‘Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name’ – A Cup of Miso Soup Served Before ‘Infinite Wealth’s’ Main Course | A Tamatem Review
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is a brief (although its title isn’t) but a satisfying game that provides a deeper look into Kiryu Kazuma’s character and bridges the gap between the events of Yakuza 6 and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. The combat is revitalised with new gadgets and abilities, but the setting and side activities are somewhat stale. Overall, the game is a good appetiser for Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, but not a satisfying meal on its own.
Kiryu’s Character Arc
One of the most notable aspects of Like a Dragon Gaiden is its focus on Kiryu’s character. In previous games, Kiryu has often been portrayed as a stoic and selfless hero. However, in Like a Dragon Gaiden, we see a more vulnerable side of Kiryu. He is struggling to come to terms with his past and is worried about the future of his loved ones.
This character growth is important for several reasons. First, it makes Kiryu a more relatable and sympathetic protagonist. Second, it raises the stakes for him in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. We know that Kiryu is fighting for more than just himself, but also for the people he cares about.
New Gameplay Mechanics
Another important aspect of Like a Dragon Gaiden is its introduction of new gameplay mechanics. The grappling hook and smoke bombs add a new strategic dimension to combat, allowing Kiryu to attack foes from a distance and escape dangerous situations. The Agent fighting style is also a welcome addition, as it is more agile and acrobatic than Kiryu’s conventional yakuza style.
Setting and Side Activities
While the setting and side activities in Like a Dragon Gaiden are not particularly noteworthy, the game’s main story is well-written and engaging. Kiryu’s investigation into the sinister organisation that is threatening his loved ones leads him to discover a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of Japanese society.
Overall, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is a solid game that is worth playing for fans of the series. It provides a satisfying conclusion to Kiryu’s character arc, introduces some new gameplay mechanics, and sets the stage for the upcoming Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. However, players should be aware that the game is somewhat short and that the setting and side activities are not particularly inspiring.
Here are some additional thoughts on the game:
- The relationship between Kiryu and his new allies, especially the former yakuza and casino manager, is one of the highlights of the game. It is refreshing to see Kiryu interact with people who are not directly involved in the yakuza underworld.
- The game’s combat is challenging and rewarding, especially when using the new gadgets and abilities. However, some players may find the game’s focus on combat to be repetitive.
- The game’s story is well-written and engaging, but it is also predictable at times. Players who are familiar with the Yakuza series will likely be able to guess how the story will unfold.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is a good game for fans of the series, but it is not a must-play for everyone. It provides a satisfying conclusion to Kiryu’s character arc, introduces some new gameplay mechanics, and sets the stage for the upcoming Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. However, players should be aware that the game is somewhat short and that the setting and side activities are not particularly inspiring.
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