I’ve been playing Yakuza 0 for review, and while I’m not ready to share my final impressions, I wanted to show off some of the game’s strange – and seedier – missions. Join me as I walk video producer Ben Hanson through a few side quests, fights, and activities. Warning: This one is definitely rated M.
There’s a wacky tone that permeates many of the game’s side missions, but several of them stopped me in their tracks for just how weird they got. I captured footage from three of those missions, and was excited to share them with Ben Hanson. We dive right into things with a mission focused on a soft-spoken dominatrix who doesn’t seem to have what it takes to succeed in the S&M industry. Thanks to my help, and an inexplicable appearance from a group of children, I teach her the finer points of humiliation. We highlight a couple more missions, between glimpses of the game’s activities including fishing, winning prizes at claw machines, and gambling.
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As I mention repeatedly during the video, these aren’t necessarily representative of the side missions as a whole, but they’re definitely in the game. Thanks to the game’s silly tone and its willingness to poke fun at itself, these moments are more amusing than perverse.
Yakuza 0 is coming to the PlayStation 4 on January 24.