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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: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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. Feb 24, 2019
    10
    Masterpiece created by japanese! Grat fighting system and interesting story!
  4. Nov 9, 2020
    8
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  5. Jun 17, 2021
    8
    Although it's a downgrade from Yakuza 0, I have still enjoyed putting my time into this game. It's understandable why it feels like being likeAlthough it's a downgrade from Yakuza 0, I have still enjoyed putting my time into this game. It's understandable why it feels like being like a half of Yakuza 0, the prequel was it's one stand-alone game and this is a remake of a old PS2 game. But even with this compromise, there are more downsides while being compared with 0, for example, some combo tweaks. For some reason, they decided to have every single major enemy be a evasion god and not care about taking hits. You are expected to be rewarded for finding an opening and hitting the enemy, but instead the enemy just doesn't care about you hitting him and just starts his own attack. Yakuza 0 had this mechanic only when it was a part of a certain enemy, some tough guys and SOME of the bosses and even with that they were glowing white showing you that will brute-force attack you no matter what, but in Kiwami almost every single boss or major enemy does this with no indication what so ever. With that out of the way, I can say that I greatly enjoyed the story of Kiwami 1. It had a lot of unexpected twists and playing the prequel just added to the feeling of being attached to the characters of the game. Substories evolved too, some even having their own full cutscenes and big ties to the main story. Majima Everywhere was a perfect addition to the game, giving you a great dose of comedy and good fight every so often. In the end, a great game, can be improved. Recommend playing the prequel before this. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2021
    7
    This game is great but has many problems. The story is subjective so I won't talk about it. This game steals way too much from Yakuza 0,This game is great but has many problems. The story is subjective so I won't talk about it. This game steals way too much from Yakuza 0, Yakuza 0 was successful and it makes sense that they would play off of its success. But for that reason, it feels like half of Yakuza 0. The sub-stories are shorter and not as deep. Sotenbori is not the game so the map is half the size. Majima isn't playable in this game so there are half the fighting styles. Some minigames are just recycled either completely or almost completely. Overall the game is definitely worth a play for the story but nowhere near Yakuza 0. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2019
    0
    There is no innovative game style, rigid character model and action.。。。。。。。。。

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