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  4. PML-N supremo and former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif offered mother's funeral prayers in London a day earlier
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  7. Yakuza is back and this time around we get to play with entirely new characters, with an entirely different gameplay style and a lot of humour. Unlike the previous games where we played with Kazuma Kiryu, this time around the main story follows a new hero called Ichiban Kasuga. While he may not be the character we are used when we think of the Yakuza series, Ichiban is definitely a charming addition to the series. He’s got a very wild haircut, a goofy persona and a very enthusiastic attitude for well — everything. © Sega You start out the game with Ichiban doing collections around Kamurocho, a very accurate fictional version of Shinjuku, Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. The opening sequence of the game introduces you to the game’s new gameplay style i.e. turn-based fighting mechanics. After a series on unfortunate events, Ichiban is dumped in the streets of Yokohama after being ostracised from his Yakuza family. You then start your journey in a city unknown to you and try to get your life together as it was during the glory days. In the process, you start living with the homeless and start taking up jobs to earn a living. © Sega While Yakuza fans might be surprised with a new setting and gameplay style, Like a Dragon still feels like a game that is a part of the series through and through. We get to play in a highly detailed urban environment full of shops, cafes, bars, street food vendors and other crazy locations that you expect from a Yakuza game. The game also carries forth its humour full of weird characters, hilarious minigames, a fitting drama-filled story and memorable characters that make up the entirety of this game. No matter which aspect you look at, the developers at ‘Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’ have infused some form of tongue in cheek humour into the game. From locations, characters and many of the attack moves, you will find some form of humour being incorporated. © Sega Speaking of attack moves, the biggest change you will notice this time around is the combat system. Instead of staying true to its “beat 'em up” genre, this time around the developers decided to go a different route. Yakuza: Like a Dragon utilises a turn-based battle system this time around where it has more in common with traditional JRPGs than any Yakuza game. The battle-system has the standard status effects, debuffs, a mix of weapon and magic attacks and everything you expect from a turn-based JRPG. Having said that, the presentation of the combat system is unlike any JRPG we’ve seen. Combo attacks have been represented well with short cut-scenes while attack animations are vibrant and smooth. Having said that, you will often find yourself sifting through menus which is a far cry from the pace of fighting sequences we usually associate with Yakuza games. While the pace might be slower than previous Yakuza games, it is still faster and less tedious than other JRPGS you may have experienced in the past. © Sega Having said that, there are some attacks where it requires real-time input from the player in order to attack with maximum stats. You will also need to hit the block button at the precise moment when an enemy is about to land an attack on you. Some attacks also require regular taps in the form of quick-time events (QTE) which also boosts your damage stats. The fact that the game required some participation from the player even though the game has a turn-based system made things very interesting. The game's QTE does make you feel a part of the fight, which is quite rare to see in games with turn-based battle systems. If you feel a bit exhausted sifting through menus, you can always turn on the auto-fighting mode, however it will still require inputs from you for certain attacks. While we did enjoy the new fighting system, it can get a bit tedious towards the end of the game as you will often find yourself fighting on every street corner. This plays a crucial role in breaking immersion. We never really got to check out the highly detailed and dense city of Yokohama as we would often find ourselves fighting enemies every five minutes. Sure, this form of fighting sequences come with Japanese turn-based games, however, we would have also liked to check out the city in its full glory and in our own time. Maybe the developers could have added a free-roam mode in the game for us to check out. The game also implements a dungeon system where you can go and battle enemies to rank up, gain experience and collect incredible loot. However, these dungeons are set in endless underground sewers that are filled with a maze of endless tunnels. These tunnels don’t really have anything interesting going on and was not enticing enough for us to go explore for new items. © Sega We do have to point out that Yakuza: Like A Dragon has a huge variety of enemies and some of them are highly creative. You will find yourself fighting otakus, chefs, bodybuilders, karate experts, creepy old men and a hoard of other types of enemies. The game also creatively presents these enemies in Ichiban’s RPG inspired imagination which was a good way to present them with artistic license. I wasn’t really sure how the folks at Ryu Ga Gotoku would implement different types of enemies but it sort of works. While the new dungeon system was a huge letdown, there are enough mini-games and activities to do in the game with your party members. You can go karaoke singing, go drinking at bars, visit arcades, try your luck at the UFO catchers, manage a confectionery business, play darts, swing baseball bats or test out your Golfing skills. There are plenty of other activities to do in the game which has always been a highlight and trademark of the series. © Sega Now let’s talk about the story. While Like a Dragon never really hits narrative like Yakuza 0, it did live up to my expectations. The story is told with the help of some outstanding cutscenes and sequences that modern Yakuza games have been using in the past few years. There are some hilarious moments while some are drama-filled like previous titles. Along with the story, the game also features memorable characters like Nanba and an ex-cop called Adachi. Some of the best moments in the game happen to be interactions between Ichiban and the two aforementioned characters in between cutscenes. Overall the story was quite engaging but suffered slight pacing issues towards the end of the game. The story is completely standalone and does not require you to play previous titles. However, if you really want to get into the series, we highly recommend starting off with Yakuza 0 first. © Sega We tested the game on both the Xbox Series X and PC as it supports Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere’ program. The game looks absolutely beautiful on the Series X and is capable of running at 4K resolution with 30 FPS. However, if you want a smoother experience, you can always turn down the resolution to 1440p or lower. On PC, the game looks magnificent with ray-tracing, especially at night. The neon-lights of Kamarucho and Yokohama reflect from small puddles of water on the ground and other surfaces. Having said that, you can’t really see reflections in mirrors or glass doors which was a lost opportunity in our opinion. Apart from these nitpicks, the game ran with no frame-rate drops or stuttering issues on either platform on 1440p resolution, however if you play on 4K TVs with 60Hz refresh rate, you may notice some screen tearing issues. The Final Say Yakuza Like a Dragon is probably the most different game made by Ryu Ga Gotoku. However, it is a breath of fresh air thanks to the new gameplay mechanics and new characters. While the story does have some pacing issues, overall Like a Dragon is a great addition to the series that has its own charm. If you aren’t a fan of turn-based battle systems, this may not be the game for you, but in our opinion, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a must-play entry from the franchise. View the full article
  8. She had inhibitions playing the role of a mother at the age of 21, she didn’t believe in the fancy world of glamor, she didn’t adhere to the stereotypes of how an actress should be - that’s Shefali Shah for you. We last saw her in Delhi Crime and were convinced that she can perfectly essay the toughest of the roles. Recently, the show bagged the best drama series honour at the 48th International Emmy Awards. It won against Germany's Charité 2 Season 2, UK's Criminal UK, and Argentina's El Jardín de Bronce (The Bronze Garden) Season 2. View this post on InstagramIn her more than two-decade old career, she hasn’t failed to impress us with her captivating performances. In one of the interviews with IANS, she had mentioned she has qualms about playing a character double her age and if the role is interesting, she can even play a man. She had said, “I can play any age, any caste, creed, any nationality. If I have to play a man, I would do it. There were never any apprehensions - you want to play diverse roles.” If you have liked her in Delhi Crime, here are five more performances of the actor that you should totally binge-watch this weekend. 1. Satya © IMDB Shefali Shah played the role of Pyari Mhatre, for which she received the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. The movie was appreciated for the realistic performances by the actors despite no popular names per se in the cast. It somewhere proved the fact that if you have a powerful script and brilliant actors, your movie will make an impact. 2. Monsoon Wedding © IMDB Shefali played the role of a reserved but bold woman in the film. She was a headstrong woman who spoke against abuse. With this role, Shefali proved that she can, without any hesitation, play a role that’s emotionally very impacting and powerful. It was, in a way, her breakthrough movie. 3. Gandhi, My Father © IMDB It was too early in her career that she decided to do one more role that was once again impactful. So, she played the role of Kasturba Gandhi and this was a role, double her real age. She had no qualms in playing the character and she showed the tense relationship that she had with her husband. 4. The Last Lear © IMDB In an interview with Hindustan Times, Shefali called The Last Lear one of her best works. She said, “It’s my best work till date. I can proudly say that it’s a film to watch out for. Those who have seen it have come up to me saying this.” Shefali's role as Vandana in the film landed her the National Award for the Best Supporting Actress. 5. Black & White © IMDB Shefali plays the role of a vocal social activist to perfection and didn’t give an iota of a chance to the audience to find faults in her character. Talking about her character, she told HT, “I play Anil’s wife Roma Mathur, who is Bengali and a social worker. I had to speak a lot of Bengali in the film and for that, I had to prepare. I wear Bengali sarees, which are my mother’s.” With every movie, Shefali has proved her mettle and we genuinely need to celebrate her talent. View the full article
  9. Yesterday
  10. Talking to Geo correspondent, Saman said that she is very happy to be working as the first female match referee in the country.
  11. Flt Lt (r) Khaqan Murtaza's appointment was approved effective immediately, the notification says
  12. Jennifer Aniston and her ex-husband Justin Theroux set tongues wagging as they exchanged heart emoji
  13. University of Mehran in Jamshoro has said that it will bear all educational expenses of the shepherd's son
  14. Meghan Markle's recent agony paved way for royals to get back together by setting aside all their differences
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