Navigating Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth as a New Western Player
It’s evident that Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth is strategically tailored for Western audiences. As one of Ryu Ga Gotoku’s notable forays into the Western gaming sphere, the promotional efforts have included a high-profile stream with Twitch sensation xQc (which received mixed fan reactions) and an advertisement featuring American comedian and streamer Druski. Placed in the scenic backdrop of Hawaii, a setting that seamlessly blends Japanese and American elements, the game aims to capture a global audience, leveraging Hawaii’s widespread appeal as a culturally iconic holiday destination.
Despite the heavy focus on Western marketing, I suspect that newcomers to the series may find Infinite Wealth to be a challenging entry point. Having personally wished for the opportunity to finish the immediate predecessor, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, before delving into Infinite Wealth, I observed that the game doesn’t provide much guidance through its intricate lore. While there is a brief overview in the game’s first chapter, summarizing the events of the previous installment, players who haven’t experienced Yakuza: Like A Dragon or Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name may find themselves perplexed about the unfolding narrative.
My recommendation is to persevere through the confusion, as the game proves enjoyable even if you lack familiarity with Kasuga’s backstory. One aspect that might be harder to overlook, however, is the quality of the English voice acting. While not necessarily subpar, the performances don’t reach the level of excellence, and personally, I find the Japanese dub to be a more preferable option.
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