Developer: Amusement Vision
Release Date: February 11, 2020
Playing the Yakuza series is like drinking a fine wine, served by a clown. The tone whiplash works to the game's benefit as players can go from tracking down a mob-boss with voice acting so genuine and gritty they pop off the screen to giving a shy dominatrix advice and playing with toy cars.
Every character sounds straight out of a Japanese mobster movie, every plot thread is realized to its fullest, and the beat-em-up combat definitely gets the job done.
The basic premise has always been to tell a plucky story about the Yakuza while peppering in various minigames across the world. And somehow, against all odds, it works masterfully. The physical Yakuza Remastered Collection will release on February 11, 2020, with remastered versions of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5.
This one's a bit of a cheat because buying the digital version of the collection gives you access to Yakuza 3 and Yakuza 4 now, with Yakuza 5 dropping on February 11. But any hardcore series fan is picking up the physical collection.
If you're unsure if you'll enjoy the collection, Yakuza 0, which acts as an introduction to the series, is available for around $20.