You can watch it, accompanied with an interview with senior localization producer Scott Strichart, below:Yakuza famously balances weighty stories about Japanese organised crime with absurdist substories and over-the-top combat, and Like a Dragon doesn’t disappoint in that regard.
Lead character Ichiban Kasuga is obsessed with retro gaming, which accounts for this game’s switch to turn-based battling. It also means that enemies literally transform in his mind’s eye, and the resulting monsters can be catalogued in Kasuga’s “Sugidex” app (and if that sounds familiar to you, that’s a purposeful choice).
Battles aren’t the only place things get weird. Substories will continue to include weird and wonderful escapades, including the ability to meet a lone crawfish called Nancy on a bridge and make friends with her. As Strichart puts it, “for the most part, the substories lean pretty hard into the nonsense side of things.” I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mini-games will include a “Dragon Kart” kart racing game featuring rocket launchers and satellite strikes and “Can Quest”, a game in which Kasuga needs to collect discarded cans while taking down rival recyclers and avoiding aggressive garbage trucks.Like a Dragon’s take on a business management activity will see Kasuga taking over a failing confectionary company, recruiting managers, assign them to properties and take on “shareholder battles” against the company’s investors.
Taking a leaf out of fellow Sega property Persona’s book, the game will also feature a relationship system that allows you to level up Kasuga’s personality and begin dating NPCs in the new Yokohama area.
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