- Infinite Wealth expands its party system with new characters, allowing for fresh dynamics and the opportunity to delve into new backstories and motivations.
- The game utilizes environmental design in its Party Chats to deliver character development without relying on forced exposition, making the most out of its highly detailed setting.
- Ally backstories are treated with care, with minigames and interactions between characters helping to add depth and make them feel more realistic and relatable. Other RPGs should consider utilizing Infinite Wealth’s Party Chat system.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth adds to its predecessor in many ways, including its continued iteration on the party system. Bringing back the majority of its cast from LAD 7 allows Infinite Wealth to be both nostalgic and innovative in the handling of its characters, while adding a few fresh faces to create new dynamics within the team. With party members like Tomizawa and Chitose joining the fray, the opportunity to delve into new backstories and motivations is great, and the newest title in the Like a Dragon series takes advantage of this through expanding on one key feature: Party Chats.
Most would agree that the crux of party-based RPGs lies in the success of its characters. Both LAD 7 and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth succeed heavily in this aspect, as one of the tenets of Ichiban as a protagonist is in the friendships he forms with those around him. As Infinite Wealth expands its party to eight members, a feat that ties into its placement as the eighth in the mainline series, there are more characters than ever taking precedence in the series’ plot. Because it would be difficult to detail the less important characteristics of these allies within the story beats of the game, Infinite Wealth instead utilizes its environmental design to make this information known.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth – Personality Traits & Bonuses Explained
In Infinite Wealth, the Personality system represents six traits of Kasuga’s personality: Kindness, Style, Passion, Intellect, Confidence, & Charisma.
How Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth’s Character Party Chats Deliver Backstory Without Forced Exposition
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Makes the Most Out of its Environmental Design
The Like a Dragon series has always excelled in its environmental design, and Infinite Wealth‘s depiction of Hawaii is no exception. Between the rich amount of substories and minigames to complete, simply wandering around the streets will afford the player new discoveries. Party Chats return in Infinite Wealth to help give context to both its environment and characters, as Ichi and the team strike up conversations while exploring. The dialogue prompts work to add humorous banter while making the title’s characters feel reactive toward their setting; a local like Tomizawa can help clue Ichiban into island life, for example, while giving a better sense of his personality.
Taking this LAD 7 feature a step forward, Infinite Wealth incorporates its use of Bond Bingo to hone in on character profiles, expanding on backstories in a way that doesn’t feel like forced exposition. Smaller details that are inconsequential to the plot can still add much to a game, especially one so focused on its characters, and Infinite Wealth takes this into consideration. Making use of such a highly detailed setting allows the title to consider not just how the player might perceive the location, but the cast as well; having moments of downtime where allies are afforded the opportunity to talk about themselves in the context of their surroundings helps from both an environmental and character design standpoint.
Ally Backstories Are Treated With Care in Infinite Wealth
This even extends into the use of minigames, many of which can be played alongside other party members. Hearing about Tomizawa’s precious dart collection and his interest in the game, for example, helps to make his competitive nature when facing off against him feel all the more tangible. Small details like his use of rental darts to keep his other set from getting damaged add to the sense that he’s a living, breathing character, whose motivations and interests extend beyond the seriousness of the main plot. The same can be said for characters like Zhao, who show softer sides of their personalities through avenues like cooking, demonstrating that they are more than just their abilities in combat.
Other RPGs, like the Tales series, have benefited from their use of “skits” to deliver similar effects, and with how successful LAD 7 and Infinite Wealth have been in their own implementations, more titles in the future should follow suit. With Infinite Wealth‘s Party Chats, the strengths of its characters are given the chance to shine, working alongside the title’s robust turn-based combat to make for a compelling gameplay experience. Further endearing Ichiban as a protagonist who achieves victory through the help of his allies, the efforts Infinite Wealth makes to showcase deserve praise.
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth builds on its predecessor’s ideas, delivering turn-based combat and a gripping and lengthy narrative led by Ichiban Kasuga. However, the story also brings back Kazuma as a protagonist and introduces a new location in Hawaii, which is a significant departure from the franchise’s previous games.
- January 26, 2024
- M For Mature 17+ Due To Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Simulated Gambling, Strong Language
- How Long To Beat
- 60 Hours