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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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  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: 72 out of 93
  2. Negative: 6 out of 93
  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. Dec 25, 2020
    10
    first if you are wondering whether you should play this game or not? the answer is definitely you should play it.

    Sega just prove again
    first if you are wondering whether you should play this game or not? the answer is definitely you should play it.

    Sega just prove again that they can always be trusted to deliver great quality when it comes to the Yakuza series.
    it's rare in gaming industry to see a franchise stay strong and keep getting better and better every time, that's what Yakuza series provide a franchise where every game is a masterpiece on it's own.

    yakuza kiwami combine the deep storytelling , and the wacky fun side activities, instead of going for a massive empty openworlds like some other franchises, yakuza goes for a small world full of activities and where everywhere you go there is something fun to do, and the world almost feels real.

    i personally give this game the perfect score of 10/10, an i recommend it to everyone
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  3. Sep 23, 2017
    9
    A solid game priced the right way.
    Feels like an expansion for Yakuza Zero.
    My only problem is that it feels like a downgrade from Yakuza
    A solid game priced the right way.
    Feels like an expansion for Yakuza Zero.
    My only problem is that it feels like a downgrade from Yakuza Zero,
    Which came out before Kiwami.
    Bring those Yakuza games to the rest of the world quickly now.. having the rest wait years only damages the product.
    Looking forward to Yakuza 6 and Kiwami 2.
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  4. 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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  5. Aug 4, 2021
    8
    Great remake and great start to an amazing series.

    It may not be as deep as newer entries but it's still a fun game with a good story.
  6. Nov 13, 2019
    8
    I enjoyed kiwami story more then 0. The game graphics looks exactly the same as 0 and looks like they just reused the same city with sameI enjoyed kiwami story more then 0. The game graphics looks exactly the same as 0 and looks like they just reused the same city with same assets. The goofy side quest and serious main story kept me interested the entire time. The battle system is still fun and improved slightly since 0 for the better. I wish they would put in english dubs, I would enjoy these games more instead of having to read the captions during cutscenes. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2019
    0
    This is just cut scene's, this game (if you can call this a game) is why sega has gone down in flames. Boring, janky controls, feels like yourThis is just cut scene's, this game (if you can call this a game) is why sega has gone down in flames. Boring, janky controls, feels like your playing ps2. If you want a story, watch a movie Expand

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