Yakuza 0

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Yakuza 0
"I'll let you in on a little something. The yakuza game, it's not like boxing. The man who gets beat down isn't the loser. The guy who can't tough it out to the end, he's the one who loses. Eh? Don't ya think?" -Kuze
Protagonist: Goro Majima
Kazuma Kiryu
Genre: Action
Beat 'em Up
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3 (JP only)
PlayStation 4
Release Date: PlayStation 3
JP: March 12, 2015
PlayStation 4
JP: March 12, 2015
WW: January 24, 2017
Microsoft Windows
WW: Aug 1, 2018
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Franchise: Yakuza
Next Game: Yakuza

Yakuza 0 (Known in Japan as Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho, and roughly translated in English to Like a Dragon 0: The Place of Oath) is an open world action adventure beat 'em up game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

The game serves as a prequel to the Yakuza series focusing on its two major characters Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, in a intertwining story of a ruthless real estate war over the "Empty Lot" during the late 1980's.

Why It Rocks

  1. Kiryu and Majima's stories are all unique in a different way. Each character gets their own stories and events happening, alongside with different Substories, characters, and businesses, like Majima's Cabaret Club Czar and Kiryu's Real Estate Royale, also having a set of different and unique backstories and characters.
  2. Deep and compelling story that is accessible towards newcomers to the series, especially the fact that this is the prequel to the first Yakuza game.
  3. Various mini games including bowling, batting, karaoke, and even racing toy cars.
  4. Each character has their own multiple fighting styles. And when you complete everything related to their businesses, you unlock their Legend fighting styles.
  5. Quirky sense of humor. Despite it's dark and gritty story, there is always a sense of humor here and there, especially when it comes to certain Substories.
  6. A small open world but its fully alive with various activities to take part in.
  7. Memorable characters and returning older ones from the previous entries.
  8. Dojima's lieutenants were by far some of the best villains in the entire series (Behind Ryuji Goda and Akira Nishikiyama)
  9. The Substories in the game are charming, including one in which Kiryu helps a Dominatrix to do better at her job.
  10. You can upgrade your abilities and train to unlock new moves.
  11. Very excellent voice acting.
  12. Challenging boss fights.
  13. Excellent soundtrack, especially the songs you select in the Karaoke minigame.
  14. You can befriend several characters as you explore the city and you can be able to unlock special rewards after you helped them.
  15. Highly dramatic and intense cinematic cutscenes, that it makes you feel like you're watching a Japanese gangster movie at certain points.
  16. As you progress through the game and collect sets of telephone cards, you can watch softcore porno videos of the various females from these sets.
    • Funnily enough, if you watch any sexy video, you get an achievement called ...I Did It for the Achievement, meant to poke the player, who would most likely watch such video for the sake of this achievement.
  17. Pretty good combat. Just like in the original Yakuza, you can change your fighting style on the fly, giving you room to experiment with combat and the best way to deal with fights!
  18. Superb visuals with extremely detailed character models and bright colours everywhere, all whilst running at a super smooth frame rate, even at Low graphical settings on the PC version.

Bad Qualities

  1. Two mentors that appear in each's character's story, Bacchus (for Kiryu's story) and Sotaro Komaki (for Majima's story), while important at when learning a new combat style, are very similar to Ocarina of Time's Keapora Geabora, as they both will interrupt the player's progress though the game numerous times (especially Bacchus), and talk way too much, which for people focusing more on the gameplay than story and dialogue will have to experience and be forced to skip a lot of text.
  2. The Meow Shoes are very annoying.
  3. Some of the areas are mediocre in graphic standards.
  4. For some reason, you cannot play the game's highest difficulty setting, Legend, in New Game+. And unless you want to use a Hex Editor to allow yourself do it, you will have to start a whole new game and be forced to do everything again from scratch.
  5. The Ebisu Socks, while a good method to get money when you're not doing the reality or hostess missions, can get annoying with the dinging crunch sound they make, similar to the Meow Shoes.
  6. The Catfighting mini-game, while needing a bit of skill, is very luck based on who will win (something really noticeable if you bet a lot of money), especially if you're trying to unlock the Cat Scratch Fever achivement.


The game has received generally positive reviews, and is currently the highest rated Yakuza game, holding an 85/100 on Metacritic, and an 85.25% on GameRankings.

Angry Joe has gave this game a 8 out of 10 and it was number 7 in his top 10 games of 2017.


  • The Karaoke song known as "Bakamitai" (accurately translated as "I've Been A Fool" in English) has recently became a meme after Youtuber Dobbsyrules' video of him lip-syncing Bakamitai exploded into population, and resulted in countless memes consisting of a fictional or real life person being deepfaked in order to look like they are singing the song.