Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
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.
Perhaps not the greatest Yakuza game, but Kazuma Kiryu's farewell certainly makes for the most human.
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.
A touching finale for Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6 manages to surprise and delight in equal measure.
Yakuza 6 delivers both quality and quantity, so saying goodbye to Kiryu doesn't feel rushed
Even with my criticisms of the admittedly optional and inconsequential aspects of the game, Yakuza 6 succeeds because its core story is so compelling.
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.
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.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life might be the end of Kazuma Kiryu's story, but it represents a new step in the series.