I played the original game when it came out on the PS2, and now I've finally got around to finishing Yakuza 0. I wasn't particularly feeling it for a good while, to the point where I took a long break about half way through. Something clicked when I came back to it though, and I had an absolute blast from there on out.
I do have a fairly big issue with it though, in that female characters are almost non-existent. Unless I've forgotten something from the first half, there's really only one woman of any note, and she barely has any agency. Instead she's mainly there as a human macguffin for the men to fight over. I gather there's a reason for this in that Yakuza are a sexist bunch in reality, but I'm sure that doesn't mean women can't be involved in a Yakuza story.
The story and characters are otherwise really good though, including said human macguffin. It's a crime drama with heart, and it somehow manages to mix some ludicrously over the top insanity with some really touching moments without either feeling out of place.
Oh and the fights! The fights are glorious, although I found I gelled with Kiryu's styles more than Goro's. The extended fight sequences turn the game into something of a modern Streets of Rage successor, and it's fantastic.
I can't wait to crack on with Yakuza Kiwami now, but I should probably take a bit of a break first.