with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life last year ended the very successful series around Kazuma Kiryu. Since the PlayStation 2, the Japanese action RPG has thrilled fans around the world. With the remakes entitled "Kiwami," for PlayStation 4 and PC, we can experience the epic gangster in a new guise. But Sega and Deep Silver already have an unofficial successor in the early blocks. In Japan as Judge's eyes the title is published in this country in judgment renamed I could play the first two hours and really did not want to give up control anymore.
Like the invitation judgment I did not have to think about it too much in our editorial team to attend a preview event. As a fan of YakuzaSeries, I watch the game since the animated announcement. The premise of Judgment is explained briefly. Established in the Yakuza universe, we act as a private investigator for criminal cases, involved in organized crime gangs and once as the best lawyer in the city. Any question? No problem, I have (some) answers.
For me, Yakuza has always been the equivalent of a classic Japanese martial arts film, judgment on the other hand, is best described as a detective TV drama for the main show of the night. The story of Takayuki Yagami convinced in the first two hours with some dramaturgically staged phrases and exciting stories. As a former lawyer, Yagami seeks a serial killer that cost him the job of a lawyer. Already in the first chapter we can guess, with what involvements and influences our detective must deal. Both Yakuza, Justice and his former law firm have their interests in investigating the murders. The story promises many exciting and dramatic hours. Collaboration with known Japanese actors should give production more authenticity. At Anspielsession I had (as always) opted for the Japanese soundtrack with subtitles in German, optional, but it may be for the first time activate a voice output in English.
Outside the main story may be the district Kamurocho, known from the Yakuza games, explore freely. If I could choose my next vacation today, I would scream out loud to Tokyo. Judgment brings me as close to this desire as any other game. Kamurocho based on the Tokyo real Kabukicho District. The narrow streets and the huge streets impressed me with fantastic details. Again and again, I was surprised to observe the lively excitement of the city's residents, as well as a central part of the struggle, both on main missions and random encounters on the streets. The clashes seem similar to Yakuza's well-known fights, but were somewhat more direct and dynamic. Diverting attacks and making combinations was easy for me. Using different fighting styles, I could adapt my tactics depending on the number of opponents. With the style of the crane and the tiger, there were two distinct ways of attacking a bomber. The direct relationship with Yakuza is clear in the fights, but I do not want to negotiate the game negatively.
Of course, as a private detective, we do not always want to beat ourselves, but to solve cases. So I was allowed to shadow suspicious people, following them through the city without being discovered. Action-filled hunts are part of Yagami's daily life, collecting and combining evidence. The use of the latest technology is used, so I could monitor a criminal by drone. Another focus will be on conversations. Using multiple response options, I learn more about my counterparts or questioned key witnesses and informants sent to get so many new clues to the cases. If this really affects the course of history, I can not respond after my Anspielsession. Judging seems a bit more like RPG. At first glance, the new gameplay mechanic combines well with the well-known gameplay loop and therefore brings a thematically appropriate variety.
judgment brings us back to a world that many of us love. However, many things seem familiar and different at the same time. Due to the unique dramaturgy and atmosphere, Sega's new title clearly stands out Yakuza to create an individual feeling. The story of Detective Takayuki Yagami has captivated me for the first two hours, so I look forward to its development. Even aside the main story should be provided, in turn, with many side quests and mini-games for a lot of variety. Not only fans of the Yakuza series should keep an eye on the title.
Developer / Publisher: Ryu Ga Gotoku / Deep Silver / Sega Studio
link: Official site