Taking you back in time to a Tokyo of 1988 Yakuza 0 is as an action adventure title that serves as a prequel to the various other Yazuka titles. Focusing on fictionalised recreations of areas such as Shinjuku Golden Gai and Kabukicho there is plenty of Tokyo to explore.
Starting the story deep within December 1988 two characters from the Yakuza underworld (Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima) find themselves in the middle of a dispute which serves as the key power struggle for all of the dark organisations within Japan. To secure their safety they’ll have to go deeper into the dispute to find its origins and clear their name.
Played in an open world environment Yakuzo 0 lets players customise their own character which is controlled through a third person perspective. While completing the main story and the various side activities players will constantly find themselves in melee fights with enemies where they can switch between the fighting styles of Majima and Kiryu, a first for the series.
While Kiryu relies on a more balanced style of fighting which lets him enjoy the benefits of both heavy brawling and fast paced boxing to a limited extent. On the other hand Majima uses a balanced Thug style which is more orientated around weapons. A further two fighting styles known as Legendary can be unlocked by progression through the individual character side businesses.
These side businesses alongside the aforementioned fights serve as the primary methods to generate money within the game which can then be spent on improving abilities within skill trees. Alternatively by completing specific objectives players will be able to earn shrine upgrades for character specific upgrades or unique items.
Yakuza 0 is clearly designed for the newcomer in mind, not only do you have two balanced fighters to switch between as you please but the income side of the equation is more fair than some of the past titles, ensuring you are always improving your power level. With the story also serving as a prequel there are few reasons for new players to the franchise not to start their journey into the dark Tokyo underworld here.
- Fight with two balanced fighters as you attempt to clear their name.
- Explore regions of Tokyo and its underground.
- Use your side businesses to generate a constant stream of income.
- Gain special abilities and items through specific objectives.
- Released only on PS4 (outside of Japan).
Review Platform: PS4