There's never been a better time to play Yakuza games. The series made its Western debut in 2006 and was previously exclusive to Sony platforms for several years. However, that has all changed recently, as Yakuza's unique brand of action-adventure is now available on a multitude of platforms, including Steam and Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.

Yakuza games revolve around steel protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, whom you follow on a journey into the heart of Japan's wretched underworld. You'll experience life as a hard-nosed Yakuza, though there's plenty to do (and people to shake), it's not all work and it's not play. There's a staggering amount of recreational activities on offer, from singing karaoke to dining in restaurants and playing Sega classics in the arcades; you'll even end up running a cabaret club.

Combat is a mainstay, unsurprisingly in a world where disputes are often resolved violently. You'll be battling all manner of shady lows, delivering devastating combos and overwhelming heat moves that will have even the toughest player going up a notch.

Yakuza is certainly a mature series at heart, but it can also be downright hilarious.. It's amazing how he manages to strike such a fine balance between being utterly brutal and totally insane.

It also makes definition difficult. Yakuza is often called "Japanese Grand Theft Auto," but that doesn't do it justice. It's a hodgepodge of so many different systems and mechanics, from RPG progression to rhythm-based minigames, and it's much more story-driven than the Rockstar GTA. It also combines everything so beautifully that it really gives the impression that there is nothing quite like it.

With Yakuza: Like a Dragon on the horizon, which will be the seventh main entry in the series, We'll show you how to play Yakuza games in order, how they rank with reviews, and a list of all Yakuza games released to date..

Ready to show your dedication? It's time to wander the streets of Kamurocho and discover what it means to be a Yakuza.

How to Play Yakuza Games in Order: Chronological Order

Yakuza Kiwami system requirements

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Even if you know Sega's long series, the Yakuza timeline can be a bit confusing. To play the games in chronological order, you will have to start with Yakuza 0, where a fresh young Kazuma Kiryu begins to make his mark. Then there's Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 (great remakes of Yakuza and Yakuza 2), and then, well, it's pretty clear from there. Here's how to play them all in chronological order:

  • Yakuza 0 (takes place in 1988)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (a remake of Yakuza on PS2, takes place in 2005)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (a remake of Yakuza 2 on PS2, takes place in 2006)
  • Yakuza 3 (takes place in 2009)
  • Yakuza 4 (takes place in 2010)
  • Yakuza 5 (takes place in 2012)
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (takes place in 2016)

How to Play Yakuza Games in Order: Release Date and Platform

Yakuza 0

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Do you want to play Yakuza games in order of release? Well you'll have to dust off your old PlayStation 2 to play the first game in all its glory in standard definition. However, we don't recommend it because you can play Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2, which are modern highlights of the first two games. This should also save you a trip to the attic.

  • Yakuza (2006, PS2)
  • Yakuza 2 (2008, PS2)
  • Yakuza 3 (2010, PS3)
  • Yakuza 4 (2011, PS3)
  • Yakuza: Dead Souls (2012, PS3)
  • Yakuza 5 (2015, PS3, PS4)
  • Yakuza 0 (2017, PS4)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (2018, PS4)
  • Yakuza 6 (PS4)
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection (PS4)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS4, TBD)

Yakuza games for Xbox Game Pass for console and PC: more to come in 2020

Yakuza Kiwami 2

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Xbox series s
Next-gen performance on the smallest Xbox ever
288,98 EUR

 

One of the biggest surprises at Microsoft's X019 event was the announcement of the definitive arrival of the Yakuza series on Xbox., more importantly, Xbox Game Pass. If you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, these are the games you can download right now.

  • Yakuza 0 (now available on Xbox One, PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (Now Available on Xbox One, PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Coming Soon on Xbox One, PC)

Top Ranked Yakuza Games

Analysis: Yakuza 2 for PS2 tastes like Next-Gen

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Although reviews of any game are completely subjective, we have listed the best Yakuza games based on their Metacritic rating. We highly recommend playing Yakuza 0 first if you're new to the series, as it's the most comprehensive version of the game and is a great introduction to the quirky series. It is also the highest rated game among critics, along with Yakuza Kiwami 2.

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Yakuza 0 Zero
Yakuza 0 Zero
Playstation 4 action game; 1X video game; and that his brand ends up being murdered.
20,57 EUR
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Yakuza Princess
Yakuza Princess
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); MASUMI, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Eijiro Ozaki (Actors); Vicente Amorim (Director) - Danilo Beyruth (Writer) - Tubaldini Shelling (Producer)

 

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