Originally posted on 20 January 2016
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Destiny of a Dragon

Ryu ga Gotoku

The legendary man and the 10 billion girl

The first game in the series, remembered for its high degree of freedom and excellent story.


There was once a feared yakuza known as the "Dragon of Dojima". He is Kazuma Kiryu, a man who took the fall for the crime of killing his boss in order to protect his friend and the one he loved. Having served ten years in prison and returned to Kamurocho, he meets a girl called Haruka who is searching for her mother. At the time, 10 billion yen belonging to the Tojo Clan, the largest organisation in Kanto, has vanished. Many yakuza set their sights on Haruka, who holds the key to the secret of the 10 billion. To protect Haruka, Kiryu throws himself into the middle of the conflict, and faces the past he once left behind him...


The memorable first entry in the Ryu ga Gotoku series. Set in the fictitious game world's sleepless town of Kamurocho, it became a hot topic due to its impressive recreation of the atmosphere of an actual red light district. The player can roam the town freely, entering a variety of different establishments. By walking around town you will encounter all kinds of happenings, and sometimes engage in battle. Progressing through many experiences, the player draws closer to the truth of the incident surrounding the 10 billion yen.

What must not be forgotten when talking about Ryu ga Gotoku is its battle system. In battle, you are able to pick up all kinds of items from the area to use as weapons with which to fight. Its most stand-out feature is the ability to enjoy a rich variety of deadly brawling, such as knocking over a thug with one of the neon signs in the red light district or bashing him with a beer bottle. The more you fight the more your repertoire of moves increases, creating an extraordinary sense of exhilaration. You will accumulate experience not only from battle, but also from each of the events you encounter, allowing you to level up. Even eating around town or solving a trivial dispute will aid you.

Another of its big draws is being able to enjoy various play spots, such as cabaret clubs and massage parlours, which previously did not exist in games.

This is where, merging the drama of a man burdened by fate and the charm of mini-games, a new form of entertainment for adults was born.

"I am Kazuma Kiryu, fourth chairman of the Tojo Clan!"

The legend began here...
Release date: 8 December 2005
Cast: Takaya Kuroda, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuya Watari, Junko Mihara, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Kei Grant, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Hidenari Ugaki, etc.
Console: PS2
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