For western fans of the Yakuza series, it’s been an almost
overwhelming period as of late. Earlier this year, we received Yakuza 0, the
prequel to the mainline series, while Yakuza Kiwami, the remake of the first
Yakuza title, is scheduled for release in August. On top of both of those
titles, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is set to hit stores in early 2018.
Yakuza 6 is set to be the final entry in the Kazuma Kiryu
saga. While Yakuza 0 took place in 1988, this sixth numbered entry puts
everyone’s favorite street brawler into the modern age, with a 2015 setting.
This means that cell phones, social influencers, and even selfies play a role
in the story and gameplay.
Since this entry is the first Yakuza title developed
exclusively for the PS4, the entry operates untethered from the technical
limitations of the PlayStation 3. This means that the world is more alive,
character and facial models look substantially better, and the camera feels
much more modern.
This also means this entry reacts to the requests from fans
over the past few entries by adding several quality-of-life like a streamlined
experience system and vastly improved navigation thanks to a new waypoint
system in the map.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is another exciting entry for the
franchise. While I’m concerned about burnout from the series since three titles
are hitting the western market in roughly a year’s time, there has never been a
better time to be a fan of the Yakuza franchise. Kiryu’s story is set to
conclude on PlayStation 4 in early 2018.