Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

released on Dec 08, 2016

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

released on Dec 08, 2016

Step into Japan's criminal underworld in this explosive action brawler starring legendary yakuza, Kazuma Kiryu, who is hellbent on unraveling the truth around his daughter's tragic accident.


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It gets hate but honestly its so fitting

truthfully, i finished this game weeks ago, and truthfully i still find myself stunned on what to say.

the final stretch of this game is so absolutely magnificent that so much of my gut wants to rate this a 5/5. the final two chapters, and the post credits scene, are beyond stunning. they encapsulate the story beyond measure, leave me full of love and melancholy and feelings so full i don't know what to do with them.

but my brain knows this is not a 5/5. there are some biiiig flaws to this game that i just can't deny. some, if not most, of the new characters feel a little underdone, their stories rushed or cut off or just not as good as i know they could have been with a longer story. the engine's combat is just not for me, there's only so much ragdolling hilarity before i wish enemies would just sit still whilst i crush them LMAO

some bigger feelings i would have towards this game would realm too into spoilers for this review, but all in all, this and yakuza 5 are, to me, the Ultimate Kiryu Kazuma games. they are so good at dissecting him and showing him to be a man so full of flaws, and a man you just want to be happy. he is so beautiful, and after Y6 i think about him a worrying amount. he used to not be in my top5 yakuza characters and now he's battling it out for number 1. he really did it. i love him. he is the reason my heart screams for this to be 5/5 stars!!! kiryu!!!! !! aaaaaaaaaa!!! !!!! !!!

Outside of the ending and the story being really good on it's own, this is probably the most underwhelming entry in the series. This being the first dragon engine game really hurts this game not feeling like a complete package and a proper final send-off

Wow. I've thought about how to rate this game, going from 8, 9, and/or 10 and I feel as though my thoughts being all over the place are also a reflection of how much of a beautiful mess this game ultimately was.

Alright, let's get the obvious out of the way. The combat was indeed a step down, especially coming off of 5 and 0, but it's nowhere as bad as it is made out to be. I even managed to have fun with all the wacky stuff you can do.

The story is especially where the beautiful mess is most prominent. It features Kiryu at his best and while the inclusion of the Hirose family feels like an odd choice for a final outing, I especially enjoyed how well he clicked with all of them. Admittedly, there is one story beat that felt noticably underwhelming (you know what I mean), but man, that final sequence of events was something I don't have the words for.

Overall, while it is not as well put together as some of the past entries, it ultimately does what it sets out to do. A bittersweet, but beautiful end to the journey of the Dragon of Dojima.