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This is it. The new spinoff game from the creator of Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza is finally here. Played the shit out of this game and just finished it. And...... well...... I think it's better to mention the negative first that I found in this game, which are just nitpicks of mine. I don't get why you can't equip weapons in this game. Yakuza 6 doesn't have it so Kiwami 2 brought the option to equip weapons which is awesome, but this game removes it! And the weird thing is you actually have a lot of specific weapon based heat moves, like the nunchakus and the tonfas, which are only in specific parts of the game's same as usual Kamurocho. Why?? Then there's these "follow this person while hiding from their view" minigames. You know those minigames where you need to keep your distance and not get too close to someone whether it's on foot or by car? It's also here. Most are alright, but there are some of the minigames where it's either too long, or the npc do a fakeout "oh wait, I'm not supposed to go this way. I'll go back" which can screw you over and get you detected, unless you keep your distance from them. One of these minigame have more than 1 person which really gets annoying because it means more line of sights for you to keep an eye out! Thankfully for me I never fail a single one of these. And then there's the fact that there's only Kamurocho to explore again. Which is ok for me because there's new stuff which you can do that makes exploring this city fresh again, but a second city like the previous games would be nice! Then again, this game is a new spinoff series, so they're definitely saving the other cities for the sequel. Also, no karaoke & hostess clubs. I get why there's no hostess clubs since in this game you help a few girls out & hang out with them before officially dating them, but no karaoke?? You got a boyband vocalist as the main character, and he doesn't get to show his singing skill??? That's such a shame! Then again, I think he probably doesn't want to revisit his former boyband past so I get his decision. Still though, His voice is pretty good. Would love to hear him sing Yakuza made songs. Maybe in the sequel. Other than these things, I got no complaints. Because this game is FUCKING AWESOME!!!! THEY DID IT AGAIN! SEGA MADE A YAKUZA SPINOFF GAME THAT'S JUST AS GOOD AS THE BEST RYU GA GOTOKU GAMES!!! First off, just look at this intro That is the hypest thing ever, and it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of this game. The plot of this game is completely seperate from Ryu Ga Gotoku and it's a completely new story with new characters. The story is that you play as Takayuki Yagami, the guy played by popular Japanese boyband SMAP member Takuya Kimura, looking the same as this photo of the guy. Yagami was a defence attorney, who unfortunately got disbarred after his recent client was arrested after murdering his girlfriend. 3 years later, he opens his own detective agency with a Yakuza friend Kaito, and they both get into a lot of funny banter & bro moments with each other throughout the game. And of course detective work, most importantly a serial killer investigation involving a killer whose MO is to gouge people's eyes out. As Yagami and Kaito investigate further, they go deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole involving a pharmacoutical company and a drug they're developing called ADDC9, and it all relates back to Yagami's past client 3 years ago. What exactly happened? How does ADDC9 fit into all this? Who's the true killer? Play the game and find out! Love the story of this game so much. Unlike the Ryu Ga Gotoku series which has crime stories with a lot of crazy stuff happening, like a golden castle showing out of nowhere, tiger punching & baby football, this game is more grounded in reality with its detective murder mistery plot. Each chapter brings new twist to the plot until the final chapter which brings everything down in an awesome conclusion. I am surprised how lengthy the final chapter is, and how every loose end is tied up neatly in the end of the game. Surprisingly there's a lot of funny moments as well peppered in the serious story which makes for some amusing moments that makes me chuckle here and there. Especially with this co worker of Yagami named Saori who is a completely serious no nonsense girl that you can play as in 2 sections of the story, and has to act like a seductress + cabaret girl after getting a makeover. You can actually choose what she does in these section, and I choose to make her this loud "aw my gawd I'm so girly" girl. I did not expect her to do the things that she did....... Oh my God this girl is hillarious! If you have played any Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza games in the past, specifially 6 and Kiwami 2, then this game is definitely right up your alley. You got your combat which is just as awesome as usual, especially with new heat moves introduced like these: Yagami is a completely different character from Kiryu. Kung Fu is his martial arts, and he gets to show off so much fancy moves. He has 2 stances, one is for crowd control and the second is for one on one combat. Combat is like 6 & Kiwami 2, but with a lot more versatiliy since Yagami can parkour all over the place. Of course there are a couple of shared moves with Kiryu & Akiyama, he even has the Tiger Drop that you can unlock. But all in all he's his own beast. The way you unlock moves is WAY simpler compared to 6 and Kiwami 2 in that you only need to keep track of 1 character attribute points instead of 5 like before. He also has a few dual heat moments with his pal Kaito. Just look at this: That right there is what you call dual heat fit for bros! Bosses and long battles are also here like usual, and to add tension to the fights, the bosses are now capable of reducing your max health if they attack you with their super moves. Or if you get shot by anyone with a gun. To recover your max health, you can either use a first aid kit or go to a doctor in the sewer that can heal you completely. And this game has one of the most badass boss in Yakuza's history. Unfortunately because SEGA blocked vids, I can't find the guy I'm talking about, but this guy with a red jacket and white shirt you encounter in the middle of the game has so many phases, that he's one of the most persistent boss for Ryu Ga Gotoku ever. He's pretty much like Yoneda, but it's actually a boss instead of an easy foot soldier Or the Man in Black from Kiwami 2, but with more weapons. This guy keeps on getting his ass whooped, run away, and somehow bust out new weapons with him in each phases. He starts with a sword, then he has a knife, a spear, a cane that transforms into a shotgun, then 2 kail sticks, and then go back to sword again. That's 5 phases back to back in the same stage, and the weapon design is so cool that I want them. I like it so much that I want to fight him again. The final boss itself is probably the first boss in Yakuza's history to be defeated, and then immediately fight you again with full health bar. Ryuji from 2 comes close, but he's more like fight him once, then fight another boss, then fight him again kind of deal. Then there's the plethora of side activities just like the Yakuza games do. You got the usual baseball, dart, SEGA arcade games which aside from SEGA classics also include an awesome House of the Dead esque minigame which I can play over and over eating & drinking at every restaurants + bar for completion bonus, doing sidequests for various npcs, your basic stuff. There's also new activities not in previous Yakuza games. Since Yagami is a detective, he partakes in stuff like tailing people which I mentioned in the beginning, crime scene investigation, lockpicking doors, taking photos of illicit stuff for their clients, running towards a suspect to catch them & using disguises to enter restricted buildings. Generally being Sherlock Holmes. Aside from detective works, this game has 2 major side activities: drone racing and VR board game, which are both really fun. Drone racing is your usual "upgrade your drone and participate in races against the others", while the VR board game is like this You have limited dice rolls, and your objective is to reach the end, while collecting items which will then be converted into cash for the real world. You can stop in either a "get item", "fight people", "do an unlocking minigame" or "lose/ gain 2 dice rolls" tile. But the one you want to get is the golden cat tile which lets you get money gaining opportunities for your next 3 dice rolls. This is how you gain a lot of money in this game which you can use for many2 things. You can't just enter VR in an instant though, you have to get tickets for entry by fighting thugs & hoping they drop the tickets. But the cash is all worth it. Finally, since Yagami was a former defence attorney, you'd expect that there will be a Phoenix Wright esque court battle with evidence showing and deduction. And well, THEY'RE HERE! And I'm so happy! Sure it's a lot simpler & it's not as long as Phoenix Wright, but they're in this game! It's also very forgiving in that you can screw up and look at Yagami rebounding after said screwup, which is good for me because I brute force my way through the dialogue choices as they're in chinese. And it's funny seeing Yagami saying wrong things here and there. lol I spent 40+ hours playing this game, and just like previous Yakuza games, 40+ hours is the bare minimum since I'm only 60% complete with the game. There's SO much stuff to do that I'm going to do as many of them as I can. I haven't even gotten to the part where I can dress as a vampire! I want to find this quest! Which is why my rating for this game is "so awesome that I will play this game again and again" with a badass seal of approval! Another Ryu Ga Gotoku game, another GOTY candidate. Wait for the english version which surprisingly has a dubbed version. That's a first since the first Yakuza game, and enjoy this awesome game. This is certainly another great work by the Ryu Ga Gotoku team & I can't wait for their next game, which is probably the Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku with the afro dude. Show us what you can bring SEGA!
Next is the review for the game Murdered Soul Suspect. This is a murder mystery game. You play as a cop named Ronan and the game starts with you getting your ass kicked while attempting to catch a serial killer named the "bell killer", and then you get shot, died and become a ghost. You can't go to the afterlife because you have unfinished business with the killer, so you have to solve who killed you and why so you can go there and meet your deceased wife. The story of the game is pretty cool. Right off the bat, this game is light on gameplay. You are a ghost, and you have abilities like possessing someone and listen to their head, posses a cat and control the cat, mess around with an object, recover a piece of a ghostly object which lets you see what they are before, and later on you get the ability to teleport to go to far away places you can't reach. It's quite limited though. You can't spook someone by possessing an object unless it's in a mission where you have to. It's pretty odd to see a guy watching tv and you possess the tv, but the guy just stays the same and doesn't even comment on it. Such a missed opportunity but meh, the game is all about the story anyway. The main portion of this game is collecting collectibles and solving cases. This game has a lot of collectables, but they all serve a purpose to expand on the story. By collecting things like Ronan's past memory, the history of how you and your wife meets, objects of the past or various documents scattered around, you will get a much better understanding of the plot and your character. It's quite fun and exciting, especially when you collect 15 similar objects inside a building and you found out the ghost story that relates to that object, which are pretty spooky. Aside from collecting things, this game also has combat, but it's pretty simple. A couple of times you'll have to fight against these demons. You have to play MGS against them and kill them by going behind them and exorcise their ass. If you get detected, you have to hide in these "ghost residues" that lets you become unseen by the demons, but you have to constantly switch ghost residues because the demons can snuff you out if you stay in 1 place. You can also use crows to distract them so it'll be easier to exorcise them, but I rarely use them because going MGS on them is enough. It's honestly just here to pad the game and it can just be left out and the game will still go on like nothing is different. Then there's the best part of the game: murder investigations. You go from locations to locations and find crime sites related to your killed. Once you're there, you have to collect evidence in the crime scene, and then deduct what happens. You'll get better rank if you get it correct the first time, but failing doesn't have any consequences. You can retry until you get it right. There's also sidequests that lets you help ghosts that wants to know how they died, which involves more investigation. There's a couple of things I don't like about the game. The first is that sometimes the main character is quite dumb. The game gives obvious hints of what event just happened, like the police coming to a place because a pedestrian mentions it, but the main character didn't react to it. Instead he himself has to see the cops driving through him, wondering where they are going even though someone before just seconds ago mentions it, and acts all surprised about it when he finds out. Plus there's a couple of times when he just suggested the worst possible thing ever to a person which I won't spoil. You'll be like "don't do that you dumbass!" when it happens. Secondly, I hate that there's a couple of people, both living and the dead, that deserves to get justice served on their asses, but you can't do anything about it. Eg: there's a ghost that haunts a little girl because her father killed him. You don't have the option to just punch the hell out of him or exorcise his ass like what you can do to the demons. And then there's this part where a ghost needs your help to find out who killed her. You found out that 2 people were involved in her murder and they're still alive. So you tell the ghost of what happened, she accepts it and she goes to the afterlife. But you can't inform anyone or the police about these 2 assholes. That pisses me off. Get these two to jail, they deserve it! Lastly, the ending of the game is too abrupt. Your main character just do a monologue and everything ends in a neat little present box. It's well earned, but I wish there's more to it. You'll see why when you look at it. There's potential for more heartwarming stuff to happen, like the game the Crooked Man that's for free using RPG maker, but it just ends. Overall, this is a pretty good and interesting game. It's light on gameplay, but there's plenty of stories and collectibles that will keep you want to collect them to find out more about the plot, plus the story itself is quite good and interesting. I'll give this game the rating of "so good that you can't wait for the sequel (if there is any)".