In the vast and thrilling world of Yakuza, Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth stands tall as Kiryu's epic swan song, paying homage to his incredible journey through the years. This game is a celebration of all the blood, sweat, and tears shed by our beloved character. And guess what? It's packed with delightful callbacks and surprise cameos from both past and present games. But there's one particular cameo that has left fans scratching their heads and wondering: has a major villain from Yakuza 3 risen from the dead?
Picture this: you're strolling through Infinite Wealth and stumble upon a bar called Revolve, the Hawaiian cousin of Yokohama's Survive Bar. It's a place where you can belt out your favorite tunes in karaoke, engage in heartwarming chats with your buddies, and basically do all the things you love about Survive Bar. But that's not all. Just like its Yokohama counterpart, Revolve is run by a character straight out of Yakuza's past—none other than the notorious Andre Richardson, the major villain from Yakuza 3.
For those who need a refresher or haven't experienced the gripping tale of Yakuza 3, Andre Richardson is the CIA agent who had some serious land-grabbing plans in Okinawa for an American military base. His path crossed with Kiryu's when he discovered that Kiryu's orphanage, Morning Glory, sat on that very land. A clash of titans ensued, resulting in Kiryu and his allies defeating Richardson. Eventually, Richardson had a change of heart and was dragged off the roof of Touto University Hospital by Yoshitake Mine, the main antagonist of Yakuza 3.
Now, here's where things get intriguing. Although Infinite Wealth never explicitly reveals Richardson's name, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous villain. This mysterious bartender in Hawaii, part of the United States, tells Kasuga that he was once "involved in a shootout at a hospital" and "took a fall off the roof" as a consequence. How exactly he survived a plummet from what must have been a skyscraper remains an enigma, but Richardson himself admits that he was hanging by a thread. Falling off a building would certainly do that to a person.
But before you start pondering the resurrection of other characters, I must burst your bubble. In a recent memorial organized by Ryu Ga Gotoku in late December, they paid tribute to all the unforgettable Yakuza characters who have met their demise throughout the series. Yoshitake Mine, alongside the likes of Ryo Aoki from Yakuza: Like A Dragon and Kiryu's brother Akira Nishikiyama, was part of this solemn lineup. So, it seems the extra bullets did their job in Mine's case.
Infinite Wealth keeps us on our toes, unveiling surprising twists and turns that breathe new life into Kiryu's final adventure. As we raise a glass to Kiryu's swan song, we can't help but wonder about the secrets Revolve and its enigmatic bartender hold. Perhaps there's more to Richardson's survival than meets the eye, or maybe it's a clever nod to the unpredictable nature of the Yakuza universe. Only time will tell as we embark on this thrilling journey and savor every moment of this extraordinary game.
So, gather your friends, prepare for epic battles, belt out some karaoke tunes, and get ready to unravel the mysteries of Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth. It's a wild ride that will leave you craving more, long after the final notes fade away. Kiryu's legacy lives on, and with it, the spirit of the Yakuza franchise shines brighter than ever before.