I have a proposition: there is no good place to start with the Yakuza series in 2021.
This isn’t true of course. There are plenty of great places: there’s the chronological prequel, Yakuza 0, or the remake of the original game, Yakuza Kiwami. There’s the most recent game in the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which is the first time the original protagonist has been left aside entirely and a new character takes the lead for a completely fresh introduction. It’s also the first game to ditch the real-time brawling that made it famous and go with turn-based, JRPG style battles. There’s even a spin-off, Judgement, that is just now getting a sequel, that carries on the brawling legacy but features more of a private detective flavour, and again stars an original character.
So why would I argue there’s no good place to start?Continue reading “Kamurocho Travelogue #2 – On Prequels and Remakes”