Yakuza's Turn-Based Brawl Still Feels "Like A Disappointment" After All This Time

Fahad from eXputer: "Yakuza combat trades the series' classic brawling for menus and strategy, leaving some fans missing the beat-'em-up thrill."

isarai55d ago

It completely murdered the series for me. I love beatem ups, it's my favorite genre, always has been. The Yakuza series has always been the golden standard of that in my opinion and the annoying part is that they only went turn-based because of the reaction to a April fool's joke. Turn-based was something that I could never really get into despite trying. I wish I could get into it but it just does nothing for me and so when this game decided to go turn-based it just completely killed my favorite series which just really sucks.

Amplitude54d ago (Edited 54d ago )

I finished LaD and LaD:IW and still am of the opinion that the combat is absolute trash. Just the same couple animations over and over and over and over and SO much grind to unlock each new animation for each job. Really absolutely despise the combat and the systems built around the combat - still played through them though and would definitely put IW up there as a GOTY contender. Theres soooooo much more to do outside of the combat and the storytelling has just gotten phenomenal - but god damn i wish it had the classic combat.

The_Hooligan54d ago

You don't like any turn-based games or just the turn-based gameplay in the Yakuza games? I ask because I haven't started any Yakuza games and I was going start with either 0 or Kiwami 1 because I also like beatem ups more than turn-based. Although I don't mind turn-based games such as Persona, FF series or a good JRPG.

isarai54d ago (Edited 54d ago )

I don't like turn based, i tried over the years especially cause a lot of turn based JRPGs look rad af. But it's like nails on a chalkboard for me. Rare acceptions wete like pokemon and World of Final Fantasy. I actually own a copy of Persona 5 royal to try and tackle some day, but im honestly kinda afraid it's not gonna click for me either.

TheEroica53d ago

Playing yakuza 0 for the first time now. My first yakuza game ever.... Really enjoying it. Love all the little random beat em up battles and learning the systems.

CantThinkOfAUsername54d ago

Any game I'm interested in that uses a turn-based combat system gets the YouTube treatment. I tried playing turn-based many times before and I hate it with every atom of my being.

One example: regular mobs that you could have one-punched and moved on already take ages as everyone reaches their place, uses their attacks one-by-one then you get your turn and still miss with 99% so-called accuracy, yeah, I ain't sitting through all that shiz.

gold_drake53d ago

lets not pretend that yakuzas beat 'em up "battle system" was anything but basic.

thats not why ppl love the series.

isarai53d ago

That's a huge part of why the og fans loved the series, not the only reason, but certainly a big part.

neutralgamer199253d ago (Edited 53d ago )

As someone who owns yakuza like a dragon series games and have played almost all of them but ever since the went to turn base, I tried it just wasn’t for me

It really sucks because we are the fans who had been sporting the series since day one and then we are the ones left behind. And we have new fans coming in telling us how we are wrong For disliking this new change in the gameplay

isarai53d ago

This, so much this! I've completely abandoned the fanbase/community because of this. Every time i express how this killed the series for me, all the new fans start lecturing ME on how im "wrong" and how the beatem up combat was somehow terrible. So i rarely even attempt to engage anymore.

shinoff218353d ago

I've been one of those old school ps2 fans. I've yet to play the new ones. I'm getting there though. I think I'll like them but just don't know yet. Ironic though is cause I wonder how many yakuza fans who hate the turn based combat are the same ones that love ff16.

Si-Fly53d ago

So Pokemon’s combat worked for you but Like a Dragon didn’t? Is it the extra depth to the combat do you think?

isarai53d ago

Maybe? 🤷‍♂️ I always give them a shot, but if it doesn't do anything for me im not going to force myself to play a game where i don't enjoy the gameplay.

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-Foxtrot55d ago

I love the turn based battle system but I do wish they would have split the series into two franchises, the ones with Kiryu follow the classic battle system while the new ones with Ichiban do turn based combat

Least then both fans could have been happy and they could have cycled between each of them to keep things fresh.

Vits55d ago

I think that was the plan. The Yakuza series has finished ditching the old combat system with Gaiden and moving forward would go with turn-based combat. Whereas the Judgment series would keep the beat 'em up style and bring it to newer heights. But there were all those rumors about the actor from the Judgment series and his agency were not willing to renew the contract, so we might never get any new games there.

isarai55d ago

Funny thing is i think the turn based would have fit the Judgement series more as the protagonist is more of a thinking man.

shinoff218354d ago

Could always just start another one.

shinoff218354d ago

I just finished getting all the yakuzas for ps4 and ps5. I've played up till 4 on ps3 and ps2 but then there was the whole not bringing 5 to the west bs back then. Anyway since then I haven't really played so I started all the way at 0 playing/streaming and plan on working my way up. I look forward to the new ones but I'm not sure how they'll turn out yet. I do love turn based though.

Amplitude54d ago

You're in for the single greatest series of all time my man. If you've already played 3 4 and 5, maybe skip them and watch a plot synopsis. They've aged really poorly - 3 in particular

shinoff218354d ago


I've played it since yakuza 1 on ps2 lol. Just back during ps3 they weren't going to bring yakuza 5 west due to sales of the series(if I remember right, or maybe no physical) so I stopped. Hadn't played in years. Yea yakuza is one of my favorite series. Top notch stuff right here.

notachance54d ago

nah man let Kiryu retire in peace already, dude just can’t catch a break..

Aphrodia54d ago

I used to love using an arcade stick for these games. It's really really fun this way.

Miacosa54d ago

Pure turn-based games seem like a thing from the past when devs were trying to do something more cinematic but could not.

shinoff218354d ago

I 100 percent disagree. There's nothing wrong with turn based. I feel action games most of the time are way to over the top. Give me a turn based game any day of the week. Aside from a handful of action jrpgs like star ocean and such.

Friendlygamer53d ago

That makes no sense. There's an entire audience for strategic games, they're not worse or better

CrimsonWing6954d ago

Not for me and I’m glad they made this shift. It’s been an incredibly fun game to play and honestly one of the highlights this year for me.