• 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: 35 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Dec 7, 2017
    10
    Just brilliant... the story of these games are brilliant, the game is brilliant and perhaps I should mention it is brilliant. I am just sad IJust brilliant... the story of these games are brilliant, the game is brilliant and perhaps I should mention it is brilliant. I am just sad I have to wait until March for Yakuza 6. A masterpiece! Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2017
    10
    omg this game is so good i liked the story-characters -music very much and i am so excited to play yakuza 0 thank you Sega for thisomg this game is so good i liked the story-characters -music very much and i am so excited to play yakuza 0 thank you Sega for this masterpiece wooooooooow 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. May 19, 2018
    8
    Yakuza Kiwami delivers a quite bland story with the same aspects of Yakuza 0.

    - The story is not bad not good, mises good story flips and
    Yakuza Kiwami delivers a quite bland story with the same aspects of Yakuza 0.

    - The story is not bad not good, mises good story flips and is a bit plain.

    - The combat is like Yakuza 0, but there is a big problem with Dragon style, once unlocked the parry and the counter you become invincible, rising the heat meter to MAX in no time and dealing enormous damage.

    - Majima everywhere: is fun and original until the very end, as said about the Dragon style, one got the parry and counter, is cheesing.

    - In general: is like Yakuza 0 but without it´s originality and impact
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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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