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Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, SEGA
Feb 21, 2023 - PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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Critics Recommend

7 / 10
PC Gamer
78 / 100
No Recommendation
4.5 / 5
Easy Allies
8.5 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
8.3 / 10
8 / 10
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Like a Dragon: Ishin! | Blade of Vengeance Trailer

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Like a Dragon: Ishin! | Combat Trailer

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Critic Reviews for Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Like a Dragon: Ishin! is an enjoyable and interesting spin-off from the Yakuza series, but not an essential one.

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Old-school Yakuza for better or worse, but still a good point of entry for newcomers.

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No Recommendation / Blank

The long overdue samurai spin-off is classic Yakuza under its period dressing but also underwhelming as a current-gen remake.

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The long-awaited remake of Like a Dragon: Ishin delivers an exciting and frequently gorgeous new setting to explore, a more rewarding combat system, and some of the best side quests and minigames in the series to date. Don't let the katanas fool you, this is the Yakuza you know and love at its very best.

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A welcome novelty and throwback for long-time Yakuza fans, that offers everything they love about the series, although it's held back by a rather underwhelming plot and too much fan service.

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Like a Dragon: Ishin is an awesome spin-off to an already-great series, and one I'm glad finally came to the States. Even if it tripped on the landing, the story kept me gripped, and I hope some of the new combat styles and special moves make their way to other RGG games. I also hope we'll get the other spin-offs that never made their way over. Time will tell, but for now, it's nice to be back with my favorite criminals.

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Although Like A Dragon: Ishin is dated in some respects, the gripping drama and spirit of Yakuza makes for an enticing historical fiction.

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