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With Yakuza 0 last week and the arrival of August, the quiet release window has begun to shut. So, for those who jumped into the Yakuza series for the first time, how's it been?

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Now that the West is getting new Yakuza games every six months, there's never been a better to check out the series. But with over seven games and numerous spin offs, it can be hard to know where to start. Well, today's your lucky day! Let me help you take your first step into one of gaming's best series.

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In 2017, I played a lot of games, but only 10 could make the cut for this blog. Culling the heard to just 10 was heartbreaking and required intense soul-searching. In no particular order, the best games I played in 2017.

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I've played approximately two billion video games this year. Narrowing that list down to 10 was a painful and bloody process, but I finally managed to choose my favourite games from one of the most exciting years in recent memory.

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Yakuza 0 is one of 2017's sleeper hits, a prequel to the popular crime drama that brought it to a wider audience. While most of the game is about criminal intrigue and martial arts brawls, a surprisingly robust club management mini-game is one of its most entertaining activities.

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Sephiroth, Liquid Snake, Ganondorf; video games have some wonderful villains. But making bad guy who is both frightening and sympathetic is a challenge. Yakuza nails it, creating what might be gaming's best antagonist. We take a look how they pull it off in this critical video.

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The Yakuza series' merger of story, exploration and bone-breaking combat has made for some of the best games I've ever played, including this year's wonderful Yakuza 0. Last week, at E3, I had hands-on time with Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It was awesome.

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In Japan, tattoos and the yakuza often seem inseparable. Not every gangster has a tattoo and not everyone with a full bodysuit is a gangster, but when pop culture depicts the underworld, anti-heroes come fully inked. Case in point, the Yakuza games.