Lost Judgment Reviews

Lost Judgment is ranked in the 91st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
85%
Oct 17, 2022

Lost Judgment once again offers a gripping detective story that isn't afraid to tackle current societal issues.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2022

Judgment and Lost Judgment collection is finally also on PC. Whether the first or the second game ends up being your favorite, the fact is that both are worth playing, and it might even get you hooked on the Yakuza series that came before them.

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8.2 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2022

Lost Judgment was already a very good game on consoles and is even better now on PC, where a good conversion succeeds in making the computer the best platform on which to enjoy Yagami's second adventure.

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73%
Sep 28, 2022

Lost Judgment's story misses the mark on an important issue. While you can have a lot of fun getting lost in its world, it doesn't pack the punch it wants to.

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4.5 / 5.0
Sep 14, 2022

While I’d love to see the team at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio nail the detective side of things in a potential sequel, Lost Judgment is still a fantastic example of what its series can be. And with the addition of school stories, it does stand out from the Yakuza series more than its predecessor, even if not in the way I would have expected going in. With fantastic combat, great cities to explore, seemingly never-ending mini-games and side content, and a story that took my breath away, players should absolutely get lost in this one. While a few issues remain, Lost Judgment improves on its predecessor in almost every way and is a must-play for fans of the Yakuza series.

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Apr 18, 2022

A great sequel, that carries the legacy of a franchise and only improves on it. Lost Judgment is a triumph in many ways. That in the end is let down slightly by one big issue and a handful of smaller annoyances.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2022

Lost Judgment is a flawless sequel that succeeds in almost everything it attempts: from the story to the battles and from the presentation to the music and the performances.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

Takayumi Yagami investigate two crimes at once. And he is successful.

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Dec 8, 2021

Lost Judgment has so much going on in it, it’s kind of hard to paint a complete picture of what’s available. This is a full-fat experience, building on the promise of the first game and feeling like a much more well-realized iteration of the concept’s vision. In most ways, I think Lost Judgment is successful in proving it’s capable of carrying itself, though it has the double-edged fortune of both standing on the shoulders of last year’s epic Yakuza: Like a Dragon while also trying to escape its shadow. It’s a worthy follow-up that feels like it’s building up to something great, and while the narrative doesn’t conclude with quite the same impact as its forbear, it’s still a well-told story with depth, heart, and insight. The fact that the rest of the game is so rich and that the characters are so well written make Lost Judgment an easy recommendation, and its an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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95 / 100
Dec 4, 2021

Lost Judgment is an exceptionally dark adventure that takes on sensitive topics teeming with outstanding action that shouldn't be overlooked.

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Nov 29, 2021

Lost Judgment is an amazing game with a relevant, compelling story, memorable characters, gorgeous locales and an impressive soundtrack. Combat is incredibly fluid and fun, and there is an absolute truckload of things to do. It has its pitfalls, but the good so far outweighs the bad and I can’t help but place this in my Game of the Year contender list. It’s a shame the future of this series is in limbo, but I can only hope we get to see some more adventures of Yagami and Co. for years to come.

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6 / 10
Nov 2, 2021

Lost Judgment is a bittersweet event. The story aims for a mature tone but is too often a macabre, morbid misfire that strays too far from the balance between silly and serious that the series is famed for. It's not a poorly developed title, though; the outrageously brilliant combat and sandbox distractions are clear evidence of that. It just struggles to tell the sort of meaningful, believable and sensitively weighted story that players have come to expect from this talented team.

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JVL
Top Critic
16 / 20
Oct 30, 2021

If Lost Judgment is considered the second knife in the Yakuza series, it does not have to be ashamed of the comparison, especially since if the latter has chosen to take a new direction, it remains faithful to the initial spirit. With its dynamic and beautifully choreographed fights, it is a focus on the show with even more fighting styles. And the investigation part has also improved with much more pace.

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85%
Oct 28, 2021

Takayuki Yagami hits the homerun again. Lost Judgment definitely measures up to its predecessor.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2021

Lost Judgement is a step up from the original in almost every way with improved pacing, a more polished combat engine and a laundry list of fun side activities to get lost in. If not for the pedestrian detective elements, this could’ve been a new classic in the genre, and despite its notable flaws, it is still a story well worth experiencing.

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Oct 25, 2021

While Lost Judgment isn’t a uniquely disappointing take on the Yakuza formula, it also isn’t particularly exciting given that it’s so easy to imagine the more daring, experimental game that could have been.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2021

Lost Judgment feels like a worthy successor to the original. While I feel it’s a great story, perhaps it doesn’t live up to Judgment as a crime thriller. In its place, it makes notable improvements in gameplay and brings in some new elements. I really enjoyed it, but certainly recommend that you go and play the first title, then come back and play this one.

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4.3 / 5.0
Oct 13, 2021

In short, while Lost Judgement isn't a perfect sequel, it still lives up to its predecessor as it offers new refreshing gameplay mechanics alongside an engaging story.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2021

Lost Judgment is a competently interesting game. With a very intriguing story that pokes (not always successfully) many of the wounds of modern Japanese society, it manages to solve most of the first title's issues while simultaneously bringing new things, these with their own and unprecedented problems. Furthermore, it is a product of technical excellence and with the sublime quality so characteristic of the Ryu Ga Gotoku studio. It's not a masterpiece, it's just that it still carries a lot of style and identity — always in the shadow of the main series, but making an effort to get away from it — and, most importantly, it's incredibly fun.

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Oct 12, 2021

The story is gripping yet I feel all the best twists and surprises happen in the earlier part of the game, with things really slowing down as you progress. But Lost Judgement is a great game with lots of different elements that make it engaging from start to finish.

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