Discovering the Yakuza Saga: My Journey with Judgment


The power of word of mouth is unparalleled when it comes to trying out a new game or video game series. If thousands of people on the internet are raving about it, then it’s hard not to be intrigued. The “Like a Dragon” wave has definitely made a splash, igniting the desire to play the Yakuza series.

I, like many others, initially struggled to immerse myself in the world of Ryu Ga Gotoku in Kamurocho. Five years ago, I excitedly bought Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami, but only played for a few hours before losing interest. However, the recent buzz around Ichiban Kasuga and the latest installment in the Yakuza series reignited my curiosity.

Surprisingly, I found a forgotten gem on my shelf – Judgment, a spin-off focused on lawyers and detectives. I had initially purchased it a couple of years ago and decided to give it a second chance. With Final Fantasy VII Rebirth on the horizon, I was in need of a new game to play.

To my surprise, Judgment turned out to be a Trojan Horse, drawing me in with its intricate storyline and unique gameplay. While I initially gravitated towards the lawyer-focused plot, the game presented a remarkably Yakuza-like experience, complete with quirky Japanese neighborhood vibes and eccentric side quests.

I soon realized that Judgment is an excellent gateway into the Yakuza series. It seamlessly blends the essence of Yakuza with its own distinct features, making it an ideal starting point for newcomers. This newfound appreciation for the series has prompted me to revisit the first numbered installment and embrace the world of Kazuma Kiryu.

In summary, Judgment offers a refreshing entry point into the adventures of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio for those who may have been hesitant to dive into the Yakuza franchise. As for me, I’m excited to fully immerse myself in the Yakuza series and become a dedicated fan of Kazuma Kiryu.

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