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A Dragon Ishin 5 Things Only Fans Of The Yakuza Series Noticed

A Dragon Ishin 5 Things is an incredible world with characters, scenarios, weapons, and much more to discover on this wild journey. While the setting and characters who inhabit it are stellar on their own, fans of the Yakuza series will have a unique experience in feudal Japan.


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The Campy Vibe Persists

A Dragon Ishin 5 Things

If you’ve played through a Yakuza game, then you know any entry in the series would be incomplete without some goofy, campy moments sprinkled throughout. As you walk around Kyo and Edo in this feudal period, you’ll occasionally be greeted by a ridiculous scene put on by over-the-top caricatures


While the overwhelming tone of the story is serious and incredibly dramatic, many random encounters and general transitions will take a moment to embrace the absurd and remind you that the world isn’t so dire all the time. These brief respites from reality do well to call attention to the humor of the developers and their desire to shine a light on serious topics and traditions in a humorous, approachable style.

There’s Always A War Starting

A Dragon Ishin 5 Things

No matter how a story starts in the series, you can expect that there will be a war starting somewhere at some point during the plot. Whether it be two warring gangs, an ongoing series of confrontations between the Yakuza and the police, or something more nuanced, there’s always a major conflict ready to boil over.

Often, these major incidents are discussed and orchestrated behind the scenes by at least two major members of the factions involved. Ishin is no exception as Katsu Rintaro has a strong vested interest in setting up another conflict to add to this trope. We’ll keep it under wraps for now, but this much is certain: prepare yourself for a battle.

Like A Dragon’s Crafting System

A Dragon Ishin 5 Things

If you’ve spent countless hours in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, then you’ll recognize the crafting system’s reprisal in Ishin while you’re using the blacksmith to craft the best weapons you can obtain. That same framework that made the crafting so satisfying returns with some powerful katanas, guns, and more to create once you’ve gathered the needed materials.

You’ll have to take it one step at a time until you finish the game and can roam around freely, hunting the rarest materials on your journey. Craft the beginning weapons corresponding to the final item you want to craft. The initial version is quite weak in comparison but will give you an idea of your ultimate weapon once you craft the strongest variation.

Ryoma’s Life Journey

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Ryoma’s story begins when he reconnects with his father figure, Yoshida Toyo, early on in Ishin’s story. However, despite the plan they conspire to execute with Takechi Hanpeita, Toyo is assassinated, and everything is turned upside down.

You may notice that Kiryu Kazuma’s story arc began similarly with the death of the man who raised him, Shintaro Kazama. Unsurprisingly, Kazama and Toyo both share the same character model, as do Ryoma and Kiryu, thus making the link clearly intended. Both Ryoma and Kiryu have tragic onsets to their stories and lead lives tarnished by the craving for revenge.

Brawl Areas

As you’ll notice early in the story, you’ll begin to encounter sequences where you are constantly in battle and must navigate a building or compound. Each of these sequences will require you to clear the entire area of enemies to progress to the next room or area. These brawling sequences allow you to transition from battle to battle while never leaving combat and are staples of the series.

From the Millennium Tower to sewers to Yakuza clan hideouts, these fluid combat sequences are a major component of the action in the Yakuza series and offer the longest combat scenarios you can expect to find outside the Arena. Usually, the final battle will transpire as a brawl area before you eventually reach a one-on-one encounter with the main antagonist.



Like a Dragon Restoration!
(龍が如く 維新!, lit. “Like a Dragon Restoration!“) is an action-adventure/beat-’em-up game released for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on February 22, 2014. The game was developed and published by SEGA as a spin-off to the Yakuza series.
There are four unique fighting styles in Like a Dragon Ishin: Brawler, Swordsman, Gunman, and Wild Dancer. Each of them have their own unique features and abilities, and you can switch between them during combat.


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