Yakuza is more action-based than Shenmue, if that's fine with you. I'd recommend starting with 1 as that is the original game in the series, rather than 0 which while it takes place before it chronologically it was released afterwards.
Most every aspect of Yakuza is objectively superior to Shenmue, and I feel Yakuza is in another strata of gaming quality. IMO (™)(®). The difference in control setup alone, which is kind of important....is huge. Yakuza does have more action yes, but also some nice RPG elements. Leveling up your character, weapons, crafting. In general, there's lots to do. Great story, excellent voice acting. Even the side stories/mission are fantastic. I could go into more detail, but I'll just say go for it, and If you don't hate Jim Sterling, here's a lovely video he made earlier this month focusing on the world and map design, which, much like the 2 videos he made for Yakuza 0, is very positive. The footage in the video doesn't offer much, as it essentially loops from what I remember, so it's more about what he's saying than anything else.
Been thinking about getting into the Yakuza series, and I'm just looking for some insight from you all.
Once was told it's in likeness to shenmue, which i did truly enjoy on the Dreamcast back in the day, is that an accurate comparison?
Also, if i do jump in, do i need to start with 0 or can i do 1 first? asking because 1 currently sales for $16 with GCU @ bestbuy, while 0 is still $40.
100 % YES!
Yakuza has it all - an incredibly exciting story, lots of interesting characters, great gameplay with lots of mini-games, an incredible atmosphere and an extensive combat system. Shenmue fans have been loving Yakuza for a long time.It's time for you to play and enjoy it too :)
Start with Yakuza Zero or Yakuza Kiwami.
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