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  • Summary: In Yakuza 6, Kazuma Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family -- be those ties through blood or bond -- when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. Fresh out of a three-year prison sentence, anIn Yakuza 6, Kazuma Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family -- be those ties through blood or bond -- when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. Fresh out of a three-year prison sentence, an older and weathered Kiryu comes to find out that his surrogate daughter, Haruka, has gone missing from the orphanage he looks after. The trail leads him to his old stomping grounds in Kamurocho, where he discovers that she has been struck by a car and now lies in a coma. To make matters worse, Kiryu learns that Haruka now has a son that he must look after. With baby in hand, Kiryu journeys to the seaside town of Onomichi, Hiroshima to unravel the truth about Haruka, her son, and a sinister secret that the Hiroshima yakuza are harbouring.

    From the unparalleled realism of the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, to the latest evolution of Kamurocho, the biggest red-light district in Tokyo, Yakuza 6 is the ultimate iteration the game's blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 90
  2. Negative: 0 out of 90
  1. Mar 15, 2018
    100
    Yakuza 6 offers one of the finest, most realized crime stories of the medium. It also marks the conclusion of Kiryu Kazuma’s story, granting him an ending befitting such a well-rounded character. And the best part is that you don’t have to be a Yakuza expert to appreciate how it all ends.
  2. Mar 15, 2018
    90
    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life tells a truly gripping tale – a story that blows most games out of the water. Combine that with a refined combat system and a new engine capable of making the game's world feel more alive than ever, and you've got a stellar Yakuza title. Although the experience does feel a little stunted in places outside of the main plot, this is still a fitting final chapter. Yakuza 6 is a gloriously dramatic send off for one of the greatest characters in modern gaming.
  3. Apr 23, 2018
    90
    After 13 years SEGA brings us the final chapter of the Yakuza series. Albeit it doesn't offer many new things than change drastically its established formula and its world maps and activities feel a little bit reduced when compared to the previous entries, Yakuza 6 is an awesome game with fantastic visuals and a great and deep narrative that concludes the story of Kazuma Kiryu in a terrific way.
  4. Mar 15, 2018
    85
    Yakuza 6 succeeds because its core story is so compelling. Every seemingly disconnected part serves a purpose: Without fights, it’d just be a movie; without cutscenes, it’d just be a series of contextless fights; without exploration, it’d be an on-rails punching simulator. All of those unexpected pieces and the (oh-so-long) cutscenes interact to make an equal parts story- and punching-driven game that is heart-wrenching. This is so much more than that game about a crime guy that I had expected.
  5. Mar 30, 2018
    80
    I feel that the way SEGA completed Kiryu's saga was done with so much class, and the investment I felt throughout was constantly there. While the changes to the combat were somewhat of a letdown, I won't deny that every other aspect of the finale wowed me and left me an emotional train wreck. Long time fans of the Yakuza series will likely find The Song of Life to be a satifying conclusion.
  6. Mar 15, 2018
    80
    The sixth installment in the Yakuza franchise diligently completes its task: it brings the series to a new dawn of modernity and allows the fans to say goodbye to the legendary Dragon of Dojima. Even with some small flaws in the script and less epic boss figths, The Song of Life is a thrilling experience and one worth buying.
  7. Mar 15, 2018
    60
    Yakuza 6‘s thematic consistency is impressive, though the game scarcely gives women the space to be more than props or damsels or to speak up when they’re shamed for having lives outside the constraints of possessive men. The game wants to be about parents in general, but in a series steeped in the kind of male bravado where expensive suits are cast off in one swift motion to reveal extravagant back tattoos, it’s mostly just about fathers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. May 19, 2018
    10
    Buen juego lleno de actividades y una historia que resulta atractiva en esta ultima aventura de kazuma kiryu unico punto negativi que no vieneBuen juego lleno de actividades y una historia que resulta atractiva en esta ultima aventura de kazuma kiryu unico punto negativi que no viene subtitulado al español pero no es tan grave para el desempelo del juego Expand
  2. Apr 23, 2018
    10
    The game itself was fantastic. the story is way more intense than all of the yakuza games.. not better than yakuza zero. but on this yakuzaThe game itself was fantastic. the story is way more intense than all of the yakuza games.. not better than yakuza zero. but on this yakuza **** goes nuts at the end. its captivating heart wrenching story will drive you insane. plenty of things to do at this small new open world..
    Kazuma Kiryu The dragon of dojima thanks for the journey!
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  3. Apr 22, 2018
    10
    More like 9.5 than 10.

    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the last game in the Yakuza series, but not the last in terms of quality; far from it.
    More like 9.5 than 10.

    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the last game in the Yakuza series, but not the last in terms of quality; far from it. My knowledge of this series already comes from Yakuza 4, which came out in PS Plus in February 2015 and from there I was completely addicted and aware of the upcoming Yakuza that were to come at that time, namely Yakuza 5, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. As in previous games, Yakuza 6 is an action-adventure game that mixes brawler style combat with RPG elements. And again we have the protagonist, the 4th Chairman, that is, Kazuma Kiryu.

    When I returned to Kamurocho, I soon noticed that it was visually amazing and the same goes for the city Onomichi, who is also present in the game. Now we will not have loadings of 1 second, each time we enter or leave a restaurant for example. Whenever we come into conflict with some ruffians on the streets, the city itself "becomes a battle arena" (and still we can escape successfully), unlike the previous ones where we were limited to a small place. Yes, we can also take and fight the ruffians in places like Poppos or on Smile Burger. The spectacle of all this is to see smashed glasses, objects flying and as result, the employee expels us and the site is temporarily closed for repairs. It's these little details that make me delight in this Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.

    But you may be wondering, what has really changed in the gameplay over Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami? A lot of things. The Brawler and Rush styles were eliminated, with only Beast (when we entered Extreme Heat Mode) and Dragon remaining and still have their differences. In Beast we don't have those slow movements anymore and in Dragon, the moveset is different from the previous Yakuzas. Each time we win a battle or eat something, we are rewarded with experience points for 5 abilities: Strength, Agility, Spirit, Technique and Charm, which can be used to increase Kiryu's stats (Health, Attack, Defense, Evasion, Heat Gauge) and to buy Battle Skills, Heat Actions and other skills.

    What I really have to say about the gameplay of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is that I feel the character's moves and the blows are smooth, frantic, and full of strength. It is true that at the beginning we are taking a lot of kicks when we are facing many ruffians, triads or yakuzas, but it is because we are limited to a one quickstep (there are double and triple) and the fact that we don't have the quickstep cancel. It's always rewarding to see our enemies taking with a Heat Action, some of theme are hilarious. An example of this is the Essence of Electromagnetic Torture, which consists to shoot the enemy at the microwave and asking the employee to "warm" the head of our enemy. Another example, the Essence of Knock Out Punch, allows us to see (through a 1 second Slow Motion) our enemy spitting blood whenever we punch him in the chin. In comparison to the previous ones, we don't have some old Heat Actions, but we have many new ones.

    In this Yakuza 6: The Song of Life we have something new called Clan Creator. Let's say it's a kind of Fighting Manager, in which we have a hierarchy (Chairman> Captain> Lieutenant> Soldier) to organize, take them to the missions and fight against other clans. Correct, if we want a soldier for our clan, sometimes we will have to search in the streets of Onomichi and defeat this person in a fight. They all have different moves, weapons, punches and some characters have special moves. And yes, we can also take our team to the online battles.

    As always, this Yakuza 6 also features the usual Yoshida Batting Center, Hostess Clubs, Substories and Mahjong, but new things have also been added, such as hunting fish, octopuses and sharks in the waters of Onomichi, a site called RIZAP Kamurocho to exercise our muscles and improve our character's physique, and we even have to rescue lost cats, which we then send to the Nyan Nyan Café. In addition, there are also Vending Machines, which help to temporarily increase our stats and the missions or the help requests to rescue someone who is having trouble with ruffians, for example. And, of course, the Sega Club is also present in this Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and we have games like Virtual Fighter 5: Final Showdown and even classics such as Out Run, Puyo Puyo, Super Hang-On, Fantasy Zone and Space Harrier.

    Despite all of this, i miss the mini-games like Bowling, Pool, gambling and fights in the Purgatory Coliseum. Fights against bosses are challenging, with a phenomenal soundtrack and feature breathtaking scenes. SEGA has done a almost perfect work by keeping the style that made this series unique, but at the same time make some changes so that the game and series stay fresh. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is not only one of the best entries in the series, but also one of the best experience of 2018 so far.
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  4. Apr 30, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. (Spoiler Alert !!!)

    I want to inform everybody that I have played yakuza 1 and 2 on the ps2, yakuza 3,4 and 5 as well as dead souls on the ps3. And it is my first time to push out a written review on metacritic.

    At times, it baffles me how games like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Far Cry 5 receives more attention while this gem remains in the shadows.

    Yakuza 6 is simply gorgeous look at, prior to previous entries, but I do some complaints in some of its aspects.

    Graphics - They are pleasant to touch with your eyes on a regular ps4 (not sure if the graphics has been vastly improved for the ps4 pro). (10/10)

    Story - a very well written human drama and a magnificent ending to the legend of the Dragon of Dojima (Dojima No Ryu). Also, the sidequests stories carries a lot of charm and touches on your heartstrings at certain moments (10/10)

    Gameplay - Combat has been reduced significantly from prior titles, which was surprising and unexpected as prior titles tend to do the opposite. I felt the need to address this issue because you can see throughout the game the combat can be quite dull and repetitive; It is noticeable once you get all the heat skills for Kiryu. Minigames, although, reduced have been refined to the enjoyment of the players. (8/10)

    Sound - The music is on point. It doesn't seem that it needs more songs to compliment some situations in the game. It manages to create quite an impact in certain points in the story. (10/10)

    Environment - I love Kamurocho and Onomichi in this game. They have expanded on what you can do in the world map where you can explore every nook and crany in both of these places. Furthermore, you can take pictures with your phone. While it seems to heavily promote tourism in Japan, I like it a lot. (10/10)

    In conclusion, I would recommend Yakuza 6 to any person with an affinity in the Japanese culture or simply likes interesting stories, to buy this game ! It is simply a blast to experience and I am still playing it on NG+ on Hard Mode. The game is simply that good, in spite of its shortcomings.

    Thank you Kazuma Kiryu for this wonderful journey !!!
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  5. Jun 14, 2018
    8
    The new engine works magnificently. Every brawl, location and cut scene looks incredible. And yet the combat, restricted locations and missingThe new engine works magnificently. Every brawl, location and cut scene looks incredible. And yet the combat, restricted locations and missing cast members leave a lot to be desired. Even the new side story, gang war, only serves as a platform to show off it's NJPW guests. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2018
    8
    It's surprising to think this is my fourth Yakuza game. I feel like I just got into the series buying 5, 0, Kiwami, and 6 upon release.It's surprising to think this is my fourth Yakuza game. I feel like I just got into the series buying 5, 0, Kiwami, and 6 upon release. Honestly I am experiencing some Yakuza fatigue. Just the ridiculousness of some of the logic people use to justify their actions (usually starting a fight) makes no sense. Also fighting large groups of people is extremely annoying as you are constantly surrounded and getting knocked down. The main story is full of twists and turns, half turns, triple lutz' and about-faces. It's a crazy ride and when it ends you can't even remember how it started. What I loved about the Yakuza series is the convoluted storylines, zany side missions, and walking around in Japan. This is all still here in 6 but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as 0. I hope they make some changes to the formula. One complaint I have is that side missions while interesting to watch are not interesting to play (no, Im not talking about the mini-games). All side missions follow this structure: 1.Listen to somebody's story. 2. random street fight. 3. Revelation and end. It's not that I don't like the Yakuza series but after playing so many in such a short period of time the flaws start to get to you. Expand
  7. May 24, 2018
    4
    Since I've studied Japanese for many years, I know the importance of deferential language in social interactions in that country.Since I've studied Japanese for many years, I know the importance of deferential language in social interactions in that country. Unfortunately, it makes no difference in this game because everyone wants to hurt you. Clearly, the game lacks for cultural understanding. Disappointing. Expand

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