Then this is the game for you!
Equal parts crazy, equal parts hilarious, and equal parts high-stakes drama, Yakuza 0 is the prequel to SEGA’s Yakuza franchise. The franchise was incredibly popular in Japan before shipping overseas. Set in 1988 Tokyo, Japan, Yakuza 0 is an origin story of series’ protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. The game has another protagonist, and similar to how GTA does it, you alternate between the two during the game. While the game did officially release in Japan last year, it came out internationally this year, and only recently made its way to PC. So of course, we picked it up now. And we’re pretty glad we did. Here’s how it went with our review for Yakuza 0!
Yakuza 0 is an action-adventure game set in a open world. Exploration in Yakuza 0 is pretty standard, even though it’s an open-world game, the world isn’t all that big. However, this has allowed them to make what little of it there is very detailed. We’ve seen plenty of open-worlds that have no life in them, Yakuza 0’s world however, is packed with life, and they don’t feel like mindless AI. Even during fights, the way the AI reacts is pretty decent; at least they notice that sh!t’s going down and they should not run away (obviously), but form a circle around the fight and cheer.
There are flaws though, like certain animations in the game. For example, they don’t really avoid each other or you while walking, so it’s not uncommon to walk into one of the AI and then they’ll just tag along with you, getting pushed, until they magically poof around you or decide to take a turn. Then in certain areas the AI are just in an animation loop. All of them. Definitely breaks the immersion.
While the controls in the game are pretty standard – nothing too hard to get used to – right off the bat you will be able to tell that the game’s all about the combat. Combat in Yakuza 0 is nothing short of spectacular. It’s incredibly satisfying even though it’s a bit cartoon-ish. You can actually feel the impact behind each strike, no matter how ridiculous it is. Just about everything in your vicinity can be used to beat people up, and in the wackiest way possible. It’s like One Punch Man, the video game. If you’ve watched One Punch Man, the anime, you’d know what we’re talking about. (Yes, the writer is a weeb, get over it)
Beating on enemies gives you money. Literally. Like, you whack them really hard, and money comes flying out of them. Not even kidding. It’s like cha-ching! Everytime you punch someone in the face. You use this money to upgrade your skills. There’s different combat styles you can use and upgrade, and both protagonists have different styles, which is nice. There was one we liked specifically, where you kinda just tense up and stand still while opponents wail on you, and you shrug off all their hits.
Never have we played a game where the side-stuff, the mini-games, are so thoroughly fleshed out. If it wasn’t enough that you had to learn the game’s mechanics, there are different mechanics for the mini-games as well! We’re not complaining – we actually loved this. You could spend hours just on the distractions this game provides. From bowling, to arcade machines, to karaoke, there’s a lot to do. Make sure you don’t forget the main game though.
If you’ve played any previous Yakuza game, you will immediately notice that the graphics are a big upgrade. The facial textures all look highly detailed and it’s definitely a big scale up. We’ve definitely seen better on PC but don’t let that take anything away from the game. There are a few issues however, like we had some texture popping in areas crowded with shop signs and billboards, which is the majority of the environment. Apart from that though, we didn’t really face any issues. For a port, it ran pretty smoothly on our PC. So good job SEGA, nice port! -thumbs up-
Sound and music
Well, there’s not really much to say except it was really well done. The sounds of a busy and bustling Tokyo are top notch. The voice acting was great too. It sucks that not everything was dubbed. We were left having to listen to the grunts of the protagonist for those parts. Even the music was pretty good and matched the situation and environment well.
Verdict – Yakuza 0
It’s really hard to explain Yakuza 0 to anybody, it’s honestly something best experienced on your own. It’s the first title from the franchise to make it on to PC, and it’s a treat for both fans of the franchise and newcomers. SEGA has done a great job with the port which is saying something. The game can take as little as 20 hours to finish, but if you get as hooked as we did, you’ll be spending a lot more time in the game than that. Definitely worth checking out.
|Developer: Sega CS1
Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Price: PC: Rs. 665 (Steam) | Xbox One and PS4 – Rs. 1,999
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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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