Yakuza 7: wilder than ever, also now a kart racer

Yakuza 7 — or to be precise, Ryu ga Gotoku 7, which means “Like a Dragon 7,” which will drop the “7” and go by Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the West for some reason — made its public debut today at Tokyo Game Show. It was my first chance to see how its controversial shift to a JRPG-style menu-based battle system will actually play out in reality.

First, though, comes our introduction to new series protagonist, the wild-haired Ichiban Kasuga, and it’s clear that Like a Dragon’s JRPG infatuation goes beyond the combat. Kasuga has spent 18 years in prison after taking the fall for a yakuza boss, and after getting betrayed by his former family upon release, his first task is to find a job. Once he pulls a mysterious baseball bat out of the…

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