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    Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth Review

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    Looking for a comprehensive Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth Review? We’ve got you covered! Re-enter the seedy underbelly of organized crime with the latest installment of The Dragon Of Dojima’s story. Here is our Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth Review.

    Having relinquished his name and life in 2016, Kazuma Kiryu died having saved the family his adopted daughter built for herself in his absence. The Man Who Erased His Name, codename Joryu, committed himself to the Daidoji faction and honored the terms of his contract, no one Kiryu knew would be allowed to know of his survival. Meanwhile, a rising dragon claimed a name in the criminal underworld after nearly 20 years of incarceration. Having the torch passed to him, Ichiban Kasuga gained the conviction to help all Yakuza left out thanks to the Great Dissolution in Yakuza: Like A Dragon. Now 4 years later, both legends have gone their separate ways, but fate has other plans, and the golden shores of Hawaii beckon.

    STORY:

    In what almost appears as a 30’s gangster movie we see a car driving down a street in the rain, the two passengers talk while the rain hammers down. Shortly into this sequence the driver sees a person in the road and swerves to avoid them only to have it revealed that this person is a gunman who kills the 3 people before being killed by someone who appears to have employed him. All in all, it’s not the typical Yakuza franchise opening you would expect.

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    Picking up in Hello Work where Ichiban Kasuga is now working, continuing the events from Yakuza: Like a Dragon and last November’s Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. Set in 2023 Ichiban is one of the dual protagonists of the game and his story starts in Ijincho a year before the rest of the events, where most of the 7th main installment of the franchise takes place. After a few chapters, he soon finds himself pulled half a world away and plants his feet firmly in Hawaii, where the Man Who Erased His Name is currently working as a Daidoji agent.

    Working together, they embark on a quest that requires two dragons. With the fate of both men hanging in the balance, one to complete his mission in the time he has and the other to meet the woman believed to be his mother the stakes continue to be stacked against them. Heading into the dark side of paradise, they set their sights high taking on more than they bargained for. Can Ichiban complete his heroic quest and achieve the desirable outcome for all? Can The Man Who Erased His Name carry the burden he chose to keep his family safe? With so much at stake, legends rise from the ashes of the Tojo and things that were once lost might yet be recovered, only time will tell.

    GAMEPLAY:

    While the game follows the playstyle of Yakuza: Like A Dragon, the overall feel of how you deal with combat situations is greatly enhanced. Where the original system felt limited and too robotic in its more classical RTS design, Infinite Wealth has taken all that and diversified the way Turn-Based gameplay works. This has been done in a number of ways. The first and most apparent is that you are no longer limited with no control over where you attack from. The player is given full control over the location and rotation of attacking vectors.

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    While this doesn’t seem like a massive difference from Yakuza: Like A Dragon, you would be surprised. Being able to pick where you attack from makes the system that much more fluid and more in line with how the traditional combat style of the games works. The next difference is in Kazuma Kiryu’s combat. With him being the long-standing protagonist of the franchise, this has been considered and the way he fights has been overhauled to make him feel like the Legend who you know from the other installments. Impressively when controlling him you don’t miss a beat and although he plays differently it still feels like you are utilising both systems due to the other factor behind him. Although we touched on this in the Infinite Wealth Preview back in January, we feel a need to address this again. Kiryu can call on a battle mode called Dragon’s Resurgence which will change the way the game plays from the Turn-Based game style into the Traditional fighting style Kiryu has in the series.

    GRAPHICS:

    Like any of the Ryu Ga Gotoku games, and there are a few nowadays, this one looks so vibrant and alive. There are flaws with it, do keep in mind that it is a video game and a digital world, however, with that in mind there are times when I would like to do nothing more than walk through the screen and enjoy a day on the sun-soaked beach of Hawaii.

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    Even though there are plenty of things to be doing in the game each part seems like it has so much care taken to make it feel like it could be real.

    We would like to pen the term stylistically reality. As opposed to a photo-realism or Hyper-Realistic rendering the Yakuza games look realistic, but there is something there that makes it feel like there is some non-believable aspect, graphically at least. This doesn’t detract from the game in any way but you really have to look for what we are referring to, like trying to find a glitch or something. Although the realism of the game is good, we want to call it Stylistic Realism.

    CONCLUSION:

    To Conclude, the game is an incredible story to what feels like a build-up to ending the Dragon Of Dojima’s legacy. We won’t address if it is the end of Kiryu’s story as that would detract from, and ruin the experience of the game, however, we will say that some parts of the game took us by surprise and revealing them would be a tragedy. On that note, we will address the fact that other legends make an appearance in the story, besides characters you feel like you should know, Yamai to name one. Other things that were suspected are also confirmed, which can really hit harder than you might think.

    All told the way the game plays, feels, and looks is nothing short of a masterpiece, and discounting the Paid Expansion which adds NG+ we would certainly recommend this for any fan of the Dragon Of Dojima’s story. The thing that felt a little off to us was that you are no longer in a Japanese city, sure you start off in Ijincho, however, after 9 previous mainstream titles revolving around this little Redlight district located in Tokyo known in the franchise as Kamurocho, Hawaii seems off. This is by no means a bad thing, we like it but, the scenery change did the same for us that Yakuza: Like A Dragon did with the change of Protaganist. It makes you stop and think if what you are doing is right and, how can we put this, “being True to the character“. Kiryu has been around for nearly 20 years now and in that time we have come to know what he stands for, and what he would do to protect what he cares about. Ichiban is a different story he’s been around for one previous installment and although you understand the character and what drives him in Yakuza 7, this isn’t enough to gain the understanding that you would have with Kiryu. The same for Kamurocho, Yakuza 0 – 6 has the city as the Beating Heart of the game, you know the streets, the kind of people you will meet, and where to go to get what you need. Throwing you to Ijincho in Like A Dragon kind of makes you think but it’s not too hard to get used to how things work. Heading to Hawaii, it really made me pause for thought while I got my bearings, and wondered looking off into the sunset.

    As stated it is a “being True to the character” issue, however, in the locations point, it is more a “being true to world rules”. By this I mean, the world has set rules outlined by the designers, which you have to follow. What I personally found myself thinking was were these rules true to the series? This might be small but as a fan of the series and after seeing the trailers and playing the demo I don’t want to see what might be the end of Kiryu’s story as something as a letdown. It’s much the same as not wanting to read the last book in a series because you know that it can only end up one way and you don’t want to know what happened. On that note Mat Smith’s Doctor Who had a good way of avoiding it, which is tearing the last page out to avoid the ending.

    Before we close this review we want to bring attention to the way Ryu Ga Gotoku manages to convey emotional response. This has been touched on in other reviews we have covered, and a great many developers can fall for a trap here, however Ryu Ga Gotoku, at the time of writing, has yet to disappoint in this area. What we are referring to is the innate, or uncontrollable, response of the player in key events. If you have played through the franchise you will know what is referred to here. This is actually hard to explain without revealing the story too much, however, the best way to describe this is Kiryu’s response at the end of Man Who Erased His Name or the ending to Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life. In both instances, Kiryu is ready for the consequences of his action, in The Song Of Life it’s his death, in The Man Who Erassed His Name, it’s when he thinks he is fine without the children. These 2 highlighted instances prompt a player’s emotional connection to the character, and personally, this is one of the best parts of the franchise. Of course, this is only this author’s opinion.

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    SUMMARY

    The epic return of the Dragon is at hand, the golden shores of Haiwii hold secrets and two dragons paths will cross once again with Infinite Wealth on the horizon.

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