Yakuza 0 initially marked somewhat of a comeback for the Japanese series. While there was a slight following in the West, many including myself had never been acquainted with the series. Standing as a prequel to all other games in the series, and being the first Yakuza game playable on PS4, it was the perfect time for new Western fans to be born. A little over a year and a half has passed now, and Yakuza 0 is finally playable on PC.
Yakuza 0 places you in the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu, promptly beating the holy hell out of a thug. As Kiryu departs, news begins to travel about a murder, coincidentally involving the aforementioned thug, in the same spot Kiryu had beaten him. Kiryu knows that he definitely beat him down, but is certain that he didn’t kill them. The death of a civilian doesn’t sit right with the rest of the Yakuza or the police. Nearby in another town, an ex-yakuza by the name of Goro Majima has been instructed to commit a murder in order to return to his gang. Thus begins a journey of betrayal, politics, and crazy beat-downs that’ll keep you hooked until the last mission.
From the moment Yakuza begins aesthetic oozes from every sight. 80’s Japan is filled with neon lights, disco, cigarette smoke, and tough gangsters. If you have a beefy enough PC, these sights are only accentuated with the extra power. Kamurocho truly feels like a living town, streets are absolutely packed with people of all ages chatting, partying, and stirring trouble. The first thing that Yakuza does, and does right is truly immersing you in its world.