Judgment (JUDGE EYES：死神の遺言 Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon, lit. "Judge Eyes: The Testament of the Shinigami"), previously known as Project JUDGE, is an action-adventure/beat-'em-up game released for the PlayStation 4 on December 13, 2018 in Japan and on June 25, 2019 worldwide. The game was developed and published by SEGA as a spin-off to the Yakuza series.
The game follows the story of Takayuki Yagami, a former lawyer who turned into a private investigator. In 2018, Kamurocho was shocked by a series of murders where three yakuza members from Kansai region were murdered in the span of three months, prompting Yagami to dig deep into the underworld to solve the case.
There are a total of 13 chapters in the game:
- Chapter 1: Three Blind Mice
- Chapter 2: Beneath The Surface
- Chapter 3: The Stickup
- Chapter 4: Skeletons in the Closet
- Chapter 5: Days Gone By
- Chapter 6: Collusion
- Chapter 7: Limelight
- Chapter 8: A Broken Bond
- Chapter 9: The Miracle Drug
- Chapter 10: Chumming the Water
- Chapter 11: Curtain Call
- Chapter 12: Behind Closed Doors
- The Final Chapter: Down Came the Rain
The game employs a fighting system similar to the one from Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami where players can change into different styles. Additionally, it features an investigation mode where the player has to find traces of the criminal.
- Following the release of the Japanese version, controversy arose when actor Pierre Taki, who portrayed Kyohei Hamura in the game, was arrested for cocaine use. The localization of Judgement was still in progress at the time, and work was quickly done to recast Hamura's role with a different actor, who re-recorded all of the character's lines. Hamura's face was also altered to remove resemblance to Taki.
- Asahi replaces Suntory as the main beverage brand for the series, various Asahi brand drinks such as Nikka and Brown Forman subsidiary brands replace many popular brands from Suntory (see Product Placement).
- If the controller speaker is enabled, the phone sounds will come through both the main speakers and the controller. As there is a slight delay between the main audio and the controller audio, this results in an echoey sound.
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| Main series||Yakuza • Yakuza 2 • Yakuza 3 • Yakuza 4 • Yakuza 5 • Yakuza 0 • Yakuza 6 • Yakuza: Like a Dragon|
| Remakes||Yakuza Kiwami • Yakuza Kiwami 2|
| Spin-offs||Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! • Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinsho • Yakuza: Dead Souls • Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura-hen • Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise • Ryu ga Gotoku Online • Judgment|