Yakuza 6 – The Song of Life is an action–adventure video game developed and published by Sega for PlayStation 4. The game is the seventh main entry in the Yakuza series, and was released in Japan in December 2016. The English version was released in Southeast Asia in March 2018, and worldwide the following month since its release in Japan in December 2016. Versions for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One were released in March 2021.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life was followed up by Yakuza Kiwami 2, a remake of the second game, and by Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the next chronological installment, in 2020.
Yakuza 6 – The Song of Life Gameplay
Yakuza 6 – The Song of Life is an action-adventure game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. It is similar to that of other Yakuza titles with exploration mixed with arcade style beat ’em up combat with ragdoll physics. Yakuza 6 was the first game in the series to use the new Dragon Engine game engine (later used in Yakuza Kiwami 2 and the spin-off Judgement), which overhauls the presentation and combat mechanics compared to past games.
It also features an advanced variant of Yakuza 5’s Dragon Spirit Mode, called Extreme Heat Mode, where Kiryu becomes resistant to knockback as long as his Heat remains, and his combo finishers can turn into Heat actions that take out immense amounts of health.
Additionally, as is also later used in Yakuza Kiwami 2, the game categorizes experience into different types and the player can grant themselves various upgrades by using experience of the correct type; experience may also be raised by eating at restaurants, though doing this raises the hunger gauge which limits how much food the player can eat and reduces itself with time.
Unlike Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5 and Yakuza 0, Yakuza 6 does not feature any playable characters besides Kiryu himself. Additionally, unlike 0 and Yakuza Kiwami, Kiryu only uses one fighting style. This game features the series staple location of Kamurocho, Tokyo, as well as a new city, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
While recovering from his injuries from the previous game, a hospitalized Kazuma Kiryu is approached by the police, who plan to arrest him for his past crimes. Kiryu chooses not to resist, and willingly spends three years in prison in order to ensure he can later live peacefully with the children he had fostered.
Upon being released in 2016, Kiryu discovers that Haruka has disappeared to avoid public scrutiny, and that Daigo Dojima, Taiga Saejima and Goro Majima were wrongly arrested for the burning down of Little Asia six months prior to his release. Kiryu returns to Kamurocho to search for Haruka, only to find out that she has been left in a coma after a hit and run incident, and that she has an infant son, Haruto.
Unsure whether Haruka will recover from her injuries, Kiryu travels with the baby to Onomichi Jingaicho in Hiroshima to uncover the mystery of what happened to Haruka during his three-year absence.
Upon his arrival in Onomichi, Kiryu initially enters into a rocky, but growing friendship with the local Yomei Alliance’s Hirose family, led by its namesake patriarch Toru Hirose, and its members Tsuyoshi Nagumo, Naoto Tagashira, Takaaki Matsunaga and Yuta Usami.
During Kiryu’s investigation, he learns that elements of the Tojo and Yomei Alliance have been secretly manipulating events behind the scenes in order to maintain “The Secret of Onomichi”. Haruka’s hit-and-run incident is later revealed as part of a retaliatory attack against the Yomei Alliance by the Kamurocho-based Saio Triad, led by Yuta’s father Big Lo. The reason for this attempt on Haruka’s life is that Yuta entered a relationship with her and is the biological father of Haruto.
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