■ Survive Bar: Kasuga and Company’s Gathering Spot
“Survive Bar” is a karaoke bar located in the Snack District of Yokohama, which protagonist Ichiban Kasuga and company use as a gathering spot. Originally a place where former detective and party member Koichi Adachi was a regular customer, Kasuga and company end up frequenting the bar after being invited by Adachi.
There are various things to do at Survive Bar, including karaoke with friends, listen to the CDs you collected in the city, have the bar manager make you a bento box, or grow plants via the planters in front of the store. You can also talk to your friends relaxing at the bar, and sometimes events called “Bond Dramas” will occur where you can learn more about their personal lives.
Survive Bar Activity #1: Karaoke
Karaoke, the Yakuza series’ mainstay Play Spot, returns in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. In addition to songs from previous games, new songs have also been added. You can even do karaoke with friends. If you manage to get the crowd going, your bonds with your friends will deepen.
—The song being sung by Saeko is one of the newly written songs. Be sure to pay attention to Saeko’s singing voice.
—One of Kasuga’s new songs is “Akuma no Jigoku Nabe.” Kasuga and company wear makeup worn by heavy metal musicians, but what kind of song is it?
Survive Bar Activity #2: Listen to CDs
CDs that let you listen to the masterpiece background music created by Sega Group and music from the Yakuza series will appear as items. There are more than 30 CDs to collect. CDs can be obtained as Play Spot rewards, as well as purchased at shops. The CDs you obtain can be played on the stereo at Survive Bar.
Survive Bar Activity #3: Growing Plants
If you get permission from the manager of Survive Bar to use the planters in front of the store, you will be able to grow plants. When you have vegetables, flower seeds, and seedlings on hand, you can access the spots where you can grow plants scattered throughout the city of Yokohama to plant seeds. Depending on the type of plant you grow, the amount of time it takes to harvest will differ.
By using items dedicated to plant growth, you can shorten the amount of time your plants take to grow, increase the harvest, or grant various other effects. When the amount of time necessary for the plant to grow passes, you can harvest it to obtain a plant item. Harvested plant items can be eaten as is to restore HP and MP, or even sold for money.
Survive Bar Activity #4: Have the Bar Manager Make You a Bento
While the bar manager has a fierce look on his face, he is unexpectedly good with his hands, and by bringing him the vegetables and flowers you grow, he can make you bento boxes that restore the party’s HP, bouquets to be given as gifts, herbal medicines that would cost a lot to purchase, and more. As long as you have the ingredients he requires, he will make them for you free of charge.
—Survive Bar’s manager has a difficult to approach atmosphere, but he will help out Kasuga and company in various ways.
—By bringing the manager the amount of vegetables and flowers he requires, he can make you a variety of useful items.
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