Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a game full of surprises for new players and series veterans alike, but one thing is a constant: The game only really begins when you are free to explore the city at your leisure. The game starts you off in Tokyo’s Kamurocho district (a common location across all Yakuza games) for the first two chapters, but don’t get too comfortable here–it’s basically a big tutorial for learning the basics of combat and exploration. Come Chapter 3, you’ll be dumped in Yokohama’s Isezaki Ijincho region, where the bulk of the game will take place, and in Chapter 4, you’ll become free to explore this sprawling map in full.
But it’s rough: Hero Kasuga Ichiban has barely any money or possessions to his name and needs to work his way up from rock bottom. To help you tackle the opening sections of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we’ve compiled some tips on how to better make money, get around, and obtain the resources you need to fight some of the more challenging battles that lie ahead.
For our thoughts on the game, read our Yakuza: Like a Dragon review. Otherwise, you can expect more guides in the coming days.