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Judgment (JUDGE EYES：死神の遺言 Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon, lit. "Judge Eyes: Reaper's Testament") is a videogame released in December 2018 in Japan and worldwide in June 2019. The PC versions of Judgment and its sequel Lost Judgment were delayed due to reservations by the talent agency managing Takuya Kimura, the voice actor and likeness of protagonist Takayuki Yagami, about the game being on PC. However, these differences were resolved, and the games were released on PC via Steam in September 2022.
Judgment features an ex-lawyer-turned-private-detective called Takayuki Yagami, who sets out to investigate a serial killer known only as "The Mole," whose calling card is gouging his victims' eyes out. It is a spin-off of the Yakuza franchise, set in the series' staple location of Kamurocho, based on Tokyo's red-light district Kabukicho. Unlike all other Yakuza games, the player cannot purchase or equip any sort of weapon; Yagami only fights unarmed or with weapons he finds on the street. Nevertheless, a considerable number of ranged weapons appear in the hands of other characters in the game. One interesting new feature of this game is that of "Mortal Wounds," injuries that cannot be healed by regular recovery items. This is quite pertinent as far as firearms go, as bullets will always inflict mortal wounds. This adds an element of realism compared to previous Yakuza games, where getting shot often had less effect than being punched or kicked.
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
The following weapons appear in the video game Judgment:
Colt 1911 type pistol
A handgun based on the Colt 1911 is seen in the hands of Matsugane Clan captain Kyohei Hamura. He tries to shoot family patriarch Mitsugu Matsugane, but Yagami's friend Masaharu Kaito steps in the way to protect his former Oyabun and is shot in the abdomen. Later on, Yagami wrestles the gun off Hamura and gives it to Matsugane. After another altercation, Yagami takes the gun back and points it at Hamura's head. He then pulls the trigger, but the gun had been unloaded by Matsugane during the altercation. Even if it had been loaded, it would not have gone off. The hammer was not pulled back, and the single-action trigger of the Colt is evidenced by the lack of a "click" as Yagami pulls the trigger. The fact that there are five rounds in Matsugane's hand after Hamura had fired twice, once to shoot Kaito, and once during Yagami wrestling the gun off him, shows that it has the correct 7-round capacity. The 3D model itself appears to be the regular Yakuza series Colt handgun, which most closely resembles the Para Ordnance LDA 7.45.
The Makarov PM is a ubiquitous firearm of the Kamurocho criminal underworld, heavily used by yakuza members in-game. The developers have remodelled this version from previous Yakuza games so that it no longer has an extended barrel. However, there is one scene where an individual uses the "old" Makarov model with the extended barrel. Note that the safety is locked in the safe position at all times, even when the gun is firing.
Smith & Wesson 3913
Tokyo Metropolitan PD Detective Kazuya Ayabe has a pistol based on the Smith & Wesson 3913 as his service weapon. He is arrested after the bullet used to kill Shintani matches its rifling marks. Main antagonist "The Mole" also uses a very similar pistol, the difference being Ayabe's has an exposed hammer like the earlier 3904 model, whereas The Mole's has the correct recessed hammer. In one scene, he kills five people with 10 shots, even though as a pistol with a single-stack frame, the 3913 only holds up to 8 rounds. For some strange reason, the cocking serrations are at the front of the slide rather than the back. The use of the 3913 may be inspired by the fact that Japan's Special Assault Teams employ the 3913 as one of their sidearms.
Nambu Model 60
Police officers in the game have Nambu Model 60 revolvers holstered in waist holsters. Although very little of the weapon is visible, the fact that they are Model 60s can be deduced from the distinctive lanyard ring that is attached to the butt of the weapon, as well as context.
Smith & Wesson Model 10/Colt Detective Special
Returning from Yakuza 4 is this hybrid of a Smith & Wesson Model 10 with the barrel and handgrips from a third-gen Colt Detective Special. It also features a handgrip adaptor. Compared to the original Y4 model, it has been enhanced with high-definition textures to suit the newer game. Higashi uses one to threaten Yagami and his own kyoudai Kaito in the Charles gaming arcade. Yagami then wrestles the gun off him and fires off all six shots into the ceiling. It also appears to be a stand-in for the aforementioned Nambu when seen in the hands of police officers. Unfortunately, the developers decided not to have an empty holster model for officers who were aiming their guns. The shape of the trigger guard is more like a Model 36, which is the basis for the Nambu, but it is of course a 6-shot revolver. The cylinder release lever has been reshaped, almost giving it the look of those found on Astra revolvers.
This rather unusual shotgun is used by a mysterious assassin known only as "Cane Man." He insists on attacking Yagami on a regular basis during chapter 10 using canes that convert into various weapons. In one instance, he transforms his cane into a pump-action shotgun.
"Kiwami Machine Gun"
This love child of an Ingram MAC-10 and Brügger & Thomet MP9 from previous Yakuza games is occasionally used by enemies in the Dice & Cube VR minigame.
Other Man-Portable Weapons
In the "Dice & Cube" minigame, Yagami may be given a virtual rail gun to fight virtual bad guys. The gun comes in two colour schemes: white with red glowing parts for fights in the Millennium Tower lobby, and gunmetal with blue glowing parts for fights on Showa Street.
There is an arcade game in-game called "Kamuro of the Dead." As well its setting and enemy character models, the grenade icons in this game are taken from Yakuza: Dead Souls. Specifically, they are the "Heavy Grenades," which are based on the M26 hand grenade. As a point of interest, the name and gameplay mechanics of this arcade game are based on SEGA's House of the Dead series of horror-themed rail-shooter video games (although conventional controllers/keyboard and mouse are used rather than a light gun).
Another grenade model making a return from Dead Souls is the "Stun Grenade," which is loosely based on the Model 7290 flashbang grenade. These are used by AI partner Ryan Acosta, who occasionally helps Yagami out in fights after completing his friendship quest. The grenades have different effects, sometimes working as flashbangs, concussion, or electric shock grenades.
Unknown Fragmentation Grenade
This grenade appears in various scenes throughout the game.
Some side-cases call for the use of this rather weird gun. How exactly it operates, where the "flares" or whatever type of ammunition it fires is stored, or whether this weapon is even remotely legal in Japan is unknown.
In the "Dice & Cube" minigame, drone battles are fought with a laser gun.