Judgment Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Judgment RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sega Debuts Dark New Lost Judgment Trailer at Gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/e15no/sega-debuts-dark-new-lost-judgment-trailer-at-gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/e15no/sega-debuts-dark-new-lost-judgment-trailer-at-gamescom Thu, 26 Aug 2021 17:45:22 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sega debuted a new Lost Judgment trailer during Gamescom 2021, and it's a doozy. We know Yagami gets up to all manner of shenanigans, from impersonating a student to fighting alongside a Shiba Inu, but this story trailer peers into Lost Judgment's darker side ahead of its September 24 release date on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

It opens with a trial. A police officer facing judgment for groping women on a train platform surprises the magistrate with a little revelation. Soon, they'll learn of a rotting corpse in a warehouse, he says, and that's when hell breaks loose.

Yagami embarks on a journey into darkness and madness trying to uncover the truth.

His goal is protecting the innocent, but he doesn't quite know what he's getting into. The truth behind the murder involves a shady organization bent on scaring Yagami and his friends off, no matter the cost. And no one is above being tainted by the cruelty, not even Yagami himself.

Lost Judgment is a direct sequel to 2018's Yakuza spinoff Judgment, recently remastered for next-gen consoles and losing none of its shine. It features the arcade-style brawling combat Yakuza was known for prior to Like A Dragon taking it in a different direction, and it sees Yagami exploring areas beyond Kamurocho, including Yokohama.

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Judgment Remastered Review: CSI Kamurocho https://www.gameskinny.com/j0e7o/judgment-remastered-review-csi-kamurocho https://www.gameskinny.com/j0e7o/judgment-remastered-review-csi-kamurocho Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:00:01 -0400 Dylan Webb

Yakuza’s seen several spin-offs across the years, presenting Sega’s famous beat ‘em up franchise as two feudal-era adventures, zombie shooters, and a Fist of the North Star RPG that borrowed the series' gameplay. However, back in 2019, fans were arguably given the finest attempt yet when Judgment released on PS4.

Taking players back to Kamurocho, Judgment is more legal drama than action movie, retaining the series’ core mechanics while focusing more on investigative work. Following in the footsteps of Yakuza: Like A Dragon, a next-gen version of Judgment is now here for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia, and Judgment remastered is the best way to experience this adventure.

Judgment Remastered Review: CSI Kamurocho

Judgment tells the story of Takayuki Yagami, a disgraced attorney that successfully defended a serial murderer three years prior to the events of the game. Realizing his mistake cost lives, Yagami quits practicing law to become a private detective and start his own agency, working with ex-yakuza Masaharu Kaito, formerly of the Matsugane Family.

Kamurocho is gripped by fear as a brutal serial killer, who’s murdering yakuza and gouging their eyes out for unknown causes, stalks the streets. When a family captain is arrested for the crimes, the Matsugane patriarch asks our former lawyer to defend him.

Drawn into this new conspiracy as an investigator, it's up to players to discover who’s actually responsible for these grizzly murders, leading to a quite exhilarating story, something we praised it for in our initial review for the PS4 version. Despite Judgment's seemingly darker tone, even when compared to other Yakuza titles, the game balances those horrific acts well with Yakuza’s signature sense of humor.

When players aren’t tracking down the killer, Yagami can also accept odd jobs as side missions, which range from photographing a cheating husband to taking down the perverted “Twisted Trio." 

Notably, Judgment also leans more heavily into the series' life simulation aspects. While Yakuza features host clubs, Yagami can date one of four potential girlfriends, though Kaito is sadly not an option. If that’s not your speed, there are plenty of mini-games to keep you busy, including darts, drone racing, mahjong, and pinball. Unfortunately, karaoke doesn’t make the cut, so for anyone hoping to sing “Baka Mitai” as Yagami, I’ve got bad news.

Should you seek a more retro flavor, Club Sega once again includes emulated versions of classic games like Virtua Fighter 5, Puyo Puyo, Space Harrier, and more, making for quite a selection.

Yakuza veterans will discover a familiar gameplay loop across these troubled streets. While New Serena remains off-limits, players can still explore familiar locations like Kamurocho’s Millenium Tower and Champion District, frequently stockpile HP recovery items at the nearest convenience stores, and get repeatedly challenged by street thugs between destinations.

Yagami has two fighting styles: Crane and Tiger. Represented by a blue and red aura respectively, Crane is an acrobatic designed for tackling multiple enemies at once; Tiger prioritizes powerful strikes and is best saved for one-on-one situations.

During battles, you build up your EX meter and unleash some ridiculously over-the-top moves. These can be activated after meeting set criteria, such as when thugs are knocked to the floor or you’ve picked up a nearby item, like a traffic cone or bike.

To build up your strength, Judgment implements an unlockable skill system, which is split into three categories. “Ability” covers general stat boosts, like health, attack, and EX meter. “Battle” mainly provides additional EX attacks, while “Special” is best described as the miscellaneous section, boosting your detective skills and more.

Judgment’s next-gen improvements are all technical; core gameplay hasn’t changed in this remaster. Offering a 4K resolution upgrade, 60fps performance, and much faster loading times, Remastered is easily the best way to play, and combat has never felt so smooth.

Sadly, previous PS4 owners don’t have a free upgrade path from the previous version to this version, which makes it hard to recommend double-dipping when backwards compatibility exists, and as Like A Dragon, there’s no DualSense support here, either.

The only “extra” content available is two previously-released DLC packs that are now bundled in. Everything else remains intact.

Judgment Remastered — The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Still a wonderful detective story
  • Improved performance feels incredibly smooth
  • Sharp visuals
  • One of Kamurocho’s strongest adventures

Cons

  • Nothing new for previous players
  • Existing PS4 owners can’t upgrade for free
  • Crafting still feels unnecessary

Judgment isn’t your standard Yakuza game. It's brand-new story in a familiar world and a crime drama that comes together incredibly well, offering a fresh take on Kamurocho's tiring setting. Proving you don’t need Kazuma Kiryu to make a game like this compelling, Yagami and Kaito are superb additions to this universe, and I’d love to see them return in a sequel.

While it would’ve been easy falling back on existing characters – and there’s no escaping the Tojo Clan in Kamurocho – Judgment steers clear of familiar faces entirely. Differentiating itself enough from its parent franchise, that might disappoint those hoping for a Kiryu or Majima cameo, but it allows this new cast a chance to shine through.

As a direct remaster, previous frustrations remain, such as the lengthy target tailing sequences and unnecessary drone crafting mechanics. But when you’ve got such an engaging story packed with content and a keen sense of style, Remastered is undeniably the best way to play Judgment.

[Note: SEGA provided the PS5 copy of Judgment used for this review.]

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Judgment Remastered Launches in April for Next-Gen Consoles, Stadia https://www.gameskinny.com/uryx4/judgment-remastered-launches-in-april-for-next-gen-consoles-stadia https://www.gameskinny.com/uryx4/judgment-remastered-launches-in-april-for-next-gen-consoles-stadia Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:16:41 -0500 Dylan Webb

We’re coming up to two years since Judgment first launched on PS4. Released in 2019, this Yakuza spin-off took us back to the streets of Kamurocho, playing lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami. 

Weaving a tale of murder and mystery, we thought it was excellent, giving it 9/10 stars. Now, Sega have confirmed Judgment Remastered is in the works. Launching on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia April 23, 2021, for $39.99. 

Sega also revealed that the game will feature some refined visuals at 60fps, alongside improved loading times. The release also comes with the previous DLC, which admittedly doesn’t amount to much more than a girlfriend present pack and battle pack, but it's still nice to have it included nonetheless. 

Sadly, the release doesn’t appear to have a free upgrade for PS4 owners, meaning that unlike Yakuza: Like A Dragon, PS5 players who previously purchased it will need to do so again if they want Judgment: Remastered

We’ll keep you informed with any further developments on Judgment, so stay tuned.

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Best Buy Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/jwfcq/best-buy-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/jwfcq/best-buy-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:21:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Following on from Target's early release of its Black Friday ad, Best Buy has made its own ad available, full of video game sales you won't want to miss.

We don't cover tech of movie deals in this piece, instead opting to focus on all of the console and video game deals in the ad. This includes online sales and doorbusters. 

We also have Black Friday roundups for PSN, Microsoft, GameStop, and Walmart

Best Buy Black Friday 2019

This list is based on the preliminary deals Best Buy announced ahead of time, so it's likely to be adjusted and updated as the outlet announces more sales, and it's just Black Friday — no Cyber Monday or weekend deals are included.

We break things down by console and price. We start with console deals (including PSVR) and follow things up with the best deals on games by console. 

Video Game Consoles

Best Buy has some of the same deals on consoles as Target, though Best Buy favors Xbox One for variety and has no free gift cards thrown in.

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.
    • The Last of Us Remastered
    • God of War
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete
  • $100 dollars off any PlayStation VR bundle

Xbox One

  • Xbox One X (1TB) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition bundle + free 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription — $349.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) NBA 2K20 bundle — $199.99

Nintendo Switch

Don't get your hopes up for any big Switch discounts this season. It's going to be the same old, same old all around

  • Nintendo Switch w/ Neon Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle — $299.99
  • Select Joy-Con will be on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) 

Best Buy Black Friday Game Deals

Like Target, Best Buy has different sale tiers for different games We break them down by most expensive to least expensive.

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $27.99

  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Games for $24.99

  • Judgement
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Games for $19.99

  • Concrete Genie
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Rage 2
  • MediEvil
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Games for $19.99 or less

  • NieR Automata: Game of the YoRHa Edition — $19.99
  • Dragon Quest XI — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Gold — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 2 — $14.99
  • Kingdom Hearts III — $14.99
  • Marvel's Spider-Man GOTY Edition — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $14.99
  • Devil May Cry HD — $12.99

Games for $14.99

  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Shemnue I & II
  • Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

Games for $9.99

These are basically PS Greatest Hits for 50% off.

  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Persona 5
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Yakuza 0

Games with various discounts

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 — $24.99
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — $24.99
  • Shenmue III — $34.99
  • Code Vein — $39.99
  • Need for Speed: Heat — $39.99
Xbox One Games

The preview ad is a bit on the confusing side with how it breaks down game categories — namely by blending them together despite separating them by console. Because of that, you can probably count on XB1 equivalents of PS4 games on sale, like Kingdom Hearts III, to be offered at the same price, even if they aren't listed directly.

Games for $29.99 and less

  • Control — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $29.99
  • NHL 20 Standard Edition — $29.99
  • NBA 2K20 — $27.99
  • Madden NFL 20 — $27.99
  • Gears 5 — $24.99

Games for $19.99

  • World War Z
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Sea of Thieves

Games for $14.99

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
Nintendo Switch Games

Nintendo's official Black Friday announcement lists a number of games that will be listed for $39.99, including Best Buy as a retailer.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Splatoon 2

Games for $24.99 (including Black Friday 3DS game deals)

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition
  • Persona Q2: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS)

Games for $19.99

  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Rocket League Ultimate Edition
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Dualist: Link Evolution

Games with various discounts

  • Hollow Knight — $29.99
  • Collection of Mana — $19.99
  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy — $24.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition — $44.99
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS) — $24.99 each

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This is all just from Best Buy's Black Friday preview, so it's possible there will be even more deals as we get closer to the actual day. Make sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Black Friday 2019 deals as they pop up.

And here's the full Best Buy preview ad as well.

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Have You Played Judgment Yet? PS4 Prologue Demo Gives You the Chance https://www.gameskinny.com/pu9ou/have-you-played-judgment-yet-ps4-prologue-demo-gives-you-the-chance https://www.gameskinny.com/pu9ou/have-you-played-judgment-yet-ps4-prologue-demo-gives-you-the-chance Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:13:08 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Maybe you've never played a Yakuza game, maybe you're simply waiting for a price drop, or maybe you just don't know whether it's worth a play. Whatever the reason you haven't played Judgment yet, you can now give the game a go via a brand-new prologue demo on PS4.

Taking place in the same location as most of Sega's critically-acclaimed Yakuza series, Judgment puts players in the shoes of Takayuki Yagami as tries to solve a series of murder cases in Kamurocho. Of course, this comes with a hefty dose of minigames and miscellaneous side content meant to eat all of your time and will to actually stop playing the game.

Despite the Kiwami remakes, the Yakuza series is intimidating to jump into for some. With six mainline games under its belt (seven counting Yakuza 0, which you should play), two full remakes, and a handful of spin-offs, the uninitiated may look at it as an impossible mountain.

Judgment isn't just its own story separate from Kiryu Kazuma, it's the perfect stepping stone into this long-running and absolutely engrossing style of game.

If you haven't given any of these games a shot, hop on over to the PlayStation Store and give the prologue demo a shot to see what all the hubbub's been about Sega's brawler-adventure series.

Give our Judgment review a gander as well, just to get an idea of what you're about to get into. It's hard to imagine someone not enjoying Judgment, frankly.

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Judgment: How To Find All Free Play Vouchers https://www.gameskinny.com/24hs0/judgment-how-to-find-all-free-play-vouchers https://www.gameskinny.com/24hs0/judgment-how-to-find-all-free-play-vouchers Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:07:05 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

In Judgment, Dice and Cube over at Paradise VR is the best way to both make money, and grind SP. Unfortunately, Play Vouchers are hard to come by since they're only consistently available as random drops, or as prizes in the casinos across Kamurocho.

Yes, they are sometimes available as minigame prizes, but you're only rewarded with play vouchers the first time you beat a given minigame. To be able to consistently play Dice and Cube, you'll want to track down all 6 Free Play Vouchers available all across Kamurocho. Here's where to find 'em.

Free Play Voucher #1

Free Voucher #1 will take some grinding to receive, though it's not nearly as difficult to track down as some of the other passes.

Free Pass #1 is available as a prize at Yoshida Batting Center, after you clear every single one of the batting challenges in both the Challenge and Home Run courses, including the demon courses crafted by Yoshida himself.

There are two important keys to success at the batting cages. The first is that no matter the difficulty level, the pitches in every course come in the same order. This means that you can memorize the pitching order, and know where each pitch is going before it's thrown.

The second is that if you're having trouble with the timing, head into the hallway to the right of the cages. There's a person there who'll sell you both batting gloves, which make home run timing more lenient, and a golden bat, which makes it a whole lot easier to make contact with the ball. 

It'll take a lot of time to grind your way through the courses, but by the end, you'll get yourself the first free pass.

Free Play Voucher #2

This one's pretty easy! Once you unlock the SP shop in the sewer, Free Play Voucher #2 can be purchased for 4,500 SP

Free Play Voucher #3-5

These can all be purchased in a similar way. They're each available as prizes at one of the three casinos around Kamurocho, for 10,000 chips (or wooden tags) each. You'll need a total of 20,000 chips and 10,000 tags to snag 'em all.

If you don't want to spend the 3,000,000 yen it'll cost to buy them outright, you'll have to spend a few hours grinding through casino games. We've found that high-stakes poker is the best way to grind chips, so long as you only really commit to hands where you have a 3-of-a-kind or better. 

In terms of the tag games, we've had the most success with koi-koi, making sure to turn the "hand guide" on in the settings in order to help us parse this unfamiliar game. Again, if it's too foreign for you, you can always just buy the tags outright.

Free Play Voucher #6

This is, by far, the toughest play pass to receive in the game, as it's the top prize for the drone race minigame. You'll have to beat all the grand prix courses to receive your prize, which will in itself necessitate a bunch of grinding. 

The first thing you'll want to do is do some investing. Through the Quickstarter app, fund all the drone parts, as well as all of the "deciphering ancient texts" campaigns that unlock skills. This will get you the Code Hunter skill that you'll be able to use in order to find the QR codes Sebastian Hutton has scattered around the city. To be honest, these parts aren't entirely necessary to beat the grand prix, but it'll be a whole lot easier with them. 

High quality drone parts are available as casino prizes at the Dragon Temple right by Kamuro Hills, so be ready for more gambling. 

Once you've come out on top, you'll have the last Free Play Voucher, and in doing so, you'll be able to play Dice and Cube whenever you want, giving you a nearly unlimited stream of money and SP!

Enjoying your time with Judgment? Check out our review, and take a look at our other Judgment guides here on GameSkinny.

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The Best Way To Farm Money And SP In Judgment https://www.gameskinny.com/161ut/the-best-way-to-farm-money-and-sp-in-judgment https://www.gameskinny.com/161ut/the-best-way-to-farm-money-and-sp-in-judgment Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:45:01 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Another game in the Yakuza universe has landed, and with it comes a new cycle of buying things and unlocking skills in the effort to become the biggest badass in Kamurocho. If you're looking to speed up that process, we've got you covered. We've figured out the best way to farm both money and SP in Judgment.

The Setup

Unfortunately, this method doesn't become available until Chapter 6 of the game; that's because you'll need to have unlocked both the Quickstarter crowdfunding app and gained access to Dice and Cube at Paradise VR.

In the meantime, I'd recommend saving up a decent chunk of change because in order to maximize your payouts, you'll have to invest. Literally.

The initial setup you'll need in order to most efficiently farm both cash and SP in Judgment is as follows:

  1. Unlock all of the Hug Bomb drinks by investing in them through Quickstarter.

  2. Collect as many Play Passes as you can, either through enemy drops or by receiving them as prizes at the casino.

  3. Through a combination of Quickstarter investing and playing Dice and Cube at Paradise VR, unlock the longest course.
    • At this point, it would also help to invest in the Dice and Cube strategy guides in the app as well, to unlock the High Roller skill tree.
  4. Prepare as many SP boosting extracts as you can.

Doing all of this will require well over 2 million yen, which is admittedly a strange requirement when the whole point is to make money, but the idea is to give yourself access to a pipeline of easy, lucrative cash no matter what. It's well worth it in the long run.

Farming Money In Judgment

This part is pretty straightforward, actually. If you've played Dice and Cube, you know how lucrative that game can be if you win, easily netting upwards of 500,000 yen per play on the longer courses.

What you'll want to do is select the longest course, and make sure you do not choose the challenge rules. Though the rewards are better, you run the risk of losing everything if you fail to reach the end. Under normal rules, you can keep all the items you collect even if you don't finish the course, meaning you still get to exchange them for mad stacks of cash win or lose. 

Once you're dropped onto the board, you'll want to prioritize

  • gift spaces
  • safe spaces
  • dice spaces

Battle spaces really don't do much for you here unless you're really hurting for dice.

Above all, hunt down King Koro-nyan. Once you've tracked him down, you'll have three turns where every space is a bonus space that will net you hundreds of thousands of yen in prizes, so even if you're about to finish, move backwards in order to get all three bonus opportunities.

Just steer clear of his evil lavender-colored doppleganger, because he'll steal every item you have. Remember that they both move around the board as you do, so give that evil bastard a wide, wide berth.

When the course finishes, whether you reach the goal or noy, you'll be plenty richer than you were when you started, and it'll only take between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on how you roll.

Obviously, the Precision Press skill is super helpful here, but since it's so expensive, we recommend waiting until you've done some farming first, in order to make it easier to unlock.

Farming SP in Judgment

Now that you're filthy rich, you can make like a good capitalist and just buy your experience! Remember investing in the Hug Bomb line of drinks? Well, they'll each reward you with a boatload of SP, and they're available at the Poppo on Tenkaichi Street

They're expensive, at 80k yen each, but you shouldn't be hurting for money at this point, so get as many as you want! After your purchase, make sure to drink that SP boosting extract before you slam those energy drinks down. Depending on how many of them you buy, you can easily wind up with over 7,500 SP in just 15 minutes of play time. 

Enjoying your time with Judgment? Check out our review! Or find out where to find all those pesky skill QR codes!

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Judgment Review: Ace Attorney https://www.gameskinny.com/o1qz6/judgment-review-ace-attorney https://www.gameskinny.com/o1qz6/judgment-review-ace-attorney Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:45:01 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

For years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has been dancing around an issue that most folks working in fiction face: their most notable protagonist is aging. The studio's flagship series, Yakuza, has already come full circle, from the stunning prequel Yakuza 0 to the end of Kazuma Kiryu's story in Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life. 

Though they've softened the blow somewhat by re-releasing older games in the Yakuza series, the question remained: what is the studio's next step? After all, fans weren't ready to leave the world of Kamurocho behind.

The answer, apparently, was to throw Phoenix Wright, Law & Order, and Yakuza in a blender to create something new, fresh, and insanely ambitious.

Raising The Bar

True to the developers' words, Judgment features a storyline that is completely distinct from the Yakuza series. You play as the incredibly dreamy lawyer-slash-detective-slash-face-puncher-slash-parkour-master Takayuki Yagami as he takes on odd jobs, unravels mysteries, tails criminals, and uncovers gigantic conspiracies. 

For veterans of the Yakuza series, a lot of this will be at least somewhat familiar. The gameplay loop is relatively unchanged from previous games set in Kamurocho. You still run around to convenience stores to get health recovery items, get drunk to charge your EX meter in order to pull off hilariously violent super moves, and waste time playing minigames in between missions.

That's not to say that everything is the same, however. There are a bunch of quality of life upgrades this time around that make the game run a whole lot smoother.

First of all, Takayuki is more in-shape than Kiryu, and doesn't require any upgrades to sprint indefinitely, a huge help when you're trying to get to the next mission without being ambushed by enemies.

Second, load times are down even from Yakuza 6. Loading screens only appear during scene transitions into or out of cutscenes. Stepping into a store or an elevator is seamless, which really adds to the immersion of the game.

Third, and most importantly, this game comes equipped with dual audio, and features major English voice talent like Mr. High Noon himself, Matthew Mercer. This is the first time a game set in the Yakuza universe has featured English audio, and the actors do admirably in their roles.

With the exception of a few typos I came across in the subtitles, this is by far the most polished game to ever come from Ryu Ga Gotoku, which is appropriate since Judgment makes no attempt to hide its police-procedural-TV-show influences, from flashy credit sequences to "Previously on Judgment" story recaps that serve as transitions between chapters.

Where the Yakuza series was always an attempt to make a video game version of a gangster movie, Judgment attempts to do the same thing with legal and police procedurals.

Beat Cop

Bad news first: Takayuki only has two combat styles, and they don't really feel as distinct as combat styles in previous games by the studio. The good news is that combat feels decidedly different in Judgment thanks to its focus on movement. Unlike the powerhouse Kiryu, Takayuki is more of a speedster, relying on flashy acrobatics to take down opponents. Stringing together wall jump attacks, then leapfrogging over an enemy to suplex them never gets old.

The unfortunate thing is that a lot of these skills are locked behind weird requirements, whether it's befriending somebody around town, finding a secret QR code, or (yes, really) funding someone's Kickstarter campaign. It takes a little bit of time for the combat system to open up.

This is actually an issue that extends past combat. If you take your time playing the game, doing friend missions, taking on side cases, and traversing the game's completely unnecessary crafting mechanics, it can take between 20 and 30 hours before all of the game's content is made available to you. In particular, the casinos, Paradise VR, and the Quickstarter app don't show up until you're well on your way through the story. It's a shame, because there doesn't seem to be any real reasoning behind locking certain parts of the game's world away like that.

The flip side of that is the side content that is on display here is pretty great. The batting center makes another appearance, as do darts, but the clear standouts here are the drone races and the Paradise VR board game that is best described as "cyberpunk Mario Party except it's also Yakuza." 

Karaoke is a glaring omission here, but since the drone races are so fun, I'm willing to let it slide. 

Laying Down The Law

Pros

  • The tone of the game is just right; it really feels like a legal procedural TV show
  • Drone racing is the best minigame I've ever played in Kamurocho
  • The story is sweeping, full of all of the twists and turns you'd expect from a great detective story

Cons

  • No karaoke :(
  • Crafting mechanics feel tacked on and unnecessary

Judgment adds a few twists to standard Yakuza games by incorporating tailing missions, chase sequences, investigations, and dialogue trees in ways that previous games haven't. These sequences are very well-choreographed (especially the chases) and, with a few exceptions, are welcome.

Tailing a target isn't nearly as frustrating as it can be in certain other games, and though there are certain times at which you'll be tearing your hair out hunting for a specific piece of evidence, the game does a good job of dressing up investigation locations in ways that naturally draw your eyes to relevant information.

Though this game was compared to Phoenix Wright prior to its release, I don't find it an apt comparison since the player doesn't actually solve the logic puzzles behind the crimes on their own; the truth behind cases is usually revealed to the player through cutscenes. That said, the game does a great job of rewarding the player for remembering pertinent information, or putting two and two together through dialogue puzzles.

You still feel like you're unraveling the case yourself, but since the story is so deep and intertwined with itself, you miss a few of those "I knew the killer all along!" moments.

Having said that, as a video game adaptation of a crime procedural, I can find very little on which to fault Judgment. It's packed with content, adding 50 "Friend Events" to the requisite 50 side missions, insanely stylish, and a promising start to Ryu Ga Gotoku's future without Kazuma Kiryu.

[Note: A copy of Judgment was provided by SEGA for the purpose of this review.]

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How To Unlock All The QR Code Skills In Judgment https://www.gameskinny.com/1l5sb/how-to-unlock-all-the-qr-code-skills-in-judgment https://www.gameskinny.com/1l5sb/how-to-unlock-all-the-qr-code-skills-in-judgment Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:45:01 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

For all of its strengths, Judgment sure does like to bog players down with hunting for QR (or 2D) codes. Finding the QR (2D) codes in Judgment can be a pain sometimes, but it's well worth it. 

Tracking down five of these codes scattered on motivational posters across Kamurocho will allow you to unlock some of Takayuki's strongest moves, including Tiger Drop, by far the most effective combat move in the game.

Luckily, you can find all of these codes pretty much as soon as the game begins. Happy hunting!

Judgment Skill QR Code Locations

QR Code #1 (EX Light Bullet)

This one is pretty easy to find. Right outside Yagami Detective Agency, you'll see a white sedan parked in front of an alley.

Remember that Yagami is a little more limber than Kiryu is; just hold the "X" button to vault over the car, then look to your left to find the code. Snap a picture to gain access to EX Light Bullet, a powerful move usable only in Paradise VR.

QR Code #2 (Dire Determination)

After you snap a photo of the first QR code, head north to Kamuro Theater. Use the southwestern entrance, the same one you'd use to access M Side Cafe.

Once you're in, take the elevator up to the roof. Once you're there, take an immediate left, and you'll see a set of double doors. At the end of the hallway is the second QR code poster, the one that unlocks Dire Determination in your skills app.

QR Code 3 (Blessing of the Wind God)

This one's pretty easy to spot, too. First, head to Yoshida Batting Center. Once you're there, head to your right, past the cages and through the door in the back.

Directly to your left in that hallway, you'll see the third QR code. This one unlocks Blessing of the Wind God, a skill that lets you sprint away from battle when your health is low.

QR Code 4 (EX Tiger Dances With Crane)

These last two are out of the way, but trust me that they're worth the detour.

To find the fourth QR code in Judgment, head over to Gyu-Kaku, but don't go in yet. You'll see on your map that there's an elevator directly to your right that you can enter, so hop on in.

Once you're upstairs, you'll find that you're in an empty office building. Follow the hallway, and right by the entrance to the office, you'll find the QR code to the right. This code unlocks EX Tiger Dances With Crane, which is pound-for-pound the highest damage-dealing move in the game, given that it knocks an entire health bar off of your opponent.

QR Code 5 (Tiger Drop)

This is the only code of the batch that actually requires you to break out the drone.

First, head to the empty lot in the Champion District and face the south wall. You should be able to see the QR code at this point; if you don't, stand still for a second and it'll gleam for you. Then let your drone loose and snap a photo of the code!

This unlocks the most overpowered combat technique in the game, Tiger Drop. Though it's not as powerful as certain other moves, it interrupts opponents' attacks with an instant, crushing counter that knocks off about a third of a boss's health bar. 

For more, be sure to head over to our Judgment guides page, which also has tips on farming cash and SP quickly. To see what we thought of Judgment, be sure to check out our review of the game.

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Judgement Sales Halted After Voice Actor Is Arrested https://www.gameskinny.com/bsku7/judgement-sales-halted-after-voice-actor-is-arrested https://www.gameskinny.com/bsku7/judgement-sales-halted-after-voice-actor-is-arrested Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:24:16 -0400 William R. Parks

It was just last week that Judgement, a Yakuza spin-off that has been available in Japan since the end of 2018, finally received a Western release date. However, this launch could now be in jeopardy, as Sega has just put a hold on shipments and digital sales of the title following the arrest of one of the game's voice actors.

Specifically, 51-year-old actor Pierre Taki has been arrested for alleged cocaine use. While reports suggest that the substance was not located in searches of the Judgement actor's home and vehicle, a urine sample tested positive for cocaine, and Taki has admitted to having used a small amount of the drug.

Sega has since issued a statement, suggesting that the company is "confirming the facts" of the arrest. In the mean time, sales of Judgement will be halted, and Sega has indicated that it will refrain from things like "posting the product's homepage" while the matter is investigated. The company has even begun deleting old tweets that reference the title.

Indeed, Japan takes a strong stance against the use of illegal drugs, and this investigation may lead Sega to replace Taki's performance in Judgement. This type of action has a recent precedent, as Hiroki Narimiya's voice acting was removed from Yakuza 4 at the end of last year following a similar drug allegation.

Moreover, Taki is also the voice of the talking snowman Olaf in the Japanese release of Frozen and, by extension, Japan's version of Kingdom Hearts 3. It remains to be seen if the companies behind these titles will take action to remove Taki's work, but reports suggest that Disney is already looking to replace his performance for the forthcoming release of Frozen 2 in Japan.

At this point, the effect of Taki's arrest on the Western release of Judgement is not known. Takashi Mochizuki, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, indicates that Sega is still discussing how to proceed, but no decision has been made. While it is true that Taki's work may not appear in the English language version of the title, it does seem that Sega has a lot to consider before making its next move with Judgement.

More details on Taki's arrest can be found on Kotaku.

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Sega's Judgement Finally Gets a Western Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/3wkvv/segas-judgement-finally-gets-a-western-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/3wkvv/segas-judgement-finally-gets-a-western-release-date Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:17:50 -0500 Josh Broadwell

When Sega announced that the team behind Yakuza was working on an upcoming action detective game, then called Judge Eyes, it caught many players by surprise. Now, a few name changes later, the game has finally received a Western release date under the title Judgement.

The PS4 exclusive will officially launch in the West on June 25, though those who pre-order the game digitally will get access to it on June 21. Judgement released in Japan at the end of last year.

This game has a narrative-driven focus, featuring all of the investigative elements you'd expect from a crime-solving adventure. That said, it's safe to say that the game's investigative aspect will share more in common with something like Yakuza than Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, two games that have acted as comparisons for this new title. 

That is, players will need to figure out ways to trick their foes, convincing them to put their guard down and reveal information or grant access to otherwise forbidden areas. From there, it will be up to the player to find, document, and interpret the evidence they need to crack the case.

Naturally, there's also going to be some moments of intense combat involved in high-stakes cases like the ones Takayuki Yagami, the main character, will investigate. This is where Yakuza's influence is likely to come through strongest, with Takayki-san delving further into the dark deeds wreaking havoc on Kamurocho.

Despite sharing the crime and action focus of Yakuza, along with the same fictional city modeled after Tokyo's red-light district, Sega executive Toshihiro Nagashi says fans should expect something completely different from Judgement. This sentiment has been reflected in previews of the game as well.

Specifically, GameSpot's Michael Higman said: "Judgement provides a fresh perspective of a familiar setting. It may not be a Yakuza game by name, but the spirit seems to still be there." Fortunately for players that have been excited to experience this firsthand, the now confirmed release date will give them a specific day to look forward to.

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