Yakuza 6 could have been the belief to Kazuma Kiryu’s tale arc, however the franchise is continuous with new hero Ichiban Kasuga on the helm for Yakuza 7. Then again, this upcoming installment isn’t simply the similar method with a unique face main the rate; Sega and its Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio are making different large adjustments, like enforcing a turn-based fight machine as an alternative of the collection’ conventional action-focused fights.
That may look like a large number of upheaval in one sequel, however we not too long ago performed a demo at Tokyo Recreation Display appearing off the brand new characters and battle, and got here away excited to look extra. Regardless that judging the tale from a 10-minute slice of motion is hard, Yakuza 7 unquestionably displays promise in its turn-based brawls.
Whilst roaming town of Yokohama, avid gamers get accosted via quite a few violent folks. As the crowd of unhealthy guys shut in, the encounters may glance acquainted, because the detailed persona fashions and animations stay spectacular. However as soon as battle starts, you don’t straight away release into a sequence of punches and kicks. As a substitute, a menu pops up with quite a few choices that any RPG fan must acknowledge, like the usage of a regular assault, particular transfer, or merchandise. All individuals get their flip to behave, so button-mashing gained’t allow you to right here.
Fights are nonetheless about pounding goons with an array of flashy martial arts and improvised guns, however now they have got a lovely layer of technique. Do you assault the enemy who acts subsequent, remedy your bleeding standing, or do attempt to pull off a large transfer at the thug closest to you? Positioning is essential; this isn’t like RPGs with unhealthy guys on one facet of the display screen and just right guys at the different. Battles can occur in haphazard teams, so taking note of your atmosphere help you hit a couple of foes with one assault and arrange the group successfully.
Within the demo we performed, Ichiban travels with two partners who avid gamers too can command. They’ve their very own distinctive (and cinematic) particular strikes, like the usage of a mouthful of booze to create an all-consuming firestorm to burn foes. Those assaults are hilarious and over-the-top, turning in the collection’ signature bone-crunching takedowns – simply with a brand new means of execution.
Yakuza 7 turns out to determine its personal id as soon as the fists get started flying. Strategic concerns and funky visible results save you the battles from feeling like mechanical RPG encounters, principally as a result of those fights appear to be the fights Yakuza lovers love. How they evolve over the process the sport is still observed, however at this early section, you shouldn’t be fearful of this sequel simply because it’s other.