Yakuza, also known as Ryū ga Gotoku (龍が如く, lit. "Like a Dragon"), is a series created by Toshihiro Nagoshi and SEGA, beginning in 2005 with Yakuza, and ending series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's journey with Yakuza 6 in 2016. Shin Ryū ga Gotoku is set to star a new series protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who debuted in Ryū ga Gotoku Online. Several spin-offs to the series include Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! and Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!, historical adventures which use the characters of the Yakuza series in place of historical figures, and Yakuza: Dead Souls an apocalyptic 3rd-person zombie shooter.
The series features primarily a "beat 'em up" style of gameplay, with multiple new locations in each game to explore, though the events of the series generally take place in Kamurocho, a fictional city in Tokyo's Red Light District. Though Kiryu is the primary main character, beginning with Yakuza 4, more playable protagonists are introduced, including Shun Akiyama (Yakuza 4, 5, Dead Souls), Taiga Saejima (Yakuza 4 & 5), Masayoshi Tanimura (Yakuza 4), Goro Majima (Yakuza 0, Dead Souls), Ryuji Goda (Yakuza: Dead Souls), and Tatsuo Shinada (Yakuza 5). Haruka Sawamura is playable in Yakuza 5, though she is the only protagonist that does not physically engage in combat.
Main games (chronological order)
- Like a Dragon: Prologue
- Like a Dragon
- Yakuza (Stage Play)
- Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō (tv)
- Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura-hen (tv)