A new starting point for those who want to start from “another zero point”. It was not until Yakuza 5 when the rhythm broke. Obviously there's not much you can do about it, but it's worth keeping in mind. Yakuza 0 ; Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami; Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2; Yakuza 3; Yakuza 4; Yakuza 5; Yakuza 6: The Song of Life; Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Yakuza Games in Order. Yakuza games in order: by release date, in chronological order and ranked. My Yakuza history is most of the original on PS2, a bit of 4, and a bit of Kiwami. As you'd expect of a prequel, Yakuza 0 sets things up rather nicely. The first date will be its original publication in Japan, while the second corresponds to its arrival in the West. The games generally do a very good job of explaining who certain characters are, and most of them have a mode where you can read about the events of prior games. In 2018 they would see the light Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (2016 in Japan) and Yakuza Kiwami 2 (2017 in Japan). That all changed recently, though, as Yakuza’s unique … Kiwami makes some changes and additions that are best appreciated if you play 0 first. Launching in 2017 for PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 3 in Japan), Yakuza 0 is technically a prequel, but we reckon it's still the best place to begin. There’s never been a better time to play the Yakuza games. There are also several spin-off titles. Again, they look way better than the rest, with better lighting, textures, animations, character models -- the lot. With its debut on PlayStation 3, the franchise was initially maintained with a one-year lag between its launch in Japan and here. Hits: 5. @darkswabber yeah if they are interested in gameplay only then kiwami 2 is the best with the dragon engine. "Like a Dragon"), is a series created by Toshihiro Nagoshi andSEGA, beginning in 2005 with Yakuza, and ending series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's journey with Yakuza 6 in 2016. @darkswabber no way yakuza 0 must be the first then kiwami 1 then 2 ..etc, the story of the kazuma kiryu begins with 0 and ends with 6. Coming towards the end of Yakuza 0 (into Chapter 15) think Kiwami might he the next game I buy when I get through a few of the ones I've got lined up, if there's more like that club management game in Majimas story I'll be well up for it, Wish Id given Yakuza 3 a proper chance when u got it on PS3 all those years ago. That's not to say the other games are bad -- far from it -- but if you're only ever going get a chance to play a select few titles, they're the Yakuza games to go for. (2008) and Ryu Ga Gotoku: Ishin! Each game has a charm like no others, and you get to watch reoccuring characters grow and change over time. Shouldn't you experience the games in release order (sorta, the first two are remakes)? Maybe we'll get Kenzan and Isshin localised too. This article made me cave in and get 0. The saga debuted in 2005 as a new intellectual property with a classic arcade flavor. More Yakuza games please. The series made its Western debut way back in 2006, and was previously exclusive to Sony's platforms for a number of years. In Yakuza 0, Kiryu is 20 years old. Jumbled together this may seem overwhelming, but the series is highly praised for its deep-rooted story and the journey of its main character, Kazuma Kiryu. The HD remastering of the first two, exclusive to Japan, we exchanged for the remakes. I'm still playing Yakuza 0, been playing it for months and months inbetween other games. I think you'll be fine, though. I started with 3, then 4, 5(didn’t even beat this one) 0, and Kiwami. The games may feature returning characters and might even reference plot points from past games, but there's no single story that runs through all of them. So which Yakuza game should you start with. As far as we're concerned, Yakuza 0, Yakuza: Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life are the must-plays of the series. (I saw a trailer for the japanese version and thought it looked amazing and went on to play the PS2 games) It was a huge step up graphically and mechanically over the PS2 games… None of the Yakuza games are direct sequels, and none of them end on cliffhangers or anything like that. it can go a week before i start playing from the last save. I'd like to know if the english used may be too difficult for my rusty school level. Robert's been a dedicated PlayStation fan since the days of Tekken 2, and he still loves a good dust up. And the key thing to note is that you're free to enjoy each attraction. @TheBuzz I know the feeling, but honestly it's worth it, I slowly finished all that I have so far... it may seem daunting but it's worth it. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a new start for the eccentric action-RPG series. We open the range of Yakuza experiences to order all deliveries, both launching and chronologically. Fantastic game. Newcomers to Kamurocho may find it difficult to find the best gateway, especially with the amount of spin-offs existing, both in our market and exclusive to Asia. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – (2016, 2018) – PS4. Now that we have a starting point with Yakuza 0, you may be wondering what order you should play the rest of the games. Yakuza 0 – (2015, 2017) – PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One, Yakuza Kiwami – (2016, 2017) – PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One, Yakuza Kiwami 2 – (2017, 2018) – PS4, Xbox One, PC, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – (2016, 2018) – PS4. Definitely the best place to start and you'll appreciate Kiwami and (eventually) Kiwami 2 more for having played it. Does the game use a lot of slang or idioms unusual for a non-english speaker? But yeah, if you don't have time you can still go straight to Yakuza 6 and the story will make sense — you just won't have the same background to draw from. As Kiryu brawls, you'll fill up a special meter that can then be spent in order to unleash powerful cinematic moves. – (2014) – Japan Exclusive – PS3, PS4, Yakuza 0 – (2015, 2017) – PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Yakuza Kiwami – (2016, 2017) – PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise – (2018) – PS4. Kiryu's life in the eighties was the key step for Yakuza Kiwami (2016 in Japan) to arrive in that same year.