Hot off the heels of the April release of Judgment comes the highly anticipated sequel, Lost Judgment! This action-packed brawler with the intrigue of a prestige drama series is out today from the creative minds of the award-winning Yakuza series. Leap into the gumshoes of Takayuki Yagami, the former defense attorney turned private detective, as he puts his sizeable streets smarts, armory of detective gadgets, and fiercest fighting moves against those who consider themselves above the law. Embroiled in an impossible case of two crimes occurring simultaneously, he must hit the streets of Yokohama’s back alleys and go undercover at a local high school to uncover the truth of a twisted tale mixing organized crime, bullying, and the meaning of justice.
Lost Judgment offers new users a completely seamless approach to the series, whether you are rookie detective or Yakuza series veteran, with a fresh standalone story requiring no previous experience necessary. But that doesn’t mean it’s all the same game of cat and mouse, there are plenty of new elements making their way into the Judgment series for the first time, like…
Float like a butterfly, bite like a snake
Yagami has been adding to his repertoire since we last saw him. In addition to the return of the Tiger style, an offensive powerhouse designed to dismantle single targets, and the Crane style, an acrobatic and nimble form emphasizing sweeping strikes to take on groups of foes, Yagami has refined a new Snake style that takes the momentum and power of his enemies and turns it against them. This new defensive style allows Yagami to employ a more defensive framework, opening new avenues of attack against aggressive foes. With a variety of joint locks, throws, and strikes so powerful they cause enemies to pass out from fear, this new “soft-handed” approach from Yagami might be the most powerful yet.
A detective is only as good as his tools
The key to any good investigation is clear observation, and there’s only so much that can be gleaned with sharp eyes and ears. In addition to employing many of his signature techniques, like his trusty drone, the Yagami Detective Agency has added some new tech to their repertoire. Get ears on far away targets utilizing the Noise Amp or find hidden electronics with the Signal Detector. Deploy man’s best friend on the case with the new Detective Dog and put Yagami’s athleticism to the test with new parkour abilities.
Plenty to explore off the clock
Make sure to take some time to explore the modern playground of Yokohama with plenty of the signature side activities and minigames the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio team has become famous for. Whether it’s participating in several high school clubs like the Dance Team and Robotics Club, hanging out at the arcade and playing Sega classics like Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Fighting Vipers, or Sonic the Fighters. You can also kick back at the office with Master System classics like Fantasy Zone and Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Nothing beats getting around town on a skateboard and visiting the local skate park, getting stocked up at the local supermarket or trying your luck at the local gambling den — there’s always plenty to do in the neon-soaked cityscape of Yokohama.
So lace up your sneakers, charge up the drone, and grab a disguise — we’ve got a case to solve in Lost Judgment!
December 2021, Tokyo district court. Akihiro Ehara stands accused of groping a woman on a crowded train. A bystander’s video footage of his attempt to flee the scene and subsequent apprehension is all over the news, and public outcry demands a maximum sentence.
“Three days ago, a dead body was found in an abandoned building in Yokohama. Have you identified it yet?” he proclaims as confusion cuts through the court room.
His defense lawyer, Saori Shirosaki, has no doubt that crucial details of the situation have been overlooked, as Ehara was not even tried for the murder. She contacts detective Takayuki Yagami to investigate this further.
How could Ehara have committed two crimes at once? Was the sexual battery just a cover up? Has Ehara gamed the entire justice system? As victims surface and Yagami digs farther into the truth, he is faced with a question: Defend the law, or enact justice?
From just a single stumble, one can become a monster…