The official ESRB rating description for the upcoming Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name has been posted, containing details justifying the game’s not-surprising mature rating.
Nothing here’s all that shocking or anything, but there are a few funny lines of dialogue.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name features two fighting styles where players can switch between the Yakuza and Agent fighting styles in visceral melee combat. With the Yakuza style, strike fear into enemies by unleashing wildly aggressive moves powered by Kiryu’s unparalleled strength and flair.
Or up the ante with the Agent style by delivering blows with absolute speed and precision while using an array of high-tech gadgets like electrified bind wires to stun enemies and then send them flying. This entry will also fill in the gap of why Kiryu appeared in the seventh mainline entry and set the stage for Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth.
You can view the full quoted ESRB description for Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name below:
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Kazuma Kiryu, a former yakuza member in hiding. As players explore the streets of Osaka and Yokohama, they engage in story-based missions, interact with characters, and fight various enemies (e.g., local gangs, street thugs). Players use punches, kicks, grappling moves, and objects (e.g., knives, bicycles, pipes) to defeat enemies in melee-style combat.
Players can perform scripted special moves (Heat actions), slamming enemies’ heads into walls or the ground, shooting them at close range. Combat is fast-paced and accompanied by impact sounds, cries of pain, and blood-splatter effects. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a man (depicted from behind) repeatedly stabbing an unconscious character; a character stabbed through the hand; a man shot in the stomach.
The game contains references to sexual material in the dialogue/text (e.g., “I like to try a variety of sexual positions”; “Now I’m throbbin’ so hard it hurts”; “a well-known celebrity in the S&M industry”). Kazuma can also interact with female hostesses, going on dates and unlocking video clips of women in revealing outfits (e.g., bunny outfits; deep cleavage; bathing in a bathtub).
The game contains frequent alcohol content: a female hostess drinking alcohol and encouraging Kazuma to drink (e.g., “Bottoms up”; “…I’m getting tipsy…”); stores and bars where players’ character can purchase and consume alcohol (e.g., beer, sake); a status icon denoting Kazuma’s intoxication status, as his movement becomes harder to control. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the game.
Thanks to Wario64 for catching this news.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Windows and Steam on November 9, 2023.
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