Judgment Review

Judgment Review

Judgment review by Tristan Ogilvie on PlayStation 4 Pro.

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– What's your name? – It's Yagami. Take a good look. – [Tristan] When it was
revealed that Judgment, a spin off from the Yakuza series, was going to cast the main character as a private investigator based in Tokyo's red-light district I had wondered if it would
break with Yakuza tradition and focus more on actual detective work. An L.A. Noire to Yakuza's
GTA, if you will. As it turns out Judgment is not that game. It's sprinkling of detective
oriented gameplay mechanics are mostly superficial
and fairly repetitive. But the good news is
that Judgment succeeds in more traditional ways
with its free flowing combat, entertaining diversions, and an absorbing serial
killer hunting plot, that all combine to make
for a better Yakuza game than 2018's Yakuza 6. (rock music) (metal clangs) (grunting) With the exception of a
few side character cameos from the Yakuza series, Judgment features an entirely new cast of heroes and villains and its plot is completely self-contained. Making it a no strings
attached entry point into the Yakuza series for newcomers. Further, if you're a non-Japanese speaker who's been previously turned off at the idea of playing
through dozens of hours of a dialogue heavy Yakuza
game with subtitles only. (speaking in foreign language) You'll be pleased to hear that Judgment's English
voice dubbing is excellent. – This is nothing personal. – [Tristan] Although it seems
odd that the lip syncing is being altered to
suit the English voices in some cutscenes but not all. – Are you sure we're
talking about the same guy? (mysterious music) – [Tristan] Main character Takayuki Yagami has a number of detective
oriented tools and skills at his disposal in order to
solve both the main mission, which revolves around a serial killer stalking high ranking underworld
figures, and side cases. Some of these methods are quite enjoyable, like piloting Yagami's camera drone to peer through the windows
of a multi story office block in search of a suspect. – [Man] There he is! – [Tristan] Others are less inspired, such as the quick time
event heavy chase sequences and tedious tailing missions, each of which are employed
by Judgment far too often without every varying the formula
to any significant degree. Well, aside from occasionally
make the perpetrator naked? (grunts) The bigger problem here is that despite the fact
the game is called Judgment there's surprisingly little room given to make your own decisions. You can brute force your way
through the conversation trees during a suspect interrogation because there's no fail state. And searching for clues at a crime scene is as simple as dragging the cursor around and pressing on anything that
makes the controller rumble. – [Yagami] Suspicions. – [Tristan] Only on a handful of occasions during my 35-hour playthrough was I left to properly
deduce anything on my own. The rest of the time I was allowed to trample along a
linear investigation path without any fear of ever
arriving at the wrong conclusion. (speaking in foreign language) – [Thug] Hey, who you callin' punks you homeless piece of shit. – [Tristan] Yagami may be a detective but just because he's a gumshoe doesn't mean he can't still kick some ass. Yagami's two switchable fighting
styles, Crane and Tiger, offer enough flexibility between them to suit any scrapping situation. (grunts) But it's his more acrobatic abilities that give Judgment's fisticuffs a freedom of movement not
found in any Yakuza game. Allowing him to vault
off objects and enemies in order to continually
change his angle of attack. It's effectively impossible for enemies to back Yagami into a
corner when he can do this. (grunts) This. (grunts) Or this. (grunts) Which is not to say that the
combat in Judgment is too easy, and indeed certain strong
or well-armed enemies can deal mortal wounds to Yagami, shattering fragments off
end of his health bar that can't be replenished by
consuming heath drinks or food. Mortal wounds can however
be treated with medical kits but these are both
expensive and only found in one specific area of the map. Rather than risk the inconvenience of having to treat my wounds I
found myself employing blocks and quick step dodges
more often in Judgment than I have in the Yakuza games and I felt more engaged
in fight as a result. (grunts) Judgment isn't all cracking cases and smacking faces though. And as is typical of Yakuza games there's no shortage of
entertaining diversions to tackle when you need a break from the main story. You can play the pinball
machine in Yagami's office. Hit the local arcades for a
number of classic Sega games. (thuds) Customize your drone and race it through the Kamurocho streets,
befriend and date NPCs, win money in a bizarre VR board game, spend it all on crowd funded products via the Quickstarter app on
Yagami's phone, and more. Although I was surprised to find the hilarious karaoke mini games traditionally found in the
Yakuza series absent in Judgment, especially since the Japanese
actor who plays Yagami is Takuya Kimura, a formal vocalist in one of Japan's most
popular boy bands of all time. – Now.
(shutter clicks) (grunts) (yells) (grunts) – [Tristan] Although I do wish its detective work had more depth, Judgement's smooth and
spectacular street fighting, eclectic array of side activities, and suspenseful serial killer based plot, makes for the best original Yakuza game of this console generation. With its high quality English language dub and all new cast of characters it's also the most
approachable for newcomers. Provided you're happy to serve justice with the swing of a sledgehammer rather then the knock of a gavel, Judgment is well worth investigating. For more Yakuza reviews
check out our verdicts on Yakuza 6: The Song of
Life and Yakuza Kiwami 2. (thuds) – [Yagami] Okay, that just happened.

48 thoughts on “Judgment Review

  1. Does anyone know if the Japanese bought version could be upgraded to have the English now that the western version is out ?

  2. If you did your research you know the game is originally called judge eyes but it ign so that doesn't matter now does it

  3. lol never blocked or sidestepped as much? Probably too scared to take on legend difficulty in yakuza games.

  4. I’d much rather have a yakuza sequel instead but this game is really interesting and fun. It’ll keep you busy until the next yakuza installment arrives. Sega tried to promote this game as something different and separate from yakuza ( which it is to a certain degree) but judgement plays very much like a yakuza game. It takes place on the same streets, has the same combat and the story is all about yakuza. The only thing different is they threw in some little detective work

  5. I bet half of the people bashing this review are just mindless sheep who simply follow the trend of "IGN bad". Hey I'm not a huge fan of them either, but this review was not that bad. Give the dude a break jeez.

  6. I'm glad that even though there's English dub it still gives you the option to switch it to Japanese.I will admit the English in this game sounds better than the dub they use in the original Yakuza but I still prefer the Japanese voices

  7. Im one of the few that thinks IGN is always fairly close in their reviews and scores. 8 is still a great score and I'll deff be picking this up when it drops down in price.

  8. Chances are that because the voice actor for the main character is an actual recording artist he does not completely own the rights to his own musical creations so the karaoke mini game would have cost a pretty penny to include his voice

  9. The one thing that's selling me on this the most is that Swing Beatdown. That was the smoothest, most ridiculous nonsense I've seen in a long time

  10. Who would win in a fight if they bumped into each other Kazuma Kiryu or Takayuki Yagami

    I don’t know why but I would root for Kazuma

  11. 2:19 It appears the game's first original english title was Judge Eyes, not Judgment, as we can see in various game box cover images, so this point doesn't… quite hold up?

    Sou so oretachi ga JUDGEMENT!!

    That song predicts this game tbh. It even has a line that says "I'm a detective stray dog"

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