In a world where humor and melodrama reign supreme, the highly-anticipated Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name title from SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is bringing in some heavy hitters to spread the word about the action JRPG that was released on November 8.
This laugh-out-loud review deeply delves into the zany antics of Pichayut “Gssspotted” Sittipun and Myrtle Sarrosa.
The two popular Southeast Asian streamers embrace the Like a Dragon lifestyle as they battle their way to obtain one of the biggest games this year.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name real-life adventures
Gssspotted’s epic quest for a broken dream
We first turn our attention to action hero extraordinaire Gssspotted. But in this story, he’s not your average streamer; he’s the action hero you never knew existed.
His mission? To avenge his stolen Like a Dragon game, snatched away by a high school bully from the annals of his childhood.
Our hero transitions into his newfound hitman identity, and we witness a training montage reminiscent of classic RPGs. He undergoes rigorous gym workouts, serenades us with karaoke interludes, and hones his combat skills by pummeling a heavy bag. We witness the evolution of a character leveling up in a game with hilarious detours and over-the-top antics.
The culmination of his transformation is marked by a trainer’s gesture, sliding sunglasses onto Gssspotted’s face as if they were equipping him with a legendary accessory. You can practically hear the level-up chime in the background.
The climactic showdown with his high school nemesis isn’t just a battle; it’s an all-out brawl of epic proportions. The combat sequences are so finely tuned that it feels like watching a boss battle in a game, complete with bone-crunching punches and over-the-top special moves.
But just when Gssspotted thinks he’s triumphed, his beloved game shatters into pieces. A cruel twist. However, as if by divine intervention, a brand-new Like a Dragon game has just been released, ensuring that Gssspotted’s gaming marathon never has to end.
Story: 4/5 Dragon Tales
Combat: 5/5 Dragon Kicks
Graphics: 4/5 Dragon Visuals
Myrtle’s misadventure, a tale of dreaming big
Switching gears to the dazzling Myrtle Sarrosa, a Filipino actress and cosplayer about to embark on a more fantastical journey than Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole. Her quest begins with a dramatic confrontation with enigmatic figures wearing Oni masks, like a scene out of a fantasy adventure RPG.
Myrtle’s bold challenge and influential presence in the face of adversaries remind us of our favorite anime hero, ready to duke it out against their most formidable rival. Once we glimpsed her dragon tattoo, an emblem signifying extraordinary strength, we realized the impending battle would be far more intense than we had initially expected.
The ensuing combat sequences are nothing short of a visual feast for the senses, showcasing moves that would make Neo from The Matrix jealous. We then finally get to watch an epic boss battle with combo punches and special effects that rival Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters.
Myrtle’s journey takes a surreal turn as she experiences a flashback to her past, unveiling a backstory more elaborate than a multi-season Netflix series. We finally uncover the hidden lore of a game world, adding layers of complexity to the story.
In the climax, Myrtle unleashes moves that are not only jaw-dropping but so awe-inspiring that it feels like you’re witnessing a cutscene from the game. The blend of reality and fantasy is so seamless that you’d think you’re watching the latest AAA game.
The story’s conclusion? Myrtle is transported back to her gaming domain where she is completely engrossed in the Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name universe.
Story: 4/5 Dragon Plots
Combat: 5/5 Dragon Punches
Graphics: 4/5 Dragon Aesthetics
You can go to SEGA’s official website if you want to learn more or if you would like to purchase the game.