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Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, SEGA
Become Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking yakuza grunt left on the brink of death by the man he trusted most. Take up your legendary bat and get ready to crack some underworld skulls in dynamic RPG combat set against the backdrop of modern-day Japan. Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family in Tokyo, faces an 18-year prison sentence after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit. Never losing faith, he loyally serves his time and returns to society to discover that no one was waiting for him on the outside, and his clan has been destroyed by the man he respected most.
Ichiban sets out to discover the truth behind his family’s betrayal and take his life back, drawing a ragtag group of society’s outcasts to his side: Adachi, a rogue cop, Nanba, a homeless ex-nurse, and Saeko, a hostess on a mission. Experience dynamic RPG combat like none other. Switch between 19 unique Jobs ranging from Bodyguard to Musician, using the battlefield as your weapon. Take up bats, umbrellas, bikes, signs, and everything else at your disposal to clean up the streets. Together, they are drawn into a conflict brewing beneath the surface in Yokohama and must rise to become the heroes they never expected to be.
When you’re not busy bashing heads, relax by hitting up the local arcade for some classic SEGA games, compete with locals in a no holds barred go-kart race around Yokohama, complete 50 unique substories, or just take in the scenery of a modern-day Japanese city. There’s always something new around the corner. Like a Dragon’s Day Ichi Edition includes the Legends Costume Set featuring eight costumes representing fan-favorite figures from the Yakuza series, from Kazuma Kiryu to Daigo Dojima. Like a Dragon’s Hero Edition includes a selection of the game’s DLC, including the Legends Costume Set, Job Set, and Management Mode Set.
Like a Dragon’s Legendary Hero Edition includes ALL of the game’s DLC. This DLC adds a wide variety of in-game bonus content, including the Job Set, which unlocks the ‘Devil Rocker’ and ‘Matriarch’ Jobs, as well as the Management Mode Set, Crafting Set, Karaoke Set, Ultimate Costume Set, and Stat Boost Set. Once the game began to open up and give over more control to me it started to become more and more clear that what was on offer here was something special. The amount of care and deliberation that has gone into creating this world, story and characters is not something that can be rushed through. It takes its time to develop and the longer you spend with Kasuga and his delightful little crew the more things start to make sense.