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Finished it last night and man I'm blown away by the quality. Happy to report it looks and runs way better than Yakuza 6 on the base PS4. Gone is the screen-tearing and the fuzzy low resolution look. The world now feels so crisp and the frame rate is stable.

 

As for the game itself, well, It kicked off from Chapter 2 in Sotenbori city.  All too familiar for me as the map and the layout remains exactly the same from Yakuza 0. The controls remain the same, so it was easy to work with. Most of the game mechanics are almost intact, so people who have played the current generation remaster/remakes would be right at home. 

 

I only managed to try 1-2 side quests, which were basic. Hit the Karaoke bar and sang to some sh*tty tune (hope there are better tracks). Hit Gandhara and paid to watch 2 "recreational" videos, which turned out to be audio only and the camera just shows Kiryu's reaction to the video. BOO! Where are my Jap AV babes? :fear:

 

Anyhoo, didn't explore much and headed right off to the main mission and it was pretty much filled with cut-scenes with barely any gameplay. I guess they just wanted to give a really small sneak preview. But I'm impressed by the quality. This engine has a lot of potential. I'll hold of on all purchases for these games on the console, now that we have a legitimate PC releases lined up. 

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Finished it last night and man I'm blown away by the quality. Happy to report it looks and runs way better than Yakuza 6 on the base PS4. Gone is the screen-tearing and the fuzzy low resolution look. The world now feels so crisp and the frame rate is stable.
 
As for the game itself, well, It kicked off from Chapter 2 in Sotenbori city.  All too familiar for me as the map and the layout remains exactly the same from Yakuza 0. The controls remain the same, so it was easy to work with. Most of the game mechanics are almost intact, so people who have played the current generation remaster/remakes would be right at home. 
 
I only managed to try 1-2 side quests, which were basic. Hit the Karaoke bar and sang to some sh*tty tune (hope there are better tracks). Hit Gandhara and paid to watch 2 "recreational" videos, which turned out to be audio only and the camera just shows Kiryu's reaction to the video. BOO! Where are my Jap AV babes? :fear:
 
Anyhoo, didn't explore much and headed right off to the main mission and it was pretty much filled with cut-scenes with barely any gameplay. I guess they just wanted to give a really small sneak preview. But I'm impressed by the quality. This engine has a lot of potential. I'll hold of on all purchases for these games on the console, now that we have a legitimate PC releases lined up. 
Does the save carry forward to the full game? And dang Gandhara :O:D

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1 minute ago, Monokuma said:

Does the save carry forward to the full game? And dang Gandhara :O:D

 

Nope, it doesn't. Unlike Yakuza 6, which kicked off from the start, the progress transfer here wouldn't make sense as it's from the second chapter. 

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1 hour ago, Ethan_Hunt said:

Finished it last night and man I'm blown away by the quality. Happy to report it looks and runs way better than Yakuza 6 on the base PS4. Gone is the screen-tearing and the fuzzy low resolution look. The world now feels so crisp and the frame rate is stable.

 

As for the game itself, well, It kicked off from Chapter 2 in Sotenbori city.  All too familiar for me as the map and the layout remains exactly the same from Yakuza 0. The controls remain the same, so it was easy to work with. Most of the game mechanics are almost intact, so people who have played the current generation remaster/remakes would be right at home. 

 

I only managed to try 1-2 side quests, which were basic. Hit the Karaoke bar and sang to some sh*tty tune (hope there are better tracks). Hit Gandhara and paid to watch 2 "recreational" videos, which turned out to be audio only and the camera just shows Kiryu's reaction to the video. BOO! Where are my Jap AV babes? :fear:

 

Anyhoo, didn't explore much and headed right off to the main mission and it was pretty much filled with cut-scenes with barely any gameplay. I guess they just wanted to give a really small sneak preview. But I'm impressed by the quality. This engine has a lot of potential. I'll hold of on all purchases for these games on the console, now that we have a legitimate PC releases lined up. 

 

I played for 30 mins or so, ate at afew restaurants, bought stuff the vending machines, beat up a afew people, drank some boss coffee. The only disappointment at this time is the Gandhara vids, dat some booollshhhheettt....

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I played for 30 mins or so, ate at afew restaurants, bought stuff the vending machines, beat up a afew people, drank some boss coffee. The only disappointment at this time is the Gandhara vids, dat some booollshhhheettt....
Maybe they wanted the file size for the demo to be less. Maybe the full version will have the vids :naughty:

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Started playing this yesterday and kept on playing non-stop till I reached Chapter 4. Have already collected 38/50 Sotenbori locker keys and must have finished close to half a dozen side stories. The arrogance with which the street thugs/yakuza approach Kiryu and get their a** handed over next minute...it never gets old :D This is my 3rd Yakuza game and every time I pick up the next game in the series and have spent few hours playing, I'm like - "This is awesome. I am definetely going to 100% this one"....but then get burn out by the time my completion rate reaches around 40-45%.(Have always finished the main story though). So, I take a good 6-8 months gap in between these games and then Kamurocho streets feel like coming back home during semester break :) Not sure why I missed this series earlier as I always find these games such a joy to play. I absolutely despise Ubisoft's cookie-cutter open world games but somehow get obsessed(again and again) doing mundane things in Yakuza games...eat at every restaurant, talk to people 100s of time, kill 100/200/500 enemies using a/b/c style, collect x no of cards, y no of keys, z no of weapons..... I guess I can call them my guilty pleasure games :) With 7 more games(including Judgement and FoTNS) yet to play, I am set for the next 3-4 years to come. 

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Reached Chapter 11 and the main campaign is the weakest compared to the previous games. In Y0 and Y1, the game made me care for the characters, story is more personal and the stakes were higher. Nothing like that with Y2.

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- Only character I would have cared for i.e Haruka, has been sent away in the beginning.
- Side stories have better NPCs than Daigo Dojima whom I've to save.
- Similarly, for a person whose face is pasted on the steelbook, Ryuji Goda has very little screen time. I found Kuze from Y0 wayyyy more interesting than him.
- Sayama and Kiryu are good together. However, on her own she is not that memorable.

Guess I've overhyped myself seeing many calling it among the best Yakuza games.

Side stories are good though, most of them having multiple layers and as crazy as ever(Be my baby, in the name of art :rofl:). Really liking the Cabaret Grand Prix and Majima construction side stories too. Will be spending many more hours there and then there is Majima saga still left to play. So, despite of the weak(IMO) main plot, its still a solid entry in the franchise.Also on seeing so many references of Y0 and Y1, I'm glad that I've waited and dint go for Y6 first, which I was planning to do earlier.

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1 minute ago, Bauji said:

Reached Chapter 11 and the main campaign is the weakest compared to the previous games. In Y0 and Y1, the game made me care for the characters, story is more personal and the stakes were higher. Nothing like that with Y2.

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- Only character I would have cared for i.e Haruka, has been sent away in the beginning.
- Side stories have better NPCs than Daigo Dojima whom I've to save.
- Similarly, for a person whose face is pasted on the steelbook, Ryuji Goda has very little screen time. I found Kuze from Y0 wayyyy more interesting than him.
- Sayama and Kiryu are good together. However, on her own she is not that memorable.

Guess I've overhyped myself seeing many calling it among the best Yakuza games.

Side stories are good though, most of them having multiple layers and as crazy as ever(Be my baby, in the name of art :rofl:). Really liking the Cabaret Grand Prix and Majima construction side stories too. Will be spending many more hours there and then there is Majima saga still left to play. So, despite of the weak(IMO) main plot, its still a solid entry in the franchise.Also on seeing so many references of Y0 and Y1, I'm glad that I've waited and dint go for Y6 first, which I was planning to do earlier.

Yeah. I wasn't too hot on the story but I liked it more than Kiwami. 

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Ok, so the story picked up from the very next chapter and all of my concerns from the last post have been addressed :) Would have spent more than an hour just fulfilling Haruka's requests....till it became a chore. My completion % is already much higher compared to Y0 and YK1.(Spent about 25 hours so far).Majima construction side story is the best!! Have become really addicted to it. Yet to start investing in Cabaret GP. And then there is Majima Saga left. Talk about getting value for money :)

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