Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Box Art

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the seventh installment in Sega’s Yakuza franchise set in modern-day Japan. The game introduces a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit, serves his time in prison and gets out expecting to be welcomed as a hero. Instead, he is shot by his patriarch and left to die. Waking up in a dumpster in the port city of Yokohama, Ichi sets out to discover the truth behind the betrayal.

Like a Dragon retains the quirky energy and over-the-top minigames the series is known and loved for. However, it does bring a major change to combat: instead of real-time brawling, it uses a RPG style turn-based system. Ichiban fights alongside up to three recruitable party members, each with their own class and abilities.

The game comes in three different editions with some nifty pre-order bonuses attached. Let’s take a look at these in order.

Day Ichi Edition ($59.99)

Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Day Ichi Edition

The standard Day Ichi Edition (with “ichi” meaning one in Japanese) is available in digital and physical flavors and comes with the following pre-order bonuses:

  • Legends Costume Set: includes eight DLC costumes representing fan-favorite figures from the series
    • Goro Majima Yakuza 0 Costume
    • Kazuma Kiryu Yakuza 0 Costume
    • Taiga Saejima Costume
    • Haruka Sawamura Costume
    • Ryuji Goda Costume
    • Daigo Dojima Costume
    • Makoto Date Costume
    • Kaoru Sayama Costume
  • SteelBook Case: available at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop (if you make a purchase through these links, we may get a share of the sale).

Hero Edition ($69.99)

The digital Hero Edition includes the following DLCs:

  • Legends Costume Set (pre-order bonus)
  • Job Set: includes two playable jobs (character classes)
    • Devil Rocker: playable job for Ichiban, Adachi, Nanba, Joon-Gi, and Zhao.
    • Matriarch: playable job for Saeko and Eri.
  • Management Mode Set: includes three sets of Management Mode Employees
    • The Legendary Employees: adds Kazuma Kiryu, Goro Majima, Taiga Saejima, Daigo Dojima, and Masaru Watase to the Management Mode roster.
    • Reliable Employees: adds Makoto Date, Seong-hui, Nick Ogata, and Hamako to the Management Mode roster.
    • Hostess Employees: adds Yuki and Koyuki to the Management Mode roster.

Legendary Hero Edition ($89.99)

Finally, the digital Legendary Hero Edition comes with all the content mentioned so far and more:

  • Legends Costume Set (pre-order bonus)
  • Job Set
  • Management Mode Set
  • Crafting Mat Set: includes materials that can be used to craft in-game items and equipment at the Romance Workshop in Yokohama.
    • Materials Pack: Common
    • Materials Pack: Uncommon
    • Materials Pack: Rare
  • Karaoke Set: includes all the karaoke packages and adds new karaoke songs to the jukebox at Survive Bar
    • New Karaoke Hits adds full Japanese and short English versions of the following songs:
      • Hell Stew (Ichiban)
      • The Future I Dreamed Of (Ichiban)
      • Spring Breeze (Saeko)
      • Machine Gun Kiss (Adachi)
      • Hell Stew (Zhao)
    • Classic Kiryu adds the following classic Kiryu karaoke songs:
      • Today is a Diamond (Yakuza 6: The Song of Life)
      • Hands (Yakuza 6)
      • TONIGHT -restart from this night-
      • Judgement (Yakuza 0)
      • Machine Gun Kiss (Yakuza 4)
      • Bakamitai (Yakuza 5)
    • Classic Majima adds the following classic Majima karaoke songs:
      • 24 Hour Cinderella (Yakuza 0)
      • Pride From Despair (Yakuza Kiwami 2)
      • As Long as You’re Happy (Yakuza Kiwami 2)
      • Samurai Ondo (Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!)
      • Majima Construction Theme (Yakuza Kiwami 2)
      • GET TO THE TOP! (Yakuza: Dead Souls)
    • Karaoke Classics adds the following classic karaoke songs:
      • Shine X3 (Yuki)
      • Ring (Yuki)
      • Rain Drops (Hana)
      • Asura Komachi (Ishin / “Hana”)
      • Kokyo ni Nishiki wo Kazarubeshi (Ishin/ “Saejima”)
      • Bakamitai (Saejima)
  • Ultimate Costume Set:
    • Iconic Characters Pack:
      • Kiryu (Ichiban)
      • Akiyama (Joon-gi Han)
      • Majima (Nanba)
      • Date (Adachi)
      • Saejima (Zhao)
    • Onomichio Costume Set: adds the Onomichio costume, usable by all party members. Oh No! It’s Ono Michio!
    • Bleach Japan Costume Set adds the Bleach Japan costume, usable by all party members. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
    • Double Heroine Costume Set: adds two Yokohama-themed costumes for Saeko and Eri.
  • Stat Boost Set: includes six consumable stat boost packs
    • The Personality Enhancement Pack provides books that enhance Ichiban’s personality
      • Between Thrill and Passion x3 (Passion)
      • Think and Grow Confident x3 (Confidence)
      • The Poor Zoo x3 (Kindness)
      • You, Unleashed x3 (Charisma)
      • Special Theory of Relative Brutality x3 (Intellect)
      • Street Dandy x3 (Style)
    • The Main Job Assistance Pack raises the job ranks for each character’s main job:
      • Versatility Manual x1 (Freelancer)
      • Bravery Manual x1 (Hero)
      • Wanderer Manual x1 (Homeless Guy)
      • Justice Manual x1 (Detective)
      • Assassin Manual x1 (Hitman)
      • Underworld Manual x1 (Gangster)
      • Food Service Manual x1 (Barmaid)
      • Bureaucracy Manual x1 (Clerk)
    • The Job Change Assistance Pack 1 raises the job ranks for male jobs:
      • Intimidation Manual x1 (Bodyguard)
      • Smooth-Talk Manual x1 (Host)
      • Demo Manual x1 (Foreman)
      • Guitar Manual x1 (Musician)
      • Dancing Manual x1 (Dancer)
      • Suppression Manual x1 (Enforcer)
      • Divination Manual x1 (Fortuneteller)
      • Darkness Manual x1 (Devil Rocker)
      • Cooking Manual x1 (Chef)
    • The Job Change Assistance Pack 2 raises the job ranks for female jobs:
      • Smile Manual x1 (Idol)
      • Gambler Manual x1 (Dealer)
      • Sweet-Talker Manual x1 (Hostess)
      • Dominance Manual x1 (Night Queen)
      • Gallantry Manual x1 (Matriarch)
    • The Level up Pack includes 5 Level Boosters
    • The Battle Assistance Pack includes:
      • Premium First Aid Kit x1
      • Restorative Bolus x3
      • Revival Bolus x3
      • Resurrection Bolus x1

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is expected to launch on November 13, 2020 on current and next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as Steam.

Comments

  • DiscoJerk's avatar
    DiscoJerk
    July 24, 2020 at 23:14

    Steelbook is available in Canada, too.
    Looks like it’s for all Day Ichi editions???

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