Yakuza is a storied franchise that retains on giving. Every installment within the collection resulting in 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon has provided one thing new and revolutionary, together with constantly satisfying expansions to the evergrowing story of essential characters Kazuma Kiryu and Ichiban Kasuga.
I’m glad to say that after a hands-on preview of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, the pattern continues. There’s nearly an excessive amount of right here for Yakuza followers, each new and previous, to sink their tooth in and luxuriate in. This newest entry contains a fusion of the collection’ authentic beat-em-up and present turn-based roleplaying model, an island-building mode, and much more allure than ever.
With all this current and extra, I’ve discovered that the title Infinite Wealth would possibly simply describe every thing the sport affords and the way lengthy it could final. Learn on for a couple of highlights revealed throughout my gameplay session.
Get your strolling footwear (and segways) prepared
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is the primary title within the Yakuza collection to take our favourite motley crew out of Japan and into new territory. Kasuga and Kiryu’s missions make them this new location: Honolulu Metropolis, Hawaii, the place they determine to workforce up.
Not solely is that this locale filled with many new sights, sounds, allies, and enemies, however it’s the most intensive map ever featured within the Yakuza collection. It was so massive that in my hours of taking part in, I wasn’t even capable of discover even half the map. There’s no useless air to be discovered right here. Enemies, missions, actions, and energetic characters encompass every nook. The one determination you must make is what to deal with first.
Your pleasant neighborhood ex-Yakuza
Persona factors are nothing new to Like a Dragon, however Infinite Wealth offers a brand new method to enable Kasuga to maneuver up the ranks. By being a pleasant and outgoing vacationer, you’ll be able to continually develop friendships with Honolulu’Metropolis’s inhabitants and increase your persona ranges every time.
All it takes is an easy hey. By urgent sq. when strolling by sure marked NPCs, Kasuga will launch a welcoming, Helloooo! and get a superb response again. Typically, these greetings will even unlock a small process like shopping for a child a sizzling canine, which grants Kasuga a extra vital persona improve. These will increase unlock further talents like extra talent slots, enhanced resistance to standing illnesses, higher therapeutic, and extra guts. Plus, it’s simply charming to make Kasuga into a fair nicer man than he already is.
Being a superb vacationer isn’t restricted to only greeting bystanders. Kasuga and the gang ultimately discover a tourism firm known as Alo-Glad Excursions. Specified for Japanese guests touring Hawaii, Alo-Glad Excursions is a spot the place you’ll be able to pay to leap into actions like browsing, yoga, and fireplace dancing. However these trip periods aren’t only for enjoyable.
Every new talent realized by means of Alo-Glad Excursions leads the occasion to unlock a brand new job and combating model. For instance, studying to fireside dance unlocks an attacking mage model, studying to host offers entry to a buffing help job, and studying to be a pop idol lets characters heal and remedy allies. And there are such a lot of actions and kinds to study that it felt practically infinite. To not point out the quantity of occasion combos you’ll be able to provide you with.
Previous needs fulfilled
Kasuga isn’t the one one with a brand new method to unlock talents by means of means apart from combating or the standard actions. Kiryu’s new ailment and determination to not get therapy have put his life on a clock. Together with his new mates Seong-Hui and Yu Nanba, he’s determined to not let it go to waste and deal with a bucket listing earlier than he checks out.
This bucket listing isn’t only a plot factor, however a gameplay mechanic. Kiryu can awaken his soul (Brawler combating model), tech (Rush combating model), and physique (Beast combating model) by finishing gadgets from this bucket listing. Whether or not it’s a easy fishing journey or tasting some meals he’s at all times needed to style like sweet, Kiryu’s energy grows by dwelling life to the fullest. I practically shed a tear when he talked about every thing he needed to do with out the concern and wish of attempting to look cool for folks round him.
A recreation inside a recreation
To spherical out the hands-on time with Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, I visited Dondoko Island, which might be finest described as a completely completely different recreation inside Infinite Wealth. This island construct and curation phase of the title duties Kasuga with going round an island on the verge of obscurity. Being the great man he’s, he decides to take issues into his personal fingers, serving to its proprietor clear up trash, construct new sights, and convey guests and life again to Dondoko.
Should you’ve ever performed a constructing simulator, then what you’re in for right here. As quickly as this mode began, I used to be hooked. Strolling round and adorning the island in my very own model, gathering provides to create new gadgets, catching fish and bugs, and keeping off enemies had been a few of the most addicting components I used to be uncovered to to this point in Infinite Wealth. And the truth that we’ll have the ability to go to the islands of different gamers makes the entire thing much more thrilling. I’m simply scared that my life would possibly develop into absorbed by this mode a lot that I received’t even end the RPG aspect of the sport.
Be a part of Kasuga and Kiryu’s variety-packed journey to Hawaii when Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth drops on PS5 January 26.