The Lost Trial Review: The sequel is a lot of juggling, most of which are groping

In an abandoned building in Isesaki Ijincho, Yokohama, a decomposed body has not been found. At the same time, a police officer was on trial in Tokyo for sexual harassment.in the whole process Lost judge, Takayuki Iori of Iori Detective Agency slowly uncovered the connection between these two things. The sequel to the Yakuza spin-off judge Featuring a new narrative, it aims to push the series forward and build on its solid foundation as a legal drama. Unfortunately, Loss of judgment Falling into the same narrative trap of the type it directly borrows, it loses its core message power due to unnecessary twists and turns.

Loss of judgment It is a slow burning and requires the patience of the player. After five to six hours of slow investigation of two interrelated crimes, the pace of the plot will increase. In the end, the insignificant details turned into independent plot clues, and finally merged into an explosive ending.This is anyone familiar with the Yakuza series, or judge, Will look forward to.

However, as the story unfolds, it becomes more and more complicated like most Japanese dramas, to the extent that it becomes too complicated. In the end, these story clues converged into an overall plot about the systemic problem of bullying in the Japanese school system, but it was destroyed from start to finish due to the apparent lack of focus. Loss of judgment Including the involvement of criminal organizations, it feels more like something that must be done purely because of its connection with the Yakuza series.

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Regarding its most sensitive subject-the description of sexual harassment- Loss of judgment Fumble, and often end in amazing failures. A concrete example effectively weakened the survivors of sexual harassment to publicly oppose the abuse. All this is for a turning point.In addition, at the same time Loss of judgment Don’t hide it will discuss extremely serious topics. As an indispensable plot point, players may not realize how vivid these aspects are. A video describes a serious case of abuse, including the sexual assault of a minor; it will be shown in detail once, and then the excerpt of the video will be shown again several times. Since it is regarded as evidence, players use it throughout the overall investigation to elicit reactions from all parties involved. Feeling excessive, inappropriate, and unnecessary.s story Loss of judgment It could have moved on without playing the video, and it will still examine the systemic bullying problem in Japan-there are many points in the whole story, the characters provide statistics on abuse, and the inaction and failure of the judicial system to stand aside with These victims.

Regarding the treatment of women in the game, it is strange that it is more backward than the previous Ryu ga Gotoku Studio game.In the narration of the story, women are relegated to two specific roles Loss of judgment -The victim or abuser has no middle ground or any type of character development, making them anything but a conspiracy tool. Although some stories feel very real and compassionate—especially the first case of bullying a player encountered at Seiryo High—these characters are quickly put aside and only reappear when the plot is convenient.

The early games suddenly joined the absurd side story, breaking the storyline of the more serious crime drama. The moment before you talked to the teacher on the roof about how a student committed suicide due to school inaction, the next moment you were forced to walk the dog around Izesaki Ijincho and had a detective instinct.It feels like a complete tonal whiplash, what else Loss of judgment There can be no.

The lost trial protagonist Iori Takayuki on the skateboard

Image: Sega / Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

Thankfully, investigations are easier and simpler than before judge, Because the stealth mechanism and trailing target are largely classified as side stories. There are some examples of such game mechanics in the main story, but they are not enough to cause major or special excitement. Most of the investigative actions in the main story are done by observation, or just by chasing your target and knocking it to the ground to get information from it.

There are many optional activities, and Loss of judgment Very suitable as a virtual tour. Kamurocho and Ijincho look incredible, each city has its own unique landmarks and attractions. Both places provide sub-story and mini-games, but Ijincho has more activities, including school stories—a unique side case that uses Iori to interact with Xinglen High School students to solve the mystery, and even help the dance club create new ones. Routine. Although the standard pass time for the main story of the game takes about 20 hours, if players want to complete all available content, they will get at least 10 hours or more.

The graphics are also a huge improvement over the first title, the PlayStation 4 version Loss of judgment Almost as good as the re-released PlayStation 5 judgeThe character model is rendered very beautifully, even if the character is not modeled after an actor, it shows a similar attention to detail. It creates a completely immersive experience, some of the photos taken with the in-game camera phone look like real snapshots of the cities of Ijincho and Kamurocho-unless the crowd is crowded.This is arguably one of the best things Loss of judgment, Because it just shows how spectacular the game can still be seen on PlayStation 4.

The lost trial protagonist Yagami Takayuki and a group of street bandits engaged in some gorgeous combat moves

Image: Sega / Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

Since then, the fighting has also been strengthened judge, And added a third fighting style. This new style, called the Snake style, has a concentrated series of strikes, which not only adds a greater sense of diversity to the battle, but is also very suitable for fighting the enemy. I mainly use the Snake style when playing games, not only because of its practicality, but also because when I choose it as my main method, it is accompanied by an excellent music track. Players can still switch styles freely during the battle, which helps drive momentum forward through the smooth transition between the gorgeous EX finishing moves and the incredible kick boxing.Even these minor adjustments Loss of judgmentIn the long run, even if you are bombarded by waves of enemies late in the game, standard action RPG battles can keep the fighting fun.

There are many things to do Loss of judgment,Advantages and disadvantages. It felt so bloated when the story reached its climax, and I was relieved to see it ended.In the final analysis, this is another case of Ryu ga Gotoku Studio with one step forward and two steps backward, just like Gangster: Like a dragon And an introduction to hot issues in Japan.Although Loss of judgment Attempting to open a conversation about bullying and sexual harassment, these themes eventually took a back seat in favor of exaggerated drama. Loss of judgment It successfully imitated a Japanese legal drama, but it is a mediocre drama that would benefit from a smaller scope, or at least a better understanding of what it is trying to comment on.

Loss of judgment Will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X on September 24. The game was reviewed on PlayStation 4 using the pre-release download code provided by Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These will not affect editorial content, but Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links.You can find View additional information about Polygon’s ethics policy here.