Yakuza Dead Souls is not a bad game – it is a good game ruined by broken mechanics. Its story, scripting and sense of humour can’t make up for that. If you’re a long-standing fan of the Yakuza series, you’ll want to see how it all ends, but be prepared to endure a lot of pain before you get there. Otherwise, it’s best to stick to Yakuza 4 and pretend that this disappointing entry never happened.
The cut-scenes are great, and the zombies look alright; the rest, not so much.
Appalling slowdown betrays the series’ usual high standards.
Excellent voice-acting marred by very generic J-rock soundtracking the zombie shoot-outs.
Outside of the shooting, all is well, but the shooting itself is only tolerable for the first half of the game. After that it’s awful to play.
Lasting Appeal (6/10)
There are 20+ hours of gameplay here including side missions, but crucially, you won’t want to actually play it.