SEGA recently announced Lost Judgment, a sequel to their spin-off to the Yakuza series, Judgment. So far, the announcement trailer already confirmed that this game will take place in both Kamurocho, the main city featured in the majority of the Yakuza games, and Isezaki Ijincho, a city first introduced in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Both cities featured their own set of fun activities. But given the substories and side activities available in the first Judgment game, it’s a bit difficult to guess what activities will be available to Takayuki Yagami now that his investigation moves him between the two cities.
That being said, here are our picks for activities that we’re hoping to see in the upcoming game.
Lost Judgment‘s High School Activities
Lost Judgment’s reveal event and trailer showed us a peek of this. Yagami will be going undercover in a high school in Ijincho to gather information to solve the game’s main case. The reveal event mentioned that he’ll be interacting with “students from all walks of life to help them out.” These interactions will unlock optional “School Stories”. While not fully fleshed out yet, the reveal gave us snippets of possible activities that Yagami could get into in Lost Judgment. This includes robotics, boxing, and dancing. All these events look exciting, and we can’t wait to see how these activities further flesh out Yagami’s personality.
Some Form of Racing
Dragon Kart was a fun activity first introduced in Yakuza: Like A Dragon. It was a fun, over-the-top go-karting minigame that allowed players to pick up items and use them during races to help them take the lead against their competitors, ala-Mario Kart. On the other hand, Judgment introduced drone racing, which gave Yagami a way to use his drone outside of his investigations. This was a more straightforward type of race that just required you to use your drone and race it across a set track. What both minigames had in common was that they gave you a chance to upgrade your vehicle to your liking. Given the two locations in Lost Judgment, it probably wouldn’t be surprising if we saw either one, or both.
Gambling: Legal or underground, we don’t care
In Judgment, L’Amant gave Yagami a place where he could play casino favorite minigames like blackjack and poker. Similarly, Yakuza: Like A Dragon gave us the “Pachislots”, a fusion of Pachinko and Western slot machines. We can expect these gambling activities to return. In both games, these were ways to obtain some items that players could use during fights. The only question now is if gambling we’re getting is a legal activity or an underground one.
More Fleshed-out Side Cases in Lost Judgment
Exclusive to the Judgment series is the investigation activities. Given that Yagami is a detective, it isn’t surprising that one of the ways to fill his downtime is to solve cases sent to him. The reveal event for Lost Judgment showed us that the scope of work Yagami would need to do for investigations would go beyond tailing (or chasing) people, scanning a scene for clues, and using disguises; as mentioned in the reveal event, side cases in the upcoming game will now highlight Yagami’s stealthiness, wiretapping skills, and athleticism, among other skills. Aside from this, Kamurocho and Ijincho are two very different cities. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how different the citizens of the two cities are through the side cases. In true Yakuza fashion, we can expect the side cases to range from serious crimes to wacky spur-of-the-moment events.
All the Classic Yakuza Activities
It’s not a Yakuza game if it doesn’t give you a much wider choice of activities to enjoy during downtime. There were so many small activities available to us throughout the Yakuza series and Judgment. Darts, arcade games, batting, beating up hooligans on the street – the list goes on. It wouldn’t feel like a Yakuza or Judgment game if any of these classics were missing.
Ready to crack the case? Lost Judgment releases on September 24, 2021, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.