In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the protagonist, Kasuga Ichiban, can bond with various allies.
Sega has revealed a new “Bonds” mechanic, where Ichiban can forge and grow relationships with his allies. In this new feature, Ichiban can fight, eat, and play together with his allies. Higher bonds can result in allies learning new job classes, moves, and how often they can perform follow up attacks.
Ichiban can hang out with his allies at Play Spots, which include doing various activities such as watching movies. Additionally, choosing a particular movie that the ally will enjoy will increase how quickly bonds grow. In Yokohama, Ichiban can choose the right combination of food while eating together with an ally to activate “Party Talks”, which will increase bonds.
With deeper bonds with specific characters, side events can be unlocked that focus on them. In these side events, Ichiban will learn about the pasts of these characters and clearing them can result in an increase in their stats. Deeper bonds can also unlock Bond Skills, which are combination attacks that Ichiban and an ally can participate in during battle.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, is the western name for Yakuza 7, and will release in 2020 for PlayStation 4.
In addition to the upcoming new entry, Sega is considering localizing the samurai-era-set Yakuza Ishin.
OnlySP’s Amy Davidson reviewed Judgment, a spin off of the Yakuza series. She said that the game stands out as one of the very best in the series and serves as a perfect entry point for anyone curious about the Yakuza games.
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