You no longer have an excuse not to play a Yakuza game.
I’ve been telling people for years to try this series, all the while knowing deep down that I was asking the impossible. I mean...jumping into such a lore-heavy franchise at its 4th and 5th entry, hundreds of hours deep into conspiracies and personal dramas, was crazy talk.
With Yakuza 0, that’s no longer a concern. This is a prequel, an origin story, set well before the events of nearly everything (Yakuza 4's 80s flashbacks aside) that has come in the series since. New players don’t need to worry about getting buried under a mountain of politics and intrigue and inter-family warfare, because this is where it all starts.
And it’s where you should all be starting, because this is 2017's first great video game.