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: Lost Judgment (PS5) – Immense Side Content Makes Up for Sequel’s Surprisingly Sloppy Story

Too cool for school.

We absolutely love Judgment — especially on PlayStation 5. Despite being the starting point of a spinoff franchise, we’d go as far to say that it’s hands down one of the best Yakuza games — and so its sequel, Lost Judgment, comes saddled with high expectations. There’s no doubt that this is a bigger, and arguably more ambitious release. The sheer amount of varied side content in Lost Judgment is impressive — even by Yakuza standards — and it’s a game that you can get lost in for hours on end, chasing all kinds of optional objectives alongside a complex main story. But at times, this anticipated sequel can feel both stretched and bloated; far less cohesive and focused than its predecessor. Bigger isn’t always better.

If you’ve played Yakuza: Like a Dragon, you’ll know the main setting of Lost Judgment very well indeed. The diverse cityscape of Yokohama is your stomping ground, slightly repurposed in order to facilitate the adventures of private detective Takayuki Yagami. The protagonist takes a trip to Yokohama to celebrate the opening of a brand new detective agency, but as you can imagine, it’s not long until he’s back on the job.

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