For the first time ever, a Yakuza/Judgment title is having a simultaneous worldwide release. And if you were one of those fortunate to pre-order the Digital Deluxe or Ultimate Edition of Lost Judgment on Xbox and PlayStation, that simultaneous release date is here a little bit earlier. Today in fact.
Somewhat confusingly, Lost Judgment is the sequel to the Xbox Series X|S exclusive Judgment, despite this being available on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. For those with the new consoles, Lost Judgment comes Optimised for Xbox Series X|S, but still looks spectacular on Xbox One consoles.
You once again play as Takayuki Yagami, a former lawyer turned private detective. After the events of the first game, Yagami has become a bit of a local celebrity. All that really means though, is there is a bigger target on his head. His former colleague, Saori Shirosaki, is defending a man named Akihiro Ehara in court after he was accused of groping a woman on a train when he suddenly says something to turn the case on its head.
“Three days ago, a dead body was found in an abandoned building in Yokohama. Have you identified it yet?” states Ehara, whilst still on trial for something completely differen. Now Yagami has to investigate whether Ehara was in two places at once, and how he knew about this body.
Lost Judgment features the same brawler system that the Yakuza franchise was built on, but now Yagami has more fighting styles at his disposal. Add to that the addition of the city of Isezaki Ijincho from Yakuza: Like a Dragon alongside Kamurocho, and Yagami will need all the fighting styles he can get to keep the criminal underworlds of two cities under control. All that, and he still manages to find time to go undercover at a high school.
If you still want to grab Lost Judgment on Xbox a few days earlier than the main release, then you have a couple of ways to do so. The Digital Deluxe Edition is priced at £54.99 and comes with the Detective Essentials Pack and School Stories Expansion Pack. The Ultimate Edition comes with all this plus the Character Story Expansion where players will be able to play as Yagami’s best friend and sidekick Kaito for the first time. This is priced at £74.99. Or, you can wait a few more days until the 24th September and pick up the standard edition priced at £49.99. Whichever version you pick up, let us know in the comments below.
You can also find Lost Judgment causing a stir on PS4 and PS5 too.
Stay tuned for our full review of how this plays.
SEIZE THE TRUTH December 2021, Tokyo district court. Akihiro Ehara stands accused of groping a woman on a crowded train. A bystander’s video footage of his attempt to flee the scene and subsequent apprehension is all over the news, and public outcry demands a maximum sentence. “Three days ago, a dead body was found in an abandoned building in Yokohama. Have you identified it yet?” he proclaims as confusion cuts through the court room. His defense lawyer, Saori Shirosaki, has no doubt that crucial details of the situation have been overlooked, as Ehara was not even tried for the murder. She contacts detective Takayuki Yagami to investigate this further. How could Ehara have committed two crimes at once? Was the sexual battery just a cover up? Has Ehara gamed the entire justice system? As victims surface and Yagami digs farther into the truth, he is faced with a question: Defend the law, or enact justice? From just a single stumble, one can become a monster…