Ryu ga gotoku “Like a Dragon” PS3 Exclusive
Similar to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, it’s a gang style story that is instead, Japanese Yakuza theme. The story involves fighting for territory in 5 famous town areas of Japan against other Yakuza groups. The game has many high quality, real time cut scenes that drive the story forward. The areas are large in scale and each have their own boss.
Just about every step of the way, there are conversation elements. While in a taxi, cell phone, at work, at your house etc. During conversations, you’ll have the chance to choose your response. During hostile conversations against unfriendly npcs, players will also have the ability to choose physical actions against them.
This game has many side events and mini games within that improve your character for various benefits such as for battle and relaxation purposes. One of the noted mini games is a side scrolling game similar to something like Final Fight. Upon completion, your character becomes stronger after the first win and gains items for completions after.
This seems to be an important part of the game as some parts of the story you’ll be forced to battle around 100 enemies, by yourself. The items you take before after acquiring them from training will be a significant boost to your ability during these parts.
Combat in these fights also appears to be void of weapons and entirely hand-to-hand combat and objects in rooms like tables and chairs. The way this is possible to fight so many enemies is by a particular gauge that fills up over time as you fight. Once the gauge fills up, players can unleash powerful special attacks that can damage many enemies at once.
The game has a large abundance of side missions and events such as eating at ramen shops, dating, fishing, chasing taxi drivers, car chases with kidnappers, cyber terrorism, fighting as a pro wrestler (WWF style), rescue women involving car chase, refusing magazine subscription sellers that come to your door and having a fist fight with them, performing roles for movies involving vampires, zombies and katanas…? (o-O) And a whole lot more.
Available now in Japan, Ryu ga Gotoku received a perfect score from Famitsu magazine and was the top selling game of it’s release week.