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Experts Tell Us the Best Yakuza Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Yakuza Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!

This product was recommended by Daniel Hess from To Tony Productions

It is a complete departure for the series taking place in feudal Japan and the setting alone should be enough to sell longtime fans of the Yakuza franchise. Although only having had limited play time with this one I am very excited to see it release one day here in the west.

Yakuza 3 (2009)

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

The first game in the series to arrive on the PlayStation 3, Yakuza 3 really showed off just what developer RGG Studio could do with all that new processing power. The minigames increased in number, the city grew in scope and in depth, and the story ramped up even more. Where the serious side of the game got more dramatic, the silly side got even sillier. If you ever want to play a game where the inspiration for fighting moves comes from writing a blog on your mobile phone, Yakuza 3 is for you.

Judgment (2019)

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

It may not be a Yakuza game in name, but Judgment is a canonical part of the Yakuza series – and it’s even set in the same district that most of the Yakuza-based action takes place in, Kamurocho. You’re put in the shoes of lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami as he investigates a series of gruesome crimes taking place in the bustling town. You run into yakuza and thugs during your investigation, too, tying the Judgement and Yakuza game worlds together quite nicely

Yakuza: Dead Souls

This product was recommended by Nicolas Holand from GooseSmurfs

I really recommend this game since I have also followed the series. Playing Dead Soul gives a realistic experience that I am also in the setting of the game playing as the main character. Thus, it is every gamers dream to play as their favorite anime yakuza character.

Yakuza 0

This product was recommended by Eden Cheng from PeopleFinderFree

Yakuza 0 is the perfect starting point for any newcomers who haven’t played the Yakuza series and its quality is what helped the series gain a lot of new fans in the process. The game’s plot is based on the series’ main character Kiryu, as he explores his early days as a young member of the Yakuza that is stuck collecting money from lowlifes, alongside his nemesis Goro Majima that is being forced to obey the orders of his corrupt superiors. And with the game being set in the 1980s, it makes for an excellent trip down memory lane, which combined with one of the deepest and most involved storylines, amazing combat, a wide variety of side activities and minigames, as well as a ton of memorable characters, it’s no wonder that many players say that Yakuza 0 is one of the best ’80s-set videogames ever made.

Picaresque Roman

This product was recommended by Machineghost from Goblin Crafted

A new (well, new to America) role-playing game from Japan, about a secret city filled with rogues, whose tagline says that the game is inspired by Yakuza. Essentially it’s a role-playing game (like Dungeons and Dragons), only instead of working together to fight the dragon, each player plays a criminal who is trying to amass as much wealth as possible … except for a single traitor character, who tries to stay secret throughout the game while the other players try to guess who they are (similar to secret murderer party games like Wink Murderer).

Yakuza: Like a Dragon – Day Ichi Edition

This product was recommended by Katherine Brown from Spyic

If you are a fan of the Yakuza series then you need to play the Day Ichi Edition for this edition. The total amount of weapons and armour is so high that you’ll never want to go home. You can enjoy a fine Japanese garden as well as some secret items. This edition will give you several different ways to enjoy time with friends from all over the world. If you have been waiting for your favorite games, now is the best time to buy them on sale and save on some things too.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

It is the game that brings out the final endings of the story of our protagonist Kiryu. It’s a collection of all three games, so you get a chance to watch every part without any interruptions, including the songs.

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Written by Zak Parker

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