Game Groups > Ryū ga Gotoku / Like a Dragon / Yakuza series

Like a Dragon, (Japanese: 龍が如く, Ryū ga Gotoku) originally as localized as Yakuza, is a series of games created by Amusement Vision and successor Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, and published by Sega. The main games in the series are set in modern-day Japan, and revolve around the local organized crime scene. Inspired by the popular yakuza movie genre, the games incorporate elements of fighting, role-playing, and "sandbox"-style city exploration with a variety of mini-games.

Story

The Japanese title refers to the series' main protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, known as the Dragon of the Dojima family. Loyal to the Tokyo-based Tojo clan, Kazuma is depicted as an honest, noble-hearted man who opposes corrupted and villainous members of the yakuza. Throughout the course of the series, Kazuma and other protagonists become involved in complex plots and conspiracies featuring a large number of characters and organizations. The story is frequently advanced by cinematic cutscenes. Plot twists and dramatic effects are utilized liberally; however, up until the release of Yakuza: Dead Souls (2012) the games did not contain supernatural elements of any kind.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Yakuza games usually consists of exploration and fighting modes. In the exploration mode, the player navigates the protagonist through heavily populated city districts, either triggering missions by moving to a certain spot, or simply exploring the environment and entering buildings. The player can purchase items in shops, visit restaurants, nightclubs, massage parlors, casinos, etc. Many locations allow the player to participate in various mini-games, e.g. UFO Catcher, bowling, blackjack, golf, and others.

Fights are typically triggered by initiating contact with hostile characters who randomly appear on the streets. The battles usually take place on separate screens. Though firearms can be used, they are often less effective than melee combat. The protagonist can use various moves (punches, kicks, grapples, etc,) to overcome the enemies, as well as use improvised weapons, ranging from baseball bats to the less traditional lamps and bicycles. The execution of special moves might differ depending on the weapon the protagonist is using. Many weapons would break after continuous usage, requiring the player to look for others or resort to hand-to-hand combat.

Role-playing elements are present in the management of finances and experience system, which leads to character customization. The protagonist accumulates experience points and money from battles, and the player is able to upgrade his parameters, techniques and abilities when leveling up.

Setting

The fictional Kamurocho district, in which much of the action in Yakuza games takes place, is based on the real-world Kabukicho red light district in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. The district is rather accurately re-created in the game, including popular landmarks that either had their names changed or placed in the game as tie-in advertisements.

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku - Ashura Hen 2012 PS Vita, PSP Action
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box cover thumbnail Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku - Shin Shō 2010 PSP, PS Vita Action
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name 2023 Windows, PlayStation 5 (+4 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 2024 Windows, Windows Apps (+4 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 2024 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 Compilation, Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! 2023 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+4 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Bonechewer Katana 2023 Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Dragon’s Clutch Katana 2023 Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Elite Generals... 2023 PlayStation 4, Windows (+4 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Gun Upgrade Materials Kit 2023 Xbox Series, Windows Apps (+4 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Poet Immortal Katana 2023 Xbox Series, Windows Apps (+1 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Ryoma Growth Support Kit 2023 Xbox Series, Windows Apps (+4 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Shinsengumi Captain's Set 2023 PlayStation 5, Xbox One (+4 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Snowcap Katana 2023 PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Sword Upgrade... 2023 PlayStation 5, Xbox One (+4 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Third Division... 2023 PlayStation 4, Windows (+4 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Waterdrop Katana 2023 Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 1&2: HD Edition 2012 PlayStation 3, Wii U Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue... 2020 PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku: Ishin! 2014 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 Action
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box cover thumbnail Ryū ga Gotoku: Kenzan! 2008 PlayStation 3 Action
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box cover thumbnail Streets of Kamurocho 2020 Windows Action
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