Yakuza on Xbox Collection X Is a Delightfully Bizarre RPG


When you’d have informed me six months in the past that the primary correct Xbox Collection X sport I’d ever play can be Yakuza: Like a Dragon, I’m unsure I’d have guessed it. However now that I’ve spent a while wandering the streets of Japan with my celebration members on this modern-day-set RPG, I’d additionally by no means have guessed how a lot enjoyable I’d have with this delightfully weird, fully self-aware journey.

If, like me, this Xbox Collection X launch title is your first Yakuza sport, the excellent news is that Sega describes Like a Dragon as an entry level for newcomers; no prior information of the franchise is required. That mentioned, right here’s what I’ve realized about Yakuza to this point: it’s bizarre. And never simply that, it is aware of it’s bizarre and it leans into that pleasant weirdness. The result’s an RPG I can actually say is in contrast to any I’ve performed earlier than. Let me let you know about that first, after which I’ll discuss how it’s as a Collection X expertise.

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The preview construct threw me into chapter 5, round six hours into the sport. I don’t have the total story, clearly, however from what I can decide up after watching the excruciatingly lengthy cutscene that kicks off chapter 5 (severely, it’s 18 minutes lengthy; my Collection X went into screen-saver mode!), you as Ichiban Kasuga alongside together with your fellow three celebration members are attempting to unravel the mysterious dying of your boss. The large change for individuals who are already conversant in the collection is that the fight is now turn-based. You’ll encounter a gaggle of “threatening males” and, in conventional JRPG fashion, you’ll be thrown right into a battle. The assaults you’ll be able to tee up vary from over-the-top to straight-up hilarious – and a few of them are distinctive to your celebration member’s Job as properly. As an illustration, I modified one celebration member’s Job to Chef (consider Jobs as conventional fantasy RPG character lessons with trendy names), and all of a sudden I had spatula-based assaults. For optimum harm/hilarity, strive a team-up assault!

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Issues get nuttier and extra self-aware-y as you wander the streets of the town. At one level, I picked up a crawfish that was skittering round a bridge above a river, and, pondering I used to be a great animal-loving citizen, tossed it again into the water beneath. That led to a person affected by homelessness chewing me out for discarding his pal “Nancy,” me monitoring Nancy down out of guilt and returning her, just for issues to, shall we embrace in a non-spoiler manner, maintain getting stranger from there. In one other open-world occasion, I intervened to assist a brand new father who was being accosted by the yakuza for his child formulation. That led to me giving him marriage recommendation, fetching scorching water from a close-by cafe, and ending up preventing a gaggle of diaper-clad grownup males (sure, a couple of) with child fetishes…solely to finish up with all of us turning into buddies.

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As for what Yakuza is like as an Xbox Collection X sport, properly…it’s not precisely essentially the most next-gen expertise on the market. Loading occasions are certainly fast, and sure textures and particulars are very sharp (equivalent to the primary characters), and the world seems to be very crisp and clear with a easy framerate. However it’s removed from the primary sport I’d present to my buddies after shopping for a brand new $500 console.

In all, my impression after taking part in a pair hours of Yakuza: Like a Dragon on Xbox Collection X is that it completely doesn’t take itself severely, tonally talking. In a great way. However it does on the gameplay facet. It jogs my memory a little bit of a JRPG model of Saints Row. It’s goofy, and that makes it stand out in a sea of buttoned-up fantasy RPGs.

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Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Government Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey at any time when potential.

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