• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
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  • Summary: In 2005, a legend was born on the PS2 – 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 is be able to experience the action and drama of the Yakuza series with the rebuilt-from-scratch HDIn 2005, a legend was born on the PS2 – 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 is be able to experience the action and drama of the Yakuza series with the rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake exclusive to PlayStation 4, Yakuza Kiwami. “Kiwami” literally translates to “Extreme”: Kiwami adds new story depth over the PS2 original, new distractions around the in-game setting of Kamurocho, added side quests, updated mechanics and combat, and more. [Sony]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Aug 22, 2017
    100
    I think Yakuza Kiwami, and the original game in general, had one of the best Yakuza plots in the series, and that holds true even today. The sole focus on Kazuma as the protagonist makes for a more focused adventure than Yakuza 4 and 5, and it’s nice to see how Kazuma builds his reputation as the Dragon of Dojima with this game. I’m also a sucker for betrayal/revenge plots, and the original Yakuza has one of the best in all of video games. So do yourself a favor and pick up Yakuza Kiwami when it releases on August 29th, it’s certainly not a game to miss.
  2. 90
    As it turns out, Yakuza Kiwami feels every bit as current as Yakuza 0 from earlier this year, or Yakuza 5 on the PlayStation 3 before it. It’s a magnificent game, in other words.
  3. Sep 27, 2017
    85
    Yakuza Kiwami does a whole lot right, while only making a few errors. Other than the control scheme being a bit dated, Yakuza Kiwami comes together as a solid remake of the original title.
  4. Aug 21, 2017
    80
    Kiwami does a great job as both a remake of the original Yakuza game and as a sequel to Zero. Despite that combat remains more of a bump in the road than a rewarding pursuit, it's a no-brainer for existing fans of the series, and shouldn't be overlooked by newcomers, even if Zero passed them by. There's nothing else quite like Yakuza, and Kiwami isn't afraid to show it.
  5. Sep 12, 2017
    80
    Yakuza Kiwami presents the strongest mechanics in the franchise’s history, as well as refined side missions and lots of fun distractions that create a fantastic reimagining of a great game.
  6. Aug 21, 2017
    80
    Yakuza Kiwami is the perfect game for those who never played a Yakuza before. The new graphics and control are a nice way to enter in the life of Kiryu.
  7. Aug 21, 2017
    60
    Yakuza Kiwami finds itself in a strange position. A remake that's technically a sequel to a much better game in Yakuza 0, it struggles to offer anything besides another engaging crime-drama storyline. Best described as a kind of expansion, Kiwami really shows its age in terms of narrative structure and gameplay design, but it's still worth playing through if you just can't get enough of Kaz. It goes without saying, however, that series newcomers are much better off starting with the far superior Yakuza 0.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Oct 3, 2017
    10
    This game is such a underrated masterpiece. Hell the entire series I think if one of gaming best yet it is not very well known at least untilThis game is such a underrated masterpiece. Hell the entire series I think if one of gaming best yet it is not very well known at least until the excellent yakuza 0 that got this series some attention in the west and now with kiwami it proves that after all this time that yakuza has still got what makes it so great and has now mastered it. The gameplay is so damn fun and the combat is so chaotic and fun that I never got bored of any of the encounters. The story is still one of the best in the series and now with the kiwami rewrites it is near perfect as their is not a single burning moment but I do think it helps to have played 0 first. All and all we would be here all day if I talked about everything but to Sum it up buy this game cause this series really deserves the love and attention as some other big franchises and if that happens sega may port more of these over to the west. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2017
    10
    Fantastic remaster of the 1st Yakuza. If your a fan of the Yakuza series this is defo recommended they also announced that Yakuza kiwami 2 isFantastic remaster of the 1st Yakuza. If your a fan of the Yakuza series this is defo recommended they also announced that Yakuza kiwami 2 is being released in the west which is brilliant news which is a remaster of the 2nd but when I say remaster its actually been rebuilt in the dragon engine. But kiwami is great lots of fights and moves too learn. Also the majima everywhere was a great extra not in the original. As Goro majima is my fave character. :). But there are also tonnes of side quests and things to explore and do in kamarocho which is the fictional version of Tokyo. This is a great rebuild of the 1st game. Can't wait for the second one. :) Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2017
    10
    Yakuza Kiwami returns the first game of the series back to life in a way that is completely rebuilt from ground up for the PS4. This openYakuza Kiwami returns the first game of the series back to life in a way that is completely rebuilt from ground up for the PS4. This open world action-adventure game with role-playing elements follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, whose life changes because of the incident that occurred in the Dojima Family office. In Kiwami, the original story gets an extension that adds a new depth of story which tells us about friendship, love, respect, loyalty, sacrifice, greed, betrayal and revenge. New additions to the story further explain certain parts of the story that may have been unclear in the original.

    In Kiwami, they also improved gameplay. Battle system from the original game has been enhanced by adding the battle styles from Yakuza 0. Now you can choose one of four battle styles: Brawler (balance), Rush (speed), Beast (power) and Dragon (ultimate). Each style has its own benefits and weaknesses, so it's up to you to choose the battle style that suits you best or that you currently need in a particular fight. All four battle styles are unlocked and you can train them all to the maximum by using experiece points (EXP) earned from battles and solving side quests (substories and romance with hostesses). To power up the Dragon style you have to fight with Goro Majima everywhere in Kamurocho. They have also improved other aspects of gameplay by adding new substories, two new ladies to romance, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beuaties, and much more nightlife spots. All this gives the player to enjoy even more in Kamurocho.

    Sega has done a very good job with this remake and has demonstrated to other video game developer how to make a real remake of old game. I'm glad they decided to make a remake of the original Yakuza game which is one of my favorite games on PS2. I hope that Sega will also do a good job with Yakuza Kiwami 2, and I also hope that they will decide to make Yakuza Kiwami 3 as well because I only did not play Yakuza 3.
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  4. Feb 24, 2018
    9
    This is the first Yakuza title I have ever played.

    The story is deep and intense. It combines elements of friendship, love, sacrifice,
    This is the first Yakuza title I have ever played.

    The story is deep and intense. It combines elements of friendship, love, sacrifice, betrayal, greed and revenge to tell a very heartfelt story. I felt a sense of dread many times throughout the story and rightly so quite often.

    Outside the story, you can spend upwards of 50 hours doing side-quests with an endless supply of fun activities you will enjoy. Trust me, this is something you will really get into.

    Playing through it, I was floored by how enjoyable the fighting was. Majima Everywhere and its progression is very well done as you learn new skills that you need to quickly dispatch more powerful enemies. Completing all side-quests culminates in a VERY cool boss fight.
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  5. Oct 16, 2018
    8
    La saga Yakuza debe de ser de las menos conocidas y con mejor calidad a nivel de trama e historia de todos los juegos exclusivos deLa saga Yakuza debe de ser de las menos conocidas y con mejor calidad a nivel de trama e historia de todos los juegos exclusivos de PlayStation (y prácticamente de cualquier consola).

    Excelente remake del original Yakuza lanzado en 2005 para PlayStation 2 que no hace sino mejorar todos los apartados técnicos del clásico.

    Imprescindible, como toda su saga.
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  6. Jul 6, 2018
    8
    There are some nice things to be told about this game. I have read the other reviews so I`ll try to same different things.
    Yakuza is a
    There are some nice things to be told about this game. I have read the other reviews so I`ll try to same different things.
    Yakuza is a story-driven Beat'em Up game, sited in Japan - as you can guess, the Japanese mob, the Yakuza is the focus background here. You have basically a large neighborhood to explore, full of restaurants, minigame places, tons of NPCs, sidequests and a DAMN GOOD fighting system. It was first made for the PS2, but now it was completely remade for the PS4. And I can say by experience, completely remade. For the best. That being said, let us begin.

    *The Cons:

    - This is one of the reasons I give a 8, instead of a 10. Sometimes combat gets tedious because is to damn frequent. You are trying to get to a restaurant that is only 2 blocks away, and BAM, 3 fights. However, you can try to outrun your enemies, so It gets a pass. But is still annoying.

    - The soundtrack is not bad, but you will never remember it has music because it has no memorable feature.

    - Another reason it gets an 8 instead of a 10 is that, for some subquests, or parallel crucial quests, you are obligated to do some of the game minigames. I like this "minigame" layer in a game, especially in games like Yakuza, which aim to be more realistic with the world, but I don't like being forced to play some of them to progress in some aspects. So, I mostly do not agree with this. But it's not that invasive.

    * Now the good, and its damn long, take your time:

    - The combat is awesome. You have 4 fighting styles, all completely different, with a large variety of moves and finishing moves. This adds to a large list of skill you can acquire and change them even more. Different enemies have different styles, so you will try them all. A good addition is that the combat is very cathartic. You will FEEL the punch.

    - Weapons. A nice feature in Yakuza games is that you can grab stuff in the street (or buy them) and use as weapons. Each object has they own move set and funny and aggressive finishers. You will love this because it's so damn good to smash a bicycle into the enemy`s head that you will try all you can.

    - The story. The story is addictive as hell. It is extremely well made, with interesting characters. You will find yourself really interested in all characters. Their behavior is realistic and the facial expressions are well made. The side stories are funny and cool too. Some of them are very realistic and try to explore some Japanese problems, such as working conditions, traditions and etc. Some stories are fun, but most of them are intricate, emotional and badass.

    - Mature game. This game is about revenge, violence, breaking bones, and trying to get laid (sometimes). So, it is never boring.

    - Majima. Play the game, you will soon understand.

    - Funny. This game, such as all true Japanese games (in their essence) are made to have comic reliefs and Yakuza Kawani has tons of it.

    Overall, this is a game you don't want to miss. You will love the protagonist, the combat system, the story, and all the realist that is built around you. I knew this series from time ago, but this PS4 remake is a fresh take and can`t be missed. Try out!
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  7. Jul 22, 2018
    0
    Apart from the story, the game system is basically no different from the previous one. In my mind it only worth 7 points.

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