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Review: Lost Judgment – Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Strikes Again

Another fantastic entry.

When the original Judgment launched, it came at a time when the Yakuza series was gaining momentum in the West. Fast forward to today and the franchise has grown exponentially, resulting in Lost Judgment being the first instalment to launch worldwide simultaneously. With such a gargantuan task ahead for developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, it easily could have been a misfire in a long-standing series. Yet, against those odds, the team has managed to push out another expertly crafted title with Lost Judgment, the latest release which rivals the best of the Yakuza franchise.

Compared to other entries, Lost Judgment tackles some fairly heavy themes. The plot sees a police officer by the name of Akihiro Ehara amidst a groping scandal and when the trial goes to court, it’s there he reveals the details of a separate crime – a dead body tied up in an abandoned building. In steps detective Takayuki Yagami, who stumbles into the investigation after uncovering reports of bullying in a school. What follows is a Netflix-esque binge-worthy plot, full of twists, turns and mysteries.

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