Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Review

Before we begin If you guys are worried about not playing Yakuza 3,4, and 5, relax, this game feels like a standalone. Yet I would still highly recommend playing them all and in order of coruse. I am a fan of the Yakuza series, extremely addictive game series with a lot of replay value let alone epic drama which it revolves around.

I played this on the PS4 Pro.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Review


Even if you guys skipped those 3 games, Yakuza 6 will do a quite a bit of flashbacks during the beginning of the game. This is great since Yakuza 3,4 and 5 was never localized in English, so Western audiences didn’t have a chance to play them. It is localized in Chinese though, oddly.

The story is pretty solid, despite the pretty big time gap between Kiwami 2 and this game. The time gap did throw me off a little, but the pacing was adequate enough for me to catch up.

I really loved the character developments, which has been a strong point of this game series for a long time. The amount of unnecessary character deaths has toned down quite a bit here. The whole game didn’t really feel like a massive buildup like its predecessors. There is actual character arcs this time, I like this format a lot more.

The antagonist-turned-protagonist characters are flooded in this game, this could be my only gripe. I ended up hating the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Well, Yakuza likes to be over excessive at something every game.

The climax was pretty darn long but it was enjoyable at every minute. Tough fights, quick pacing, a lot of quick time events. The plot twists were coming at me non-stop and they are all unexpected.

The ending was kind of unsatisfying at first, but after some deep pondering, it was a good wrap up. Kazuma deserves a good rest.

This game marks the end of Kazuma’s era, which was kind of sad for me. I feel like I grew up with Kazuma, the scene of Kazuma leaving the orphanage got me real good.

It was a perfect ending for a guy who wants to catch a break. I will miss this man. This game made me feel kind of empty for about a week. I love this man.

Now we look forward to the new era of Yakuza with new characters, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios will release more details in August.

Graphics, Gameplay, Mechanics, Music

This is the first game that utilizes Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s in-house game engine, Dragon Engine. This game really shows the lack of optimizations compared to Kiwami 2.

When I thought Kiwami 2 didn’t look all the impressive for the 30fps compensation compared to Kiwami 1, this game was even worse.

Weird Depth of Field, jittery frames due to lack of motion blur, only 1080p for PS4 Pro (and 900p for the PS4) and little to no anti-aliasing. This game looks extremely barebones, compared to the more polished Kiwami 2. It’s a 2018 game but this game feels like the improvements compared to Yakuza 0 and Kiwami 1 was even more minimal.

Well, it is their first game utilizing the engine, so we have to give them a chance. But there are better looking games out there with higher resolutions. But despite the issues, there are still things I love about the game.

The character models still looked amazing, despite their first time using the engine. Motion capture and facial capture were top-notched.

The mechanics is pretty much the same as Kiwami 2, the wonky fighting system with a troublesome lock-on system kind of kills the experience sometimes. But I got used to it so it’s not so bad now. The ragdolls is also still weird too, but I find it to be comedic, so it isn’t bad.

The music score pretty much the same here and there, which was great already. But the sound settings are still pretty bad, the volume rocker controls both music and sound effect volumes, making it hard to find the perfect volume.

Voice Actors

The original cast is pretty much retained here and there, but the cast expanded too.

Yamadera Koichi, Koyama Rikiya, Kitano Takeshi, Maki Yoko, Oguri Shun, Omori Nao, Miyasako Hiroyuki, Hiyama Nobuyuki, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Fujiwara Tetsuya, Nakao Ryusei, Nakamura Yuichi were notably added into the ever expanding cast.

They all did their jobs nicely, all the facial captured characters have their own twists in appearance and I loved them all. Oguri Shun most notably, he looks extremely charming.

Final Verdict

I highly recommend the entire series not just this game. It’s been an Incredible story and great ending for Kazuma, a guy who has spent almost 20 years of his life constantly fighting. If this your first time reading my Yakuza reviews I would recommend checking out the rest.

  • Yakuza 0 Review
  • Yakuza Kiwami Review
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review
  • Yakuza 3 Review
  • Yakuza 4 Review


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