Lost Judgment: It is interesting to stop to reflect on the evolution of Ryu Ga Gotoku (the original name of Yakuza) in the West. With 15 years of life, Sega’s series only reached the height of its popularity in 2020, with Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which was even one of the flagships of the new consoles from Microsoft, Xbox Series X|S, closing in a historic partnership with Sony since the PlayStation 2 days.
Here in Brazil, the impact of Like a Dragon was so great that, for the first time in the franchise’s history, we had texts in Brazilian Portuguese accompanying the late PlayStation 5 version released in March of this year. There’s no denying that the addition of the saga to the Xbox Game Pass, from Yakuza 0 to the eighth title, Like a Dragon, has also contributed to Ryu Ga Gotoku reaching an unprecedented share of gamers around the world – I only got to know the classic adventures. by Kazuma Kiryu for the Microsoft service on The Yakuza Remastered Collection.
By this time, the franchise has broken loose from the generic labels of “Spiritual Successor of Shenmue” and “Japan GTA”; today, Yakuza is simply Yakuza, holder of a very particular formula. Lost Judgment, spin-off and direct sequel to Judgment, from 2018, is yet another example of how the recipe can easily adapt to any type of plot, demonstrating that Kamurocho and Ijincho, the two open world maps on which games are played. site, they are endless, bottomless wells for good stories. Check out our review of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s new action-adventure title.
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Playing this game is like watching an excellent neo-noir film, a modern style that adapted the formula of the noir genre created and consolidated in the 1940s and 1950s. Lost Judgment features an intricate script, with many layers to give more density to the game. narrative, which explores the psychological aspects of its characters, especially their weaknesses.
The second adventure takes place three years after the events of the first and places us again with Takayuki Yagami, a former defense attorney who now works as a private detective. First of all, it must be said that it is not necessary to have played Judgment to be able to enjoy its continuation, although prior knowledge allows capturing some references, giving a little more context to conversations with familiar names.
Yagami is assigned to unravel a case in which two crimes were committed simultaneously and which lead to the same suspect. After all, how can a person be in two different places at the same time? The story doesn’t just stick to the main event and intelligently stitches together important themes, such as depression, bullying, harassment and suicide, surrounded by a dense atmosphere of suspense. That’s the premise.
As he gets involved with the case, our protagonist begins to realize that the two offenses are actually related to something much bigger – I’ll limit myself to not giving too much detail, regarding who is playing or intends to play. Compared to the Yakuza series, Lost Judgment is much more narrative-centric and imprints its own rhythmic rhythm on the way it conducts the experience.
This means that the dialogues are longer and deeper than any other game Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has ever produced, in order to encourage an emotional connection with all the characters, not just Yagami, the hero.