Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 120 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 120 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

AboveUp
Yes
Yes
May 15, 2018
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GameCloud
Yes
Yes
May 4, 2018

Ultimately, Yakuza 6 is a confident, self-assured game. Despite some of its technical issues and simplified combat mechanics, there is no other game currently available on the platform which quite combines its mature story, multi-faceted characters and offbeat side missions. The story is full of heart and charm and is bound to stick with players long after the credits roll. Yakuza 6 is a fitting send-off to series mainstay Kazuma Kiryu and is one of the more memorable games on the PlayStation 4 in recent memory.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Mar 15, 2018

Perhaps not the greatest Yakuza game, but Kazuma Kiryu's farewell certainly makes for the most human.

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Stevivor
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 15, 2018

The in-combat effects and camera work really make what could be a relatively basic combat cycle into something that feels dynamic and empowering every time you get to button-mash to truly kick the stuffing out of a goon's face.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 2, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a powerful and finely crafted game that provides a moving closing chapter to the story of Kiryu Kazuma. For fans of the series, it is without a doubt an essential addition to your 2018 gaming schedule and shouldn’t be missed under any circumstances.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 17, 2018

The story of Kazuma Kiryu is over.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 17, 2018

Given the technological advances made here, and its breezier outlook on life with a cast freed from the confines of Yakuza's dense lore, I'd prefer to look at this as the first of a new breed of Yakuza game.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 18, 2018

Yakuza 6 sums up its lead character succinctly and emotionally, while shaking up enough to make the return ride feel fresh. Buy it.

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Scored Reviews

Expansive
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Without question, Yakuza 6 is one of the most enviable platform exclusive titles ever made because it just has everything you could ever wish for and more. A perfect send off for one of the greatest video game characters and gaming series of all time.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 15, 2018

Smart, sharp, often surreal, and always hugely entertaining.

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Invision Community
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 23, 2018

Overall, Yakuza 6 is a strong continuation of the series so far. Personally the arcade feel has be lessened, but the graphical enhancements, extreme amount of content, and stunning story mean that I’m still wholly in love with it. If you took my recommendation to play both Zero and Kiwami, then take my recommendation and play this one.

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Saving Content
May 31, 2018

Coming off the incredible Yakuza 0 and the first Yakuza remaster, Kiwami, Yakuza 6 is at a high point in the series popularity here in the states. Thankfully this latest entry in the series will continue that high as it gives fans more of what makes these titles great.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Mar 26, 2018

A masterpiece in terms of storytelling, Yakuza 6 is the most fitting sunset to the Kazuma Kiryu saga. Every little feature of Yakuza 6 is enjoyable from beginning to end, and it seems like the team made a point not to make the game feel slow in any way, even with the amount of exposition that this game has. There are moments where you'll laugh your head off and others where you'll be held in suspense, but it keeps it fresh throughout the game. Even the mini-games and sub-stories keep you coming back, increasing the replay value.

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GamePitt
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2018

Yakuza 6 may not be the most feature-rich title in the series, but it delivers the perfect final chapter to one of the most memorable protagonists on Sony's console. Despite my initial reservations regarding the lack of abilities, weapons, locations and minigames, Yakuza 6 proved to me that quality beats quantity any day and I soon forgot about the absent content. Be sure to have a box of tissues near you as you approach the conclusion to the Dragon of Dojima's story as it's a rollercoaster of emotions coming at you from all angles. It seriously had me very emotional more times than one within the final few chapters. Experience fun minigames, serious action sequences, and crazy sub-stories as you wrap up the series and bring the curtain down on this beloved franchise.

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CFG Games
4.9 / 5.0
4.9 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is an emotional bookend to a fantastic series. A few minor issues are overshadowed by a great story, fantastic game play, and a ton of side content. It's sad to see the main line games end but it gets a fitting ending.

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VideoTime
9.6 / 10.0
9.6 / 10.0
May 23, 2018

Yakuza is undoubtedly one of SEGA's most iconic series, in which you play the role of Kazuma Kiryu, the dragon of the Dojima family in their incredible and sometimes crazy adventures.

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Geek Culture Podcast
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life brings Kazuma Kiryu's long-running tale to an end and does so on a high note. This is the wacky-yet-serious Yakuza vision fully realized, or at least it is damn close to it. Newcomers and established fans alike will find plenty to love in this father figure's quest for answers and revenge in a world where everything can be resolved with shirtless brawls. This powerful conclusion to the Dragon of Dojima's story must not be missed.

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PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

A rip-roaring conclusion to Kiryu's tale and the best entry in the Yakuza series to date, Yakuza 6 is a triumph that effortlessly cements its place in the pantheon of all-time JRPG greats.

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PowerUp!
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Like a good book or a new show on Netflix, Yakuza 6 is something to be binged. Writing this Yakuza 6 review was a challenge because it forced me to stop playing. I really didn't want to. I mean I REALLY didn't want to stop playing. Yakuza 6 is the kind of game that lodges itself in your brain and doesn't let go.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is everything I want in a Yakuza game, plus a baby… and a cat café.

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ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

It's an absolute emotional rollercoaster ride, packaged together with some of the best content the series has offered to date and polished to an absolute shine.

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PS4Blog.net
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 20, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a must-have game on PlayStation 4. The end of Kazuma Kiryu's run as the main protagonist of a series that start way back on the PlayStation 2 goes out with a bang, giving us the best Yakuza game ever. It will be very interesting to see where the team takes the franchise after this one, but after seeing what the Dragon Engine can do, I'm sure it will be a gorgeous entry that will keep the drama and the action going strong.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 delivers both quality and quantity, so saying goodbye to Kiryu doesn't feel rushed

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Hobby Consolas
93 / 100
Hobby Consolas

Top Critic

93 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

We love Yakuza´s story, its locations that seem "alive" and its many minigames (including classic Sega arcades such as Puyo Puyo, Virtua Fighter 5 or Super Hang On). The song of Life is the perfect ending for this saga.

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IGN Middle East
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2018

Yakuza 6 was a lesson in life and an unforgettable experience, war and gangs, emotions and fun, and most importantly, Yakuza's perfect experience and imagination I did not see like for the Japanese Mafia conflicts, despite the painted and consonant boundaries.

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VGProfessional
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

The most beautiful experience in the series, YAKUZA 6: The Song of Life is great way to close the Kiryu's story in style, with a fun and long adventure, full of content and side activities. Even if you didn't play the previous games, you shouldn't miss this goofy yet also mature and serious game.

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GearNuke
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a good example of how to handle a series with multiple sequels. It builds on its strength to offer a satisfying conclusion to the story of Kazuma Kiryu.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: Song of Life is a very deep and exciting game with a great sense of humor and strange, but fun side quests. Fans for sure won't be disappointed.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life tells a truly gripping tale – a story that blows most games out of the water. Combine that with a refined combat system and a new engine capable of making the game's world feel more alive than ever, and you've got a stellar Yakuza title. Although the experience does feel a little stunted in places outside of the main plot, this is still a fitting final chapter. Yakuza 6 is a gloriously dramatic send off for one of the greatest characters in modern gaming.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

It's taken me a long time to experience the Yakuza series, but Yakuza 6 makes me so thankful that I finally have. The insurmountable badass Kazuma Kiryu is surrounded by a fantastic cast of characters and some gripping drama—it's just a shame that the "game" portion of this video game isn't quite what it could be. Still, this is a superb adventure from beginning to end, and further proof of the magic that Japanese developers can weave when they put their minds to it.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Debates about whether or not Yakuza 6 is the best game in the franchise will probably rage on for a long time to come- but if nothing else, The Song of Life represents a franchise, a developer, and most of all, a character, at the peak of their talents.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Captain Camper

Top Critic

9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

The Yakuza franchise is a much-beloved series of games that explore the darker sides of the Yakuza, whilst simultaneously introducing players to the lively and colorful culture of the East. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life builds on every asset of the franchise, and improves it without sacrificing the games character and individuality. Whether you're a first-time player or a long-time veteran, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is arguably the greatest Yakuza game to date.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2018

Aside from the most nitpicking of complaints, Yakuza 6 is but another declaration to the well-documented notion that Sega's decade-long series remains one of the finest, most consistent outings in the medium.

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TrustedReviews
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a wonderful crime thriller that embraces everything that made the series great, refining it further with new technology – it blew me away. I'm not ashamed to say that the closing minutes of Kazuma Kiryu's final chapter brought me to tears, acting as the culmination of a story in which I've lost myself for more than a decade.

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Game Revolution
Mar 15, 2018

If you've played Yakuza in the past, I think you'll get a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of this game. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and grab Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami and play through both of them, then grab Yakuza 6 when it comes out

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

All in all, thanks to its fantastic story, memorable cast, and more than competent gameplay, Yakuza 6 is an apt send off for the hero of one of the more criminally underrated franchises.

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GamesRadar+
Mar 15, 2018

A touching finale for Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6 manages to surprise and delight in equal measure.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

We could not have thought of a better way to end Kiryu Kazuma's adventures. More than a simple GTA clone, Yakuza 6 is a generous game which will provide you with hundred hours of an amazing gaming experience. You will never be bored with the never ending amount of content available in this game. Moreover, Japanese culture enthusiasts will have a great time hanging out in a very well modelized versions of Hiroshima and Kabukicho. A must have !

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

While it's slightly disappointing to see so many members of Yakuza‘s great ensemble cast take a back seat in Yakuza 6, it ultimately works out for the best. Song of Life is Kiryu's story and focusing on something larger would only be a disservice to one of gaming's most fully realized characters. It's only fitting that he bows out in Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's most mature and focused game.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

When the title credits roll, you’ll be hard pressed not to feel bittersweet to know this is the end of Kiryu’s long tale. Where the series goes next is anyone’s guess, but it’s hard to imaging it without our scarlet-shirted protagonist. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is not only a great game, but a fitting closure for the long and turbulent story of Kiryu Kazuma.

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Pure Playstation
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a solid entry in a series that manages to perfectly balance between its goofy, intense, and sometimes sad scenes. The battle system is revamped, and punching someone's face has never felt better. The visual and sound improvements are fantastic, and the game is stuffed with fun things to do at every turn. If you are a fan of the series, this is an incredible experience. This is also the last journey of one of the gaming's toughest characters, and he could not ask for a better farewell.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 21, 2018

Yakuza 6 is an incredible title. While in certain moments it remains so over the top it's hard to take seriously, Kiryu's story of evolving as a person despite his sordid history makes for a relatable protagonist. Knowing that a real member of the Yakuza has played a game in the series and found it to be more accurate than he anticipated just adds to the authenticity of Yakuza as a title. Every part of the game was a delightful surprise and I've found myself absolutely addicted to the game, even post-story. Every time I come back to Yakuza 6, I find something else absolutely charming about it.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 doesn't bring up every plotline or major character that Kiryu has interacted with, but it is a finale for the hero. This is a more a story of him finding his place and purpose, coming to grips with his mistakes, and figuring out what he's willing to sacrifice.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 23, 2018

Yakuza 6: Song of Life is a great game that provides a fitting end for one of gaming’s most complex protagonists, Kazuma Kiryu.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 27, 2018

Although the game sports a few bothersome hiccups, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life ultimately serves as a near-perfect send-off for the Dragon of Dojima after years of delivering bloody knuckles and scarfing Smile Burgers.

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Saudi Gamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 15, 2018

Every part of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is in tune to enrich your experience, while bringing a gratifying ending to Kiryu Kazuma's Arc.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life brings a fitting and satisfying conclusion to Kiryu's story and character. Even though I have only played three Yakuza games, I will miss his attitude and demeanor always fighting for what is right and honest. The Song of Life struck a perfect balance between goofy and serious missions, but I would have liked to see some of the other series-favorite cast have a more prominent role. The smaller scope of the narrative gives off an intimate sensation, but with that being said, I am quite interested in where Sega will take the decade-old franchise in the future, especially with its growing popularity in the West.

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WellPlayed
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2018

With less content and gameplay depth, how could this sixth entry in the long-running franchise possibly hold up against its predecessors? Quite well, as it turns out

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I KNOW YOUR GAME
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 24, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life isn't just the final chapter of the Kazuma Kiryu saga, but also one of the best titles of the whole series. The story is well written and wonderfully executed. Both of the locations in the game, the red-light district Kamurocho and the harbor town Onomichi, are beautifully crafted. For the first time all of the characters are fully voiced, even the ones in sub-stories. Also, there is lots to do besides fighting gangsters, like playing arcade games or flirting with hostesses. Small hiccup: The animations in the sub-stories are a little bit rough. Besides that it's a perfect finale for the Dragon of Dojima.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Apr 16, 2018

Offering closure on a long-running saga while also entertaining on so many fronts, Yakuza 6 may feel smaller in scale at times, but that still doesn't stop it from being a mighty fine game.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 marks the end of a long journey and a new beginning for the series. Kiryu's saga closes in a satisfatory manner with an intriguing story, charismatic characters and focusing on how Kiryu has grown throughout the years. Some scenes changed my opinion on earlier titles and, even then, the story is self-contained enough to welcome newcomers. The Dragon Engine marks a new era for the series with impressive visuals and visceral combat. Yakuza 6 shows a brilliant future for the series on the PS4.

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Atomix
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 23, 2018

After 13 years SEGA brings us the final chapter of the Yakuza series. Albeit it doesnt offer many new things than change drastically its established formula and its world maps and activities feel a little bit reduced when compared to previos entries, Yakuza 6 its an awesome game with fantastic visuals and a great and deep narrative that concludes in a terrific way the story of Kazuma Kiryu.

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2018

A dramatic but fitting send off for one of SEGA's most legendary characters. Despite its flaws and kitchen sink dynamics, Yakuza 6 is a must for any PS4 player's collection.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 11, 2018

Yakuza 6 is the final journey of Kazuma Kiryu. It is action, emotive and a catching ending of veteran hero.

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The PlayStation Brahs
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 19, 2018

Which ultimately brings up to the important question: Should you buy Yakuza 6? Yes. The gameplay, the content, the story and it was the perfect send Of for one of gamings most beloved characters. It’ll be interesting to see where SEGA take this beloved series going forward – it’s almost baffling how much SEGA has stuffed into this package.

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SomHráč.sk
90%
90%
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a great and dignified farewell to story of Kazuma Kiryu. You'll find everything that is characteristic for the series here and it's easily one of its best chapters.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a fitting end to a great saga, with fantastic combat and lots to do outside the main story

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Quillstreak
89%
89%
Mar 15, 2018

Overall, Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life is a feature-length absurdity-laden romp that is the perfect silly antidote for first-timers and a pleasing development of the series for fans. With a multitude of systems, meaningful progression and side quests to fill your boots with, you will struggle to get bored and always find yourself craving your next knockout fix.

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Gaming Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life wraps up the story of Kazuma Kiryu with the same sense of style and attention to quality the series has always maintained. By alternating erratically between deadly serious crime stories, and wildly goofball side activities, Yakuza strikes an entertaining sweet spot that few other series manage. Players should set aside a lot of time before engaging with Yakuza, because like the mob, this is a game that will keep pulling you back in.

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Gaming Gamma
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

. Yakuza 6 is easily the most immersive video game I have ever played, and is just a lot of fun. The amount of times I couldn't help but smile while playing this game is a testament to the fact of how much I enjoyed myself. While the game does has its flaws, SEGA has once again delivered a fantastic game that is easily one of the best games currently out this year.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2018

Whether you are new to the Yakuza titles or a long-time fan of Kazuma Kiryu's exploits, there are numerous things to like about Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The title creates a sense of familiarity for those familiar with the series, but has enough new features and nuance to make this entry its own title as well. If you have not yet played any of the Yakuza games, this chapter does a great job of catching you up on the story while providing approachable - if sometimes a little shallow - game play. The end result is an open-world game that rewards you for the time you invest.

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Wccftech
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2018

One step back and two steps forward; Yakuza 6 changes up some of the core elements for Kiryu's last adventure and give new life to a series that's become a cult classic for JRPG fans.

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GamePro
87 / 100
87 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

Technically and dramatically impressive conclusion of a unique Japanese epic.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Mar 19, 2018

Even as someone who was unfamiliar with the series prior to this entry, I'd have to recommend Yakuza 6: The Song of Life on sheer virtue of being one of the best and most naturally designed open-world games I've ever played (even if it's not truly “open”); it certainly doesn't hurt that the developers also decided to chuck in a tight combat system, a handful of sweet classic arcade titles and a gripping narrative to sweeten the pot.

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Easy Allies
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018
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Sirus Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

It’s a new era for Yakuza, both in game and out. Yakuza 6; The Song of Life may not be the grandiose send-off that some fans may have wanted, but it’s a fitting conclusion to Kiryu’s story and thanks to the new engine one that not only makes old favourites feel new again but make me look forward to the future.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Even with my criticisms of the admittedly optional and inconsequential aspects of the game, Yakuza 6 succeeds because its core story is so compelling.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 does not invent anything new compared to the past and the lack of many iconic characters of the saga shouldn't be understimated, but despite this the final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu's adventures remains one of the best Yakuza ever.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

The Yakuza series is held again in its 3 main pillars in this The Song of Life: many activities and mini-games, deep combats, and a wonderful storytelling that ends the era of Kazuma Kyriu and it serves to draw the new horizon towards where Sega goes to.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Ultimately, it's a great sendoff for one of the best characters of the history of Japanese games (and of gaming as a whole), and while Kazuma Kiryu isn't going to disappear due to the upcoming remake, I can definitely say that I'm going to miss my stern and stoic best friend with a heart of gold.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Like its predecessors, Yakuza 6 is a beautiful, engaging and deep title. Nonetheless, after seven main chapters, countless spin-offs, remastered versions and remakes, a slight whiff of deja vu is almost inescapable. Having said that, The Song of Life is a great conclusion for an unforgettable saga.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a beautiful game, plays smooth, and has a story that is genuinely compelling and driven by top notch dialogue and dynamic characters. The fighting is complex but easy to learn, and the game provides tons of great content in the form of mini-games, town exploration, and side storylines. There is lots to look at and take in as you play, and the game packs a lot of good into a nearly flawless package.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 keeps the focus on what's important and also shows a lot of great potential for what's to come next.

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KnowTechie
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

If Dave Meltzer had reviewed this game, it'd get 5 stars for having Kazuchika Okada and the Tokyo Dome in it.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2018

The fittingly titled “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” gives beloved protagonist Kazuma Kiryu his swan song as the Dragon of Dojima picks one final fight. The new combat will admittedly be hit or miss for folks and the story doesn’t quite stack up to the series’ best. Despite that, however, Yakuza 6 remains a stellar entry in Sega’s open-sandbox, crime drama formula that also manages to retain the the franchise’s charm, heart and — more importantly — tacky karaoke stylings.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2018

Not entirely satisfying farewell, yet it has some good fundamental changes in the formula and it makes for fresh start for the series.

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3DNews
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2018

Yakuza 6 isn't as great as Yakuza 0, but it's better than Yakuza Kiwami. No matter what, fans should definitely pick it up, and if you are not familiar with Kazuma Kiryu, you should check out Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami first.

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Flickering Myth
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 17, 2018

There are sure to be passionate debates about where exactly Yakuza 6 lies in the grand pantheon of Sega’s titanic franchise, but with its smash-mouth combat, surprisingly engrossing story and wealth of wacky content, it is nothing if not another towering entry.

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GBAtemp
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a wonderful, heartfelt conclusion to Kiryu's story, offering a hilariously fun and unique experience for both long-time fans and newcomers. While this isn't the best entry in the series, it's still an incredibly solid title that anyone with a PlayStation 4 should pick up.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is yet another strong entry this franchise bringing everything fans want while being accessible to hopefully new players as this series is worth your time.

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New Game Network
82 / 100
82 / 100
Mar 16, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a fitting end to the journey of Kazuma Kiryu that will not disappoint long-time fans, while also providing an accessible journey to newcomers. Though it does not reach the heights of previous entries in its narrative and optional content, it does deliver a touching tale with a strong thematic core that has even stronger combat chops.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

This may be the Dragon of Dojima's last kick at the franchise, but he leaves on a high note that will satisfy the yakuza in all of us.

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Rice Digital
Rice Digital

Top Critic

Mar 15, 2018

Seamless battles and exploration are welcome changes in the series.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Exciting changes to combat and an endearing narrative see the final chapter in Kazuma Kiryu's decade-long saga refine what has made the series great.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

The story of Kazuma Kiryu comes to a dramatic and ultimately satisfying close.

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USgamer
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life might be the end of Kazuma Kiryu's story, but it represents a new step in the series.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a solid entry in the franchise. It's carried by a strong story and excellent visuals that make up for the fact that it's a fairly bare-bones Yakuza title that has less content than other titles in the series. Fans of the franchise should find a lot to like in Yakuza 6. It's not the best entry for a newcomer due to it being the end of Kiryu's story, but it's a solid and enjoyable game.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 delivers the series' signature poignant story, and is probably the best Yakuza has been narrative and production-wise. However, the game's trademark diversions have been trimmed back.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

Yakuza 6 applies themes of fatherhood and masculinity as coping mechanisms for intense interpersonal drama. While it surrenders the sweeping ambition that defined Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5, it feels sharper, more focused, and more honest about its intentions. At age 48, it's impolite to define Kazuma Kiryu as an old man, but it's clear that he—and Yakuza 6 as a whole—are devoted to passing their experience on to the next generation.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

The story, contents and gameplay are unquestionably of a good standard, but it was not what we wanted from the final game of Kiryu Kazuma, who we were so fond of during these 12 years.

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The Game Fanatics
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

If you can groove on a game that takes its time with cutscenes and characters, ignore some subpar visuals in some spots, and have a love for gangland crime thrillers mixed with high-octane martial arts madness, this is the game for you.

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Guardian
Mar 15, 2018

Kazuma Kiryu's final outing is an emotionally charged tale of familial bonds and the violence that threatens to rip them asunder

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life convinces with excellent storytelling while staying true to the Yakuza-formula which worked well in the past. While repetitive combat prevents it from being one of the greats, it is still a definite recommendation for action-adventure fans and players who enjoyed the previous titles in the franchise.

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Just Push Start
8 / 10.0
Just Push Start

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life isn’t perfect in the grand scheme, at least outside of the story, with most of the value coming from the small touches. Side stories offer a lot of insight into the world, culture and scale that they’re a blast to do. From there, I didn’t encounter a line of dialogue, no matter how small, where it wasn’t voiced. Where most games would limit voice recording to major scenes or the main story, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is more than happy to help build the world. Give this to a story about Kiryu trying to find happiness, giving him a mission and another reason to look beyond his world and you have a fantastic experience. Maybe not a perfect one, as waypoints and combat still have some ways to go, but one where fans of stories or open world games will be, if nothing else, satisfied.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 16, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a beast of a game, and it sends Kiryu off in style.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Fighting and exploring is more free than ever, and the story, while wanting in certain areas, introduces a few great characters. Some activities and side missions lack a punch, but how many games do you get to wear a giant orange on your head?

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MMORPG.com
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a game I keep going back to. Even after finishing the main quest I want to keep playing and exploring the world of Yakuza. It also inspired me to get into the larger series, and as a result I just installed Yakuza 0 to start playing.

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M3
8 / 10
M3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 16, 2018

Yakuza 6 offers an truly open world to explore and intriguing story. It stands as one of the finest in the series too.

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GameSkinny
Mar 31, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life closes Kazuma Kiryu's tale with a hopeful rebirth of the series.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 15, 2018

Not only does it stay true to what people love about these titles, but it’s a goodbye to one of the most compelling protagonists I’ve ever played in a video game. If this is your first trip to Kamurocho, you’re going to enjoy yourself without question.

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Paste Magazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2018

It focuses on the minutiae of the world, from the detailed shop interiors that serve no purpose other than to ground you in the setting, to the nearby citizens who go about their daily business as anarchy unfolds around them in your wake. But perhaps the greatest feat of all is that the game trusts you, the player, to find it all yourself. By refusing to hold your hand and lead you from A to B, it gives you room to explore, to procrastinate and breathe between story steps, and it's in those moments of respite that you'll find the best of what the Yakuza series has to offer.

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ComiConverse
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: Song of Life is the most heartfelt entry in franchise history, giving Kiryu his final goodbye for a future series without him in the lead.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Is the closing of Kiryu's chapter in Yakuza 6 fulfilling? Honestly I would say no. I expected a bit more from it going in, but does it make sense? Absolutely.

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SA Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the modern Yakuza experience that you've been waiting for, with a couple of caveats. It has everything that you can love from a Yakuza game such as the fun activities and wonderfully realised world, but it also has an extremely mature and emotional main narrative that deserves your attention. The combat is its weakspot with it being simplified to the point where it's repetitious and some aspects can be shallow. However, it is a fine swan song for the legendary Kiryu and you still can't find something quite like it out there.

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Total Gaming Network
Apr 16, 2018

Yakuza 6 offers a near perfect farewell to the Dragon of Dojima, Kazuma Kiryu, complete with the roller coaster of emotions you have come to expect from this franchise. Whether you are a new fan of the franchise or a returning one, this is one swan song you won't want to miss.

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GRYOnline.pl
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2018

Yakuza 6 is not a game for everyone, but you can’t deny it a certain charm. I followed a very cool storyline for many hours and I have happily frittered some time away playing various mini-games. The combat becomes repetitive after a while, but, all in all, this is a really great game.

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RPGamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 28, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a celebration of the series, as well as a mindblowing finale to Kazuma and Haruka’s story.

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OnlySP
Apr 16, 2018

Yakuza 6 is another standout entry in the most fascinating series of this renaissance of Japanese video games. The game is better than the already great Yakuza Kiwami that released late last year and is possessed of a profound, yet silly, tone that fans of the Metal Gear and Final Fantasy games of old will love. Adherents of previous games might be blindsided by the game's sole focus on Kazuma Kiryu, but the long-striving Dragon of Dojima is deserving of some sort of conclusion. The series has seen more sprawling and fully-featured entries—including the upcoming remake of Yakuza 2, which will see a greater focus on Majima's ongoing story—but that cannot detract from the enjoyment to be had saying goodbye to one of Japanese games' best ambassadors.

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Respawning
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

I think in the end Yakuza 6 just did a really good job at concluding the story of Kazuma Kiryu. The new risks it takes with the Dragon Engine are totally in the favor of narrative while gameplay is just kinda pushed to the side. The narrative alone was enough to keep me invested though and I think that says a lot about how good the story and characters are. This is coming from a person who’s favorite games are mainly gameplay heavy, so although the gameplay is not that great in the end, the overall experience was a fun and memorable one.

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GamesBeat
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 has an ambitious narrative, alternating between lighthearted and dramatic. Unfortunately, it doesn't give its characters enough love and care to truly pull off the pathos. But its sense of humor is impeccable. Its protagonist is lovable. And Sega has created a world with plenty to do.

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IGN
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life presents the most detailed virtual chunk of Japan the series has managed to date, and its story provides a satisfying end to the Kizama Kiryu saga. However, as far as gameplay goes, Yakuza 6 doesn't make enough of an effort to break new ground, making it weaker overall than last year's Yakuza Zero.

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Video Chums
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2018

Even though it's a bit of a disappointment, there's no denying that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a solid entry in Sega's epic series.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6 is a great game because it's a Yakuza game, but it's not a great Yakuza game. It still has the great brawler action the series is known for, and a tight put together story. However, the tightening of the narrative in no ways makes up for all the great things I missed out on from the previous game.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Mar 15, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life brings a satisfying end to Kazuma Kiryu's story, but it's not quite the send off I expected. Between its convoluted systems and cut content, it didn't feel like the saga ended with a roar, but with a whimper.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Given more development time, this could have been the definitive entry in the series, but what we're left with is good enough. Hopefully Kiwami 2 can make some necessary improvements, because the groundwork set by the Dragon Engine is just awesome.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

A slightly underwhelming end to the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, but the changes in gameplay and graphics do hold a lot of promise for the future.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

7 / 10
Mar 16, 2018

Kiryu's final chapter is a beautiful one that has its heart in the right place, but feels slightly let down quite likely due to the new engine not allowing the developers the time they required to flesh out other areas such as the battle system and sections of Kamurocho. Despite slipping in parts, though, Yakuza 6 recovers with a compelling and intricately woven narrative featuring an appealing cast, rounded off with the side distractions expected of an entry in this series. This is an emotional sayonara to Kazuma Kiryu that may not have been all it could have been, but serves up a fine game befitting the Yakuza name.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 7, 2018

The Dragon of Dojima returns for one more adventure, with the stakes higher and more personal than ever in this touching farewell to a Yakuza legend. With a tale that closes the book on a long-running saga, Kiryu's farewell results in a story that is as satisfying to watch as its gameplay is as underwhelming to consume.

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Fandom
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 20, 2018

When it comes to actually playing the game, Yakuza 6 is a bit more bland, a bit sparser with content, and frankly a bit dated with its problematic choices.

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Slant Magazine
Mar 15, 2018

Because Yakuza 6 spends so much time tying the story into knots, a strong villain never emerges.

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