Kotaku’s Essential Guide To Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

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Yakuza 8, or Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth has finally arrived on consoles and PCs, and in case you haven’t heard, this one’s a banger. Not only is it the fastest-selling game in the series so far, it’s also easy on the eyes, fun to play, and lets us spend a whole lot of time with some utterly unforgettable goofballs. Whether you’re a newcomer to the series or a Tojo Clan old-timer, you’ll find something here to make your Hawaiian getaway even more fun.

Ichiban Kasuga poses shirtless in front of the camera.

Screenshot: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio / Kotaku

I’m soaking up the sun as I stroll along the beautiful beaches of Hawaii when suddenly a group of suspicious-looking characters take notice. As they approach, threatening me, I’m transported from the reality of Hawaii around me to some kind of alternate dimension where I’m expected to pull off some thrilling heroics. My enemies no longer look like your average tough guys on the street—their eyes glow red, they’re able to spew toxic fumes at me. But their new monstrous appearance is no match for my sweet selection of skills, my trusty baseball bat, and a crew of comrades who are ready to dive in with their own eccentric combat skills. But before they throw down, they’ll have to wait their turn, of course. — Claire Jackson

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Chitose, Kasuga, and Tomizawa jump in the air while wearing bathing suits.

Screenshot: Ryu Ga Gotoku / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

The newest game in the Like a Dragon series, Infinite Wealth continues the series’ focus on interpersonal relationships. In fact, it even has a button dedicated to saying hi to people. And once you hit the streets of Hawaii, you won’t just say hello, you’ll say aloha, and will gain a friend in the game’s in-world social media app, Aloha Links, which will unlock in chapter three. Let’s unpack the benefits of making friends this way in Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s latest role-playing game. — Claire Jackson

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Ichiban holds up a bug while standing in-between two costumed characters.

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The Yakuza series is known for its in-depth and absorbing minigames, and the series’ latest entry, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, is no exception. If you’re playing Infinite Wealth, you’ve probably already heard about its Animal Crossing-inspired island life sim, Dondoko Island, where you can create a tropical resort for fun and profit. — Jen Glennon

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Ichiban Kasuga holds a surfboard.

Screenshot: Ryu Ga Gotoku / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Jobs. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. In Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Jobs are simply another term for “Class,” and switching them up will alter your characters’ stats and reward them with new abilities as you increase their ranks. Some Jobs can be equipped on multiple characters, while others are exclusive to specific ones (such as Kasuga’s “Hero” Job). — Claire Jackson

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Ichiban swims with a dolphin.

Screenshot: Ryu Ga Gotoku / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Released on January 26, 2024, Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth is a satisfyingly deep RPG with a great story, wonderful characters, and tons of activities to complete. Featuring turn-based combat, a swappable class system, and plenty of rewarding opportunities to strategize, the latest game in what was formerly called the Yakuza series is as deep as it is masterable. — Claire Jackson

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