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Ryû ga gotoku Zero: Chikai no basho (2015)

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Kiryu and Majima, both Yakuza's who are in different cities in Japan in 1988, as the fate of the two characters become intertwined in a gritty, violent, and often touching narrative.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takaya Kuroda Takaya Kuroda ... Kazuma Kiryu (voice)
Hidenari Ugaki Hidenari Ugaki ... Goro Majima (voice)
Kazuhiro Nakaya Kazuhiro Nakaya ... Akira Nishikiyama (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ... Makoto Makimura / Blind Woman (voice)
Shunsuke Sakuya Shunsuke Sakuya ... Osamu Kashiwagi (voice)
Katsuyuki Konishi ... Jun Oda (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara ... Homare Nishitani (voice)
Kazunari Tanaka Kazunari Tanaka ... Wen Hai Lee / Certain Sentai Practitioner (voice)
Hisao Egawa Hisao Egawa ... Sohei Dojima (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Reina (voice)
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ... Masaru Sera (voice) (as Toru Okawa)
Rikiya Koyama ... Taiga Saejima (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Kazuo Shibata (voice)
Kazuya Nakai Kazuya Nakai ... Yamagata (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi Michitaka Kobayashi ... Yamanoi (voice)
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In December, 1988, two unlikely figures from the Yakuza world, Kazuma Kiryu of the Kanto region and Goro Majima of the Kansai Region, have suddenly found themselves getting involved in the terrible events of the so-called "Empty Lot" dispute, which is the centerpiece of power struggle for all the dark organizations across Japan. In order to find out the truth behind such a power struggle, as well as maintain their own innocence and safety, they set out to investigate all the events surrounding the "Vacant Lot" incident. In Kamurocho, Kiryu is suspected of murder after the man that he has collected money from winds up dead in a piece of real estate that is hotly contested. Kiryu's boss, Sohei Dojima, offers a promotion to second-in-command of the Dojima Family to whomever can find the deed to the land and thus the most ruthless members go after Kiryu. On the run, Kiryu must prove his innocence thus keeping his foster father from facing retribution for introducing him into the clan. In ...

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What a weird trip
13 April 2017 | by residentgrigoSee all my reviews

The series peaked with the first game for me (if I forget the 2 Japan only samurai spin-offs) due to immediate gameplay stagnation and an incredible amount of reused content and filler. The rather generic story also completely fell off a cliff once the original writer left after Yakuza 2. I thus had zero interest to return to Sega's yearly grind factory but the positive reception and the fact that this isn't a continuation of the "save the orphanage" plot from Yakuza 3 and onwards gave me pause. I didn't quite enjoy the first few hours. Most of the simplistic sub-quests lack basic presentation as voice acting and are all badly written. The game is further a PS3 port. The brawler gameplay still puts grinding and item abuse over actual skill, while only the medium and heavy fighting style of both characters are truly usable. The story barely makes sense too and the ending undoes all your accomplishments to set up Yakuza 1 instead. The weirdest bit is when Kiryu shoots a highway full of goons to death but the game still insists that he never killed. I can appreciate that half the game is focused on Majima, who is the one major Yakuza character I can be bothered with, so there is that. Yet the game clock kept counting up and I ended up putting 65 hours into the game while completing about 90 of the 100 subquests. I can't explain it but the missions just started to flow into each other and I ended up being a nearly maxed out multimillionaire by the time the story reached the halfway mark. The sizable Host Club and Pocket Racing quests weren't even half bad (outside of the juvenile writing) but the Real Estate quest certainly tested my patience. My main take away that is that I am still incapable of understanding why I ended up linking the sum of the game's questionably parts but it has a certain kitsch charm. Or I may have needed a vacation to Japan's well captured days of excess, who knows? My final impression of the game is this: The game demands you to play a perfect game of bowling (3 turkeys in a row) to progress in 2 sub stories and get a new business manager for Kiryu. That "manager" ends up being an actual turkey, with a salary. His stats aren't even that good but what was I expecting? 7,5/10

PS: I also recently played Yakuza 6 and liked that it is a PS4-only game but the usual "save the orphanage" story was again insufferable. I'll thus stick to the spin-offs.


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