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Yakuza, also known as Ryu ga Gotoku, 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.


Q: Which order should I play the games?

A: The generally accepted answer is chronologically. Ideally, starting with the prequel, Yakuza 0 (PS4, PC), then moving on to either Yakuza 1 (PS2) or Yakuza Kiwami 1 (PS4, PC), Yakuza 2 (PS2) or Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4, PC), Yakuza 3 (PS3), Yakuza 4 (PS3), Yakuza 5 (PS3), then finally Yakuza 6 (PS4).
For the spin-offs, Yakuza: Dead Souls is optional, but is best played between 4 and 5, and both Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! and Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! are Japan-exclusive, and are best played after finishing the main series games.

Q: Do I have to play any of the Yakuza games before playing Judgment?

A: Nope! Judgment has very little to do with the Yakuza series, and no knowledge of the main series is required in order to enjoy the game. It's absolutely fine to start with.

Q: What is the difference between the Kiwami remakes and the original games?

A: The Kiwami remakes include updated graphics, corrected localization (with the removal of the English dub for the first game and improved Japanese voice acting), and added content, such as more minigames and more content to expand the main story.
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Judgment is a spin-off of the Yakuza series. The story follows ex-attorney Takayuki Yagami as he uncovers the truth about a series of grisly serial murders that shock Kamurocho. The game introduces many new features not present in the mainline games, such as an investigation mode, lock picking, and the ability to tail people of interest.


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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a complete overhaul of the PlayStation 2 classic. The remake of the second game follows series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu a year after the events of the first game, adding in many new features, such as a brand new extra story mode following series regular Goro Majima as he attempts to quell the war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance.


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