Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, the eighth mainline game of the recently rechristened Like A Dragon series, will include side content exclusively focused on Kazuma Kiryu.
While the previous mainline game, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, featured only the new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga in the lead role, Infinite Wealth sees a dual-protagonist situation where Kasuga and Kiryu both play a leading role to this “dramatic RPG”.
While Kasuga’s main mini-game/side content revolves around the rebuilding of Dondoko Island, Kiryu’s is a little more… somber. It’s called the Bucket List, and as the name implies, Kiryu is fulfilling some things he feels need doing knowing that his days are numbered.
The Bucket List activities includes:
- Life Links – Kiryu finds his past companions and see what they’ve been up to (includes meeting up with Kiryu’s old detective friend Date and fighting style guru Komaki)
- Memoirs Of A Dragon – Revisiting places in Kamurocho and Isezaki Ijincho for Kiryu to reminisce on past events
- Unfinished Business – “a collection of loose ends”- completion tasks for Kiryu like eat at a restaurant, singing karaoke, beating up enough enemies, etc.
Checking off the bucket list items will see Kiryu gain his Soul, Tech and Body stats, collectively referred as Kiryu’s Awakening level. Each level increase of a stat will either unlock general passives or new moves for Kiryu’s fighting style under the Dragon Of Dojima job. And colour-coded to match (Soul= blue = Brawler style, Tech = Red = Rush style, Body = Yellow = Beast style).
So by fulfilling Kiryu’s (likely) last wishes, he’ll regain his strength to fight at peak conditions.
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth will see Kiryu, Kasuga and the rest of the party on an adventure in Hawaii, which still involves the criminal underworld in some ways. The turn-based RPG has an improved combat system, a whole new town of Honolulu is there to be explored alongside familiar haunts from the series, and a story that can be dramatic, and bonkers, as any Like A Dragon games should be.
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth releases this week on January 26 for the PS4, PS5, PC (Steam, Microsoft Store), Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The PlayStation versions will have a physical release.