(Análise) Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Erased His Name: vale a pena?

Kazuma Kiryu’s journey is nearing its end. Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name marks the “handover of the light” of the show for Ichiban Kasuga, while also ending one of the most controversial episodes in the game’s history. .

Almost a match, the match includes “Yakuza 6.5” and takes place shortly after the events of Song of Life. The plot follows the iconic mobster in his search for anonymity and survival, introducing new characters, technology and narrative events.

Fortunately, Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Erased His name proves that Kiryu-chan’s story is far from lacking. In addition to what happened in different versions, the hero opened the gap to the arrival of the future, where old friends and enemies promise to return.

Joryu is born

After the final battle against Tsuneo Iwami in Yakuza 6: Song of Life, Kiryu fakes his death to save his loved ones. As his friends, colleagues and family become aware of the Tojo Clan’s greatest enemy, his adopted daughter, Haruka, has become a target.

Forced to come out from under the Seal of Dojima, the former yakuza decides to leave his reputation for humility in the world. Considering himself the biggest threat to Haruka’s life, he leaves the girl at the Glória da Manhã orphanage and begins to watch her steps from a distance.

It was then that the Daidoji Faction entered the scene. Knowing the “death” of the yakuza legend, the group works with Kazuma: he will remain anonymous and will be replaced by “Joryu”. Meanwhile, he has to take responsibility, there is a risk of Haruka being removed from his life.

Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name
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The task was simple: Kiryu had to join the other members of the gold trading committee. What he didn’t count on was that this job would change his entire life. While losing control of the situation, Dragon of Dojima is once again in the spotlight.

How will Kazuma survive this situation? Who will help him become Joryu, when the underworld whispers his real name behind the scenes again? All of these answers are developed in Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.

The new SEGA game has plans as one of its high points. Full of twists and turns, the narrative connects well with previous games, while at the same time bridging the gap to the future led by Ichiban Kasuga (Yakuza: Like a Dragon) and Takayuki Yagami (Decision).

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In addition to developing Kiryu’s character and adding depth, the game has unique characters with a strong connection with the narrative. And no one is thrown away by the script – they all have their own stories to tell, with motivation and other interests.

Like Dragon Gaiden: The Erased Man His name started working with two central groups: the Watase family (the most powerful group in the Omi Alliance) – and the Daidoji Faction; on Watase’s side, there are Kosei Shishido, Yuki Tsuruno and Akame, while Daidoji is represented by Kihei Hanawa.

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As it could not be otherwise, the game’s story is very complicated and involves other names, such as the sadistic Homare Nishitani III, our ancestor of the Kijin Clan. In addition, popular characters return in small roles and surprise with exciting results.

The story unfolds through both the main campaign and secondary missions. The central adventure takes about 15 to 20 hours, while working on the side missions can complete more than 40 hours of content.

And for those who have already played the other Yakuza titles, it is worth bringing some good news: the video games have been preserved and reached their peak, with CGI scenes, the model beautiful and the sound promotes time for breathing.

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Epic boss fights, successful matches and lessons from the series are just some of the other highlights. Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Erased His Name also has a lot of comic humor, but it balances well with a serious plot.

And to end on a high note, the name has a very high end. Indeed, the final scenes – from gameplay to cinematics – will bring many fans from euphoria to the unprecedented.

New recipe, curiosity

Yakuza has always treated family as its principle. Whether family by blood, genealogy or social thinking, this concept is not only the development of a very protagonist, but also the return of many nostalgic elements for the fans.

Now in the Sotembori area, Like Dragon Gaiden: The Erased Man His name stands out for showing the town still alive. It is impossible to ignore the small map, but there are many activities and tasks that the players will not be affected.

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Throughout the competition, Joryu can take a break from the main events to have fun. Casino, video game room, mini golf, karaoke and more are hidden in many rooms and facilities. In addition, there are many interactions with NPCs, a fun selfie system and a renovated coliseum.

This is worth strengthening: the coliseum in Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name made the best “glow”. The world battle level – called the Castle – is actually open air and expands the exploration area on the map.

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The event also includes one of the newest features in the game: team battles. Throughout the adventure, Joryu can recruit many NPCs to join his team. It can strengthen the relationship with the members and increase their level, making the team stronger.

Fighting in the Castle is easier than in the Yakuza franchise, but more difficult. New enemies, related events, battle updates, and quality changes over time; more rewards mean more challenges ahead.

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Fortunately, Joryu has new “friends” to help in battle. Fans of the series may be surprised at first, but Ryu Ga Gotoku has used an organic method that he can adjust to each of them and identify their advantages.

Kazuka Kiryu did not rely on his fists

Work in low profile, Joryu no longer has Kazuma Kiryu’s four fighting skills. Now, the protagonist can use only two (Guardian and Yakuz), improve them with tools to make the gameplay more powerful.

In your favor are the Spider (the rope that pulls or binds the opponent), the Serpent (the boot that accelerates like an explosion), the drones and the Firefly (the explosive cigarette). However, all of these items can only be activated in the Agent stance.

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Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name also includes battles with friends, equipment, useful tools, and simple wood. In addition, players earn Akame points through various actions, gaining access to more important rewards.

In this game, the gameplay is more fluid. Therefore, pressing the buttons is not an act of fatigue, because the controls are more accurate and the combos appear with reduced commands. Even the repurposed elements have clearly been improved – all without losing the essence of the real action.

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However, there is still a feeling of reduction. The name innovates very little in relation to the concept and works as a type of DLC – in most cases a standalone. It is still able to enjoy hundreds of hours of content, but there is a feeling of “stuffing” with activities.

As Ryu Ga Gotoku recently said that Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Erased His Name was planned as an expansion for Infinite Wealth and made in just six months, the small nature layer makes more sense.

Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name: vale a pena?

With passion and great animation, Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name established Kazuma Kiryu as one of the most difficult characters in the game. The game also closes the ex-yakuza’s arc as one of the best books in the franchise.

The small size and short project does not take away from the brightness or fun of the project. The adventure is a great addition to the franchise, and both closes important arcs and prepares fans for what’s to come. Therefore, the game is recommended for those who like story-driven games.

Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Erased His Name also has Brazilian Portuguese localization for subtitles and menus. This way, it is more difficult to get lost in the instructions, purpose description and event description.

On the PlayStation Store, the game can be saved for only R$ 264.90, in the hybrid version license for PS4 and PS5. The price is well worth it not for the size of the content, but for the whole experience.

Like Dragon Gaiden: The Man Erased His Name will be released on November 9th and will include versions for Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC.

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