Liam bids Kazuma Kiryu farewell.
For the past month or so, I’ve been committing what some people would consider to be a video gaming sin. I started the story of Kazuma Kiryu back in 2017 with Yakuza 0 and ever since then, I have desperately wanted to see it through to its conclusion. Doing that presented some challenges, however. One of those was playing three of the franchise’s entries via remasters of PlayStation 3 games, and I just couldn’t hack it after a lacking follow-up in Yakuza: Kiwami and Yakuza: Kiwami 2 which felt like more of the same from a narrative standpoint. So, I jumped from the fourth Chairman’s original outing straight to Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. I am so glad I did.
While I have always loved the Dragon of Dojima’s character, the one thing that has continued to put me off the series is the sheer amount of real-life Yakuza knowledge you need to fully wrap your head around each and every one of the clan’s featured families. This guy is the Captain of that family, but that dude is the Lieutenant of the entire alliance. I could recognise some faces, although that’s about as far as it got. Ask me to explain the hierarchy of the Tojo Clan and you’d have me stumped.
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