SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have revealed more details about the two battle styles in Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name – Yakuza and Agent style.
Check out all of the combat details of Like a Dragon Gaiden below:
Like a Dragon Gaiden – Yakuza Style
Known as the “Dragon of Dojima”, Kazuma Kiryu became a legend in the criminal underworld after countless battles.
Characterized by ferocious haymakers, bone-shattering kicks, and the impromptu use of nearby objects as weapons, Kiryu’s fighting style is designed to completely overwhelm his foes. Even after he joins the Daidoji, his technique continues to become more and more refined, nearing the realm of perfection.
Yakuza style Heat Actions are dramatic skills that pulverize enemies with Kiryu’s signature power. In Extreme Heat Mode, Kiryu’s power is enhanced and allows him to pummel his foes mercilessly without pause. On top of automatically picking up any nearby weapons and attacking enemies with them, he can also continually use Heat Actions in this state. Even fierce opponents cannot withstand this ferocious onslaught.
Kiryu can harness a new skill called the Ultimate Counter, which allows him to reflect tremendous amounts of damage back when a boss performs a special move. In Yakuza style, Kiryu can use Ultimate Counter to crush the incoming attack with brute strength, break the enemy’s guard with a ferocious kick, and then hurl them away in a violent throw.
Kiryu can also acquire new skills and abilities by purchasing the books listed in the catalog you receive from the Daidoji faction. These come in a variety of different genres, such as instructional guides, academic books, novels, manga, and more. Their price varies from book to book. Valuable tomes can cost hundreds of thousands of yen.
Some books contain detailed descriptions of skills. Some inspire Kiryu to think up a new skill, and some
remind him of techniques he used in the past.
Like a Dragon Gaiden – Agent Style
This secret fighting style was developed by Daidoji Agents to better carry out their intelligence operations. It combines martial art techniques from different countries and time periods with equipment known as “gadgets”. Those who master this style are said to possess complete control of any situation, no matter the opponent.
Forced by the Daidoji to learn their techniques, Kiryu now has the skill set to complete any operation flawlessly. It’s a style befitting of Joryu, a man who has erased his name.
Agent style Heat Actions are ruthless yet sophisticated techniques that show a glimpse into the true nature of the Daidoji’s secret martial arts. In Extreme Heat Mode, it draws out the gadget’s abilities to the max, allowing Kiryu to take down multiple enemies in style.
The Serpent will output at full throttle, allowing Kiryu to unleash blindingly fast kicks. Bee drones will
immediately swarm to launch a massive joint attack. The Spider watch will shoot even more wires than its
usual maximum. Firefly bombs will create explosions larger than with a rocket launcher. Making full use of
these gadgets enables Kiryu to suppress enemies with ease.
Kiryu can harness a new skill called the Ultimate Counter, which allows him to reflect tremendous amounts of damage back when a boss performs a special move. With Agent style, he will deflect the attack with a precise axe kick, deal a swift elbow strike, and then use gadgets to fling the boss around, entangling any nearby enemies.
Kiryu has 4 upgradeable gadgets that he can use in Like a Dragon Gaiden Agent Style:
- Spider – A tool that ejects very thin wires from a watch to restrain enemies. You can attack restrained foes, draw them towards you, or throw them to the ground. This gadget can be utilized in a wide variety of ways, including picking up weapons from the ground or snatching them away from enemies.
- Serpent – A compact jet spray mechanism hidden inside Kiryu’s shoes allows for bursts of accelerated
movement. At this high speed, his tackles have the destructive force of a warhead. By enabling quick close-ins and retreats, the Serpent synergizes with many other gadgets when mastered.
- Firefly – A small bomb shaped like a cigarette. Several of these gadgets can be thrown consecutively. They will explode after a set amount of time. You can even set off a chain of explosions, making these a strategic tool that can be tremendously effective if thrown at the right time and place.
- Bee – An autonomous combat auxiliary drone powered by AI. They are reliable allies during Kiryu’s Agent duties, following him around wherever he goes. Their main function is to fly in one after another and disrupt enemies.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is launching on November 9, 2023 for PS4 PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.