We talk spoiler-free about Sega's Yakuza series, an action RPG franchise that started on PS2 and continues today on PS4. Which games are best and worst? Where's a good place to start? Which are good to import, and which are available in English? All that and more.
0 - Intro
0:02:01 - Yakuza series in 1 minute
0:03:33 - Our experience with the series
0:05:50 - Yakuza isn't GTA
0:08:53 - Which game should you start with?
0:16:01 - Should you import? Which ones?
0:18:45 - Importing Ishin and Zero
0:24:33 - Yakuza's hurdles to localization
0:30:20 - Sega's marketing (or lack thereof)
0:34:15 - Tropes vs. Yakuza
0:40:41 - In-depth discussion of Yakuza Zero
0:44:05 - Why make a prequel with these characters?
0:47:40 - Japan's economy bubble
0:53:12 - Bubble-era culture: beepers, disco and more
0:59:30 - 1988 Kamurocho and Soutenbori
1:03:25 - Creeping out NPCs
1:08:08 - Combat in 0
1:18:20 - Making it rain: money in 0
1:20:54 - Sex and objectification
1:29:50 - Future