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: 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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