The Best Yakuza Games, All 9 Ranked
The very first Yakuza game released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, and it presented players with an engaging Japanese crime drama, alongside a fascinating city to explore in the red-light district of Kamurocho. The first game established much of what the series is still known for, its trademark brawling system, heat actions, dramatic story that mixes in goofiness, and more.
The first Yakuza definitely shows its age, however, as the game was separated into two sections, exploration and battle. The way the game segmented these two things certainly feels dated in comparison to the more free-flowing experience that later entries in the series would present. It also doesn’t help that the English version of the game actually localizes the story into English. There was much more emphasis put on the crime aspects of the story then was present in the Japanese version, and although the English performance wasn’t bad necessarily, they stick out like a sore thumb when compared to other Yakuza games.