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- Includes limited edition Steelbook.
- Newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise fresh.
- Completely new to Kiwami is the "Majima Everywhere" system, where the series' deranged, one-eyed maniac will constantly surprise and challenge Kiryu to combat when he least expects it.
- Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60fps.
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In 2005, a legend was born on the PlayStation 2 - 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 will be able to experience the incomparable action and drama of the Yakuza series with the rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake exclusive to PlayStation 4, Yakuza Kiwami. "Kiwami" means Extreme, and the game takes that concept to heart. It's not an HD-remaster or up-rezzing of PS2-era textures. Yakuza Kiwami was recreated from the ground up exclusively for the PlayStation 4. That means every visual element was optimized for the 1080p/60fps environment, every line of the script was re-recorded by series actors and for the first time in the West, gamers will be able to hear the original Japanese language track. Then there's the game itself! The PS2-era brawling gameplay is refined for the current gen with Kazuma Kiryu fighting his way through the ranks of Yakuza, only to wind up protecting a young girl whose aunt (and who happens to be Kiryu's childhood sweetheart) is missing...along with 10 billion yen.
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- Good story (albeit a bit cliche at times) with characters that have personalities.
- Action is somewhat cheesy and over the top. I enjoyed the over-dramatic slo-mo finishing moves
- Different fighting styles keep things interesting.
- Substories will make you experience every emotion out there, ranging from some heart-felt family reunions to helping an alcoholic get his next fix to obliterating some little kids in various mini-games (or getting obliterated yourself...)
- Mini games! Adds variety and some absurdist humor.
- Good translations and scenery. Lots of minute details that really add to the experience of being in a small city in Japan.
- Great music
- Minor combat annoyances; for example, the main character gets staggered quite easily in the beginning making it hard to fight. It gets better as you grow stronger but it's still annoying.
- Too many random gangs that aggro you on the street. Even after you reach your full power, you'll still have some random street punks try to start a fight as you run to your next substory. You can usually run away but it's still irritating.
- Mini games. I know I listed it as a pro, but some of them will leave you frustrated.
Overall it was a great game and I can't wait for the next remake!
Great game, highly recommended. Can't wait for Kiwami 2.
Yakuza Kiwami is a fantastic remake of the original/first Yakuza game that debuted on the PlayStation 2.
The graphics, voice acting, characters models, etc etc etc have been redone from the ground up to match current-gen quality. Yakuza Kiwami is run on the same engine that it's contemporary, Yakuza 0, uses and borrows similar features including combat and various stances.
The side stories are fun and quirky, the main story is compelling, though doesn't quite reach the bar that 0 set (though this is somewhat to be expected due to the fact that Kiwami is based off the first entry in the series). Everything feels solid and runs smooth.
I also greatly appreciate the fact that the voice acting is all in Japanese instead of the original English VO that Yakuza PS2 had. This matches 0 and the rest of the entries in the series - as a note for anyone new to the Yakuza games - there is a lot of dialogue and there is a heavy reliance on cutscenes - in other words, be prepared to do a lot of reading (or skipping at your leisure). I prefer and enjoy to read through while listening to the Japanese VO. It took a little getting used to at first but quickly grew on me.
In sum, the remake is top notch and shows SEGA's genuine care and love for both the series and for its fans. At $20 or less, you can't go wrong with picking this up - whether you're new or a series veteran. Buy this game. Support SEGA and their continued work to bring this awesome series to the West. It's just awesome.