7 months ago

Review: Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

Like many folks in the fandom, the arrival of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life seemed to signal the end of the story arc for one Kazuma Kiryu. Since then, the franchise as a whole has been far from dormant. We were introduced to Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the main series.
1 year ago

Review: Like a Dragon: Ishin!

What a difference a decade makes, huh? Before the release of Yakuza 0, the overall franchise was largely regarded as a niche that a handful of dedicated fans passionately latched onto since its inception. Because of that, it didn’t exactly make much business sense to release any spinoffs outside of Japan. Especially with how Dead
28 Sep 2021

Review: Lost Judgment

I think it’s pretty well known by now that SEGA is none too shy about how much they’re leaning into all aspects of the Yakuza franchise. Which is great, because lately the main franchise and now the Judgment side of things were supposed to have split off into two separate playstyles. Last year’s Yakuza: Like
21 Mar 2020

Review: Yakuza 5 Remastered

When we think about a remaster of our favorite games, what comes to mind is probably the obvious – enhanced graphics and quality of life fixes. The reality is, without a total remake, there isn’t much more you can do to make a story more impactful, characters feel more alive, or the world feel more
13 Mar 2020

Review: Yakuza 4 Remastered

Let’s be honest here. Were it not for writing for Gamer Escape, I probably wouldn’t have fell as hard for the Yakuza franchise as hard as I did after I started off with 0 and had the chance to review Kiwami afterwards. Mind you, it’s obviously not my first exposure to open world games or
29 Feb 2020

Review: Yakuza 3 Remastered

By now, it goes without saying how eager SEGA is to bring the story of the Dragon of Dojima to the masses as much as possible on PS4. With the release of Yakuza Remastered Collection, players can now play the entirety of the story of Kazuma Kiryu from his humble beginnings in ’80s Kamurocho to
20 Jun 2019

Review: Judgment (PS4)

When something makes money, making more titles available to their audience only makes sense. Since Sega has been remaking and adding new entries to Kazuma Kiryu's story for modern consoles, players (including myself) were happy to see his gritty journey from low-ranking yakuza to makeshift father figure come to fruition midway through 2018.
21 Sep 2018

Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2

Dueling Dragons Kazuma Kiryu has seen quite a bit of exposure over the last couple of years. Recently, we’ve seen the end of his story with the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It’s honestly safe to say that this franchise has been experiencing a bit of a resurgence thanks to these solid