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A Remastered SEGA adventure

Yakuza Kiwami is an action-adventure video game developed by Sega and is a remake of Yakuza, the first game in the Yakuza series. Yakuza Kiwami was released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2016, and on PlayStation 4 in Europe and North America in 2017.

While the gameplay might be little clunky, the storyline and amazing attention to detail make this game worth playing. The entire dialogue is in Japanese with Subtitles, so if you aren’t a fan of reading this game might not be for you. I do encourage you to power through it if possible.

We decided to play on the highest difficulty making some of the boss fights a grueling and tedious process with MANY attempts. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact, quite the opposite. Games have steered away from making it almost impossible to complete levels unless you perform every action perfectly. 

 

In this remastered classic we are taken back to Kiryu’s early days and the escalating feud between the different  Yakuza families of Komurocho, the City in which the storyline takes place.


It seems no matter where our hero goes, trouble is there waiting for him. And if trouble is not hiding around the next corner, Goro Majima surely is, ready to spar with Kiryu in a quirky side story.
Majima seems hellbent on making sure the hardened warrior that Kiryu once was, is restored through constant berating and sneak attacks. These mini battles will help you to refine the different fighting styles at your disposal.

 

There are certainly a lot of areas that SEGA failed to improve on including the overused flashback affect that doesn’t help with the overall flow of the gameplay, or the ratio of cut scenes to actual playtime. But, as a whole, Yakuza Kiwami is definitely an improvement on the original Yakuza game in both the beautiful animation and added features. Worth checking out and if you can push through the tedious start to the game, you are met with a captivating and entertaining adventure.

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Yakuza Kiwami

6.8

Gameplay

7.0/10

Content

6.0/10

Design

7.5/10

Pros

  • Plenty of side-quests and extra features added in the revamp.
  • Captivating story line and detailed cutscenes.
  • Beautiful detail and flowing environment.

Cons

  • A lot of prompted actions and often clunky movement.
  • Journey comes to an end too soon, not enough playtime compared to cinematics.
  • Still screams of PS2, lacking in modern design.