Last week was a great week in gaming. Two infamous titles were released; God of War and Yakuza 6. Having played both games I thought I would start a review for Yakuza 6 first as it was released three days ahead of GOW lol. Yakuza 6 holds true to its original titles with updated move lists, new enemy faces with some old favorable faces, a familiar environmental setting and a storyline that continues to climax as the character progresses through the game. Fans will be excited to learn that Kazuma Kiryu returns as the main and only playable character as he explores several regions such as Kamurocho, Tokyo and Onomichi in the Hiroshima Prefecture.
The story starts off with Kiryu recovering from injuries sustained after the events of Yakuza 5. Kiryu, who has been hospitalized, is further approached by the authorities with intentions of detaining him based on his history of crime and involvement with illegal yakuza based activities. Although having redeemed himself in many other ways, Kiryu chooses not to resist the arrest and chooses to spend three years in prison. His choice is made as he feels the children he has fostered will be able to live peacefully. After being released, Kiryu makes a surprising visit to the orphanage overwhelming the children with happiness. They inform him that Haruka has gone missing which prompts Kiryu to return to Kamurocho. Upon arriving, he gains information which details Haruka having been involved in a hit-and-run. Not only is the girl ledt in a coma after the incident, but she has birthed a child called Haruto. Unsure whether Haruka will fully recover Kiryu fears for the baby’s future. He takes the infant forcefully and travels with him to Onomichi Jingaicho in Hiroshima to discover the truth behind Haruka’s accident and her absence.
The game overall has been a fun experience so far. I am a fan of the series and this title does not disappoint. Unlike other games, the story continues and flows perfectly from its predecessors; almost like the player never stopped playing. The title also displays a softer side of Kiryu; the side that really exhibits what it is like to be a father as he cares for the baby, Haruto, throughout the entire story. Not only does the main story impress though, but Yakuza adds a myriad of fresh side missions that will have the player on the game for hours. In addition to this there are tons of very fun mini-games. Such mini-games include Virtua Fighter in the arcade, a few 2-D adventure and puzzle games, a motorcycle and car racing game, a batting cage game, of course mahjong, darts and a warring siege game.
This game is definitely a must have. Streaming videos will come in later posts, but if you would like to purchase this title click Here.