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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: 44 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. 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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  2. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    Another strong Yakuza game that will undoubtedly fall under the radar. Unfortunately, Yakuza games do not get the publicity they should, andAnother strong Yakuza game that will undoubtedly fall under the radar. Unfortunately, Yakuza games do not get the publicity they should, and as such many miss out on this series. The plot is great, the engine runs like a charm, the characters are gripping and engaging. This is one of the few stories that you truly find yourself invested in and wanting to finish, but not really wanting the fun to end. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jun 22, 2020
    9
    Story 9/10
    Gameplay 9/10
    Graphics 9/10

    My favourite yakuza games of the series
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    A very nice gameplay and wonderful story. Totally recommended. Narrative and combats are a great mix in this title.
  6. Feb 27, 2020
    8
    A good sequel with some interesting new additions and updates to the gameplay. Not quite as good as the first game, but definitely anA good sequel with some interesting new additions and updates to the gameplay. Not quite as good as the first game, but definitely an enjoyable experience. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2020
    4
    The combat in this game is laughably bad, the dodge goes nowhere and there isn't a lock on, I beat the first fight with the main bad guy andThe combat in this game is laughably bad, the dodge goes nowhere and there isn't a lock on, I beat the first fight with the main bad guy and that's when I began to realize just how bad the combat system sucked. for one the blocking was unreliable due to the lack of a lock on, the dodging couldn't get me far away enough to evade most of his attacks, and you can't cancel attacks by blocking or dodging so half of your attacks would get ignored and he'd kick your ass. One more thing before the fans of this game murder me, the fights with multiple enemies also suck. imagine the blocking and dodging issues I had with the boss, but 5 times worse, at least the grunts don't have as much heath. other than that I can't really say much for the story as this is the first Yakuza game I've tried. I've heard that the plot is good so I won't give it less than a 4/10 but I won't see much of that story because I refuse to play any more of this game, the bad combat was funny at first but then it got annoying Expand

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