The glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 80s are back in Yakuza 0. A prequel to the long-running series set in Japan's criminal underworld, this entry introduces mainstay protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and series regular Goro Majima as they fight like hell through Tokyo and Osaka in their climb through the yakuza ranks. Along the way, players can interact with all the vices 1988's Japan had to offer: from discos and hostess clubs to classic SEGA arcades, there are tons of distractions to pursue in the richly detailed, neon-lit world.At its heart, Yakuza 0 is a classic 3D brawler, where players roaming the streets of Tokyo or Osaka will encounter all manners of goons, thugs, hoodlums, and lowlifes to beat up. Featuring an engaging combat system allowing players to switch between three different fighting styles instantaneously, Yakuza 0 gives players fluid, free-flowing fights that are easily learned and a joy to master. Take combat up a notch by using environmental objects such as bicycles, sign posts, and car doors for bone-crunching combos and savage take-downs.
Everlasting Mob Stopper
by Jeff Cork
Help two different heroes navigate Japan's criminal underworld while participating in a staggering amount of side content in this prequel to the long-running series
The cities and most characters look good overall, though occasionally you see a face or model that looks like a last-gen refugee
Ambient noise helps build the illusion of being part of a bustling world. The Japanese voice acting is appropriately melodramatic, and the catchy score keeps pace
Multiple fighting styles have their own satisfying quirks to learn. Minigames cover a wide variety of genres, but controls are solid whether you're managing a hostess bar or playing a skill-crane game
Don't be intimidated by the series' long history – this is an accessible starting point that's likely to convert you into being a full-fledged fan