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Thread: Yakuza 6 (PS4)

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    Yakuza 6 (PS4)

    Can't see a 1st play, rather surprisingly, for this last outing for the mighty Kiryu Kazuma, so here's one. Reviews I've read criticized the game for being too personal on story, for not featuring all the old favourites as heavily as some might want (Akiyama, Saejima, Majima, etc.), for cutting some of the mini-games (e.g. pool, pachinko, UFO catchers, most of the gambling games) and areas (champion district), and for limiting the fighting moveset.

    These are probably all valid to a degree, but currently I'm not feeling this loss too badly. The story, while more personal, has a lot of the usual heavyweight plotlines and manly melodrama, what with

    the whole of Kamurocho now being up for grabs with the influx of Korean and Chinese mafia taking advantage of a destabilized Tojo clan; plus we get to infiltrate a never-before-seen clan.

    This feels as Yakuza-like in its plot as any I've played before, with some cool new villains and protagonists. Takeshi Kitano is in it FFS.

    The new environment - a sleepy seaside town in Hiroshima - is fantastic. It offers a wonderful change of pace and visual appeal from Kamurocho. The game also has the usual array of side-stories that Kiryu - through a character quirk of social/technological naivety and goofy curiosity - never fails to get involved in. These are as crazy as any I've seen before, including getting tutored in how to use sexy web chat (very funny but about as arousing as a Carry On film) or dealing with a smartphone AI personal assistant that is intent on world domination. There are fewer of these than normal, about 50, when the games often feature nearer to 100. The fewer mini-games are balanced out by some by completely new and apparently quite substantial ones (e.g., managing a baseball team, spear fishing, neither of which I've encountered yet), so whether you feel short changed in these matters is a question of taste I guess. It still has mahjong so I'm happy.

    The one area where the game undoubtedly out-performs the previous ones is in the environmental presentation and the impact this has on gameplay. There are now no loading transitions when getting involved in a fight or when entering a building, so it's all seamless. This makes a huge difference to how the game feels and plays. You can line-up a bunch of hoodlums down the street and start a run up if you fancy. Being able to see into and out of shops increases immersion a lot. Also, you can chuck your assailant through the doors/windows of shops and restaurants and continue the fight inside, perhaps - if you fancy - microwaving some dude's head in the convenience store oven. A new first person view makes the environments a pleasure to stroll around, although it snaps back into 3rd person for conversations and combat. All this comes at a performance cost, however, with minor screen tear being quite frequent, especially indoors. (I'm playing on a standard PS4).

    Last word about the fighting moveset. Yakuza 0 had 2 player characters with 3 distinct fighting styles apiece. Yakuza 6 has 1 player character with 1 fighting style. I get that people are miffed by this, but my fighting-brain never responded well to quick changes between styles and I'm enjoying getting to know this one in more depth. The combat feels as comically brutal as ever and - unlike Yakuza 0 - baddies don't explode in a shower of cash at the merest tap. Some fights gain you nothing, so I think you need to fight stylishly to get them to drop money. The way combat/moves and power-ups are managed through your smartphone is another plus as it streamlines the presentation of this and all other kinds of game info, making for a much neater and more stylish presentation/HUD/menu system than previous Yakuzas.

    In short, it's early days but I'm really enjoying it.

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  3. #3
    sounds rad, I'm going to do Kiwami 2 first before I get onto this one. I've almost finished Kiwami.

  4. #4
    ...and so I continue my journey into the dilapidated seaside town of Onomichi

    and have infiltrated a wonderfully hapless and endearing yakuza family headed by Beat Takeshi.

    The change of pace and tone in this place, and also the changes subtly creeping over Kiryu's ageing character (notwithstanding his hair-trigger temper), are a real breath of fresh air for the series. I'm really enjoying the plot/writing and it feels like it's gearing up slowly for a proper 'resolution' for Kiryu. The combat is increasingly enjoyable as the difficulty ramps up a little bit, too.

    By the way, I found out that there is no weapon crafting shop in this version. This was never a thing for me as it was time-consuming, confusing and the weapons broke after a few uses anyway, but if weapon crafting was a biggie for you then beware.

    ps.: Dear Mods, I forgot to add a score table, sorry!
    pps.: Thanks, QC, some inventing punning there!
    Last edited by Golgo; 06-07-2018 at 10:31 AM.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Golgo View Post
    ps.: Dear Mods, I forgot to add a score table, sorry!
    Done!

    Keep the updates coming as it sounds fun!

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    This is definitely a more streamlined affair than previous Yaks, and perhaps nowhere better exemplified than in the paltry lack of soft pornography. The web chat striptease minigame, which finds you responding to button prompts to enter clumsy flirtatious chat to get the girls down to their bras and knickers, features only two girls ('Sexy' and 'Cute'). The Yakuza 0 VHS tapes featured 30 girls. There is greater interactivity here and it is quite funny to read the chat as it unfolds in relation to the girls' antics, but for any perverts out there hoping to get their grot on...you may feel short changed. Jokes aside it's pretty sordid, to be honest.

    The saga continues. A recent quest involving trying to find milk for a crying baby (including a mini-game where you have to try to work out which type of rocking and cooing will calm him down) is about as gloriously absurd as the series has ever been. It's ace.
    Last edited by Golgo; 07-07-2018 at 07:01 AM.

  7. #7
    The other characters online during the web chats have some very funny names, like 'Big Papa' and 'Uncle Dicky'

  8. #8
    Yakuza jacuzzi lol. This will be my new band name.

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