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Topic: Yakuza 6 and Yakuza Series on Gamepass

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Darylb88

Who else is looking forward to playing Yakuza 6? (dropping on Gamepass March 25th)

It will be awesome to have the full series available on Gamepass! Let me know your thoughts below..

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LtSarge

I still have Yakuza 5 left to play before I can tackle 6. I'm not looking forward to 5 that much simply because I've heard that it drags on for far too long. It's going to be interesting though playing through 6 and seeing how the series will wrap up. I'm definitely going to feel sad that Kiryu's story is ending, but Ichiban from LAD seems interesting enough to replace him.

Also, can we have this as a general discussion thread for the entire Yakuza series instead of just 6? I absolutely love the Yakuza games so I'd like to discuss all of them if possible.

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Darylb88

@LtSarge I have amended to post to expand it to the full Yakuza series 🙂

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abe_hikura

I'm looking forward to it, though I haven't even got through Yakuza 4 yet!

Once I get through 4,5 and 6, I plan on picking up both Judgement and LAD... probably have Kiwami 3 to play by the time I've finished.

abe_hikura

Darylb88

Like a Dragon is a bit of a departure with the turn based combat but I really enjoyed it! Judgement is an excellent game too.

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LtSarge

I've been playing Yakuza 5 the past few weeks and it's insane how long this game is. I'm 45 hours in and last night I finished chapter 12 out of 21! I'm barely halfway through the story, lol. It's definitely going to take 20-30 more hours before I'm done with this game.

So yeah, keep that in mind if you're going to start it. I've seen many state this before but it's easy in general to get burned out on Yakuza games since they all have the same structure until Like a Dragon. Yakuza 5 in particular is definitely going to test people's patience since it's pretty much the largest game in the series.

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KilloWertz

@LtSarge That's nothing compared to Assassin's Creed Valhalla (or even Odyssey). I've still got a ways to go in Valhalla and I'm a bit passed the 75 hour mark.

In other words, it's probably best to take a break from the series in between Yakuza 4 and 5 from what you are saying.

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LtSarge

@KilloWertz I was comparing the game to the rest of the series. Typically a Yakuza game is like 20-30 hours depending on how much side content you do, but Yakuza 5 is much longer than that which is just crazy.

Yes exactly. I think I played through Yakuza 4 last summer so it's been quite some time since I've played through a mainline Yakuza game. But despite that, I'm actually getting quite tired of the game now since it's repeating a lot of the side content and the substories aren't really that interesting. The game's a perfect example that more is not always better. I'm definitely interested to see where the story is going, but other than that there's not much motivating me to play it at this point.

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KilloWertz

@LtSarge I know. I was just providing an example of another long game I'm playing that hasn't gotten old for me in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

That's fair. If there's a lot of repetitive padding, then that actually hurts the game instead of helping. Not sure why they went that route then, but judging by the reviews after it popped up on Game Pass, it seems like Yakuza 6 is a great finale for that character's series.

I've never played any of them, but it's hard for me to jump into the series even though it's all on Game Pass with it being 7 games long. I do really want to try Like a Dragon at some point after Assassin's Creed Valhalla though.

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LtSarge

@KilloWertz Yeah it does sound intimidating but I think the best approach is to not think that you have to play through all games. Just play through the first one and then decide if you want to keep going or not. In this case, Yakuza 0 is the best starting point since it's considered one of the best games in the series but also because it's a prequel to the first game. And to be honest, if you've played Yakuza 0 then you've pretty much experienced all there is to do in the Yakuza series. At that point you'll be playing the game for primarily the story and the characters, which are phenomenal.

As a side note, I love the Assassin's Creed games. I just bought Bloodlines on Vita, which is a PSP AC game, so I'm looking forward to giving it a go. I still haven't played Valhalla or Origins, but I'm definitely interested in starting up Origins soon since I just love the exotic setting. Odyssey is my favourite game in the series, I spent 120 hours playing it including all of its expansions. So I'm very excited to eventually play Origins since they both feel similar.

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KilloWertz

@LtSarge Yeah, I may just play Yakuza 0 if I ever get the time to play any of them besides Like a Dragon. I doubt I'll have the time to play the ones after 0 story wise since I missed out on a lot of games bouncing back and forth between Xbox and PlayStation (one reason I'm glad to be just Xbox now).

120 hours? Real men play it for 200 hours. That sounds crazy, but it was also my favorite game of the last console generation, so it was 200 hours well spent. I was shocked when I looked at the "Stats" on Xbox though and saw the playtime, since according to the game itself it was more like 150 or so if I remember correctly (but isn't accurate). I've never had a Vita, so I haven't played Bloodlines, but Origins was pretty good.

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LtSarge

Well I just finished Yakuza 5 after 62 hours of playtime and overall I thought the game was good but definitely not as good as some people made it out to be. Before playing it, I had read that this game was one of the best Yakuza games along with Yakuza 0. And in my opinion, Yakuza 5 doesn't come anywhere close to being as good as Yakuza 0. Not even Kiwami 1 or 2. The story is just too weak, there are too many branching story-lines and quite frankly, story-lines that shouldn't even be in a Yakuza game. Hunting? Baseball? Idols? These would've been great as mere side activities but to actually integrate them into the story was a huge mistake. You could cut out a hefty portion of this game and you would still understand the story. Another thing that was annoying was the pushing of the theme "dreams". Towards the end of the game, people would constantly blabber about achieving your dreams every other sentence and it got annoying after a while. They tried to integrate "dreams" into every section of the story and it just felt forced and not natural at all. The developer tried to do so many things but it ultimately came out ruining the pace of the game.

I read that when Yakuza 5 came out in Japan, this game was not received well at all by the fans and it was believed that this was the end of the series because of how disappointing Y5 was. I can absolutely see that considering Yakuza 0 was the next entry in this series and that game blew everyone away and it even helped the series penetrate the Western market. It's just so much better than Y5. The remakes of the first two Yakuza games were excellent as well and I have no doubt in my mind that Yakuza 6 is great as well. And Like a Dragon has been received very well too. You just can't avoid the fact that the origins of the Yakuza series are terrible, especially the PS3 era. Which is too bad considering many people love Yakuza 0 and as they play through this series in chronological order, most of them get fed up when they reach Yakuza 3 and onwards because of how outdated they are. And it wouldn't have mattered if these games had received remakes or not, they are just not up to the standards of the recent Yakuza titles.

But yeah, considering this is a franchise where you could easily get burned out from, I knew especially for Yakuza 5 that I needed a long break from this series. I played Yakuza 4 last summer and so I was all refreshed going into Y5, so it's not like that affected my assessment of this game. I played through it at a gentle pace across this past month and for the most part it was enjoyable. But personally, I wish the developer had removed so many things from the game and only focused on a few stuff. Because the more you add to a story, the harder it gets to tie everything together towards the end. And to be honest, the ending of Y5 was not satisfying to me at all simply because of this.

Well at least I'm done now with the PS3 era of Yakuza (including Dead Souls) and I have now only the good stuff ahead, such as Yakuza 6, Judgment and Like a Dragon.

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