Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Yakuza 6 cover art.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s)Sega CS1
Publisher(s)Sega
Director(s)Hiroyuki Sakamoto
Producer(s)Daisuke Sato
Designer(s)
  • Kazunobu Takeuchi
  • Yasuaki Uehara
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
  • Saori Yoshida
  • Chihiro Aoki
  • Hidenori Shoji
  • Yuri Fukuda
SeriesYakuza
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Release
  • JP: December 8, 2016
  • WW: April 17, 2018
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life[a][2] is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Sega for PlayStation 4. The game is the seventh main entry in the Yakuza series,[3][4][5][6] and was released in Japan in December 2016. The English version was released in Southeast Asia in March 2018,[7][8][9] and worldwide the following month.[10][11]

Gameplay[edit]

Yakuza 6 is an action-adventure game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. It is similar to that of other Yakuza titles with exploration mixed with arcade style over the top combat. Kazuma Kiryu returns as the main and only playable character and the game features locations of Kamurocho, Tokyo and Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Plot[edit]

While recovering from his injuries from the previous game, a hospitalized Kazuma Kiryu is approached by the police, who plan to arrest him for his past crimes. Kiryu chooses not to resist the arrest and willingly spends three years in prison in order to live peacefully with the children he had fostered. Upon being released in 2016, Kiryu discovers that Haruka has disappeared to avoid public scrutiny. Kiryu returns to Kamurocho to search for Haruka, only to find out that she has been left in a coma after a hit and run incident, and that she has a newborn son, Haruto. Unsure whether Haruka will recover from her injuries, Kiryu travels with the baby to Onomichi Jingaicho in Hiroshima to uncover the mystery of what happened to Haruka during his three-year absence.

Upon his arrival in Onomichi, Kiryu initially enters into a rocky, but growing friendship with the local Yomei Alliance's Hirose family. During Kiryu's investigation, he learns that elements of the Tojo and Yomei Alliance have been secretly manipulating events behind the scenes in order to maintain "The Secret of Onimichi." The secret is later revealed to be the hidden construction of an abandoned naval Yamato-class battleship at the end of the second World War. Haruka's hit-and-run incident is later to be revealed as part of a retaliatory attack against the Yomei Alliance by the Kamurocho-based Saio Triad. The reason for this attempt on Haruka's life is that Hirose family member Yuta Usami entered a relationship with her and is the biological father of Haruto. Due to the negative connotations of an interracial relationship, and the fact that Yuta is unknowingly the biological second successor to the Saio Triad's leadership, the Saio Triad had deemed Haruto a threat to the Triad's bloodline.

During the height of the conflict, Tojo Clan advisor Katsumi Sugai and Yomei Alliance leader Tsuneo Iwami were revealed to be the masterminds behind the conflict, and in an attempt to halt Kiryu's interference, kidnap Haruka and Haruto. With the aid of the Hirose family, a heavily wounded Kiryu successfully defeats Iwami, while Sugai commits suicide.

In the aftermath, an unknown politician who serves as the Yomei Alliance's fixer attempts to bribe Kiryu to keep quiet about the battleship's exposure, but Kiryu makes a counter-offer instead. Kiryu demands that the Sixth Chairman of the Tojo Clan, Daigo Dojima, become released from imprisonment in order to end a potential war between the Tojo Clan and the Yomei Alliance. Kiryu also insists that the politician helps him fake his death in order to honor the latter's end of the deal and to let Haruka and her family from the Morning Glory Orphanage live in peace.

Development[edit]

Yakuza 6 was announced on September 15, 2015 at the Tokyo Game Show during the Sony conference, exclusively for PlayStation 4 and with a release date of "Autumn 2016".[6] Toshihiro Nagoshi of Sega confirmed that more details would be revealed during the rest of the event.[6] A traditional Chinese localisation has been announced for the Asia region.[12] Beat Takeshi has been announced as a character within the game.[13] The game also features New Japan Pro Wrestling wrestlers Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Kazuchika Okada, Satoshi Kojima, Tetsuya Naito and Toru Yano, who play fictionalized versions of themselves in the game.[14] This is the first game in the series to use the all new Dragon Engine.

Yakuza 6 also includes Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Puyo Puyo, Out Run, Super Hang-On, Space Harrier, and Fantasy Zone as playable games in the form of basic play spots. Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Puyo Puyo include two-player modes as well.[15] Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is based on Version B of the game and Yakuza 6 is the only official release of this version outside Japan.

Demo glitch[edit]

The demo for Yakuza 6 was released on February 27, 2018 for North America, Europe, and Australia. The US version was pulled from the PlayStation Store after Sega discovered that they accidentally released the full game in that region.[16] The Australian and European demos were pulled from the PlayStation Store the next day, and all the free copies of the game in the US had their digital license revoked.[17] On March 19, 2018, the demo was re-released on the PlayStation Store.[18]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic83/100[19]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7/10[20]
Edge8/10[21]
EGM9.0/10[22]
Famitsu39/40[23]
Game Informer9.25/10[24]
Game Revolution4.5/5 stars[25]
GameSpot8/10[26]
GamesRadar+4.5/5 stars[27]
IGN7.5/10[28]
Polygon8.5/10[29]

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life received "generally favorable" reviews from critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[19]

The game received a score of 39/40 from the video game magazine Famitsu.[23] The German magazine 4Players gave it 85 out of 100 points.[30]

Sales[edit]

In its first week of release in Japan, it sold 218,168 copies.[31] As of December 23, it has sold 262,760 copies in the region.[32] Combined with the rest of Asia, the game shipped over 500,000 units by December 2016.[33] It was the third best selling video game in the United Kingdom during its European debut week,[34][35] making it the biggest launch for the series in the UK.[36] As of June 2018, the game has sold nearly 1 million units worldwide, with overseas markets accounting for approximately half of the game's sales.[37]

Accolades[edit]

The game was nominated for "Best Storytelling" and "PlayStation Game of the Year" at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards.[38][39]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta (Japanese: 龍が如く6 命の詩。, Like a Dragon 6: Poetry of Life)

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