Lost Judgment

released on Sep 24, 2021

Lost Judgment once again puts players in the sneakers of lawyer turned street-fighting detective Takayuki Yagami. Joined by his partner, ex-yakuza Masaharu Kaito, the crime-fighting duo is called on to investigate a seemingly perfect crime whose lead suspect has an airtight alibi. What starts out as a tale of revenge reveals a tangled web of conspiracy involving several unlikely factions taking advantage of a broken law system. But as victims pile up and Yagami unravels the truth, he must choose between defending the law or exacting justice.

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For all my problems with some of the main story beats, this game has maybe the best ensemble cast in RGG Studio's oeuvre. Amazing antagonists, there are so many characters that make you smile when they reenter the story. As a crime drama, I like the first better, but as a collection of characters this game is the clear winner.

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literally so good. i cant describe how much enjoyment i got out of this game, especially just coming off of the first judgement. Just to list a few of the highest praise ive got:
-Tsukumo becoming a main character after his side character status in the first judgement is a really good decision. everybody loves my man tsukumo
-Kuwana is the best villian ive seen in a video game in a very long time.
-side content is all fun, was only really annoying once or twice
-best protagonist and friends dynamic ive seen in a video game. the gang of all time

Finished in 2022
I hadn’t played any of the Yakuza type games before this and I decided to test the waters with Lost Judgement. I was instantly sold. The gameplay is incredibly fun and diverse - I just roamed around town for hours and the school subplot is just so much fun.

fiction peaked so hard that i'm left speechless
probably has one of the best villains in the entire RGG franchise, up there with Yakuza 2

they put juggling in a Yakuza game. i mean the original Judgment also had juggling but now they give you even MORE opportunities to bounce people off the ground. also the sheer content is on the same level as Yakuza 5. yeah the story can be a bit derivative of the original and i really miss the friend system, but they more than make up for it in the fun department.

there's a cat on the title screen