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Beast in the East: Yakuza 0 - Part 21

The only thing better than fighting alongside your best friend is fighting alongside your best friend while not wearing shirts.

The Giant Bomb East crew takes on the Yakuza series.

Jul. 3 2017

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Dan

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

Yakuza 0

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The interpretation can be that Majima decided to act crazy in order to be unpredictable, so that he will never be played like this again in the future. And as people have pointed out, Majima is taking elements of characters he met in this prequel as "inspirations".

I agree. Majam is taking elements of Homare Nishitani and internalizing them.

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I never knew I wanted a Yakuza-style parody game where all the main characters are American Senators until this video. But now it's all I want.

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@undeadpool: They're also very respected and very symbolic, representing things like spiritual strength, wisdom, courage, perseverance, and just in general being the kind of person who stands in the face of great odds and remains steady while doing it. It also means things like loyalty, which works with him siding with his sworn brother over the yakuza family. It's likely by choosing that as his tattoo, he wants to either show he's a man of strong character, or he hopes he'll become one.

============* The More I Know

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Yo, this is some heavy shit. Damn.

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I remember when Monday meant Giant Bomb Loved Mondays

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At some point Dan needs to stand up to Mr. Shakedown. Nobody likes a bully.

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I've gotta say, in a game filled with incredible music, the piece that comes in as Tachibana slumps in Kiryu's arms is at the top of the pile. It's perfect for that moment.

I managed to finish the game last night, finishing at ~4am and the rest of it, as they rightly guess, just goes and goes and goes. There's zero point in doing any side stuff at this point. Just let the narrative and all of the awesomeness take you on a journey.

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I'd like them to revisit the slot car racing.

I know in the grand scheme of things it's not much, but the guys were so amped when they first went, and they've got a ton of parts to design and build a cool car.

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@chaostime said:

I'd like them to revisit the slot car racing.

I know in the grand scheme of things it's not much, but the guys were so amped when they first went, and they've got a ton of parts to design and build a cool car.

Also, the story of the owners existential mid-life crisis allows the game to play that sappy music the guys like so much.

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Wow, that scene when Makoto finally met her brother was really emotional and very sad. And the voice acting really sold it.

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I'd like them to revisit the slot car racing.

I know in the grand scheme of things it's not much, but the guys were so amped when they first went, and they've got a ton of parts to design and build a cool car.

It's amazing how whole sections like that got dropped. I mean, it's understandable since there's so many things to do in the game, but... I'm pretty sure there's karaoke videos we haven't seen, either... And the telephone club and cabaret side stories... Friendships with store employees... And they never did get that chicken from the bowling alley to run the real estate business.

Even if they don't touch the business stuff again, wrapping up side content after finishing the game could be significant.

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Not particularly useful feedback, and this may be a stretch, but after Vinnie does his VSOP pitch at roughly 1:15:57, does Alex make a Sealab Grizzlebee's reference? "Thanks VSOP, I was thirsty." I heard that from another room and the intonation immediately brought to mind the movie promo episode. Actually the one I'm thinking of is below (clip is just over a minute, but the line I'm talking about is 49 seconds in).

Adult Swim Link

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@gregalor said:

I'm pretty sure there's karaoke videos we haven't seen

We haven't seen the best karaoke yet - Majima: Rouge of Love

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I'm with Alex on the bullets and sledgehammer thing, not to mention Vinny's observation about how healing after getting shot works. (that poor Kuze is still running around with his hand wrap) But some of the voice acting and facial animation really does do it's job. That empty lot mourning scene was well done.

Kudos to Dan ranking bad guys by how much care goes into character design, also.

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As someone who hasn't played any of the games, I want to take a moment and say how I much I appreciate the spoiler tagging of the various posters who know what's going to happen. Thanks so much for helping those of us new to the franchise and the game to keep some suspense.

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that Tachibana death scene was really rough!

I think it's bullshit that the white suit man is still alive though. You have a veteran Yakuza shoot him from point blank range with the intention to kill. How is it possible that the guy survives that? It's a weird disconnect. One one hand, you have a mostly realistic and grounded story when it comes to all the yakuza connections and power struggles , while on the other hand these people are incompetent when it comes to killing their opponents. It just makes gunshots be less of a 'oh shit' moment, because you know it will be shrugged off most of the time.

It also irks me how Dan keeps wanting to put points in health upgrades. The game is extremely easy, they died maybe.. twice? Do you really need more health when you don't even have to tap into your itembag to survive? And when it's decided to pick something else, he doesn't even compare the choices, just picks the first upgrade he sees. I guess it doesn't really matter anymore since the game is almost done, but it would be cool to strive towards getting more moves since that's what the crew seems to enjoy a lot.

Thanks for the playthrough though, this game is pretty neat.

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Playing through Judgment right now and seeing these videos pop up in the "This Day On..." makes me feel that Judgment was a bit of a missed opportunity. I'm on Chapter 7, and the core mystery is great but the main story keeps looping in useless filler to pad it out. I just finished a main story quest where Kaito and Tak turn on each other and fight because of the resurgence of a childhood friend... but it took ten minutes and there was zero voice acting. Compare that to Kiryu and Nishiki from this game and it's pretty severely underwhelming.

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God this game is so fucking good

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A man crying softly over a corpse while haunting female vocals kick in and the music suddenly swells?

OK, NOW it's a Metal Gear game.

Playing through Judgment right now and seeing these videos pop up in the "This Day On..." makes me feel that Judgment was a bit of a missed opportunity. I'm on Chapter 7, and the core mystery is great but the main story keeps looping in useless filler to pad it out. I just finished a main story quest where Kaito and Tak turn on each other and fight because of the resurgence of a childhood friend... but it took ten minutes and there was zero voice acting. Compare that to Kiryu and Nishiki from this game and it's pretty severely underwhelming.

Respectfully, and a year later, I disagree.

I'll say that moment didn't have the big moment that this game did, but I think overall Judgment's a helluva ride and a much better plot/mystery overall.

The reveal of why the bodies had their eyes gouged out was one of the best pitch-perfect FINAL twist reveals I've ever experienced. Because it meant so much AND so little at once.

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@undeadpool: I definitely agree that Judgment has a better mystery, but I don't think the pacing did it any favours. Yakuza 0 was a very solid mob thriller and once it got started, it never really stopped. Having beat Judgment since I made that comment, it only gets worse as it goes on. I remember rolling into the final chapter for the finale and being pumped as hell, only to have three characters walk in and go "BUT FIRSZT you have to come help us with stuff!" and then having to do three separate side missions before I could go to the showdown. The game constantly does stuff like that: it gives you all the info you need to know to progress, and then it puts unrelated roadblocks in the way.

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@the_nubster: HAW! I will give you that! I completely forgot, but your comment just brought the memory crashing back, so many times where it seemed like something that should be a side-mission got shoved in front of me to put off the main story.

Both have their ups and downs, I'll say Yakuza 0 definitely has the better characters, but MAN, that main storyline in Judgment...when it's good, it's stellar.