Within a few months it will be five years since that first saw the light the PlayStation 4. During all this time, we had to wait to see how the first game of the series Yakuza was coming to the current generation with the expected The Song of Life, which presents the end of the story of Kiryu Kazuma, a character more known as The Dragon of Dojima. However, at the same time that the game represents the end, is also a recommended entry to the series for those who may not have ventured before for her.
The accessibility to the historical sequence of events is that agradecérsela to the incorporation of a summary of what happened in the previous chapters, something that is recommend before you begin to put the final point of the plot. The interest of the history can not be denied, but the adventure that awaits us depends in large measure what happened in the past, that is to say, Yakuza 6 succeeds in giving continuity to the previous work without getting to confusing to new players.
In the plot, Kiryu returns to the orphanage she helped found in order to discover that your protected Haruka has disappeared and that his latest track is lost among the streets of the populous city of Kamurocho. Upon arriving he discovers that the woman has been the victim of an outrage, and what’s most baffling is that it was accompanied by a child. Now, the protagonist must discover who is the father of the baby and what he was doing, Haruka in the city (and if his outrage was or was not an accident).
Even using the city of Kamurocho (one of the hallmarks of the series) as background scenery, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life gives you the feeling of a new city. In the three years that Kiryu has spent in jail, the populous district has undergone a series of changes both in its geography as in its dynamics of power. Part of the city is now dominated by the Triad, who fought a bloody war with the family Gorse, which our protagonist came to lead in the past, and now dominates the central area. Taking advantage of the change in the balance of power, the mafia Korean also tries to be done with some territory with a new group bent on taking their share of illegal markets.
Kiryu will attempt to move away from these power plays, influences and betrayals with the determination not to fall again in the Yakuza or crime. But as soon as the opportunity arises, will not hesitate to use shocks to correct the injustices that arise in your way, which makes you to become involved again in the criminal world. The story is structured with a format familiar to followers of the series. There are moments where the plot takes a tone fairly serious, and always takes into consideration issues such as honor and responsibility, showing the violence as the last resort. In the side missions, the humor characteristic of the series is the general trend, generating a comic effect is very interesting thanks to the contrast that the NPC (character not player or non-playable) occur in relation to the composition firm and serene Kiryu.
If you are interested in does not miss anything of the plot, be prepared to read a lot, and in English, since there is no subtitles in Spanish. The game develops the story at a slow pace and take all the time necessary to develop characters and relationships. This is something that can be frustrating at first, but generally just to contain a plot-rich and easy to understand.
New locations, ancient horizons
In addition to Kamurocho, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life it also transports the action to Onomichi, a coastal town in which it resolves a good part of the plot. In this location we are introduced to most of the cast of secondary figures who manage to be so marked as interesting in the series. From the mechanical viewpoint, the new game simplifies a lot of concepts seen in Yakuza 0 and Kiwami. Now Kiryu has a unique fighting style that mixes the elements to attack, dodge and grab from previous games, something that ends up leaving a game less rich and varied in their combat tactics. The same thing is found in the system of progression. Now it is not necessary to spend money to improve skills: each activity accumulates points in different areas of the character that the player can invest in to improve their characteristics or to unlock new attacks. In general, the dynamics is more straightforward and accessible than in the past, without getting to be excessively easy; in contrast, the price of the accessories has been considerably increased.
Yakuza 6 is a game quite compact in their area of exploration, the opposite of the trend that dictates that with each delivery, offering a larger stage, the development team has opted for density in place of lost space. Both Kamurocho as Onomichi are brimming with main missions, objectives, and stories high, in addition to features parallel activities of the series with which to pass the time. While we are not hitting mafia, or solving the plot, we can take advantage of to sing some karaoke, play darts, spend some time coaching baseball and chat with the hostess of a club. But if this is not enough, it is also possible to spend time playing classic SEGA like Outrun, Puyo Puyo , or a full version of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown , among others.
A franchise with its own personality
On the other hand, Yakuza, 6: The Song of Life is a game that has no qualms about showing your personality, something that just allowing situations a bit far-fetched to the western eyes. However, thanks to these references, sometimes explicit, reached nuances very rich, making it a very valuable experience if you like Japan and the good stories. In the way the side missions, fighting against different clans mobsters or in the same conversations is perceived to crystalline the characteristic style of humor that accompanies the series since its inception, sarcasm out of the mainstream with which the game manages to have a unique identity in a universe full of titles of open world. To complete the offer, the work also has a new system of creation of clans that allows you to devote tens of hours to recruiting members for our band. If to all this we add the dozens of side quests that the game offers, there is no denying that Yakuza 6 is a title full of content that you can take advantage of for many hours regardless of the primary mission.
Other new products well received in the delivery are linked to the system of saved. In Yakuza 6 since it is not necessary to use telephone booths to save. You can save the game automatically at certain checkpoints, or manual mode using the smartphone; and it ended up loading times when going into shops. The game engine has also been updated and presents scenarios and modeled even more beautiful, although it is still perceived wide disparity between the details of the main characters and the NPC side.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life can boast the close of an excellent way the trajectory of Kiryu Kazuma in the world of video games, featuring a plot that ties up loose ends from the past. At the same time, it presents systems, and a script very attractive to those who have not had the opportunity to meet the series in the current generation, something that is not precisely simple when you have so many and so rich chapters to the back. Although the combat system has been simplified in relation to their predecessors and the level of the graph denotes something incoherent, and by virtue of the qualities of disparate characters. All in all, Yakuza 6 has among its virtues, a story well developed and surround where we will meet with charismatic characters and a world full of things to do, without forgetting the catalogue of classic games from SEGA full.