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Yakuza: Like a Dragon trailer shows off sad karaoke, sports trivia, and vocational school

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon (opens in new tab) is ostensibly a crime story: A tale of betrayal and revenge in the seedy underworld of Japan. But it's more than just that—or maybe different from that. Or not that at all? It's hard to tell, really, but there sure is a lot going on.

The new trailer, appropriately entitled "The Quest Begins," showcases the minigames that downtrodden hero Ichiban Kasuga will take on, probably multiple times, as his heroic journey unfolds. There's a Guitar Hero-style rhythm game, darts, a corporate shareholders meeting, sports trivia, batting cages, a driving range, arcade fighting games, whatever's going on with that chicken, and honestly that's where I lose track because then it starts to get weird(er).

Oh, and there's karaoke—sad, lonely karaoke. In fact, Sega clarified that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will, for the first time, feature English versions of the "most beloved karaoke songs from previous entries in the series," plus a half-dozen brand-new ones:

  • Baka Mitai (I've Been a Fool)
  • Hell Stew
  • Like a Butterfly
  • Machine Gun Kiss
  • Spring Breeze
  • The Future I Dreamed Of

Clearly I failed to grasp the significance of karaoke to the Yakuza series, but I can honestly say that I'm a lot more curious about Yakuza: Like a Dragon now than I was before I watched this video. 

Yakuza: Like a Dragon comes out on November 10 and will be available on Steam and the Microsoft Store. If you haven't already seen them, here are the system requirements (opens in new tab)

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.