Yakuza 6 has already released in Japan, bringing Kazuma Kiryu’s long journey to a close in spectacular style. Now, it’s finally coming to other territories, launching exclusively for PS4 in 2018. With Yakuza 0 and the upcoming Kiwami setting our consoles on fire recently, it’s time to dig into the next big entry.
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Yakuza 6 including its release date, news, gameplay, story and more.
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What is Yakuza 6?
Once again taking place in the fictional red light district of Kamurocho in Tokyo, Yakuza 6 will see the conclusion of Kazuma Kiryu’s story as the Dragon of Dojima ends his time in the spotlight.
Combining open-world exploration with over-the-top, arcade combat, Yakuza continues to be a series unlike anything else.
Yakuza 6 release date
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is coming to North America and Europe on March 20, 2018. A premium edition of the game has also been announced, which will include the following goodies:
- Hardcover Art Book
- 2 Bar Glasses
- 2 Ice Stones
- 2 Coasters
- Special Edition Box
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Yakuza 6 story – what’s it about?
SPOILERS AHEAD: You have been warned.
Recovering from injuries sustained in Yakuza 5, police approach Kazuma Kiryu in hospital and announce they plan to arrest him for past crimes. Our hero accepts, serving three years in prison so he can spend the time afterwards with the children he helped raise in Sunshine Orphanage. However, while he’s been locked away, a lot has changed.
Upon his release it is revealed that Haruka, Kiryu’s adopted daughter, has gone missing. After a long search Kiryu discovers her in hospital, lying in a coma after a traffic accident. She also has a new-born son in the form of Haruto, whom Kiryu must protect from child services.
Following this impromptu disappearance Kiryu decides to travel for Hiroshima to discover what exactly Haruka got up to during his three years in prison.
Yakuza 6 gameplay – how does it play?
The Yakuza series has so many individual gameplay components it’s almost overwhelming at times. At its core, you’ll spend the majority of your time exploring the cities of Kamurocho and Hiroshima while kicking the crap out of countless thugs, gangsters and other evil dudes. Just remember, they started it.
Combat is simplistic, yet surprisingly varied. Various fighting styles can be employed and upgraded, kitted out with new skills as you progress. Weapons also play a big role, with a crafting system making it easy to create different tools. Heat Actions add some extra spectacle to each fight while also injecting an essential dose of ultra-violence.
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Beyond the main narrative you can also partake in side stories. These optional quests are obscenely goofy as you help everyday citizens with an assortment of problems. Yakuza 0 had you starring in films, dating girls and even fending off the local pervert. It’s ridiculous, but manages to be juxtaposed well with the (mostly) serious plot.
The usual minigames also return in the form of karaoke, hostess clubs, darts and more. You can even hit up the arcade and play some Virtua Fighter or pump iron in the gym. Yakuza 6 also makes some neat refinements to a now-ageing formula. Loading screens are no longer an issue while navigating the streets of Kamurocho. You can now instantly enter stores, fights and other buildings.
This is the first in the series developed exclusively for PS4, so we’re happy the hardware is being put to good use.
Yakuza 6 trailers – how does it look?
The latest trailer for Yakuza 6 came from E3 2017:
You’ve also got a fan-subbed story trailer and plenty of gameplay to dig into online:
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