A couple of false starts aside, I hadn’t played a Yakuza game until last year when on a whim I picked up an OG PS2 and played through 1 & 2. I enjoyed them despite them (understandably) showing their age. I bought 0 a few months ago, but am only now getting around to playing it.
I’m not too far in yet – just hit chapter 4 – and I’m liking it for the most part. My problem is I just don’t think I want to bother engaging with much of anything outside the main story. Almost every side quest I’ve done so far has been really goofy, and I know that stuff is part of the draw of these games for a lot of people but, I dunno… it’s just not doing it for me. On top of that there are a bunch of other systems and side activities – like the agent/weapon crafting, and stuff I know about but haven’t actually got to yet like the phone dating and real estate management – that, again, I just don’t think I want to bother with any of it. All I really want is to see the stories of the main characters while beating the living crap out of a whole bunch people along the way :D (and occasionally pop in for the odd frame of bowling, or arcade games, or karaoke, or hit the batting cage…)
So, is the main story strong enough to make this game worth mainlining? (Also, will I be under levelled if I skip most of the side stuff?)
I put off watching Beast in the East before playing this game, but recently started watching it as I finished playing through each chapter. I’m thinking watching them play it will be a good way to see the other stuff this game has to offer without actually having to bother with it myself!