Published on August 20, 2021
Updated on September 15, 2022

All Yakuza Games Ever Released (2005-2022)

The Yakuza franchise has been around since the PlayStation 2 era, but it was until recent years that the series’ popularity would jump to be the center of mainstream attention. It’s all thanks to Yakuza 0’s Baka Mitai that more and more fans would jump on to experience Kazuma Kiryu’s adventures. Again, thanks to Yakuza 0’s commercial success, it paved the way for Judgement, and Like A Dragon to make an entrance into the franchise.

You may be wondering how many titles are there but worry not anymore. This list will feature every Yakuza game released throughout the years. Starting from the latest entries to the original releases in the franchise. We hope that this will list will help you discover the whole set in one article.

Lost Judgment™


2021 LOST JUDGMENT:裁かれざる記憶 (Lost Judgment: Sabakarezaru Kioku)
About
Release Date
September 24, 2021
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Lost Judgment is the sequel to the original critically acclaimed Judgment released back in 2019. It puts you in the shoes of a private detective Takayuki Yagami investigating a suspect criminal accused of both sexual harassment and murder. Amidst investigating, he’ll discover that there’s more than that.

The gameplay in Judgment is pretty similar to Yakuza 0 and Kiwami. Yagami has three fighting styles under his belt. He can perform powerful kicks that send enemies flying home or execute special attacks that obliterate his foes. Compared to Kiryu, Yagami is quicker and deadlier. However, to break free of the same formula, Lost Judgment incorporates stealth sequences, platforming, and times where you have to catch a suspect before they flee away. And of course, there are plenty of mini-games and side quests to keep you hooked for hours to end.

Streets of Kamurocho

Release Date: October 17-19, 2020
Developer: Empty Clip Studios, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher: Sega
Platform: PC (Steam-Microsoft Store)
Timeline: Part of Sega’s 60th-anniversary celebration-Not canon

Streets of Kamurocho is Sega’s love letter to the Streets of Rage fanbase. The aforementioned is a promotional freeware beat’em up video game developed by Empty Clip Studios in collaboration with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. Unfortunately, it was available for a limited time only. Those who were lucky managed to get their hands on it before the anniversary ended.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon


2020 龍が如く7 光と闇の行方 (Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue)
About
Release Date
January 16, 2020
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
JRPG
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Yakuza: Like A Dragon broke free of the traditional beat ’em up gameplay to follow a different approach. The aforementioned, unlike previous entries, is a turn-based video game in the style of Dragon Quest, and Final Fantasy XIII.

The story of Like A Dragon casts you in the role of Ichiban Kasuga who has been betrayed by his former boss. Ichiban then goes on a quest to uncover the reason behind his betrayal. He won’t go into this quest alone. He will meet with powerful allies that will prove to be valuable.

Despite the transition from the beat’em up gameplay, to a turn-based one, Yakuza: Like A Dragon proved to be a commercial success selling more than enough to warrant the continuation of Ichiban’s saga.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection


2019
About
Release Date
August 20, 2019
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Concepts
Crime, Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The Yakuza Remastered Collection is a compilation of three incredible instalments from the series; Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5. For those who missed out on previous instalments and want to delve deep into the series for the first time ever, this collection has all you need. It’s been remastered to fit modern standards, with improved visuals, sounds and the ability to pick through 3 different games.

Judgment™


2018 JUDGE EYES:死神の遺言 (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon)
About
Release Date
December 13, 2018
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Judgment is a Yakuza spin-off that casts you in the role of private detective Takayuki Yagami as he roams the fictional city of Kamurocho, fighting vigorous thugs and yakuza while investigating and accomplishing certain missions. Unlike the Yakuza franchise where you had to plunge into the world of the Japanese Mafia, Judgment focuses entirely on investigating murder cases and tracking down anyone responsible.

The gameplay in Judgment feels fresh and easy to master. Yagami is faster and more potent thanks to his martial art techniques. His acrobatic kicks, tough fists, and special attacks all work in his favour in order to defeat anything that he deems a threat.

We can only hope that the PC community will one day get the chance to experience Judgment and the sequel in the foreseeable future.

Yakuza: Online

Release Date: November 21, 2018
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Android | iOS | PC
Timeline: Canon
Japanese Title: Ryū ga Gotoku Online

Ryû ga Gotoku Online is the first entry in the franchise to introduce Ichiban Kasuga as the new protagonist. However, Kazuma Kiryu also returns as the man in a side story while retelling the events of the original Yakuza.

Yakuza: Online is a free-to-play Gacha video game released exclusively in Japan. To play it, one needs to have a VPN installed on their PC/mobile phone. Similar to other gacha games, this one features memorable characters from the franchise, including Goro Majima.

Yakuza Kiwami 2


2017 Remake 龍が如く 極2 (Ryū ga Gotoku Goku 2)
About
Release Date
December 07, 2017
Initial Release: December 07, 2006
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Perspective
Third-Person
Concepts
Crime, Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS4 Releases
2017-12-07
2018-08-28

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of the original Yakuza 2 released back in 2006. The remake didn’t change anything in the story. In fact, it brought more content to the table, and what’s more the visuals were massively improved compared to Yakuza 2. On the other hand, the gameplay was altered to play similarly to Yakuza 6.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 sees you playing as Kazuma Kiryu being pulled back into the Yakuza realm. Kiryu is called back into action when Terada is assassinated by an organization. A new conflict arises and it’s up to Kazuma Kiryu to prevent this conflict from escalating into a bloodbath.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life


2016 龍が如く6 命の詩 (Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta)
About
Release Date
December 08, 2016
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

The Song of Life is the last entry featuring Kiryu’s adventures and marked the introduction of a new protagonist. The story in Yakuza 6 is epic and wholesome at the same time. Kiryu is released after being imprisoned for three years for his past crimes. Hoping to have a peaceful life after being released, he learns that Haruka is in a coma, and a conflict has sparked in the Yakuza world. But what makes Yakuza 6 wholesome is that Kiryu gets to act as a caring godfather for Haruto.

As you would expect from a Ryu ga Gotoku game, Yakuza 6 is, by every definition in the book, a masterpiece. Everything about it will spark joy in your experience, including the karaoke, the fight scenes, the story, and the visuals. Definitely, a recommended entry to not miss in the franchise.

Yakuza Kiwami


2016 Remake 龍が如く 極 (Ryū ga Gotoku: Kiwami)
About
Release Date
January 21, 2016
Initial Release: December 08, 2005
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Perspective
Third-Person
Concepts
Crime, Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS4 Releases
2016-01-21
2016-05-25
2017-08-29

Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the original Yakuza released back in 2005. What makes the remake worth the shot is the ” Majima Everywhere ” introduction. Basically, after Kiryu gets out of prison, he sadly loses his dragon spirit. Majima notices that, and to bring Kiryu’s missing spirit, he will teach him the hard way. Kiryu will encounter Majima literally everywhere: stores, empty corners, disco dancing places. Not only that but, Majima also knows how to hide inside a trash bin, or under the sewers. So, whenever Kiryu passes by, Majima will show up.

In Yakuza Kiwami, Kiryu has 4 different fighting styles under his belt: Brawler, Beast, Rush, and traditional Dragon style from the original Yakuza game. If you want to master these styles, you better use a gamepad because A REAL YAKUZA USE A GAMEPAD.

Yakuza 0


2015 龍が如く0 誓いの場所 (Ryū ga Gotoku Zero: Chikai no Basho)
About
Release Date
March 12, 2015
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Multiplayer, Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

Yakuza 0 ignited the franchise’s popularity and brought it to the mainstream table. Thanks to Baka Mitai memes, the franchise managed to capture the attention of many, including those who were looking for a similar game to Sleeping Dogs. Little did they know that the aforementioned is much superior while the latter not holding a handle against it.

This entry in the series was the first to introduce Majima as a fully playable character along with Kiryu. It gave both of these characters their own combat style. Hence, the ” Battle Style ” system was introduced.  It came as a shock, but I think the guys at SEGA could’ve been influenced by Devil May Cry’s combat style? Who knows, it could be.

Mastering these battle styles can prove to be a challenge, especially when using a keyboard and mouse. That is why A REAL YAKUZA USE A GAMEPAD.

Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!


2014 龍が如く 維新! (Like a Dragon: Restoration!)
About
Release Date
February 22, 2014
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Hack & Slash
Concept
Samurai
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Remakes
Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
(2014 Original Release)
Like a Dragon: Ishin!
(2023 Remake)

” Kiryu has never killed anyone before “. Wrong, he did, and he did relentlessly in both Ishin and Kenzan. Not with his fists, but with a katana and a freaking gun. However, despite featuring Kiryu as the main protagonist, the game is sadly considered a spin-off and was released exclusively in Japan.

When it comes to the story, Ishin is set in the Bakumatsu period between 1853 and 1867, and it features influential figures in the era. The plot is pretty similar to previous entries in the franchise, except this time it takes place in the samurai era instead of the Japan-modern day.

Yakuza 5


2012 龍が如く5 夢、叶えし者 (Ryū ga Gotoku 5: Yume, Kanaeshi Mono)
About
Release Date
December 05, 2012
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

Yakuza 5 is one of those entries where Kiryu was a total badass. Well, he always was, but in this one? He was the Guts from Berserk. For the first time in the franchise, the aforementioned included five places across Japan. It also introduced new playable characters such as Shun Akiyama,  Taiga Saejima, and most importantly Haruka.

Shortly after the release of Yakuza 5, it was followed by Yakuza Ishin then the prequel, Yakuza 0. All of these three games proved to be successful and it kind of upped the franchise’s popularity to a new level. However, the franchise still owes it to Yakuza 0 for boosting the series’ recognition beyond expectations.

Ryū ga Gotoku 1&2: HD Edition


2013
About
Release Date
August 08, 2013
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Concepts
Crime, Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition is a definitive remaster of the Yakuza duology which was released originally on the PlayStation 2. Quite sadly, this collection was released exclusively in Japan on the Wii U and PlayStation 3.

The visuals have been improved, with the game having less blur in comparison to the originals. Additionally, loading times have been lowered drastically, offering a smooth experience for those who missed previous instalments in the series.

Black Panther 2: Like a Dragon Ashura Chapter


2012 クロヒョウ2 龍が如く 阿修羅編 (Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura-hen)
About
Release Date
March 22, 2012
Developer
syn Sophia
Publisher
SEGA
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Concept
Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura-hen is yet another spin-off of the Yakuza series. Despite being related to the Yakuza franchise, it was unfortunately not developed by the Ryu ga Gotoku Studio. Syn Sophia is the actual developer. The latter is known for making some of the best fighting games such as EA’s Def Jam titles.

Although kurohyô was released exclusively for Japan, it managed to spawn a live-action adaptation that aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System back in April 2012. Not only that but also a manga that consisted of 3 volumes. The manga adapts the story of the original Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō released in 2010.

The gameplay is pretty similar to the original Yakuza titles, but the combat isn’t. The combat feels more like Def Jam: Vendetta if you ask me. The graphics are okay for a PSP title, not bad, and not mind-blowing either. If you want to play this game, you need to hunt the fan English patch in case you don’t understand Japanese.

Yakuza: Dead Souls


2011 りゅうがごとく オブ ジ エンド (Ryū Gagotoku Obu Ji Endo)
About
Release Date
June 09, 2011
Developer
SEGA
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
TPS
Concept
Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Somebody must’ve been a great fan of Capcom’s Dead Rising franchise at Sega because that’s what Yakuza: Dead Souls feels like. Yakuza defending the world from nasty zombies. Surprisingly, the game comes packed with lots of fun.

Dead Souls casts you in the role of different known Yakuza members as they attempt to survive the zombie outbreak that caused the citizens of Kamurocho to turn into the walking dead. It’s up to Kiryu, Majima, and others to dig a bullet into their skull. I can only hope that Dead Souls ends up coming to PC one day. And if it sells, maybe SEGA can make a death racing video game in the vein of Jak X? A dream come true.

Black Panther: Like a Dragon New Chapter


2010 クロヒョウ 龍が如く新章 (Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō)
About
Release Date
September 22, 2010
Developer
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher
SEGA
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Concept
Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō is the prequel to Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura-hen. Both were released exclusively in Japan for Sony’s PSP.

The story casts you in the role of a youngster named Tatsuya Ukyo lost in the streets of Kamurocho and its citizens after being framed for an assault. As a result, he ends up dropping from high school to live the life of a thug.

Yakuza 4


2010 龍が如く4 伝説を継ぐもの (Ryū ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu wo Tsugumono)
About
Release Date
March 18, 2010
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

With the success of past Yakuza titles, Sega didn’t have any intentions of stopping the making of new entries in the franchise. Back in 2010, Sega would release Yakuza 4, a new entry in the franchise starring Kazuma Kiryu and several new characters. Including, Taiga Saeijima, Shun Akiyama, Masayoshi Tanimura.

You’re back to Kamurcho, and problems are once again an obstacle Kiryu and his buddies need to solve. Many consider Yakuza 4 as their favourite entry in the series just because Shun Akiyama is a playable character. But personally, I think Yakuza 4 deserve a thumbs up for being the first game to introduce more than 2 playable characters with their own unique battle style before Yakuza 0.

Yakuza 3


2009 龍が如く3 (Ryū ga Gotoku 3)
About
Release Date
February 26, 2009
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

Ryu ga Gotoku 3 is the first canonical entry in the franchise to hit the PlayStation 3 back in 2009. It cast you in the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu managing his own orphanage, living the good life, away from the Yakuza life. But shortly after, he’s slowly pulled into the Yakuza action he was desperately trying to leave behind.

The controls in Yakuza 3 are pretty clunky for today’s standards. The graphics are pretty manageable, but the gameplay? Holey kamoley. You’d better be prepared for what you’re getting yourself into because, at times, the combat is extremely frustrating.

Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!


2008 龍が如く 見参! (Like a Dragon Arrives!)
About
Release Date
March 06, 2008
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Hack & Slash
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

Kenzan takes the crown for being the first spin-off entry in the franchise, and the first to give Kiryu a samurai look. Unfortunately, Kenzan was only released in Japan, but we do hope that one day Sega will finally decide to localize it outside of Japan.

In the meantime, while waiting for a miraculous Yakuza Kenzan and Ishin localization, you can play the games using a PS3 emulator.

Yakuza 2


2006 龍が如く2 (Ryū ga Gotoku 2)
About
Release Date
December 07, 2006
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Perspective
Third-Person
Concepts
Crime, Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Remakes
Yakuza 2
(2006 Original Release)
Yakuza Kiwami 2
(2017 Remake)

Yakuza 2 is the original sequel to the first Yakuza game released back in 2005. Despite being released in an era when the PS2 was on its way out, it managed to sell according to expectations.

You play as Kazuma Kiryu being pulled back into action. Kiryu is called back into action when Terada is assassinated by an unknown organization. As a result, a new conflict unleashes and it’s up to Kazuma Kiryu to prevent this conflict from escalating into a bloodbath that could cost too many lives.

Yakuza


2005 龍が如く (Ryū ga Gotoku)
About
Release Date
December 08, 2005
Developer
Amusement Vision
Publisher
SEGA
Franchise
Yakuza
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Perspective
Third-Person
Concepts
Crime, Martial Arts
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Remakes
Yakuza
(2005 Original Release)
Yakuza Kiwami
(2016 Remake)

The game that started it all. Toshihiro Nagoshi had a dream to make a game centring around drama, yakuza, and beating thugs. The idea came out after he realized that there weren’t any video games about Yakuza in Japan. At first, Sega was unsure whether that type of video game would sell, but in the end, Nagoshi managed to convince his boss to let him develop his own game.

Yakuza’s initial sales were poor, but shortly after, they would bomb to sell above expectations, and so a sequel was greenlighted. Years after, the series is still on fire.

This marks the end of this article. Thank you for reading.

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About Yakuza

Initial Release Date
December 08, 2005 (17 years)
First Entry
Yakuza
Country of Origin
Japan
Main Developer
Amusement Vision
Main Publisher
SEGA
Main Genre
Beat 'Em Up