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Tear Jerker / Yakuza

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For a series filled with many awesome moments and badasses, it sure has its equal share of moments that would at least give a few tears.

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Yakuza 3

  • Rikiya's death in 3 is also pretty weep-inducing, especially since Kazuma actually turns on the waterworks when it happens. When someone as badass as Kazuma is reduced to tears, you can't help but follow suit.
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  • One of the karaoke songs "Shooting Star" is a beautiful ballad that definitely gives listeners the feels and the only one that has a sad vibe.

Yakuza 4

  • In order to get information on the wearabouts of his old boss Sasai, Saejima agrees to fight in a caged deathmatch by request of the Florist. He defeats his opponent, but when tossed a sword among the crowd's chants of "Kill him! Kill him!", he blows his top, delivering a Big "SHUT UP!" and telling the audience of the nightmare his life had been after carrying out a hit twenty-five years ago that left eighteen rival yakuza dead, with tears streaming down his face.
  • After the cage match, the Florist brings Sasai to Saejima. In the years since being sent to prison, Sasai had become homeless, senile, and borderline catatonic. When Saejima tries to talk to Sasai, though, something awakens in the former mob boss, and though it was difficult for him, he recognized Saejima and weakly called out his name.
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  • Late in the game, Haruka calls up Kiryu to inform him that Hamazaki had passed away in the hospital, and knew right away that he gave up his life protecting Kiryu, despite that she treated their old enemy with distrust and utter (but understandable) disdain earlier.

Yakuza: Dead Souls

  • In Ryuji's third chapter, when he finds Tetsu, he also finds that his takoyaki mentor has been turned into a zombie that resembles an octopus. Ryuji, who hasn't really shown a soft spot, is clearly devastated by this revelation, and reluctantly fights his old mentor. At the end of the emotional battle, Ryuji remembers how Pops taught him the proper way to kill an octopus, by killing it in one blow by striking its vitals between the eyes, done quickly and with love. He uses this very technique to put Pops out of his misery.

Shin Ryu ga Gotoku

  • One particular plot point will definitely hit home for fans of the original series. The Tojo Clan, the signature organization of the series, has been exiled. All the hard work Kiryu did in assisting the clan during its struggles over the course of 7 games was All for Nothing, because Kamurocho now belongs to the Omi Alliance. This also gives very dark implications as to the fates of many of its members, some of whom had only recently been released from jail by the end of 6.

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