Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a mini-game filled madhouse

Posted on January 21, 2018

Brace yourselves fans of Yakuza, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is almost here. A mere 15 months after the Japanese release, which in Yakuza terms is much earlier than usual. In support of this, Sega has released a new trailer demonstrating some of the many mini-games that will keep us entertained (or distracted perhaps) whilst exploring.

Anyone that has played Yakuza knows that one can spend tens of hours just playing the various mini-games available. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is absolutely no exception. Everything from your basic game of darts to what appears to be a fully fledged baseball game. Check out the trailer and we will have a look at some of the more interesting aspects.

Yes Sega, when the town plays hard, play harder. A couple of notable points from the trailer include a fully formed Sega World. Space Harrier and Super Hang On are clearly visible among others. However the highlight must be Virtua Fighter 5 and in Japan online play is fully accessible. Hopefully that is the case here as well. Including a full version of a AAA fighting game (which can stand on its own) as a mini-game is just Sega crazy cool.

There was always the batting cages in previous Yakuza titles and of course they return here. But this time bringing along with them a baseball management simulator, so there goes 20 hours right there. One of the more odd mini-games appears to be a spear fishing adventure followed up by an encounter with a giant shark.

Of course, the series also has a number of intensely Japanese side quests. The hostess clubs will no doubt return so you can spend your criminal cash wining and dining. There is an ‘online chat’ mini game, Mahjong, Kitten Petting, looking after a baby (Haruka) and work on your dad bod in the gym.

Long story short, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life appears to be the most activity packed Yakuza yet. So get that annual leave booked in, you will need it.