The man who erased his name

Kiryu fighting in Like a Dragon Gaiden The Man Who Erased His Name

The Like a Dragon series loves its comfort. Situated between Yakuza 6 and the imminent Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name does not stray off the beaten track and does not punch the player with a completely original experience . Instead, it just keeps players waiting until the game's next release by providing some familiarity. But where he shines is in the same area as always: history: History.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name follows Kazuma Kiryu as he fakes his own death and goes into hiding to protect the children at the orphanage from his enemies. Of course, they are looking for him, because that's what bad guys do. Kiryu agrees to join the Daidoji faction to keep his secret and becomes one of their top agents, operating under the alias Joryu. However, his enemies quickly discover that he is alive and well, setting off a series of events that have a major impact on Kiryu and the Daidoji.

This seems strangely familiar

Taking place primarily in the Sotenbori district of Osaka, the location should be familiar to players from previous titles. Naturally, as with all cities around the world, there have been some aesthetic changes and developments since Kiryu's last visit, but players will feel right at home in this recognizable setting. Plus, popular mini-games like karaoke and pocket track racing return, to keep Kiryu busy when he decides his joints are too sore from beating his enemies to a pulp.

When it comes to action, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name uses the classic Yakuza/Like a Dragon combat system that fans know all too well. Kiryu can also alternate between two fighting styles: Yakuza and Agent. Of course, this means there will be plenty of kicks, punches, combos, and the ability to use weapons lying around the environment. The addition of spy gadgets in Kiryu's new character is very interesting, however. He holds a lasso-shaped electric rope that allows him to tie up his enemies for a period of time, which comes in handy when the player feels outnumbered and needs to keep them at bay.

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A wild tale

With a main story lasting around nine hours, although there are countless side missions to complete, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name can seem like a fairly bare-bones game. However, this is far from being the case. Rather, it chooses quality over quantity in the story it tells, delivering the same wild narrative experience that has become synonymous with the series to this day.

The player can't help but become invested in Kiryu's journey, even when it reaches the height of ridiculousness. That said, the game's story is never boring for a single second, keeping everyone hooked on every twist and subplot along the way.

General opinion on Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is reminiscent of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales in that developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has not yet revealed all of its cards. Make no mistake, this is a middle game between the two main flagship titles, and it never pretends to be any other way. Despite this, it takes everything the series managed to do in the first place and fills an important narrative gap for Kiryu fans.

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Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Cleared His Name


  • Crazy scenario
  • Combat system


  • No real innovation in gameplay or setting
  • Too short to justify the price

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