• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
  • Also On: PC
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 226 Ratings

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  • Summary: Kazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With warKazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With war on the horizon, the legendary Dragon of Dojima is pulled back into the world he wanted to leave behind. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    100
    I really, really enjoyed my time with Yakuza Kiwami 2, and as a fan of the series, I’d certainly urge you to check it out. It has very few flaws, outside of some minor animation issues and the occasional cumbersome combat sequence. It also feels like a much stronger remake than even Yakuza Kiwami, which was no slouch to begin with. It also has some solid ties to both Yakuza 0 via the new elements, and pre-existing story beats that feed into the more recent Yakuza 6. So check this one out when you get a chance, you will not be disappointed.
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    90
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the best remake yet for the series and the absolute best way to enjoy the franchise’s second entry. It’s a must-buy for any Yakuza fan and also makes a fine starting point thanks to its thorough recap of the first game.
  3. 90
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 offers the best Yakuza experience money can currently buy, not to mention a story that wouldn't seem out of place in an old Kinji Fukasaku flick.
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    90
    An excellent remake that brings back characters and story events with updated visuals. The weak point of Kiwami 2 is the combat system which we see as a missed opportunity.
  5. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    Another excellent reinterpretation of one of the best Sega franchises nowadays. A real varied, engaging, fun and captivating action adventure game.
  6. CD-Action
    Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Not having played Yakuza 6 yet, at first I was disappointed with the Dragon engine, which offers only painful 30 frames per second. New tech has its advantages though, as you may enter most of shops, restaurants etc. without annoying loading, which is a significant step forward from the first Kiwami, as are the physics engine, animation system and enhanced control over combat. Overall it is a very good game, but not as brilliant as Yakuza 0, especially in terms of the story. [10/2018, p.70]
  7. Aug 24, 2018
    60
    Just like a show, the second season has to contend with the apparent success of its predecessor, and it’s clear that the writers on Yakuza 2 may not have known how to extend that deeply personal tale for another 40 hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Aug 29, 2018
    10
    Having never played the original Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (my entering point in the series was Zero, then Kiwami, then a leap to 6 and now thisHaving never played the original Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (my entering point in the series was Zero, then Kiwami, then a leap to 6 and now this one), I have to say this is the best experience I've had with the series so far. In my personal opinion, the story is the best of all the ones that I've played and, although more streamlined when compared to Zero and Kiwami, I felt the combat experience to be the most responsive yet (you "feel" every punch and kick you throw during battles). Exploration is also even more rewarding this time, with a perfect mix between new attractions and the revamped fan-favorites that have been a staple of the series. Because of its accessibility, I'd say this is certainly a Yakuza not only for long-time fans of the series, but also for newcomers alike. Expand
  2. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    Every single Yakuza game is a masterpiece in its own right, and this one is no exception. Next to Yakuza 0, this is one of my favouriteEvery single Yakuza game is a masterpiece in its own right, and this one is no exception. Next to Yakuza 0, this is one of my favourite entries of the legendary series.

    If you're a Yakuza fan, this is a must-own!
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  3. Jun 15, 2019
    10
    This is truly a one of a kind game. Kiwami 2 was easily the best one within the series. The level of detail in background and how itThis is truly a one of a kind game. Kiwami 2 was easily the best one within the series. The level of detail in background and how it literally reminds me of Tokyo and Osaka, the similarities are so surreal. The deep story and intense battle and combat actions are mesmerizing. You just feel like your in the game and the fights just never gets old. I have put in countless hours and am still producing and finding new things in there. Definitely have to give my standing ovation for the producers and developers that made this game happen. Its going to be an original, a classic for the future to come and if you haven't played it you need to do it now! Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2018
    9
    I'm giving this game a 9.5 out of 10! My god, this game was fantastic and almost flawless that to me in my opinion that it is a lot betterI'm giving this game a 9.5 out of 10! My god, this game was fantastic and almost flawless that to me in my opinion that it is a lot better than Yakuza 6. Everything from the improved combat, to the minigames and more of the returning and new extra side content in Yakuza 2/ Kiwami 2! I am so happy that I played this game for 14 hours straight, and the best part of this game is the new moves and heat actions as well as for the story and my god I really loved the story in this game it is probably one of the best in the series in my book and its really good than 0's story especially when the story was a little darker and more connected from the Jingwoen Mafia and Goda Ryuji the best rivalry/ antagonist ever in the Yakuza series. But overall I really have nothing to complain about the game other than the fact that Majima's story was very short but that's about it. Anyway, it's a fantastic game I highly recommend it! Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2019
    9
    If you have played Zero or Kiwami then you know what you are in for. I have enjoyed this even more than the aforementioned games! I can't waitIf you have played Zero or Kiwami then you know what you are in for. I have enjoyed this even more than the aforementioned games! I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

    There is so much content here and the variety keeps it from getting too repetitive. The Hostess Club alone had me hooked for hours as I climbed the ranks and developed the stats. There are so many optional materials like this to explore that broadens the game from being just another fighting game.

    This is probably my favourite story so far also, which may be due to me being more familiar with the characters now. One difficulty I have with this series are the families and the range of characters, so it's hard to know who is on what side of the battle.

    Gameplay is as fun as ever. I love using the environment in combat and discovering new ways to defeat opponents. The mini-games are quite good too, and having Virtua Fighter 2 playable in the arcades is actually a clever touch as it makes you appreciate just how deep Yakuza is compared to simplistic and punishing games of yesteryear.

    Considering this is a remake of sorts, the graphics are quite amazing. The pleasure one can get from just wandering around Kamurocho and appreciating the environment is amazing!

    In short, I definitely recommend this game, however make sure you play them in the correct order for maximum enjoyment and for things to make sense. It's not essential but it will maximise your experience, I believe!
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  6. Jun 22, 2019
    8
    Been a Yakuza fan since 0 came out a few years back. Just love the lore of Yakuza, wacky and nostalgic mini games, and brutal combat. OnlyBeen a Yakuza fan since 0 came out a few years back. Just love the lore of Yakuza, wacky and nostalgic mini games, and brutal combat. Only issue I have with the game is that the combat complexity and depth was toned down with the new engine. So combat can get tedious and repetitive deeper in the game. Heat moves are still awesome and sometimes wacky. Would recommend first time players to rent first before buying or buy super cheap Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2018
    6
    This game could be the most perfect Yakuza game, but for some reason authors add a piece of crap: 26 bouncing missions with 3 diffictulies onThis game could be the most perfect Yakuza game, but for some reason authors add a piece of crap: 26 bouncing missions with 3 diffictulies on each. So full completion is impossible without HUGE and stupid grind. Expand

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