SEGA’s Yakuza games transport players into the heart of Japan’s criminal underworld.
Would you like to start playing the Yakuza gaming series but not sure where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about the popular Japanese franchise.
Release order of Yakuza games
If you want to play Yakuza in release order, you might need to dust off your old Playstation 2, as the first two games in the series were designed for that particular console.
However, due to the game’s popularity and the ever-changing world of gaming technology, you can play Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC instead.
Here are the eight mainline games in the Yakuza series in release order – with no spin-offs or re-releases.
- Yakuza (2006)
- Yakuza 2 (2008)
- Yakuza 3 (2010)
- Yakuza 4 (2011)
- Yakuza 5 (2015)
- Yakuza 0 (2017)
- Yakuza 6 (2018)
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2020)
Order of the Yakuza timeline
Each game in this series contributes to a narrative centered on watching the main character, Kiryu, grow and become a more skilled fighter – while learning new styles.
If you’re following the series in timeline order, you’ll need to branch out and add some of the other Yakuza games to your timeline order.
If you want to play the yakuza game with a full and easy to understand narration, here’s how to play at the perfect timeline.
- Yakuza 0- discontinued in 1988
- Yakuza Kiwami – Set in 2005
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 – Set 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 – Set in 2016
- Verdict – set in 2018
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon – Set in 2019
- The Lost Judgment – takes place in 2021
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What other Yakuza games are there?
In addition to the eight main games in the series, a number of spin-off games, re-releases, and compilations have been released over the years.
The very first franchise spin-off to be released was Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! – which was released in Japan and Asia in 2008.
Just a few years later, Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō, also known as Project K, was released in 2010 – later a sequel Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura hen was released in 2012.
After the success of the first few spinoff games, the developers added more to the list – here are the following spinoffs and re-releases of the series.
- Yakuza: Dead Souls (2011/2012)
- Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! (2014)
- Fist of the North Star: Paradise Lost (2018)
- Ryu ga Gotoku Online (2018)
- Judgment (2018/2019)
- Streets of Kamurocho (2020)
- Ryū ga Gotoku 1&2 HD for Wii U – (Reissue 2013)
- Yakuza Kiwami (Reissue 2017/2019/2020)
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Reissue 2017/2018/2019/2020)
- The Yakuza Remastered Collection (Reissue 2019/2021)
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