• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
  • Also On: PC
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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: 44 out of 53
  2. Negative: 4 out of 53
  1. 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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  2. May 9, 2019
    10
    Just too **** good, even though its the remake of a game made in 2005, its still so amazingly fun i have no words to explain it, my god Ryu GaJust too **** good, even though its the remake of a game made in 2005, its still so amazingly fun i have no words to explain it, my god Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio you are so good!

    50 out of 10 is my score.
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  3. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    Latest Yakuza game finally came to the west after it’s localization thanks to Sega. This game is remake of original Yakuza (“Ryu Ga Gotoku” inLatest Yakuza game finally came to the west after it’s localization thanks to Sega. This game is remake of original Yakuza (“Ryu Ga Gotoku” in Japan) game which released in 2005.

    The very first Yakuza game was badass, fun to play and had awesome scenario. But 2017 version offering much more than that.

    Highly detailed next-gen graphics, new camera view, enhanced framerate which is perfectly run at 60fps and re-mastered Kamurocho area will bring your memories from past as well as great experience.

    Kiwami has offering new gameplay for our main hero: Kazuma Kiryu. Like in “Yakuza 0”, the character has 4 main gameplay set which you can upgrade throughout the game.

    The in-game sound is awesome, all stage tunes are good and supporting the action. All VAs had great job on this remaster.

    Boss battles, fighting locations, secret locations, secret missions, upgrades, fun parts, cut-scenes, main characters, side characters..they all great. Yakuza 1 is clearly my favourite Yakuza game in entire series in terms of story telling and ending.

    Finding secret “side-missions”, Nishiki’s (who is Kiryu’s old friend) campaigns (which is not included in old version but added to this version), cage matches and lots of action surely make you happy during your walkthrough.

    Literally Sega is making one Yakuza game each year and localize them after a period. Yakuza Kiwami released in Japan long ago but glad we have this game on our market now. Not to mention Yakuza 2 Remake (Ryu Ga Gotoku 2 Kiwami) will be on stores in Japan at the end of the year.

    Brawls in Kamurocho streets will never end!

    Have fun and play on.
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  4. Sep 8, 2018
    8
    Last year I gave Yakuza 0 a chance and I’m very glad that I did. Normally I look at these weird Japanese titles and they just don’t seem up myLast year I gave Yakuza 0 a chance and I’m very glad that I did. Normally I look at these weird Japanese titles and they just don’t seem up my alley. If something is weird and Japanese then it’s not for me or at least that’s what I thought. What I discovered last year is that I am a fan of Yakuza 0 so much so that it was my second favorite game of 2017. What I’ve discovered this year after playing Yakuza Kiwami is that I’m actually a fan of the franchise. This game is not as good as 0 but it’s impressed me and I am a fan.

    The game starts out where Zero leaves off. You’re Kiryu and you’re good friends with Nishiki. Nishiki ends up killing a higher up in the Yakuza which Kiryu takes the fall for and ends up in prison for 10 years. The whole early part of the game is leading up to prison and then spending time in prison where it’s a quick montage. After you get out of prison this is where the game truly begins. I don’t want to get too deep into the story because I don’t want to spoil anything but the game continues with the tradition of being a Japanese Soap opera which I am a fan of.

    The game’s combat feels an awful a lot like Yakuza 0’s combat which makes sense because Kiwami was built in Yakuza 0’s engine. Sadly the big difference between 0 and Kiwami is the fact that in Kiwami you do not get to play as Majima. Now from what I understand Sega did change Kiwami up from the original where they have sprinkled more Majima into the game but it’s not quite the same. Either way, it’s a great game that kept me entertained for a very time.

    The game also carries on the tradition of having a lot of fun mini-games that you can get engaged with. In 0 the Cabaret Club really pulled me in and in this one, it was actually the slot cars. I don’t know what it was but it was like a fun puzzle that I had to sit down and try to solve. You needed to make sure you weren’t too fast to fly off the track, too heavy to slow you down and all the while maintaining good acceleration.

    I fully plan on playing Yakuza 6 and Yakuza Kiwami 2 this year but I want to wait until Kiwami 2 comes out first. I’ll probably play Kiwami 2 when that comes out in August and then maybe finally sit down and play through 6 in November/December when things slow down for me. Plus by then the game will be much cheaper for me to buy.
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  5. Nov 4, 2018
    8
    Story:7.3
    Gameplay:8
    Mechanics:10
    Sounds:8
    Characters :9
    Details: 8
    Animations:8
  6. Jan 21, 2019
    8
    Coming after Yakuza 0, I think Yakuza Kiwami 1 did a great job but not yet on par with Yakuza 0. (I loved Yakuza 0 so much that I gave it aComing after Yakuza 0, I think Yakuza Kiwami 1 did a great job but not yet on par with Yakuza 0. (I loved Yakuza 0 so much that I gave it a 10/10). Main Story is still the strong point of the game but this time side quests are not as fun. Combat is also basically the same as Yakuza 0, which is fun but get repetitive overtime. Music, however, a let down. It does not have as many amazing tracks as 0. Minigame is also lacking. the reasons that I love Yakuza 0 so much are not only because story alone, but also minigame like Cabaret club, Real Estate management, disco dancing ... etc. Yakuza 1 does not have any entertaining mini games for me.

    In brief, I think the first starter for everyone should be Yakuza 0. Yakuza kiwami is a good game for story but not as amazing as Yakuza 0, which is understandable because it was a remastered of PS2 game. The price now is very cheap though, that why I give it 8/10 because you will get much more content than you have to spend. I will soon buy Yakuza kiwami 2 in the hope that kiwami 2 will be the greatest episode in Yakuza series
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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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