Last week, Sega and RGG Studios released Like a Dragon Ishin, an Unreal Engine 4 remake of 2014's Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin. This remake was one of my most anticipated titles of the year as I am a huge fan of the original Ishin. I bought the remake on day 1 and like every other… Continue reading Why I Am Disappointed In Like A Dragon Ishin Kiwami
A Thorough List of Changes In Like a Dragon: Ishin!
Early this week, Sega released Like a Dragon Ishin, a remake of a game by the same name. I absolutely love the original Ishin, I played through the game twice and 100%ed it despite not knowing any Japanese other than the words used for saving the game. Because I'm such a huge Ishin fan, when… Continue reading A Thorough List of Changes In Like a Dragon: Ishin!
Like a Dragon Ishin DLC Practices Causes Fandom Uproar
While some fans were able to play the game a few days early, today marked the launch of Sega's newest title in their renowned Like a Dragon franchise: Like a Dragon Ishin, a remake of a PS3/4 game of the same name. Fans of RGG studio's games flocked to the title for its fast paced… Continue reading Like a Dragon Ishin DLC Practices Causes Fandom Uproar
A Semi-Comprehensive List of Canceled Sakura Wars Projects
Sega's Sakura Wars franchise is larger than a lot of people think. While there are only six main games (which are all masterpieces that you should play), there have also been a myriad of side material like OVAs, stage shows, manga, and even spin-off games. This side material expands the world of Sakura Wars and… Continue reading A Semi-Comprehensive List of Canceled Sakura Wars Projects
What is the Worst Possible Sakura Wars GB Playthrough?
Sakura Wars GB is one of the most unique spinoffs in the entire Sakura Wars franchise. Not only did it release on the handheld of Sega's rival, Nintendo, in an era where Sega was still producing consoles but it's also the only game in the franchise where you play as a self-inserted character interacting with… Continue reading What is the Worst Possible Sakura Wars GB Playthrough?
A Deep Dive Into Every Yakuza Minigame
Two years ago I embarked on a quest to platinum every single Sega game available on PS4 (and now PS5). Anyone who would undergo this task knows the biggest roadblock in doing that: The Yakuza franchise. The Yakuza games are known for having some of the best side content in gaming and having an absolute… Continue reading A Deep Dive Into Every Yakuza Minigame
Sega Has a Monopoly on Christmas Games
Merry almost Christmas everyone! It's almost time for people around the world to celebrate the holiday's most common tradition: Sitting home during a snowstorm and playing a video game! But what video game should you play? Well, why not celebrate the season even more by playing a game with a Christmas aesthetic?Ever since the medium… Continue reading Sega Has a Monopoly on Christmas Games
Yakuza Mystery: Kamulop’s Real Identity
In Yakuza 6 RGG Studios introduced Oni Michio, a cute mascot character for the small town of Onomichi. This character was an instant success and as such RGG began to put him in every game from Kiwami 2 to Like a Dragon. However, an instant issue began to arise with including Ono Michio in every… Continue reading Yakuza Mystery: Kamulop’s Real Identity
Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Feel the Heat!
Hello and once again welcome back to The Story Arc. If you've been paying attention to the site at all this month then you'll know that every two days I've been analyzing a different small mechanic from the Yakuza franchise and studying how it's changed from day to day.Over the past few weeks we've seen… Continue reading Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Feel the Heat!
All of Azami’s Ninja Rules from Sakura Wars
I love Azami Mochizuki, anyone who knows me knows that I can talk about this character for hours on end! One of the main recurring gags for this character are her 108 Village Rules. Whenever some character conflict happens or if the writers just want to tell a joke with her they'll often have her… Continue reading All of Azami’s Ninja Rules from Sakura Wars
The Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Chases
Hello and welcome back to the Story Arc, last week I began an adventure where every other day in December of 2022 I examine a minor mechanic in the Yakuza franchise and look at how it has evolved game by game. In the previous two articles I looked over how super small mechanics like locker… Continue reading The Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Chases
The evolution of Yakuza mechanics: Locker Keys
About a month ago I released an article about how Yakuza Ishin turned the Completion List into an actual gameplay mechanic and how every game since has tweaked and slowly evolved it. Upon writing that I got interested in examining other small mechanics that have slowly changed as the series has progressed. Thus I have… Continue reading The evolution of Yakuza mechanics: Locker Keys
The Relationships of Sakura Wars: Azami
Back in September of 2020 I wrote an article about Iris Chateaubriand and her relationships with the other characters in the Sakura Wars cast. I had always intended to write more articles like that for the rest of the Sakura Wars cast but by and large most of the original cast had very well defined… Continue reading The Relationships of Sakura Wars: Azami
You don’t understand Ryo and Lan Di’s rivalry
I've been in a Shenmue mood lately and sadly it hasn't been for any good reason. At the time of writing this it was just informally announced that the Shenmue anime wouldn't be getting a second season on Adult Swim. This has understandably been disappointing for many Shenmue fans as they hoped the story would… Continue reading You don’t understand Ryo and Lan Di’s rivalry
Every Change Like a Dragon: Ishin is making (That we know of)
About 2 weeks ago at the time of writing this article, RGG studios revealed that they would be remaking Yakuza Ishin and would be bringing it to the west for the first time, causing us all to rejoice! It's safe to say that a majority of Yakuza fans, myself included, were very excited over this… Continue reading Every Change Like a Dragon: Ishin is making (That we know of)