The original Judgment had a huge impact on me. I had tried to get into the Yakuza series in the past but lost interest. When Judgment came out, offering an original cast and plot in that same world with a focus on detective work, I thought it was the perfect way for me to ease myself into the long-running franchise. I was right. I adored Judgment, and with that positive experience lifting me up, I dove back into the mainline series and chewed through several Yakuza games. I’m an enthusiastic fan of the series now, but Judgment and its core crew are special to me. So when Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced they were developing a sequel, titled Lost Judgment, I was about as close to being “over the moon” as a person can physically get without shooting themselves into space. But past the hype and excitement lies the real test for any sequel: does it match or surpass its predecessor?