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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: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. May 9, 2019
    10
    THANK YOU for another phenomenal experience SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the remake of the very first Yakuza now on PC, and its a great port too!
  3. Feb 24, 2019
    10
    Masterpiece created by japanese! Grat fighting system and interesting story!
  4. Oct 26, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Remake of the first Yakuza on the Yakuza 0 engine. It is an action JRPG. Those who like Japanese culture will tie themselves up and those who don't know it will probably be curious, research and get information.

    Yakuza's story is better than I expected. There are some twists, some exciting moments, heavy moments and a little bit of character development. But I do not recommend playing this as your first Yakuza, I recommend Yakuza 0 because the beginning of Yakuza Kiwami is very difficult, its presentation is one of the weakest aspects in the narrative aspect. The game starts lightly but in the first one and a half hours of play there is a heavy event that generates unexpected consequences. The relationships of the characters are not well established and neither are they, there is a twist right away. There are some chapters of the campaign that look like sidequests (about 2 or 3), focusing on 'random' characters that neither appear after or barely appear. Apart from some (few) missions that are simply going out to buy things, very annoying. Another thing I missed was a more tense and 'badass' climax, as in Yakuza 0 (where the climax is really good). Nishiki's story is good, but the resolution of her climax I found lazy, they just killed the guy and **** up his whole development. The story ends well, I just found it a little too tragic. There is a feeling of closure closing all loose ends, it doesn't even seem like there are 5 more games after ...

    The gameplay is cool but definitely not my favorite. The combat has a decent depth but a lot of it is behind the skill tree system, the problem is that it takes too long to unlock them all (and you will probably focus on the skils that give you heat moves, life and damage, neglecting the new moves just because be as good as the other improvements and much less necessary to advance, leaving the combat with little depth. The game is full of relaxed minigames, I think it's cool, there are those who love and there are those who **** (but I think they should give some kind of reward) extra, plus money as it normally is).

    The gameplay mechanics of Majima Everywhere, where you fight against him to gain his strength back. In fact the whole system of skills in this game is very good. I just thought that it takes too long to unlock Dragon Style skills and if you don’t farm it probably becomes obsolete. Especially since without the Dragon style upgrades he is a worse Brawler.

    There's a lot of reused Yakuza 0 (from the franchise in general), it's absurd. Gameplay, engine, character models, mechanics, maps and items. I imagine that this will continue for the rest of the series.

    The game has a lot of secondary content, having several sidequests.

    Soundtrack is decent but has little variety. The opening is very good.
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  5. Feb 8, 2021
    8
    Coming from Yakuza 0, this game is still really good and totally worth it. The combat is much more refined and feels much better than in 0.Coming from Yakuza 0, this game is still really good and totally worth it. The combat is much more refined and feels much better than in 0. The only thing I didn't like about this game was the bosses. They all just do the same 2 or 3 moves as you slowly wear them down for 15 minutes and it's agony. Other than that this game still has those wacky sub stories, gripping story, and fun combat. Expand
  6. Aug 13, 2020
    7
    Remake del primer Yakuza con el motor del Yakuza 0, está guay, pero me ha dado la sensación de que es un Yakuza 0 algo descafeinado en casiRemake del primer Yakuza con el motor del Yakuza 0, está guay, pero me ha dado la sensación de que es un Yakuza 0 algo descafeinado en casi todos los aspectos. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2019
    0
    There is no innovative game style, rigid character model and action.。。。。。。。。。

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