Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name – Review

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Written By Antoine Clerc-Renaud

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Get ready to be swept away into a world of explosive fights and twisted plots with the highly anticipated release of Like A Dragon Gaiden.

As avid fans of the Yakuza franchise, we couldn’t wait to dive into this adrenaline-fueled journey. Join us as we navigate the treacherous streets, protect innocent children, and unravel the secrets that lie within this twisted underworld.

Brace yourself for intense combat and a rollercoaster of emotions. Let’s embark on this thrilling adventure together.

Key Takeaways

  • Like A Dragon Gaiden connects the story between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like A Dragon.
  • The game provides a thorough explanation for Kazuma Kiryu’s reemergence in Yakuza: Like A Dragon.
  • The plot elements in Like A Dragon Gaiden are relatively thin compared to past installments.
  • The main storyline often requires players to reach certain thresholds in side content to proceed.

Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name Plot and Narrative Details

The plot elements in Like A Dragon Gaiden are relatively thin compared to past installments. While the game connects the story between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like A Dragon, it lacks the depth and complexity we’ve come to expect.

However, it does provide a thorough explanation for Kazuma Kiryu’s reemergence in Yakuza: Like A Dragon.

In terms of the main storyline, players often have to complete side content to progress, which shifts the focus away from the plot. Kiryu’s role in the game is working for the Daidoji faction, under the codename Joryu, due to blackmail. His activities take place between Sotenbori and a secret entertainment district called the Castle.

While the plot may feel shorter than previous Yakuza titles, the game compensates with a variety of side activities such as darts, golf, pool, gambling, and arcade games.

Kiryu’s Role and Objectives

In Like A Dragon Gaiden, we see Kiryu’s role and objectives unfold as he works for the Daidoji faction under the codename Joryu, navigating between Sotenbori and the secret entertainment district known as the Castle.

After faking his death, Kiryu finds himself blackmailed by the Daidoji faction, who threaten the safety of the kids in the Morning Glory Orphanage.

Meanwhile, the Omi Alliance is actively seeking Kiryu for a specific purpose.

As players progress through the game, they’ll discover that the main storyline feels shorter than previous Yakuza titles, with a focus on side activities.

These activities include darts, golf, pool, gambling, and arcade games.

Additionally, the Coliseum at the Castle provides a main attraction for side content, featuring challenging fights and rewarding experiences.

Side Activities and Minigames

As we delve into the world of Like A Dragon Gaiden, side activities and minigames take center stage, offering players a plethora of options to engage with, frequently enhancing their gaming experience.

Here are some of the exciting side activities and minigames that players can enjoy in the game:

  • Darts, golf, pool, gambling, and arcade games provide a wide variety of recreational options for players to explore.
  • The Cabaret club interactions now feature FMV footage of actresses, adding a realistic touch to the gameplay.
  • The return of the Pocket Circuit minigame from Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami adds a nostalgic element for fans of the franchise.

With these side activities and minigames, players can take a break from the main storyline and immerse themselves in a world filled with fun and engaging diversions. Whether it’s testing your skills in various sports or trying your luck at the casino, Like A Dragon Gaiden offers something for everyone.

Control and Abilities of Clan Members

With the focus shifting to the control and abilities of clan members, players will explore the unique dynamics and limitations of their chosen allies in Like A Dragon Gaiden.

Clan members controlled by players in battles have limited capabilities compared to Kiryu. They don’t have access to Heat Actions and have a basic moveset. However, some clan members have unique gimmicks, such as using a weapon with infinite durability.

To improve their effectiveness, players can raise the bond level of a clan member, which will enhance their role actions. Despite these efforts, the novelty of controlling clan members wears off quickly due to their limitations compared to Kiryu.

Nevertheless, the game still offers intense and action-packed fights with higher enemy density, showcasing the technological advancements of the franchise.

Combat and Enemy Density

During battles in Like A Dragon Gaiden, we find ourselves surrounded by a higher density of enemies, creating intense and action-packed fights. The game throws dozens of enemies on-screen at once, showcasing the technological advancements of the franchise.

The combat in Like A Dragon Gaiden is a thrilling spectacle, with Kiryu retaining his familiar brawler moveset and introducing the lightning-fast Agent style. This new style emphasizes rapid blows and combo strings, making it one of the fastest attacking styles Kiryu has ever had.

As we unleash devastating attacks and chain together powerful combos, the enemy density adds an extra layer of challenge and excitement to each encounter. The screen becomes a chaotic battlefield, filled with a flurry of punches, kicks, and dynamic special moves.

Brace yourself for explosive fights that will test your skills and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name: Kiryu's achievements are celebrated in Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. This title connects the past to the present with subtle references to his former exploits that don't interfere with his main themes and personal issues. Despite not being the Dragon of Dojima's best game, Like A Dragon Gaiden is a franchise milestone. This legendary figure's destiny is laid out in Gaiden's future works, including Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, where we shall next meet him. ACR

7.5
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2023-11-06T20:47:07-0500

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