These days, we often see video games use various visual effects such as Chromatic Aberration, Motion Blur, etc. in order to make our experience worthwhile. But is it really the case?
Be it the Film Grain effect in Dying Light or Camera Shake in Rocket League, developers allow us to manually tweak these settings anytime too. It’s good to have the power to change them at will.
[Console players may look away]
But, the problem arises when such effects are unwanted, yet non-customisable.
If you’ve already played Yakuza 0 and Kiwami or thinking of trying it, beware the immortal Depth of Field! While it is a good addition to the game’s ambience, it gets annoying real quick. It’s like I’m roaming the streets of Japan without my glasses on. Anything beyond a 20-metre radius is very blurry and there’s no option in the game’s settings to turn it off. Welp. But, luckily the wizards of internet AKA modders have come up with a solution.
Props to masterotaku for creating this fix. In addition to our issue in hand, there are some other options that you can change as well (like removing HUD, black bars, etc.) More information is available on the mentioned website.
Bear in mind, the developers – Ryu Ga Gotoku were themselves aware of people complaining about their Depth of Field post release of Yakuza 0 and Kiwami, so they added a setting to manually turn it off in the sequel, Kiwami 2 and the last Yakuza title, Like a Dragon. They certainly learn from their mistakes.
Actually I am in Kiwami 2 now, (taking a break for the new Pokémon game) but I will check this out. Thanks!
Also it is good to see someone so passionate about Yakuza, for me it was a real gamechanger to discover this series.
Such a different experience from everything else, would love to read more about the series. I also plan to write more about it more people should play it.
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Glad you found it helpful!
I tried Yakuza 0 during the first lockdown due to covid with little knowledge about what to expect. Ever since then, I’ve been a huge admirer of the entire series & can’t recommend it enough to everyone.
Looking forward to your write-ups! Always a pleasure to see the views of a fellow Yakuza player.
Appreciate this post and the visual comparison. Wow. This will make a world of difference when I played Yakuza 0 again.