Bruising, bonkers and frequently brilliant, Yakuza 0 is Sega's cult favourite at its very best.
Comfortably the best, funniest and most heartwarming game about a desperate battle over real estate, now available on PC as a good port at a generous price.
Yakuza 0 is another sprawling entry in the open-world series, packed with an extraordinary amount of things to do and centred around a genuinely compelling crime story. Since it’s a prequel, it’s also unburdened by the series’ increasingly intricate backstory and thus far more approachable for newcomers than the last few Yakuza games. While its melee combat may lag slightly behind modern genre standards, Yakuza 0 still hits far more than it misses and is a big, bold and bruising tour through the Japanese underworld.
The most entertaining Yakuza game so far, that’s part gangster epic and part surreal Japanese nightlife simulator.
While a bit disappointing on the mini-game front, Yakuza 0 remains as strange and charming as ever, with the best story and combat the series has seen in years.
Don’t be intimidated by the series’ long history – this is an accessible starting point that’s likely to convert you into being a full-fledged fan
Yakuza 0 has heart, despite some significant shortcomings
Yakuza Zero's humorous world is packed goofy quests and minigames, but the story cuts through it with powerful characters and high-stakes drama.
Yakuza 0 is the closest thing video games have to a prime-time soap opera.