[BAKA MITAI] is better
I fucking love this game. Like everyone else I got into it recently through Yakuza 0. That may actually be a kind of a bad thing sine as far as I can tell its the best game in the series. Tried kiwami 1 but it wasnt the same. Everything is much cleaner but I loved the density of Kamurocho in 0, there were so many building you could enter in 0 that you just cant in kiwami, really flattens the experince for me.
As good as the main gameplay + story are, my favorite parts are the sidequests, again it gives life to the area and the business parts are fun. I wanna git gud at running the hostess club so I can talk to all the girls. I know only people who started with 0 think this, but i like nu-majima more than origninal CrAzY gUY Majima
Other opinions, DAISUKE KUZE is used very well, my initial opinion of him was uncertain and he was just a dumb thug (hes that too) but over the game, I grew less 'afraid' and more mildly annoyed/amused, but also you really start to respect him as well more than anyone else in Tojo anyway
Really liked Tachibanna by the end RIP to a real one, even his backstabing goon deserves some respect. The game doesnt really characterise Kazama enough for me to care abiut him beyond - Kiry likes him, I guess
I could go on but you get it - all the characters are really solid; Reina, Nishki, the swole chinese guy who takes care of thr blind girl - all of them.
I was surprised by how small the filsize was for such a rich game, but its because instead of doing empty flashy shit like other games, there are a few 'flashy' elemsents reused often but the real quality comes from interacting - mostly through talking ie. text - with the world. In a way, Yakuza is more about the cities than the yakuza themselves. Runing around and learning about the city is more satisfying than going between empty, one of, 'cinematic' setpieces.
As for downsides I'd have to say combat. Its not really about fighting so much as it is about stunlocking enemies. The alternative is using weapons which are fun but sometimes OP. Its still alright when you get used to it but most of the fights will be learning how to stunlock the enemies and wail on them. Conversly, its incredibly frustrating to have your controller be worthless because 3 - 14 low level goons keep kicking you and thus restarting the stun lock period.
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