Yakuza 0 Moment

I haven’t really made a point to write for this past week or so. There are a number of reasons for this, but I’m not going to delve into them at the moment. One of the main reasons though is that I actually don’t have access to my computer. That is a big part of it. Writing on my phone isn’t the most convenient thing in the world.

Me not having my computer takes away the convenience [along with some of the enjoyment that comes from] writing. Whenever something comes up, threatening what is routine and comfortable, then it breeds a certain displeasure that is — by nature — life-altering. This is not to say that when these things take place, they drastically interrupt and change the course of our lives. The severity of these situations are relevant, certainly. I only use life-altering for the sake of illustrating that they do indeed alter our lives, in some way; shape; or form.


In addition to not having access to my computer, I have been unable to go to work this week. As such, I currently possess a more cleared out schedule than usual. For the past three days, I have been grinding on Yakuza 0 on my PS4. I bought the game a few months back, but I only played it off and on a few times. I think I was on chapter 4, prior to me picking it back up this week. I finished the game last night (17/18 chapters).

There is a lot that I could say about this game; but, as one would suspect, I do not possess the patience to touch base on each and every detail which made an impression upon me. My laziness honestly knows no bounds, so I can’t really say that I’m surprised. At any rate, this is one of the most incredible games I’ve played.

Prior to my playing the game, I had a vague knowledge about the Yakuza series. What I knew was limited mostly to the memes and other tropes that are often encountered throughout social media, etc. I’ve been familiar with them for some time. Had I not only gotten a console within the past few months, I probably would’ve started playing the games years ago.

The gameplay and fighting mechanics were solid. It was honestly better than I expected it to be. Though, I don’t know if it is accurate to say that I had any expectations anyway. Granted, it is SEGA, but I still didn’t know what I was getting into.

This is where Yakuza 0 truly shines: as a heavy narrative-based game. There are no words that could illustrate the depth, nothing that I can say will really encapsulate the emotion of the journey that it is this game’s main storyline. It is a beautiful, heart-breaking, human tale that demonstrates both the grayness of life and unbreakable bonds that transcend reason.

I love this game.


I’m probably gonna start on Yakuza Kiwami at some point. I doubt that I will grind it out like I did Yakuza 0, but who knows…

I apologize for the lack of depth to this post. I want to get onto a regular schedule for writing, but it is rather difficult when my computer is not at home. Gonna try to get on top of that as soon as I can.


Anyways, if you read this and happen to never played Yakuza 0, give it a whirl — if you want.

Take care,

Joe

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