Over the past week, we’ve been publishing features for what we’ve nominated to be the . On December 17, we will crown one of the nominees as GameSpot’s Best Game of 2020, so join us as we celebrate these 10 games on the road to the big announcement. Be sure to check out our other end-of-the-year coverage collected in our .
For several years, those who followed the Yakuza franchise were captivated by the legend of Kazuma Kiryu. He’s been the driving force behind the series, even when he’s off-screen, but for as much as we love him, Yakuza 6 let us know it was time to move on. It’s not easy to follow up the story of a strong character who has become beloved over seven games, so Yakuza: Like a Dragon had a lot to live up to. Now, however, it’s hard to imagine the series without our new lead and best boy Kasuga Ichiban.
Like a Dragon isn’t just about winning the hearts and minds of long-time fans, it was also an opportunity to show newcomers what Yakuza has always been about, and inviting them to enjoy it without having to wonder where to start or if they should play previous entries (I mean, they should, but still). That’s certainly a reason why Like a Dragon landed on GameSpot’s 10 best games of 2020–folks without prior knowledge were able to jump into the wild mix of gripping drama and absurdist humor and get the full Yakuza experience. But Like A Dragon is so much more than just a convenient entry point for newcomers.