— Yakuza 6 tagline
How far would you go for family?
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (龍が如く6 命の詩。, Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta., lit. "Like a Dragon 6: The Poetry of Life") is an open world action-adventure video game developed and published by SEGA for the PlayStation 4. It was originally released in 2016 in Japan, later localized in 2018, and on March 25th, 2021 was released on the PC and Xbox One.
The game is the seventh main entry in the Yakuza series of action-adventure games. Like the first three games in the franchise, Yakuza 6 only features one playable character: series staple Kazuma Kiryu. Yakuza 6 is the conclusion to Kiryu's story arc; it is the final game to feature him as a playable character, as the next game in the main series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, features a new main hero, Ichiban Kasuga.
After Yakuza 6 was released, Yakuza Kiwami 2 was released. Its engine, graphics and combat system are largely borrowed from Yakuza 6.
Yakuza 6 begins immediately after the events of Yakuza 5, with the events of the main story beginning in December 2016. The game features an open world set in the universe established by the Yakuza series. It focuses on the red-light district of Kamurocho, Tokyo, a fictionalized version of Kabukicho, Tokyo. The other location the game mainly takes place in is Jingaicho, Onomichi, a fictional rendition of a district of Onomichi, Hiroshima.
There are 13 chapters in this game:
Chapter 1: The Price of Freedom
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 1
In December 2016, Kazuma Kiryu returns to Morning Glory Orphanage after willingly serving four years in prison to try to clean his slate. When he returns, however, he learns that his adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura has been missing for three years. Feeling responsible for her disappearance, Kiryu travels to Kamurocho, where he learns Haruka is comatose following a hit-and-run, and was protecting an infant: Haruto Sawamura.
Chapter 2: Life Blooms Anew
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 2
Kamurocho has become the site of a conflict between the Saio Triad, the Jingweon Mafia, and the Tojo Clan, and Kiryu's Tojo allies are all incarcerated while Akiyama is forced into hiding. With Haruto set to be sent to an orphanage, Kiryu kidnaps the infant to avoid that outcome. Kiryu's old friend Date turns up a lead suggesting Haruka may have fled to Onomichi for the past three years.
Chapter 3: Foreign Influence
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 3
In Onomichi, Kiryu befriends local bartender Kiyomi Kasahara during his search for Haruto's father, and is frequently harassed by Tsuyoshi Nagumo of the Hirose Family. Nagumo develops respect for Kiryu after he saves him from a Yomei Alliance superior, and declares Kiryu his Aniki.
Chapter 4: Deception
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 4
The Hirose Family all react strangely to being asked if they know Haruka, but Kiryu elects to wait for them to tell him what they know. He defuses some tension between the Hirose Family and the Yomei Alliance higher-ups, and as thanks, Nagumo decides to tell Kiryu the truth. Haruka had indeed been staying in Onomichi, and the townsfolk kept her identity a secret, but the identity of Haruto's father remains a mystery.
Chapter 5: Masked
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 5
Kiyomi is kidnapped by Yomei Chairman Kurusu to have Kiryu bear witness to an oath between Yomei Captain Koshimizu and Tojo elite Someya, but he refuses, not wanting to betray the incarcerated Sixth Chairman. After the ordeal, Kiyomi states her suspicion of Shu Tatsukawa being Haruto's father, who is currently a host in Kamurocho.
Chapter 6: Footsteps
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 6
Nagumo and Yuta accompany Kiryu to Kamurocho to look for Tatsukawa. A fight with the Jingweon leader and new Stardust owner Joon-gi Han gives them Tatsukawa's address, but when they get there, their lead ends as they discover that Tatsukawa is now nothing more than a rotting corpse...
Chapter 7: Heihaizi
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 7
The Saio Triad is the key suspect of Tatsukawa's murder. Kiryu, Yuta, and Nagumo are assisted by Akiyama in infiltrating the Saio HQ in Little Asia. After their cover is blown and fights break out, Kiryu confronts Saio officer Ed, who confirms he killed Tatsukawa. Saio ringleader Big Lo arrives, and allows the infiltrators to escape after muttering in Chinese that they do not know of the Secret of Onomichi.
Chapter 8: Conspiracy
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 8
Kiryu agrees to meet with Lo alone for answers, but Someya insists on following him. The reason becomes clear when they meet; Someya wants to kill Lo. Kiryu fights Someya, and Lo allows him to leave with his life. He tells Kiryu that there is no reason to gain answers on Tatsukawa, as he is not Haruto's father. Kiryu receives a distressed call from Yuta: Word has reached them that back in Onomichi, Patriarch Hirose took Haruto from Kiyomi and disappeared.
Chapter 9: Disappearance
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 9
Back in Onomichi, Kiryu along with Nagumo and Yuta are confronted by the Yomei Alliance as they search for Hirose. They finally find him at Ryunan Shrine, and Hirose explains that he hid Haruto because the baby's significance to the ongoing underworld conflicts makes him a target for the Yomei Alliance. It ties back to the identity of Haruto's father, who Hirose reveals is none other than Yuta Usami.
Chapter 10: Blood Law
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 10
Not only is Yuta Haruto's father, he is also the illegitimate son of Big Lo, and secret heir to the Saio Triad. Yuta immediately receives his first trial as a father when Haruto is kidnapped by the Jingweon. Though he is initially reluctant to follow, a lecture from Kiryu motivates him into rescuing his son. Haruto is rescued from Han, but just before the Jingweon leader can tell Kiryu of the Secret of Onomichi, he is assassinated.
Chapter 11: Father and Son
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 11
Yuta and Kiryu travel to Kamurocho to negotiate with Lo. Yuta, however, enacts a suicide mission to take Lo with him to remove the danger to Haruka and Haruto. When Kiryu learns of this, he fights through a burning building to prevent Yuta from leaving behind Haruka and Haruto. Seeing what his actions pushed his son to do, Lo tells them that Hirose is the one they should look for, as the recent events originate from his conspiracy to protect the Secret of Onomichi.
Chapter 12: The Sleeping Giant
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Chapter 12
The Hirose Family and Kiryu are able to unearth the Secret of Onomichi: The Yamato Mark II, a WWII-era battleship whose existence can cause severe turmoil for the Japanese government, and is the Yomei's leverage against the powerful politician Minoru Daidoji. Hirose, killed for failing his duty to protect the Secret, admits that his subordinates' parents were among those killed as part of his duty.
Finale: The Unforgiven
- Main article: Yakuza 6/Finale
Haruka has finally regained consciousness, but the threats to her are still present. Kiryu takes down Tsuneo Iwami, but suffers grievous wounds in battle. With others unaware of his survival, he takes the opportunity to remove the last threat to Haruka: himself. To stop his family from being targeted, Kiryu forces Daidoji's successor to fake his death, exiling himself from the surface world to protect those he loves.
There are slight differences between the original PS4 version and the PC/Xbox One ports. While the graphical options accessible on PC are enhanced ala The Yakuza Remastered Collection, pre-rendered cutscenes are locked to 1080p and 30 FPS.
- The memories of previous games are revised, with Yakuza 2 using Yakuza Kiwami 2 screenshots and Yakuza 4 using the Remastered render of Masayoshi Tanimura.
- The physics of the Dragon Engine are slightly altered, with most downed enemies and bosses freezing in place, or rarely spinning uncontrollably.
- Trouble missions involving Haruto as well as several minigames have revised controller inputs to account for the lack of a touchpad.
|Complete 5 different Trouble Missions||Complete 5 different Trouble Missions|
|Complete 10 different Trouble Missions||Complete 10 different Trouble Missions|
|Complete all different Trouble Missions||Complete all different Trouble Missions|
|Complete Akaushimaru||Eat everything on the menu at Akaushimaru|
|Complete Bantam||Eat everything on the menu at Bantam|
|Complete Café Alps||Eat everything on the menu at Café Alps|
|Complete Gindaco Highball Tavern||Eat everything on the menu at Gindaco Highball Tavern|
|Complete Fuji Soba||Eat everything on the menu at Fuji Soba|
|Complete Ikinari Steak||Eat everything on the menu at Ikinari Steak|
|Complete Jumangoku Chinese Soba||Eat everything on the menu at Jumangoku Chinese Soba|
|Complete Kanrai||Eat everything on the menu at Kanrai|
|Complete Kyushu No. 1 Star||Eat everything on the menu at Kyushu No. 1 Star|
|Complete La Pente||Eat everything on the menu at La Pente|
|Complete M Side Cafe||Eat everything on the menu at M Side Cafe|
|Complete Osaka King||Eat everything on the menu at Osaka King|
|Complete Oyster Shack||Eat everything on the menu at Oyster Shack|
|Complete Quadra King||Eat everything on the menu at Quadra King|
|Complete Ringer Hut||Eat everything on the menu at Ringer Hut|
|Complete Smile Burger||Eat everything on the menu at Smile Burger|
|Complete Sushi Gin||Eat everything on the menu at Sushi Gin|
|Complete Sushi Zanmai||Eat everything on the menu at Sushi Zanmai|
|Complete Wild Jackson||Eat everything on the menu at Wild Jackson|
|Complete Wette Kitchen||Eat everything on the menu at Wette Kitchen|
|Complete Yonetoku||Eat everything on the menu at Yonetoku|
|Complete Yoronotaki||Eat everything on the menu at Yoronotaki|
|Dine at eateries 5 times||Dine at eateries 5 times|
|Dine at eateries 10 times||Dine at eateries 10 times|
|Dine at eateries 20 times||Dine at eateries 20 times|
|Dine at eateries 30 times||Dine at eateries 30 times|
|Discover 3 types of menu combinations||Discover 3 types of menu combinations at eateries|
|Discover 10 types of menu combinations||Discover 10 types of menu combinations at eateries|
|Discover all types of menu combinations||Discover all types of menu combinations at eateries|
|Drink 5 types of vending machine drinks||Drink 5 types of vending machine drinks|
|Drink 10 types of vending machine drinks||Drink 10 types of vending machine drinks|
|Drink all Mystery Drinks from the vending machine||Drink all Mystery Drinks from the vending machine|
|Drink all types of vending machine drinks||Drink all types of vending machine drinks|
|Drink from vending machine 10 times||Drink a total of 10 drinks from the vending machine|
|Drink from vending machine 30 times||Drink a total of 30 drinks from the vending machine|
|Drink from vending machine 50 times||Drink a total of 50 drinks from the vending machine|
|Earn a total of ¥200,000||Earn a total of ¥200,000|
|Earn a total of ¥500,000||Earn a total of ¥500,000|
|Earn a total of ¥1,000,000||Earn a total of ¥1,000,000|
|Earn a total of ¥3,000,000||Earn a total of ¥3,000,000|
|Earn a total of ¥5,000,000||Earn a total of ¥5,000,000|
|Earn a total of 1,000 EXP||Earn a total of 1,000 EXP|
|Earn a total of 10,000 EXP||Earn a total of 10,000 EXP|
|Earn a total of 100,000 EXP||Earn a total of 100,000 EXP|
|Eat 5 food items||Eat 5 food items|
|Eat 15 food items||Eat 15 food items|
|Eat 30 food items||Eat 30 food items|
|Give an offering to the Jizo statues 5 times||Give an offering to the Jizo statues 5 times.|
|Give an offering to the Jizo statues 10 times||Give an offering to the Jizo statues 10 times.|
|Open 3 safes using keys||Open 3 safes using keys|
|Open 10 safes using keys||Open 10 safes using keys|
|Pull 5 fortunes||Pull a total of 5 fortunes|
|Pull 10 fortunes||Pull a total of 10 fortunes|
|Pull 30 fortunes||Pull a total of 30 fortunes|
|Take 10 photos||Take 10 photos with your smartphone camera|
|Take 30 photos||Take 30 photos with your smartphone camera|
|Take 50 photos||Take 50 photos with your smartphone camera|
|Talk to people 10 times||Talk to people in the city 10 times|
|Talk to people 30 times||Talk to people in the city 30 times|
|Talk to people 50 times||Talk to people in the city 50 times|
|Travel 2 km by dashing||Travel 2 km by dashing|
|Travel 5 km by dashing||Travel 5 km by dashing|
|Travel 10 km by dashing||Travel 10 km by dashing|
|Travel 20 km on foot||Travel 20 km on foot|
|Travel 50 km on foot||Travel 50 km on foot|
|Travel 100 km on foot||Travel 100 km on foot|
|Travel by taxi 5 times||Travel by taxi 5 times|
|Travel by taxi 10 times||Travel by taxi 10 times|
|Travel by taxi 20 times||Travel by taxi 20 times|
|Use 5 medicine items||Use 5 medicine items|
|Use 15 medicine items||Use 15 medicine items|
|Use 30 medicine items||Use 30 medicine items|
|Use a total of ¥1,000 at the offering box||Use a total of ¥1,000 at the offering box|
|Use a total of ¥5,000 at the offering box||Use a total of ¥5,000 at the offering box|
|Use a total of ¥10,000 at the offering box||Use a total of ¥10,000 at the offering box|
|Acquire 10 different gear items||Acquire 10 different gear items|
|Acquire 20 different gear items||Acquire 20 different gear items|
|Acquire 30 different gear items||Acquire 30 different gear items|
|Defeat 5 people in Extreme Heat Mode.||Defeat 5 people in Extreme Heat Mode.|
|Defeat 10 enemies using a weapon||Defeat 10 enemies using a weapon|
|Destroy 10 objects during battle||Destroy 10 objects during battle.|
|Defeat 20 people in Extreme Heat Mode.||Defeat 20 people in Extreme Heat Mode.|
|Defeat 30 enemies using a weapon||Defeat 30 enemies using a weapon|
|Defeat Sega 1 Time||Defeat an enemy with the rare last name "Sega" 1 time|
|Defeat Sega 5 Times||Defeat an enemy with the rare last name "Sega" 5 times|
|Destroy 30 objects during battle||Destroy 30 objects during battle.|
|Defeat 50 enemies on the street.||Defeat 50 enemies on the street.|
|Defeat 50 enemies using a weapon||Defeat 50 enemies using a weapon|
|Destroy 50 objects during battle||Destroy 50 objects during battle.|
|Defeat 50 people in Extreme Heat Mode.||Defeat 50 people in Extreme Heat Mode.|
|Defeat 100 enemies on the street.||Defeat 100 enemies on the street.|
|Defeat 150 enemies on the street.||Defeat 150 enemies on the street.|
|Defeat 200 enemies on the street.||Defeat 200 enemies on the street.|
|Use Heat Actions 10 times||Use Heat Actions 10 times|
|Use Heat Actions 30 times||Use Heat Actions 30 times|
|Use Heat Actions 50 times||Use Heat Actions 50 times|
|Haruka's Biggest Fan||Complete Haruka’s Biggest Fan|
|Hey, It's Me!||Complete Hey, It’s Me!|
|The Kabedon Prince||Complete The Kabedon Prince|
|Become friends with Akiyoshi-san||Become friends with Akiyoshi-san at the New Gaudi bar|
|Become friends with Ando-san||Become friends with Ando-san at the New Gaudi bar|
|Become friends with Gen-san||Become friends with Gen-san at the New Gaudi bar|
|Become friends with Hatakeyama-san||Become friends with Hatakeyama-san at the New Gaudi bar|
|Become friends with Kaneko-san||Become friends with Kaneko-san at the New Gaudi bar|
|Become friends with Mama||Become friends with Mama at the New Gaudi bar|
|Complete 5 baseball missions||Complete 5 baseball missions|
|Complete 10 baseball missions||Complete 10 baseball missions|
|Complete all baseball missions||Complete all baseball missions|
|Complete all Beginner Challenge Courses||Complete all Beginner Challenge Courses at the batting center|
|Complete all Intermediate Challenge Courses||Complete all Intermediate Challenge Courses at the batting center|
|Complete all Advanced Challenge Courses||Complete all Advanced Challenge Courses at the batting center|
|Complete Erina's profile information||Complete fill out Erina's profile information|
|Complete Hikaru's profile information||Complete fill out Hikaru's profile information|
|Complete Riona's profile information||Complete fill out Riona's profile information|
|Complete Saki's profile information||Complete fill out Saki's profile information|
|Complete Sora's profile information||Complete fill out Sora's profile information|
|Earn 100 hits on a player in baseball||Earn 100 hits on a single player in baseball|
|Earn double-digit hoe runs on a player in baseball||Earn double-digit home runs on a single player in baseball|
|Earn double-digit wins on a pitcher in baseball||Earn double-digit wins on a single pitcher in baseball|
|Entertain yourself 5 times||Entertain yourself at an entertainment venue 5 times.|
|Entertain yourself 10 times||Entertain yourself at an entertainment venue 10 times.|
|Entertain yourself 20 times||Entertain yourself at an entertainment venue 20 times.|
|Entertain yourself 30 times||Entertain yourself at an entertainment venue 30 times.|
|Gather 3 baseball team members||Gather 3 baseball team members|
|Gather all baseball team members||Gather all baseball team members|
|Get a score of over 90 at karaoke||Get a score of over 90 at karaoke|
|Obtain a high rank in 3 bar conversations||Rank "Good Listener" or higher in 3 bar conversations|
|Obtain a high rank in all bar conversations||Rank "Good Listener" or higher in all bar conversations|
|Rank high at the Cabaret Club 5 times||Rank Very Good or higher 5 times at the Cabaret Club|
|Rank high at the Cabaret Club 15 times||Rank Very Good or higher 15 times at the Cabaret Club|
|Raise Erina's Rank to Diamond||Raise Erina's Hostess Rank to Diamond at the cabaret club|
|Raise Hikaru's Rank to Diamond||Raise Hikaru's Hostess Rank to Diamond at the cabaret club|
|Raise Riona's Rank to Diamond||Raise Riona's Hostess Rank to Diamond at the cabaret club|
|Raise Saki's Rank to Diamond||Raise Saki's Hostess Rank to Diamond at the cabaret club|
|Raise Sora's Rank to Diamond||Raise Sora's Hostess Rank to Diamond at the cabaret club|
|Visit New Gaudi 5 times||Visit the New Gaudi bar a total of 5 times|
|Visit New Gaudi 20 times||Visit the New Gaudi bar a total of 20 times|
|Win a total of 10 victories with the Warriors||Win a total of 10 victories with the Warriors|
|Win a total of 20 victories with the Warriors||Win a total of 20 victories with the Warriors|
- Yakuza 6 is the first main series title released after Yakuza 3 that only features one player character. It is also the last game chronologically to feature Kazuma Kiryu as the main protagonist (Kiwami 2 was released after 6).
- In every other game to have Kiryu as the only playable character, the final chapter in the Japanese version would have its chapter number written rather than "Finale". In Yakuza 6, the Japanese text in the final chapter has "Finale" written in it.
- Yakuza 6 is the only game to have two credit rolls.
- Yakuza 6 is the only mainline title to not feature any version of the series' main theme, Receive You. However, the original version from Yakuza can be heard in the Memories section along with looped themes from other Yakuza games up to Yakuza 5.
- However, the acoustic guitar riff from Receive You can be heard in the final boss theme, The Way of Life.
- Yakuza 6 is the only game in the main series to not feature Goro Majima in its combat. All of others feature him as playable and/or a boss character.