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  • Summary: In 2005, a legend was born on the PlayStation 2 - the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, in his video game debut with Yakuza. Now, 11 years after that release, a new generation of players will be able to experience the incomparable action and drama of the Yakuza series with theIn 2005, a legend was born on the PlayStation 2 - the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, in his video game debut with Yakuza. Now, 11 years after that release, a new generation of players will be able to experience the incomparable action and drama of the Yakuza series with the rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake exclusive to PlayStation 4, Yakuza Kiwami.

    "Kiwami" means Extreme, and the game takes that concept to heart. It's not an HD-remaster or up-rezzing of PS2-era textures. Yakuza Kiwami was recreated from the ground up exclusively for the PlayStation 4. That means every visual element was optimized for the 1080p/60fps environment, every line of the script was re-recorded by series actors and for the first time in the West, gamers will be able to hear the original Japanese language track.

    Then there's the game itself! The PS2-era brawling gameplay is refined for the current gen with Kazuma Kiryu fighting his way through the ranks of Yakuza, only to wind up protecting a young girl whose aunt (who also happens to be Kiryu's childhood sweetheart) is missing... along with 10 billion yen.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Feb 20, 2019
    90
    In spite of an old game engine, the Yakuza Kiwami remake adds a lot of exclusive content, well-included into the huge playground of Kamurocho.
  2. Feb 11, 2019
    85
    The best way to treat Kiwami is like the 2nd season of a show. It might reuse animations or games, but the budget saved from that allows for a greater focus on the new stuff. It’s both different and comfortable. It’s not the perfect introduction to the franchise, nor the most unique. Nevertheless, if you loved the world of Yakuza 0 and crave more serious crime dramas that let you bowl with your eyepatched rival, Kiwami is a wonderful port for an interesting game. So long as you can forgive minor design hiccups, you’ll be sure to have a blast in Kamurocho.
  3. Mar 8, 2019
    85
    Yakuza Kiwami is a blast! Play as the no-nonsense badass Kazuma Kiryu as you take back your city. Be the hero and you crush enemies or spend your time eating and visiting the racetrack, the options are all yours. The combat and story come together perfectly to make a game you will not want to put down. If you are looking for something completely over the top, then you will love Yakuza Kiwami.
  4. Feb 11, 2019
    80
    Yakuza Kiwami is a brilliant, beautiful, and brutal remake of one of Sega's finest action RPGs, now available on PC with a host of graphical options.
  5. Feb 19, 2019
    80
    Really, you can’t go wrong with Kiwami. I would have liked it if every aspect of the game had been fully redone, but we don’t see remakes like this come along often. I can deal with a few stumbling blocks when the core quality of what makes Yakuza so unique and engaging remains untouched. At least now more people can have a chance to experience this classic, which is the best thing about Kiwami’s existence.
  6. Feb 12, 2019
    80
    PC players can enjoy now the remake of the first entry of the franchise. It is a good port, and although the game has its flaws, it still holds up quite well.
  7. Feb 11, 2019
    70
    The original Yakuza has been remade into a sequel to its own prequel, but although it’s perfectly competent it feels outdated compared to the newer entries.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Aug 21, 2019
    10
    When you start with Yakuza 0 there's no going back, u must play all of them! That deep story, that combat system, those side missions,When you start with Yakuza 0 there's no going back, u must play all of them! That deep story, that combat system, those side missions, everything is just pure gold. Leave it to the Japanese to create action game masterpieces. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Es una aventura donde se le da prioridad sobre todo a la historia, el gameplay aunque parezca simple tiene mucha profundidad, es muyEs una aventura donde se le da prioridad sobre todo a la historia, el gameplay aunque parezca simple tiene mucha profundidad, es muy satisfactorio. Básicamente es un beat em up moderno con un montón de minijuegos repartidos por el mapa tiene un humor muy japonés y cientos de misiones secundarias hay 2 minijuegos en particular que podrían ser juegos por separado de lo bien hechos que están.

    SI te gustan las buenas historias de mafia y lo juegos de pelea definitivamente debes adquirirlo pero es recomendable que primero juegues al yakuza 0 asi difrutaras este mucho mas.
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  3. Jun 28, 2022
    10
    Majima Everywhere and Nishiki saga is good. This game is so epic. You must play it.
  4. Nov 9, 2020
    8
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  5. Aug 13, 2021
    8
    The game is very good even compared to yakuza 0, but it has its strengths and weaknesses, for example from the system of pumping Kiryu withThe game is very good even compared to yakuza 0, but it has its strengths and weaknesses, for example from the system of pumping Kiryu with the experience appeared more motivation to pass side quests, but because of this money became almost useless. You can of course buy better equipment with them, but if you do sidequests you will have even better equipment that you can buy with achievement points. Just because of the frequent fights with Majima lost tension in the story moments associated with it + fighting style dragon, which is pumped after fights with Majima felt redundant and strained, unless of course you're not going to fight him 100 times to pump all branch abilities. Also the main story seemed to me less interesting than in yakuza 0, but because of the total duration of the game is something like 2 times less than in zero part, it is not too stressful (although even with such a duration there are moments for the apparent lengthening of the game). But even with all the shortcomings the game feels soulful and you really care about the characters. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2022
    7
    I really enjoyed the game. It does not have as much content as 0 and Kiwami 2 but was still very enjoyable. I liked the story, presentation,I really enjoyed the game. It does not have as much content as 0 and Kiwami 2 but was still very enjoyable. I liked the story, presentation, and gameplay. However, the combat was not difficult. You basically had infinite health when you had a lot of meds, which was not hard to get. Only some boss battles were very engaging. The easy combat was not a turn-off for me at all. In general, a very good experience. Expand
  7. Jun 6, 2022
    0
    Game is 10/10, but Sega is so bad company not translating their games even after remastering them

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