BEST YAKUZA GAMES, RANKED

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If you"ve ever wanted lớn step onto the streets of Kamurocho with RGG Studios" Yakuza series, we"ve got each of the best games ranked right here.

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Yakuza is a semi-open world action RPG crime series developed in Japan. It shares many similarities lớn Sega’s Shenmue series and is loaded with pop culture & side distractions. The series has attracted some of Japan’s biggest names in the film industry lượt thích Takeshi “Beat” Kitano & Yoko Maki. In the West, though, the series has mostly been considered something of a cult hit, & the crime series stayed under the radar since it was first released khổng lồ Western audiences in 2006.

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However, this all changed with the release of Yakuza 0, with the game selling far better than expected và getting several trò chơi of the Year nominations. While still fairly niche when compared to lớn the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Yakuza is finally gaining the accolades in the West that it deserves. Let’s take a look at & rank the best games in the series so far.

Updated October 13, 2022 by Meg Pelliccio: The Yakuza series continues to lớn grow, with multiple titles confirmed to lớn be launching in the next couple of years and a new series title to live by — lượt thích A rồng — which is what it has always been called in Japan. With the games now available on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, more players are diving into Kamurocho than ever before. We've updated this danh mục to include the latest addition to lớn the series.


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The first game in the Yakuza series was released in 2005 in the West, & its crime story is as compelling now as it was back then. However, being the first in the series, it is seen as something of a đá quí in the rough, especially now that its remake is available.

The game was also fully voiced in English and, despite not being bad performances, the dialogue has been accused of being overly westernized compared khổng lồ its original Japanese release. Additionally, it’s the only trò chơi in the mainline series to lớn be localized in this way, and feels awkward as a result. On the plus side, you vị get Mark Hamill voicing Majima.


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Yakuza 3 was the first game in the series lớn be released on the PlayStation 3 & tells a fantastic story. It shows a softer side lớn the lead character Kiryu as he tries lớn leave behind the life of a gangster and run the Sunshine Orphanage.

Unfortunately, this entry is held back by the awkward transition in development to the newer hardware. Worse still, there is a significant amount of side nội dung that was cut from the game, such as the hostess clubs sections. Shortfalls aside, Yakuza 3's story is still a gripping one.


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When played back to back, the improvements lớn Yakuza 2 over the original are far more noticeable than they seem on the surface. The combat is faster và smoother, và the trò chơi is filled with side nội dung to keep players busy for hours.

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The second entry has arguably one of the best-developed stories in the saga and featured one of the series’ best villains in Ryoji Goda. Sadly, it is starting to show its age, especially when compared to the more recent titles.


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nhật bản has had a number of Yakuza-spin offs, however Yakuza: Dead Souls was the first khổng lồ make its way to Western audiences (and we're still waiting on plenty of the others lớn be localized over here). This game is mix a year after Yakuza 4 but is not canonical khổng lồ the rest of the series, & understandably so as it features a zombie outbreak.

If you ever wanted a fun zombie shooter featuring four of your favorite characters from the Yakuza series, look no further. Kiryu, Akiyama, Majima, & Ryuji are all playable characters in this title, and there's plenty of comedy alongside the zombie-slaying.


Yakuza 4 was one of the better entries lớn the series that was released on the PlayStation 3. The city of Kamurocho was expanded & improved upon from Yakuza 3 in every way, no side content was cut, and exploration was far more enjoyable as a result.

What some players may find jarring is the game’s story is told from the perspective of four characters. In addition to lớn Kazama Kiryu, there’s Masayoshi Tanimura, Shun Akiyama, và Taiga Saejima. Players may take some issue with the game not opening with Kiryu và the focus on the new characters, but Yakuza 4 is still a great title in the series. (And opened up a whole new fandom crush when it came lớn Akiyama.)


Expanding on the fourth entry’s interweaving stories & perspectives, Yakuza 5 features five characters. While this may sound like overkill, the overarching story is expertly crafted and so well put together that each character path feels both unique & familiar.

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Each character not only offers unique gameplay and combat variety, but the expanded viewpoints also place your characters in five distinct locales. Returning are Kamurocho and Sotenbori from the first two games and three new cities lớn explore, which are so packed with content and self-contained that they could pass as individual games in their own right.

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Judgment is a Yakuza spin-off series, giving players a detective drama mix in the same familiar Kamurocho district. However, unlike the Yakuza: Dead Souls spin-off that was released in 2012, Judgment is canon khổng lồ the Yakuza universe. Despite being its own self-contained story that stands apart from the mainline series, with its detective mechanics & new characters, Judgment is a Yakuza title in all but name.

Though some of the features felt a little clunky at times — namely tailing people & the seemingly pointless key mechanic — there's a lot lớn love about Judgment, & it offers an enticingly dark story to sink your teeth into.


Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the first game và sets the bar for how remakes of classic games should be handled by developers going forward. Remade from the ground up with re-recorded lines from the original cast & added scenes, this is the absolute best way to lớn experience the first game in the series.

Yakuza Kiwami was built on the same engine as Yakuza 0 và packs in a ton of new features và content. A standout addition is the “Majima Everywhere” side quest, which sees Goro Majima stalk Kiryu throughout the trò chơi in a variety of ways, such as using disguises and hiding spots throughout the story và initiating fights.


After the success of Judgment, it was great khổng lồ see Yagami và Kaito return in kick-ass style in Lost Judgment. The sequel opened up the area, not just allowing players lớn explore the well-trodden streets of Kamurocho, but also utilizing the Yokohama bản đồ from Yakuza 7: lượt thích a Dragon.

Lost Judgment fine-tuned a lot of the gripes that fans had with the first title, and offered an even darker murder mystery story to lớn delve into. It's an improvement on Judgment in every way, và even gave the fans a little something to squeal about by having a couple of small Yakuza cameos.


Yakuza 6: The song of Life is where Kiryu’s story in the Yakuza saga comes to its dramatic conclusion. This entry is as dramatic as the series gets, with the focus on Kiryu taking care of Haruto, the son of his adoptive daughter Haruka as she lies in a coma from a hit-and-run incident.

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Fans will miss using the three fighting styles seen in Yakuza 0, but they are crafted into one seamless style that works just as well. The sidequests & sub-stories aren’t just throwaway distractions but are well-written and always worth doing. In addition, RPG fans will also appreciate the heavier focus on stats experience points.


Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of the second title in the series using the new dragon Engine. Yakuza 2 was already a fantastic title, but this remake with tons of additional content is the definitive way to experience one of the best games in the series.

Additionally, those rightfully using Yakuza 0 as a starting point for the series will appreciate the “Majima Saga” sub-story that helps tie both the Yakuza Kiwami titles and the prequel together in a satisfying và organic way.


Yakuza: like a long is the seventh installment in the series and is the latest game in the series chronologically, marking the over of an era in more ways than one. RGG Studios decided lớn mix things up with this title, changing up the genre khổng lồ more of a classic RPG format with the likes of turn-based battles, changeable job roles, proper tiệc nhỏ members, and more.

Like a rồng also introduced a new area for players to explore, Yokohoma, và more importantly, features a brand new series protagonist — Ichiban Kasuga, replacing fan-favorite Kiryu as the new face of the Yakuza series.


Yakuza 0 was a brand-new entry in the Yakuza series, và being a prequel, it is the perfect starting point for newcomers lớn get into the series. It’s also arguably the best game in the series, và its chất lượng helped the series gain a lot of new fans in the process. The game’s story is played from the perspectives of the series’ main character Kiryu, exploring his early days as a young thành viên of the Yakuza, & shares the limelight with a young Goro Majima before his Mad Dog days.

Yakuza 0 is booming in '80s goodness, so throw in the ability lớn visit and play some of Sega’s arcade classics like OutRun, Super Hang-On, và Space Harrier in-game, và you may have arguably the best '80s-set videogame ever made. Every tín đồ of the series should definitely put this game on their radar. It has the same setting và stylized story that fans have come lớn know và love but may have the deepest and most involved storyline in the series to lớn date.

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