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Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, SEGA
Feb 21, 2023 - PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

86%

Critics Recommend

Game Rant
4 / 5
IGN
7 / 10
Eurogamer
No Recommendation
PC Gamer
78 / 100
TheGamer
4 / 5
Easy Allies
8.5 / 10
GamesRadar+
4.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
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Like a Dragon: Ishin! | Blade of Vengeance Trailer

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Critic Reviews for Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Like a Dragon: Ishin is a fantastic remake of a title that hasn't left Japan in 9 years, only lacking some polish in a few areas.

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Like a Dragon: Ishin! is an enjoyable and interesting spin-off from the Yakuza series, but not an essential one.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

The long overdue samurai spin-off is classic Yakuza under its period dressing but also underwhelming as a current-gen remake.

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Old-school Yakuza for better or worse, but still a good point of entry for newcomers.

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Like a Dragon: Ishin is a near-perfect package for fans of the series. It weaves an intriguing tale founded in historical events that has you hooked from the very start and eager to learn more at the very end. There’s a wealth of lighthearted substories, minigames, and slice-of-life gameplay, which offer a nice change of pace from the dark storyline. The weapon-based combat is a much-needed reinvigoration for the series that offers fast-paced, bloody carnage in style. The only real letdown was the few graphical issues I experienced, which hopefully a patch will soon resolve.

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The long-awaited remake of Like a Dragon: Ishin delivers an exciting and frequently gorgeous new setting to explore, a more rewarding combat system, and some of the best side quests and minigames in the series to date. Don't let the katanas fool you, this is the Yakuza you know and love at its very best.

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A welcome novelty and throwback for long-time Yakuza fans, that offers everything they love about the series, although it's held back by a rather underwhelming plot and too much fan service.

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