Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the latest addition to the Yakuza game series, offers some surprisingly easy completions and platinum trophies. Compared to the grueling Yakuza 0, Like a Dragon and Like a Dragon Gaiden aren't that bad at all. However, the recent release of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has taken things up a notch, injecting a much-needed dose of difficulty.
Don't get me wrong; it's still not as torturous as the classics, but it does present a real challenge in terms of tough fights, lengthy completion times, somewhat monotonous tasks, and multiple playthroughs if you're aiming for the DLC achievements. That's right, folks! New Game Plus is now mandatory for achieving a glorious 100 percent completion, which is not something we're accustomed to.
Now, let's dive into some hidden gems within the game. One achievement that can easily slip through your fingers is the elusive "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." To unlock it, you must simply capture a picture of a rainbow. Sounds easy, right? Well, not so fast. Rainbows don't appear at random like you might expect; they have specific conditions. During the story mode, when it rains, rush straight to the beach. Once the rain clears up, voilà, the rainbow will grace your screen. Make sure to seize this opportunity during your main playthrough, as rainfall is as rare as a polite troll in the "Premium Adventure" mode.
Our protagonist, Kiryu, has two primary side objectives: the "Memoirs of a Dragon" and "Life Links." While the former offers some interesting insights into Kiryu's life, the latter is where the juicy bits lie. These "Life Links" involve crucial plot developments with side characters and provide more engaging gameplay. Most of them will unfold naturally as you progress, but the last two links can be quite troublesome. To unlock them, you must reach Awakening levels 8 and 9, which means grinding out those Part-Time Hero jobs scattered around the map. It might be a bit tedious, but the rewards you'll receive from your "poundmate" for completing these Life Links are well worth the effort. Yes, you read that right. Poundmate. Don't worry; it's not what you think!
Prepare yourself for the heart-pounding action that awaits in the game's core dungeons. The Hawaiian Haunt, in particular, deserves a special mention. The second-to-last boss encounter, Robo Michio, is an absolute nightmare. This mechanical monstrosity boasts a massive health bar and devastating moves that will make your party tremble. Brace yourself for the dreaded "Destructo Beam," which Robo Michio loves to spam halfway through the battle. It's like he's trying to ruin all your plans for a peaceful vacation in Hawaii. Be ready for an intense showdown where Ichiban and Robo Michio trade blows until one of them finally crumbles. But don't worry, the final boss of the dungeon isn't as challenging, as their health has been mercifully trimmed down. Nevertheless, passing these fights will require nerves of steel and a lot of determination.
Equally as tough as Robo Michio is the Yokohama Underground, home to the ultimate test: the Amon fight. For those familiar with the Yakuza series, you know that Amon fights are legendary in their difficulty. This time is no exception. You'll face not one, not two, but four Amon clan members, with Jo leading the pack. Jo possesses formidable strength, with devastating moves that can drain your entire health bar in a single blow. Oh, and just to make things even more challenging, he can revive fallen clan members. Talk about a tough crowd! Strategy is the key here, and if you happen to have a spare Sacrifice Stone lying around, now's the perfect time to put it to good use.
Prepare yourself for some mind-bending challenges in the "Infinite Wealth" expansion. The "Miss Match" minigame, which resembles a hostess club section, will put your decision-making skills to the test. However, this time, failure to meet up with your chosen lady means resetting your progress. The pressure is on! You must reach the heart line in a single conversation, making a guide almost mandatory. And let's not forget that your profile needs to match for better chances of success. Thankfully, you only need to go on five dates instead of the usual ten, which is a relief. After all, it's not easy to juggle multiple romantic interests while saving the world from peril.
Now, let's explore two major side activities that will truly test your mettle as Ichiban Kasuga. First up is the "Sujimon League," where you'll need to assemble an unbeatable team of Sujimon creatures, train them to their fullest potential, and strategizefor victory. This league offers a series of challenging battles against formidable opponents, each with their unique Sujimon lineup. Building a diverse and powerful team is essential to overcome the different strengths and weaknesses of your adversaries. Be prepared to invest time and effort into training and leveling up your Sujimon. It's a true test of your skills as a trainer and strategist.
The second major side activity is the "Dragon Kart" races. While it may sound like a fun and lighthearted minigame, don't be fooled. Dragon Kart races can be incredibly challenging, especially as you progress to higher difficulty levels. The races require precise timing, effective use of power-ups, and expert maneuvering to outpace your opponents. It's a mix of skill and luck, as you navigate through tight corners, dodge obstacles, and strategically use your boost. Don't be discouraged if you don't win on your first few attempts. With practice and perseverance, you'll gradually improve your racing abilities and secure victory.
Finally, let's not forget about the numerous substories scattered throughout the game. These side quests provide a mix of humor, drama, and heartwarming moments that add depth to the game's world. Completing substories is not only rewarding in terms of character development and storytelling but also contributes to your overall completion percentage. Some substories, however, may require specific conditions or trigger points to become available. Keep an eye out for these opportunities, as they often provide unique and memorable experiences.
In conclusion, Yakuza: Like a Dragon offers a diverse range of challenges that will test your skills, patience, and determination. From tough boss battles to demanding side activities, the game provides a satisfying level of difficulty for players seeking a true test of their abilities. With the right strategy, perseverance, and a dash of luck, you'll conquer these challenges and emerge victorious in the world of Yakuza. So grab your controller, steel your resolve, and dive into the thrilling and challenging world of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.