Yakuza 0 is a game that is filled to the brim with content. From substories and minigames to upgrades that you can get for your various fighting styles. There’s a lot to be done and for newcomers to the series, it can seem very intimidating and daunting. Don’t worry though, here’s a little guide to help you along your journey.
Take Your Time
While the main story of the game takes a while to set itself up, once it does you’ll be absolutely hooked. Once you reach Chapter 5, the game really starts to open and allows you to explore Kamurocho and later on Sotenbori. While you may have encountered a few side-missions during Chapter 2 and 3, take this opportunity to explore the city. You’ll find plenty of side-missions while just running around or going from Place A to Place B. These side-missions will reward you with cash, items or even sometimes the person themselves will be available to help you in your side gig which is Real Estate and Running Cabaret Club. Take your time to explore the towns and take in the very immersive world that they’ve built. The Karaoke bar is my favourite place to go but you can also choose to go to the disco or maybe you fancy racing Pocket Cars. Maybe bowling is right up your alley or how about smashing some home runs. There’s a lot of options so have fun exploring.
Making That Sweet Money
Speaking of your side gig, once you reach a certain chapter you will unlock the Real Estate and Cabaret Club mini-game/side story. While they seem irrelevant they are extremely great at making you money and by the time you’ve completed them, you’ll be swimming in money. While the Real Estate does make you more money, later on, you get the ability to switch items and transfer money between the two protagonists so upgrading your characters will be much easier. They also have a nice story that gives the incentive to complete them and the final reward is absolutely great and I wouldn’t want to spoil that for anyone. While it can be a bit of a grind, I highly suggest you do it as soon as you can just for the money that it brings and because of the “final reward”. The process can be sped up through the use of CP upgrades which makes the grind much more easier while taking less time.
Hang Out With The Clown
As you complete side-missions and other little tasks, you’ll be awarded Completion Points. CP can be used to upgrade and get what I like to call “Quality of Life” upgrades in the game. You can get an upgrade to increase the amount of time you can sprint, an upgrade to decrease the time it takes for your real estate to pay out and an upgrade that makes Mr. Shakedown payout 1.5x more money than he carried. All of these can be gotten at a Shrine that’s located in both the towns alongside Bob Utsunomiya 0. Bob also gives you access to DLC items for free and some of the items he gives you can really help early on in the game.
Shakedown Mr. Shakedown
Mr. Shakedown is a very daunting foe who prowls the streets to beat you up and steal all your money. He is extremely strong and will most likely absolutely destroy you when you first meet him but don’t let that scare you too much. While early on in the game he can be quite a handful, once you upgrade yourself enough you can take him on. The added experience of understanding the combat system and the various fighting styles will help you beat him. While your side gig is a great way to make money, Mr. Shakedown is the best way to increase that money really quickly especially once you get the CP upgrade that has him give you 1.5x times money when you beat him. Arm yourself with a good weapon and a bunch of heat energy drinks and you can just spam heat moves to victory and continue to roll in cash.
Use Multiple Save Slots
While this might be an obvious one for some people, it might not be for others. Learn to rotate saves so instead of saving to just a single save slot, use the high amount of save slots that you are allowed(I have about 28 saves, don’t know what the cap is). It’s also a good idea to have a save that is at the start of each chapter, in case you may want to go back and replay it. The PC version also has a save anywhere feature that can be enabled by changing a setting in one of the game’s .ini file but be warned, don’t ever use it in a fight because it will break that save file. Here’s a link to help you enable you should you want to.
Fight Your Way To The Top
There’s a lot of angry people in the streets who want to beat you to a pulp for no apparent reason. While they do get annoying, try to engage them as much as possible, especially in the earlier stages of the game. Not only will this help you to get a feel for the combat and the various fighting styles, it will also reward you with money and CP which you can use to upgrade your player. Learning to block and dodge is vital and can be your downfall during a boss fight so practicing it when fighting people on the street is a good idea. You can also practice using different weapons and heat moves this way without worrying about losing health or heat since once you beat them, you can easily go into a restaurant and get back that lost health. Plus, it is extremely fun and satisfying to just destroy folks who stand in your way with heat moves and new moves that you’ve unlocked.
Friendly Neighbourhood Yakuza Man
A lot of the side missions required you to level up a friendship meter with that person. While it may seem like a waste of time, try doing it because they can have various benefits. From joining you in your side gig to giving you their place of occupation to manage, there’s always a benefit. You also get to learn more about the characters themselves which really helps with the world building and makes you feel like you actually got to know them over the course time. It’s a neat little system that is very rewarding.
That’s just a just a couple of pointers to help steer you in the right direction to help you fully experience Yakuza 0. The game has a lot to offer and is extremely fun with great pacing that always has you hooked. Stay tuned for a full review of the PC port of Yakuza 0.
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