Yakuza 0 on PC is (not surprisingly) still a fantastic game, though it doesn’t offer much more than the console version. It has to capability to look slightly better, but not to the point where it should effect which platform you buy it on. It’s also the same price on both platforms now, just 20 bucks, and if you’ve never played it, now is absolutely the time to get your hands on it.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple years, and haven’t heard about the last few Yakuza releases, let me sum them up for you. Yakuza 0, in particular, takes place in the late 1980’s in Japan, where you play the role of Kiryu, a member of the prolific Yakuza gang. The Yakuza are an absolutely brutal group of people, to the point where, if you really want to leave after you’ve joined, you have to chop off your pinky. It’s sort of like being in the military, but a lot scarier, if a bit more (a lot more) lucrative.
The tone of the game is all over the place, but in the best ways, where the main story is super serious, involving a lot of business and politics. People get beat within an inch of their lives, get shot, die, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. Cutscenes can go on for so long that you forget that you’re playing a game, and can even have you tearing up at points, seriously, this story has some great ups (when it is up). I think that the second half of the story isn’t bad, it’s actually still quite good, but the beginning of the game is fantastic. Fighting bosses feels so god damn good because this game does a great job at building these villains up to be the biggest assholes. It feels so good to just smash their face into the floor and curb stomp them, because they so deserve it.
The side-missions and non-story related stuff goes anywhere from tedious, to the most dazzling shit you’ve ever seen. The dancing mini games and karaoke mini games are some of my favorite moments of any game that I’ve gotten to play this year. I want this whole karaoke soundtrack on a physical release, if I could get this on vinyl, I would be ecstatic. Baka Mitai is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time, and you bet your sweet ass that it’s been on repeat in my car since I heard it in this game. There are plenty of other goofy things you can do, like going bowling and winning a chicken (a living one), driving mini race cars, and so much more. Even if you don’t give two shits about the main story, you should play this game just for all of the other stuff.
The game has been out for a year already on PS4, so if you’ve been waiting to play it for whatever reason, then now is your time. It’s on PC, it’s only 20 bucks no matter what you buy it for, it’s one of the best games of 2017 (and 2018, since it technically came out this year as well). Go play this game, seriously, you’ve seen the review scores for a while now, and it absolutely deserves all of the praise that it gets. The soundtrack is amazing, the visuals are beautiful, they make you wish you could hop in a time machine and go back to the late 80’s and early 90’s in Japan and see it for yourself. Not many games can make seedy neighborhoods look stunning and even inviting at times. The gameplay is brutal fun, beating people up has never felt better, and beating up bosses feels so good, the boss fights are a definite highlight. If you’re looking to play on PC, here it is!
There you go, I saved you the trouble of having to go look it up, so you can buy it EVEN FASTER because YOU SHOULD. I don’t think I need to explain why a game about the Yakuza gang is for kids, that’s pretty self-explanatory. Of course, if you choose to let your kids play it, I won’t rat on you, I promise. I’ve learned what happens to rats and it ain’t pretty.
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