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Yakuza 6 is a brilliant send-off for one of gaming’s best characters

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Built on a brand-new engine and billed as leading man Kazuma Kiryu’s exit from the long-running Sega series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life manages to feel like a reboot and a finale all at once. The result is a subdued, surprisingly intimate game that ends with a satisfying bang.

The Yakuza series has always been something of an enigma outside of Japan. Its distinct combination of tense crime drama, quirky writing, and classic brawling action never garnered a huge audience in the West. Last year, though, that started to change. First Sega released Yakuza 0, a prequel that served as the perfect entry point to the series and followed it with a modern PS4 remake of the original PS2 game. (A remake of Yakuza 2 is also launching in August.)…

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