Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth’s Bucket List Pays Homage to Ishin and Dead Souls
In Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, the bucket list side story involving Kazuma Kiryu cleverly references various spinoffs from the Yakuza series, including Dead Souls, Kenzan, and Ishin.
The poignant narrative twist in Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth unfolds as fans discover that Kazuma Kiryu, the beloved karaoke expert, is grappling with cancer, marking a critical juncture in his life. This development leads to a series of missions called the Bucket List, where Kiryu embarks on a journey across Hawaii and Kamurocho, reminiscing about events from the Yakuza series.
The Bucket List entries titled “Dreams of Another Life” provide Kiryu with an opportunity to reflect on and reference past Yakuza games, not just limited to the main canon but extending to spinoff titles like Dead Souls, Kenzan, and Ishin. These entries portray Kiryu recalling events from these non-canon games as if they were dreams he experienced. For instance, the Dead Souls memoir sees Kiryu expressing the strangeness of dreams, recounting one where Kamurocho was overrun by zombies, and he had to combat them with an “absurdly large gun,” a charming homage to the underrated spinoff.
In the Ishin reference, Kiryu humorously shares that he once dreamt of being Sakamoto Ryoma and, in an unexpected twist, a member of the Shinsengumi. Despite acknowledging that Ryoma wouldn’t make such a choice, Kiryu notes the vividness of the dream, playfully speculating that it might be a glimpse into a past life.
While these references do not canonize the spinoff games, they serve as a delightful and interesting way for RGG Studio to pay tribute to the unconventional titles within the Yakuza universe, offering a treat for dedicated fans who have been following the series throughout its journey.
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