written by Blain Newport on Sunday, 24 July 2016
Yakuza 4 (3 of 5)I enjoyed Yakuza 4. The focus of the game was around having four different characters and telling their interwoven stories. I liked the characters. I liked learning their somewhat different fighting styles. I played the game on easy because the engine's still pretty clunky and I don't want to bother retrying tough fights. I just want to see what's next.
I don't really mean the story, though. It was alright. It tied into earlier games in nicely unexpected ways. And it felt easier to follow than previous games which is an achievement for having multiple protagonists and timelines in the mix. But women are treated poorly, and there's a tremendously bad plot twist.
I more wanted to see what random nonsense would pop up on the streets. The street level crime wasn't as varied or interesting as previous games, but there was still random stuff that I did enjoy, like working at a dojo to train fighters or helping some homeless guys take care of some stray cats (though the actual game play parts of that line were mostly tedious). I could go on, but that'd spoil the best stuff in the game.
It's got enough rough edges that it's hard to recommend (except to Japanophiles I suppose), but I enjoyed it.