Yakuza: Like a Dragon Includes a Dragon Quest Puff Puff Parody
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio revealed new details on Yakuza: Like a Dragon through Famitsu, most notably that Masaru Watase from Yakuza 5 is back.
This week’s issue of Famitsu magazine includes a feature on Yakuza: Like a Dragon, seeing the PS4 exclusive will be out next week in Japan. The feature includes new comments from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio who most notably revealed the game parodies Dragon Quest‘s Puff Puff Girls. By paying 50,000 Yen to a “Nigi Nigi Girl”, protagonist Ichiban can become “happy”.
Puff Puff is basically the act of stuffing one’s face into the chest of a woman, and it appears in many Dragon Quest games. Obviously, you don’t see anything and it’s only implied. Initially, Puff Puff described the sound effect associated with that act and was made popular by Akira Toriyama in Dragon Ball, as Kame Sennin often mentions it.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon parodies many JRPGs elements, so this reveal is far from surprising, especially considering the Yakuza series already did way more than that with things like its adult video actresses webchat minigame. Puff Puff is typically the kind of element that shows Dragon Quest is an actual religion in Japan, as it never gets censored or changed despite the games being rated Cero A. Cases like Masahiro Sakurai explaining how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being rated Cero A prevented it from including SNK’s Mai Shiranui shows how Dragon Quest is exempt from these rules.
The Famitsu feature and staff comments also reveal Masaru Watase from Yakuza 5 is one of the returning characters in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and that both him and Daigo Dojima, which we already saw ingame, will play a role in the main story. We also learned that the Dragon Kart mini-game includes a course set in Kamurocho and that the game has yakuza coat of arms to collect, for an even longer lifespan.
Lastly, we have, thanks to the usual leaks, some comments on Yakuza: Like a Dragon from the Famitsu review staff, who mentioned in a nutshell that the game feels both like a classic JRPG and a classic Yakuza game. According to the reviewers, the game’s main story is 30 hours long, and it takes over 100 hours to fully clear everything. Yakuza: Like a Dragon got a 9/9/10/10(38/40) in Famitsu. In my opinion, though, you should never give importance to Famitsu’s notes because of how illogical they are, coupled with possible conflicts of interests, as lastly seen with Death Stranding.
Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio also published new screenshots for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, showing some of the new and returning characters in action. Profiles for Kazuma Kiryu, Goro Majima, and Taiga Saejima were also published. Kiryu’s profile mentions he was reported dead in 2016. The profiles for Goro and Taiga mention no one knows what happened to them since when Ryo Aoki’s “Kamurocho 3K plan” happened, and how they are friendly enough to call each other brothers.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon also includes a Pokemon parody named Sujimon, tons of different Jobs including DLC-only ones, and Final Fantasy-like summons. You can check all that out in our previous coverage, which includes the latest trailer. You can also check out our playthrough of the demo.
PS4 exclusive Yakuza: Like a Dragon is titled Ryu Ga Gotoku 7 Hikari to Yami no Yukue in Japan and will launch there on January 16. The game will come west later in 2020.