We’ve all had one! Some random NPC gives you a quest in the opposite direction of the main game and now you can’t return until you complete this trivial matter. Only, it’s not trivial, is it? What seems like a light, airy piece of cake is actually an overpoweringly rich and heavy slice of Belgium trip choc. Not as easy to consume but still you persist. I’m off tangent a bit, talking about cakes but it doesn’t matter because off tangent is Yakuza 0’s domain and my personal limbo.
Yes, I’m sure regular readers of my ramblings will know that I’ve been at Yakuza 0 for months now. Well, good news everyone! I’ve cleared it. I’ll be posting a review in a few days but I just wanted to talk to you about something that withheld me from completing the game in a speedier time. You see, I wanted to complete both Kiryu’s and Majima’s main side quest. Majima’s I got done pretty easily. Kiryu’s though…..that’s where my demon resided. And it wasn’t gruelling combat or lack of money to proceed. It was bowling. Slight spoilers for a Yakuza 0, it’s only a sub story but that’s your choice if you want a sub story spoiled. If you are intrigued by the Yakuza series, I would read on so you see why it’s so loved.
Anyway, bowling! The sport of kings! And I was a jester, flailing around, hoping to succeed. But first I’ll introduce you to my troubles. For Kiryu’s side story, you need to buy and upgrade properties owned by 5 real estate kings. Basically 5 sub bosses. I wanted to own all the properties and defeat all the kings. And I did do. Except when all was said and done I still had one property that I didn’t own. I tried in the past but to no avail so I put it on the back burner. I was determined to acquire it before I closed the book on my Yakuza 0 playthrough. My problem was Emiri. Emiri was the person who would allow me to acquire the bowling alley, However, I needed to max out my friendship with her. No big deal, I just bowl and it goes up over time. Except for the last pip of the friendship meter. Emiri informs me, with a misleading smile I might add, that there is a competition ongoing. Whoever scores a turkey first, wins a turkey! For context, the game is set around December so a Christmas turkey isn’t so far-fetched. See that Yakuza 0, I’m saying your nonsense isn’t nonsense!
OK, a turkey, 3 strikes in a row. Can’t be that hard once you get a system going. Except, I couldn’t do it. I would get 2 strikes and then choke the turkey………that’s that expression right? For the life of me, I couldn’t do it. And this went on for 3 days! 3 real days of on and off Yakuza 0. I did other tasks but getting that turkey was my gaming priority that week. And then this happened, this is what made me write this article because at this point, it felt like the game was laughing at me.
That’s all spares, 2 strikes and a big failure! 9 frames and I consistently hit 8 pins down and then followed it up to make a spare. I even tried to change the angle and power and I would still get that. I couldn’t get 3 strikes in a row but 9 spares? Sign me up, I’m the Spare King! And then on my last possible chance to get 3 strikes in a row in that game, I got 2 strikes and then 8 pins again. I was more gob struck than disheartened. I couldn’t do that again if I tried. Downtrodden but never broken, I told Emiri to reset them again! Eventually, I did it!
I got 2 sets of turkeys that time! Those 3 days wishing for a turkey and I got 2 at once. They’re like buses apparently. You wait forever for 1 and then oh hello, 2 show up. But whatever, whinging over, it was time to collect my prize! Emiri talked it up that this was a turkey to die for so surprise me with that tasty bird!
………OK then. Who cares?! I did it, yay is me! I’m not even bothered that it’s a bit sadistic what Kiryu named his new chicken pal. I got the bowling alley as a property AND a manager chicken. You can’t argue with a deal like that. And so ended my trial. I’ve had many times where a side quest has taken over my life or even ones that I have given up but still think about as the ones that got away. I’m looking at you Final Fantasy X’s dodge the lightning migraine. So what are some of yours that stick out for you. Or maybe you just have one in particular that was the thorn in your side for a time. Feel free to share in the comments, I’m eager to hear your pain. Thanks for reading.