Yakuza 6: The Song of Life PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Yakuza 6: The Song of Life by SEGA.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from SEGA for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Yakuza 6 is and action RPG and the final part in long time lead character, Kiryu Kazuma’s story arc. The story is a very deep and emotional one that takes Kazuma not only to prison but also to Kamurocho and Onomichi.
The story revolves around Kazuma’s journey to find out what happened to the young woman, Haruka, he’d been caring for since she was a child. Along for the journey is Haruka’s child Haruto who has a destiny that nobody expects. Much of the game revolves around Haruto and Kazuma’s search has him doing battle with not only the Saio Triad but also the former allies in the Tojo Clan. He also encounters other enemies along the way as well. There’s a large mystery surrounding Haruka’s accident and Kiryu is determined to get to the bottom of it by any means necessary.
Much like the previous Yakuza games, this is an open world venture where you’re free to do just about anything you wish. Some of the activities include playing full games in the arcade, working out at the new Rizap Gym, playing Mahjong, hanging out at bars, cabaret clubs, and hostess clubs. There’s also batting cages, and darts for you to play as well.
The fighting system is just as crazy as in the previous games and it allows you to pull off some pretty crazy counters and item based moves on enemies. The combat system feels great though and it felt very fluid and it was incredibly satisfying when you activated Kiryu’s power up and just utterly decimate a boss.
Pretty much everything you do in Yakuza 6 nets you experience points in various categories. These points are used to unlock new abilities and skills to be used during a fight or in the various activities in the game. There are multiple categories to choose from including Stats, Battle Skills, Heat Actions, Other Skills, and you can also equip acquired items in this screen as well.
The game also allows you to eat at various restaurants to regain health, gain more XP and fill your characters stomach. If you eat every item on the menu for the first time, you’ll gain bonus experience points. There are also food combinations that you can eat that will also grant bonus EXP.
The game is full of sub-stories as well and they come in many different flavors. Some are serious, while others are downright hilarious. Discovering them all is all part of the enjoyment of the game as well. Many of them you’ll find by walking around the game world because most don’t show up on the map until you’ve taken on the quest. I also didn’t tend to check my map unless I needed to so I found them randomly myself lol.
Other side activities you can do include the Troublr system which will alert you if there’s something troubling a citizen. You can then investigate the area and complete the quest for some EXP.
Another side activity is the clan building system. Kiryu is eventually recruited to help fight off an enormous street gang named Justis and it’s up to him to command his troops in a tower defense-esque style mini-game. You can also recruit new members simply by beating up specific characters to assert your dominance.
Overall, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is an absolutely amazing game with one hell of a story. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat throughout and it’s a very fitting end to Kiryu’s story. If you’re a fan of the Yakuza franchise then you really won’t want to miss this one. If you’re new to the franchise this is a pretty good place to start as well, even if it’s the end of Kiryu’s story.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Features of Interest
- Amazing and Emotional Story
- Great Graphics
- Great Cast of Characters
- Highly Entertaining Gameplay
- Tons of Mini-Games, Sub-Stories and Activities To Take Part In
- My Only Real Complaint With The Game Was That There's A Lot of Aliasing On Distant Objects Which Really Becomes Noticeable When Moving.