Sega’s Yakuza series has spun gangster tales since the PlayStation 2 days, but it only gained mainstream popularity during the current console generation. Breaking away from its PlayStation roots, the franchise has gone multiplatform, with entries receiving PC and Xbox releases.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon will continue this trend when it punches and kicks its way to consoles and PCs on Nov. 10. Before you preorder this PC game, though, let’s find out if your computer is powerful enough to contain the dragon’s rage.
Why the Yakuza: Like a Dragon Hype?
Like its predecessors, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a crime story set in a fictional, modern-day Japanese city. As the main character, you’ll walk the streets of Isezaki Ijincho and engage in various activities. This includes playing arcade games, bowling, eating at restaurants, and of course, completing sub-stories. Though not crucial to the main plot, sub-stories provide much of the series’ notorious humor and pathos. Playing Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the closest you’ll get to visiting Japan without going there.
The game makes a radical departure from past entries by ditching real-time, beat-’em-up combat for a turn-based battle system similar to those found in role-playing games. Unlike most RPGs, Like a Dragon lets you attack foes with objects in the environment, a Yakuza series staple. Since you’ll now fight using a four-person party, you can utilize party assists to deal maximum damage to enemies. Despite the different combat system, the game looks as wild as ever.
Long-time series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu steps aside to make room for a new hero: Ichiban Kasuga. Though a former Yakuza member like Kiryu, Kasuga differs by being a more abrasive, emotive character. Alongside new allies, Kasuga also teams up with veteran Yakuza characters like Goro Majima and even the aforementioned Kazuma Kiryu.
Where to Buy Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be available for purchase from Steam on Nov. 10. Three different editions will be available at launch. The Day Ichi Edition ($59.99) comes in a steelbook case (physical copies only) and includes the Legends Costume Set. The Hero Edition ($69.99) also contains the Legends Costume Set, but adds the Job Set and Management Mode DLC. Lastly, the Legendary Hero Edition ($89.99) builds upon the Hero Edition by including the Crafting Mat Set, Karaoke Set, Ultimate Costume Set, and Stat Boost Set DLC.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Minimum System Specs
- Windows 10
- Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD FX-8350
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Recommended Specs
- Windows 10
- Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (4GB)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Input Support
Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s DRM Scheme
Yakuza: Like a Dragon includes the notorious Denuvo anti-piracy software, which has been suspected of negatively impacting PC performance in the past.
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