Fans Seem Split on Like a Dragon: Ishin’s New Combat as Cards Star in Latest Trailer

The reception to Like a Dragon: Ishin! has largely been positive since the game’s reveal last year. This is, after all, a remake of a highly rated instalment that was never officially released outside of Japan. We’re all expecting yet another engrossing RGG Studio adventure, but for some fans, there’s a bit of concern over one of the Ishin’s new mechanics (which is highlighted in the title’s latest trailer).

The ‘Trooper Cards’ system, which didn’t feature in the original game, basically lets you collect and level up special abilities which can be used in battle. Based on what we’ve seen, these powers are generally over-the-top, with protagonist Ryoma slinging fireballs and laser beams at his enemies.

Now, it’s important to note that Trooper Cards haven’t replaced the the game’s base combat system. You can still beat the hell out of thugs with your sword, guns, or fists — and you apparently don’t have to equip the cards at all if you don’t want to.

However, there’s a worry that combat in general is now balanced around the use of Trooper Cards. Boss enemies in particular can now use their own special attacks and abilities, so it’s assumed that if you want to level the playing field, you’ll probably have to equip some cards and go Super Saiyan. There are also more obvious concerns that having such crazy techniques detracts from the game’s serious tone (in the main story, at least).

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