's going to be quite a slog.

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1 hour ago, Harsin said:

The two samurai games? They're supposed to be decent.

 

They certainly seem to have that Yakuza flavour.

 

 

Yep that's the ones . The language barrier put me off importing them 

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17 hours ago, Mega CD said:

Were those Japanese only entries any good ? 

 

Ishin was the first PS4 game I bought/played back at release and I thought it was excellent, but it's the only Yakuza game I've played so I don't know how it compares (the number of games in the main series and amount of time required to play them all puts me off). 

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53 minutes ago, partious said:

 

Ishin was the first PS4 game I bought/played back at release and I thought it was excellent, but it's the only Yakuza game I've played so I don't know how it compares (the number of games in the main series and amount of time required to play them all puts me off). 

I was looking at the PS4 too especially as it was 60 fps and at the time quite cheap on import. Years back I would have jumped on it, nor matter the language barrier not so much these days :(  

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"Finished" 3 last night. Was surprised when I realised I was at the end. Admittedly I'd not been anal about substories etc, but I was still surprised about how quick it seemed to go. Just under 20 hours, and a shameful 11% completion.

I think current plan is to get through 3-5 without being too fastidious about side stuff, and then really savour 0.

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And Yakuza 6 finished. First game of the series I've ever platinumed due to how easy it is to actually platinum, but worth it considering its Kiryu's last outing in the series as the main protaganist.

 

Got Judgment and Fist of the North Star left before the first entry in the series thats got the daft looking new main character and is totally devoid of Kiryu, honest! Its been a wild ride since Zero, though I wish I got to play that daft zombie game in the series as well as the samurai era games. Yeah Sega, if you could work on getting those out in the west at some point that'd be great!

 

This series man...

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The zombie game did get a western release but I think it’s PS3 only. I’m also keen to play it and the two samurai takes but don’t really have the means, western release or not. Would love a collection on current / next gen.

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I wasn't too keen on the zombie game and I'm a massive Yakuza fan. It's strange, but the team that made the brilliant Binary Domain also managed to churn out an at best mediocre shooter in Yakuza clothes. You ain't missing much imo.

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Yeah for as good as the controls were in Binary Domain, they were the exact opposite in Dead Souls. Of course it has fun cutscenes, it's the Yakuza team, but they tried modding third person shoot em up controls onto a beat em up engine and it was terrible to play. I didn't even make it halfway through.

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