Frostpunk. BATTLETECH. Monster Hunter: World. Cuphead. Two Point Hospital. Yakuza 0. The original Shenmue games. Overcooked 2.
All are good games that are absolutely worth your time. And three of these could be yours for free. Here's how.
Sega’s been giving out Yakuza games like chocolate, and I am not complaining. Last year, Yakuza Kiwami’s remaster of the first game helped new fans experience an old class. Now we have Yakuza Kiwami 2, and while not everything from the old game holds up, there’s still a lot to love.
Sure, it’s on PC now, but the Yakuza series is synonymous with three generations of PlayStation consoles. And for good reason: Nintendo and Microsoft had their chance, but simply weren’t interested in the Japanese gangster saga.
Yakuza 0, a damn fine video game on PlayStation 4, is now also available on PC. And while it looks fine on Ultra, it looks even better at the other end of the settings menu.
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.
Last year, Yakuza 0 brought gaming's best crime thriller and cabaret management series to a new group of fans. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life wants to be accessible to veterans and newbies alike. We took a closer look at the game alongside senior localisation producer Sam Mullen to get a sense of what's next for professional soft-boy Kazuma Kiryu. Also, karaoke!
The Yakuza series has a few constants: burly men with tattoos, karaoke and cabaret, dramatic fist fights, and the city of Kamurocho. From Yakuza 0's 1980s setting to Yakuza 6's modern day, players have seen the city grow and expand, adding life and character to one of gaming's greatest locations.
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.
The best thing about Yakuza 0 isn't just that it's a damn fine video game, it's that it serves as the perfect entry point for newcomers to a series that is thick on gangster lore. Once you're done, the credits roll and you are mad for more Yakuza, though, you're left with a question: what Yakuza game do I play next?