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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: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  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. Jun 26, 2021
    10
    시니테 예아츠 다케, 카캇테 코이!!!!
    (죽고 싶은 녀석만 덤벼라!)
  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. 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. Dec 14, 2021
    7
    so after finishing yakuza kiwami I've noticed that this game has alot of cons than pro's first of all this game is not a sequel to yakuza 0so after finishing yakuza kiwami I've noticed that this game has alot of cons than pro's first of all this game is not a sequel to yakuza 0 this game has it own story which make's it interesting to play, second of all they made the fight battles longer by adding kiwami essences which basically means that after the boss you're fighting reaches a certain level of LP he'll start regenerating with a color aura around him and you gotta match the fighting style to that color (pink = RUSH) (blue = brawler) (yellow = beast) and (red = dragon) and he'll gain alot of health in a short time if you missed the timing but you could prevent this by hitting him with kiwami moves which uses up all of your heat gauge (heat gauge is important for using powerful attacks and makes you move faster) they made heat gauge moves more valuable and harder to gain unlike yakuza 0 which you could spam literally spam heat moves which for me i see that as a pro cuz then you'll have to think when is the right time to use heat gauge moves that you can unlock in the skill tree in yakuza 0 to obtain a new skill you gotta use money in order to gain more skills but in kiwami they changed that to be by EXP which means the more you fight powerful enemies the more EXP you'll gain which there isn't alot and i see that as cons since it'll take a long time to get EXP and when you finish the story the only that will give a high EXP would be majima goro which is an easy opponent that wouldn't give ya that much of EXP you'll have to fight him many many times and sadly they added cheats in this game cheats items like a socks that you will give ya for every step you take and my reaction to that was, is this substitute to real estate business in yakuza 0? which gains ya alot alot of money

    the story of kiwami wasn't as great as 0 was, yakuza 0 gave me goosebumps it had funny moments exciting moments

    that kiwami couldn't give, it's story slightly boring and short
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  7. Feb 19, 2019
    0
    There is no innovative game style, rigid character model and action.。。。。。。。。。

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