I finished this the other day.
I want to get rid of the negatives out the way first. My initial thoughts of the gameplay were not good. I found the combat system unresponsive and clunky. I also was shocked how restrictive the main open area was as I bumped into invisible wall after invisible wall. This is something that should not exist nowadays and reminded me of PS2 games.
The combat became a lot better and fun as more abilities were unlocked. To be honest I really came to grips with it during the final section of the game which was a little disappointing as it was nearly over. The slugger style of Majima is my personal favourite style of combat. The combat though, once you got the hang of it was a lot of fun.
Now, in my view, where the game shines is in its story and character development. The story is a criminal gangster power struggle. The range of emotions that it takes you through is outstanding. One minute i'm grinning and the next i'm gobsmacked to wanting to burst into tears. The storytelling in this game is nothing short of outstanding.
The ending got me
The side quests are also great too. There are a range of scenarios from the most weird and uncomfortable to learning a few life lessons. Some of these are full stories. I found this refreshing after spending 80 hours playing FFXV over the summer that had made me carry out countless boring fetch quests.
Overall, I absolutely loved this game. Once it clicks playing through the game is an amazing experience. I now consider myself a fan and I am so glad that I gave the series a chance. I think everyone else should too.