This review was written and scored using the PS5 version of the game after 48 hours of gameplay.
After a while, I found it impossible to shake loose from these systems, even at times when I desperately wanted to plough on with the story a little. Tying it all together is 'Another Life' — a farm mode. Lord help me, I simply cannot say no to a farming simulator, especially if it gives me the Stardew Valley-like freedom to leave at any time, beat up thugs for a few hours, then come back to harvest some crops as a 'break.'
When it comes to Like a Dragon Ishin trophies
, everything that TT’s Sean Lawson wrote about the Yakuza series trophies
back in September 2022 remains utterly true. You can leave no single stone unturned: beat the story, the minigames, the side games, the side stories, the little mundane activities, the bonus content, the bonus
-bonus content — all of it.
What tactics can be used to earn this platinum sooner? Well, I recommend farming strawberries or ginseng as soon as possible to bump up your income, which you can trade for a few better weapons and armour that will make the fights a tiny bit easier. You can also complete the Battle Dungeon mode earlier for easier resources and better superpowers.
That’s really as good as I’ve got, this will just take hours upon hours to platinum no matter how you approach it. The best tactic is really just to lean into it all, let the game take you wherever it wants, and enjoy it like you would a change in lifestyle for 80-100 hours until the platinum pops and you realise you haven’t eaten real food in days.