Giant Japanese video game developer Sega has released its latest Yakuza game worldwide just last November 2020. The new game, the 8th main game released from the Yakuza series, is titled Yakuza: Like A Dragon, a role-playing game. But this Yakuza game is not the same as the previous games from the series. One main difference that fans of the series will notice is that the protagonist is no longer Kazuma Kiryu.
The game introduces a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, a person who was imprisoned for 18 years. His former boss betrayed him. Now he is on a mission to uncover the truth and other playable characters. He is also on a quest to become a hero. But what else can players expect from Yakuza Like A Dragon? What other things do they need to know about before playing? Let’s discuss this in this article.
The Battle System is Different
Suppose you’ve played previous Yakuza games before. In that case, you will be surprised about the battle system of Yakuza: Like A Dragon. Gone is the real-time beat them up battle system that previous games from the Yakuza series use. Enter a turn-based battle system that’s more common in RPGs. But, this is not going to be your typical turn-based battle system.
Like with the previous iteration of the game, players can still take advantage of the surrounding area during battle. For example, there’s a drum nearby; you can kick it to hit enemies. You can also use other nearby items to attack enemies. So, it’s like a mixture of turn-based and beat them up battle systems.
Levelling Up Becomes Difficult
Like with many games, you are levelling up will be accessible in the beginning. But as you progress further, around chapters 3 and 4, levelling up becomes harder. This can be an issue as you face more formidable opponents. You will need to develop your characters further to be able to keep up. One of the best ways to gain more experience is by purchasing combo meals that can stack.
Doing this will boost your expertise in your next battle, allowing you to level up faster. The Yoronotaki on N Isezaki Road is a place where you can purchase combo meals. Make sure you go there frequently and get combo meals before going into battle. This will allow you to gain more experience after winning.
Money is Going To Be Important Here
You need to know that money is going to be very important in Yakuza: Like A Dragon. Almost everything you need in this game will cost money. So you need to be smart in using what you earn and find more ways to earn more. Below are two ways to make money quickly in the game.
Unlock the Pawn Shop Quickly
Yen will be necessary in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, you will use it a lot in this game. However, you earn resources for winning battles and completing quests. You can still find yourself out of money to use in the game. One of the fastest ways to make money is by selling unwanted valuable items that you have. To do that, you will need to quickly open the Pawn Shop, located in the commercial district. It will take some time to get this open as when you first walk by, the entrance to the store is blocked. Wait for a while and then come back to the exact location, and you will engage in a battle, and then the pawnshop will be open after winning the fight.
Substories Are Your Friends In The Early Game
As much as you want to progress quicker in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, it’s a good idea to focus more on the substories. This is especially true in the beginning since these side stories are where you will get most of your resources from. Money is going to be important in this game, and you have to take advantage of ways to get more of them, especially in the beginning. So try to complete all the substories that you can in the beginning to make more money. The money is used for purchasing gear and weapons, which can make your characters stronger. It will also help you win more challenging battles.
Make Sure to Activate the Taxi System
Activating the Taxi System in Yakuza: Like A Dragon will also activate Fast Travel, which is an easy way to get around the city you are in. You will be travelling a lot in this game, going to different places as you complete missions and quests. You can choose to walk to these locations, but the problem with that is you will encounter many enemies.
This means that you’ll likely spend most of your time battling, which can be tiring. But with Fast Travel, you can avoid going into battle often. This is why you need to make sure you activate the Taxi System whenever you go into a new city. To do that, you need to interact with a Taxi, and you can now call for one and activate Fast Travel in that particular city.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon – Final Thoughts
There are many more things that you will likely discover as you play Yakuza: Like A Dragon. But the ones mentioned above are the essential things that you need to know to help you have a great start when you play.