Yakuza is what you get when you transplant the structure and conventions of traditional JRPGs into a modern-day world, then combine them with a whole ton of sidequests, a satisfying brawler-esque combat system and a distinctly gritty, mature narrative.
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The original Western release of the first Yakuza game featured only English voiceovers, and more instances of the word “fuck” than an average night out in Portsmouth. Subsequent localisations have stuck with the Japanese voice track.