Embark on a journey through the shadows of Japan’s criminal landscape with our Like a Dragon Gaiden review.

Released on November 8 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s latest installment will surely entertain newcomers and longtime fans of the series.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name offers a new approach to the world of organized crime in Japan. With its classic beat ’em up roots and a splash of high-tech gadgets, players will be in for a fun Yakuza adventure.

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Like a Dragon Gaiden review: Get the best of both combat worlds

Like a Dragon The Man Who Erased His Name review key visual from the official website
Credit: SEGA

For longtime fans of the Like a Dragon and Yakuza series, The Man Who Erased His Name offers a nostalgic trip back to the classic beat ’em up combat system featured in the early Yakuza games. However, what sets this installment apart is the introduction of Agent-style combat, transforming the protagonist, Joryu, into a Japanese James Bond.

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Among the arsenal of gadgets at your disposal is a web shooter, firing electrified bind wires to stun enemies, a fleet of drones aiding in street suppression, and exploding cigarettes that turn smoking way more hazardous for everyone’s health.

Without diving too deep into the narrative to avoid spoilers, The Man Who Erased His Name picks up right after the events of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Our protagonist decided to leave behind his yakuza life, only to find his past catching up with him in a fast-paced, thrilling adventure. The game is filled with over-the-top sequences that the series is renowned for.

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The Man Who Erased His Name has a more straightforward narrative than its predecessors. It’s easy to follow whether you’re new to Yakuza games or familiar with the Dragon of Dojima’s legendary exploits. The game also excels at guiding players through its interface, stages, settings, and combat system, making sure players smoothly transition into the Like a Dragon universe.

Like a Dragon The Man Who Erased His Name key visual from the official website
Credit: SEGA

One of the game’s highlights lies in its diverse range of mini-games, from casino and arcade games to bar and board games. The karaoke segment, featuring a guitar-hero-esque mini-game, offers a challenging yet entertaining break from the main storyline. These diversions, coupled with the richly detailed exploration of Japanese culture, add enjoyment beyond the main quest.

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In the true spirit of Yakuza, The Man Who Erased His Name delivers on the series’ trademark humor in combat. Whether you’re webbing up foes like Spiderman or wielding a bicycle like a giant battle axe, the game keeps the laughter flowing.

Like a Dragon Gaiden exceeds expectations, delivering the quintessential Yakuza experience. The combat seamlessly blends the hilarity of Agent-style gadgetry with the classic brawling Yakuza style. It encapsulates the essence of Yakuza’s signature humor, making each encounter a delightful and often absurd spectacle that adds to the game’s unique charm.

Head to SEGA’s official website for more information on Like a Dragon Gaiden The Man Who Erased His Name.

Watch the game’s full trailer below.

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