It’s an enormous week for PS4 homeowners. In addition to the extremely anticipated God of War, this week marks the discharge of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the most recent installment within the Yakuza collection and the ultimate chapter in protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s saga.
First launched in Japan almost two years in the past, Yakuza 6 finds the previous mobster struggling to reconcile his prison previous with elevating a child. After serving out his jail sentence, Kiryu learns that his adoptive daughter is in a coma following successful-and-run. He takes her toddler youngster into his care and travels to Onomichi, Hiroshima to analyze the incident.
For the final chapter in Kiryu’s story, Sega has pared again among the collection’ extraneous parts, leading to a leaner–and extra impactful–experience. In GameSpot’s Yakuza 6 evaluation, Edmond Tran stated the sport “efficiently makes use of its smaller footprint to create a deeper, extra significant impression.”
Other critiques for Yakuza 6 are additionally now out there on-line forward of the sport’s launch. We’ve compiled a choice of them beneath to provide you an thought of what critics are saying about Kazuma Kiryu’s swansong. For a broader have a look at Yakuza 6’s crucial reception, remember to go to GameSpot sister web site Metacritic.
- Game: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
- Developer: Sega
- Platform: PS4
- Release date: April 17
- Price: US $60 / £50 / AU $84.95
GameSpot — eight/10
“Yakuza 6 reins in its scope, however doubles down on what has made the collection nice. It’s a singular and interesting illustration of the fashionable Japanese expertise, value taking part in even if you happen to’re a newcomer. The narrative is dramatic and honest, and the sport’s endearing characters–coming from all walks of life–are attention-grabbing research. The world is dense and rewarding to exist in, the dynamic fight system stays thrilling even after you have kicked the crap out of 5 thousand enemies, and maybe most significantly, Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life serves as a satisfying conclusion to the turbulent, decade-lengthy saga of its beloved icon, Kazuma Kiryu.” — Edmond Tran [Full review]
IGN — 7.5/10
“Yakuza 6: The Song of Life presents essentially the most detailed digital chunk of Japan the collection has managed to this point, and its story gives a satisfying finish to the Kazuma Kiryu saga. However, so far as gameplay goes, Yakuza 6 does not make sufficient of an effort to interrupt new floor, making it weaker general than final yr’s Yakuza Zero. In a manner it is a good place to leap in if you happen to’re new to the collection as a result of its overly simplified fight system is straightforward to be taught, however anyone who learns the ropes right here won’t return for extra as a result of they could be burnt out on the repetitive nature of the fights. Series stalwarts, in the meantime, will little doubt be hoping that no matter comes subsequent will really feel much less like a watered-down retread of what’s come earlier than.” — Tristan Ogilvie [Full review]
Polygon — eight.5/10
“Even with my criticisms of the admittedly non-obligatory and inconsequential features of the sport, Yakuza 6 succeeds as a result of its core story is so compelling. Every seemingly disconnected half serves a goal: Without fights, it’d simply be a film; with out cutscenes, it’d simply be a collection of contextless fights; with out exploration, it would be an on-rails punching simulator. All of these surprising items and the (oh-so-lengthy) cutscenes work together to make an equal elements story- and punching-pushed recreation that’s coronary heart-wrenching. This is a lot greater than that recreation a couple of crime man that I had anticipated. Now, if you happen to’ll excuse me, I’ve to go befriend some extra cats.” — Jeffrey Parkin [Full review]
Game Informer — 9.25/10
“As enjoyable because it all was, I am nonetheless unhappy to see Kiryu off. He leaves the collection on his personal phrases, and the conclusion is a becoming tribute to the character. One of the issues I’ve appreciated most about him is how he remained first rate, regardless that his way of life regularly put him into contact with decidedly much less first rate of us. Heck, one of many recreation’s lengthiest mission chains is targeted on making buddies with all of the patrons at a bar. Kiryu approaches the weird conditions he encounters with grace and empathy, whereas additionally bringing a righteous rage when obligatory. I will actually miss Kiryu, however we clearly have not seen the top of Yakuza.” — Jeff Cork [Full review]
US Gamer — four/5
“If you are coming to this recreation from Yakuza Kiwami, the transition feels a bit higher than the one from Yakuza zero. Yakuza zero is solely the higher recreation general, leaving Yakuza 6 as only a nice recreation. Of course, quite a few video games aspire to be ‘nice,’ so Yakuza hitting that benchmark even on an off yr is a testomony to the event group and the energy of the franchise. Yakuza 6 is nicely value your time, however keep in mind to handle your expectations.” — Mike Williams [Full review]
GamesRadar+ — four.5/5
“As a parting paean for its lead character, Yakuza 6 is good, sagely, and surprisingly delicate in its storytelling. As a end result of over ten years of Yakuza video games, it is also simply as loopy and comical as you’d count on. The incontrovertible fact that it efficiently pulls off each of those ambitions is The Song of Life’s crowning achievement.” — Alex Avard [Full review]