A Good Place For The Curious To Start
Avaliado no Canadá em 20 de fevereiro de 2017
Yakuza 0, as the name implies, is part of an ongoing series, which is already up to its 6th iteration in its homeland of Japan. It's a prequel to the long running tale of Kiryu Kazuma, a gangster with a heart of gold that negotiates Japan's organized crime societies, known as the "Yakuza," in his efforts to stay loyal to his friends and try to follow his own code of ethics.
The Yakuza series is difficult to pin down, but at its base, it is a "small" open-world game, mostly focusing on Kamurocho, a stand-in for the real world Japanese pleasure district in Tokyo known as Kabuchiko. Kamurocho is, for all intents and purposes, a remarkably accurate representation of the area, and if you know your way around in-game Kamurocho, you won't get lost if you ever visit the real world location.
Yakuza 0 has a mix of different activities, though primarily it is an elaborate 3rd person "brawler" in the tradition of other games like Sega's own Streets of Rage, or Capcom's Final Fight. However, that brawling mechanic is accompanied by an open world in which gambling, arcade mini-games, fishing, pool, bar hopping, karaoke, disco dancing, slot car racing, bowling, real estate investment and many, many, MANY other activities are available for people that stray from the always dramatic, dudely yet emotional gangster soap opera that is the heart of a Yakuza game storyline.
This is not a game for people that want a short, focused gaming experience, or fully voiced, cinematic cutscenes. Yakuza is a mix of traditional, high quality cutscenes, as well as a lot of reading dialog in text windows. Presentation varies wildly from one gaming segment to the next, but over the years, this adherence to a unique presentation has endeared this small but unique franchise to its fans. Yakuza 0, being a prequel, is a great place to jump in for people curious about the story that don't want to catch up on years of character/plot development. Existing fans of the series may appreciate the little nods to future story developments, since this game takes place in late 1980s Japan, but that's just icing on a very substantial gameplay cake. If you don't mind reading subtitles (there's no English dub, all voice acting is in the original Japanese), and are looking for an in-depth brawler that allows you to explore the culture of another country in a surprisingly meaty way, this is the game for you.
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