Yakuza Kiwami Steel Book Edition (PS4)
- Not just a graphical upgrade, Yakuza Kiwami adds nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes alone, providing all-new insight into the game's plot and creating common threads with series prequel, Yakuza-0.
- Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate bridge in the series for both newcomers and Yakuza veterans.
- Completely new to Yakuza 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
- Built from the ground up with all new assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and optimised for the PlayStation 4
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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, 12 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 (who also happens to be Kiryu's childhood sweetheart) is missing...along with 10 billion yen.
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Yakuza Kiwami only has one protagonist this time around, Kiryu Kazama, known as the Dragon of Dojima, a well known Yakuza for the Dojima clan. When events take the turn for the worse Kiryu takes the fall for a murder he didn't commit to protect his friends resulting in him being sent to prison for ten years. Fast forward to his release and many things have changed since his time in prison with his best friend seemingly trying to kill him, another friend having up and vanished and turmoil spreading through the Yakuza all focusing around a seemingly innocent nine year old girl Kiryu has taken under his protection.
The story has it's moments where it really shines but it also doesn't have quite the mystery or intense moments that 0 has. I especially found it difficult to except why Kiryu's best friend Nishki has the personality change he does. I gather many new scenes have been added from the original to make that clearer but it's still pretty jarring how his personality essentially has a massive transplant. I did like the parts of the story revolving around the girl Haruka surprisingly though. All in all I enjoyed the main story a lot even with a few weak parts here and there.
If you haven't played a Yakuza game before they are an odd mixture of brawler and RPG. The game is set in a mini open map part of Tokyo city called Kamurocho where you can travel from point to point for story missions or just generally explore around. While exploring there are three main things to do, shop, play mini games or complete sidequests called submissions. Shopping normally entails healing items, gear increasing your defense or other abilities, or weapons to increase your attack in battle. Mini games vary including various gambling games from traditional poker to asian dice and card games or Karaoke singing, baseball, darts and pool, there is a huge variety of games to play giving various rewards for beating them. Lastly is the submissions, there are 78 in total, as far as I can tell a mixture of new and original including chatting up hostess girls, finding a successor for the mini car racing game, to more mundane tasks like finding a womans bag or helping a would be Yakuza as he constantly makes stupid decisions.
Unfortunately the budget nature of the game peaks through here with all the mini games being identical to Yakuza 0 taking some of the impact away from playing them. The assets to the visuals are all reused as well with all the npcs, most of the city and combat styles all reused. It's a little bit disappointing as it takes all the freshness of the game away and feels more like an expansion to 0 but at the launch price of £25 and the amount of content it's still excellent value for the 30-40 hours the game will last, or possibly more if you aim for all the side content.
Combat has Kiryu taking on groups of thugs, Yakuza and goons who attack him as he travels around. Kiryu can use four difeerent combat styles, Rush for quick assaults, Beast for slow hard hitting, thug for the middle ground, and Dragon for his ultimate style. During combat as you hit and beat on enemies Kiryu builds up a heat bar allowing to perform special and often brutal attacks like slamming peoples heads into car doors, smashing pushbikes onto people, or performing suplexs etc. The move will depend on what style he is in, what weapon he is holding or where he is standing, there is ahuge variety of them and they are extremely satisfying to pull off. As Kiryu defeats enemies he gains experience points he can use to upgrade his styles getting more health and damage as well as new moves for each style, all except the Dragon style which is a little different.
The Dragon style is upgraded with an entirely new addition to the remake (I gather) called Majima everywhere! The character Goro Majima from Yakuza 0 returns wanting to bring Kiryu back up to strength from where he has gotten weak from his time in prison. His theory is to ambush him everywhere and force him into fights like mini boss battles. Majima does, literally turn up everywhere, sometimes launching attacks from manhole covers, other times in disguises, he will turn up to challenge you to mini game battles, he is everywhere. Some of these moments were genuinely hilarious because Majima is a total nutter. At times he can be annoying when you just want to get from point A to B though so make sure to keep healing items on you at all times, you never know when he'll strike!
Presentation wise Yakuza Kiwami is a cross gen PS3/4 title but it does look great despite that. The main character models look fantastic especially in cutscenes where you can see all their skin pores and details to the fullest. The city also looks great with the neon lights and rain effects and it all runs pretty smoothly at near 60fps with occasional screen tearing here and there. The only real complaint I have is many of the npc models that aren't part of the main story are pretty ugly, even the submission characters are pretty basic and it can be a little jarring but overall it looks good.
The voice acting is excellent, I love Kiryu's deep bass voice and nearly all the cast is voiced fantastically, I even liked Haruka's performance. The whole game isn't voiced, quite often there is just a word of two spoken and the rest text though all of the main story scenes are voiced, there is a good amount of voice acting. It should be noted the game is entirely in Japanese with English subtitles for those not aware, in this instance I much prefer it, the atmosphere is perfect. The music is also great, I especially like the Mesuking card game music and a lot of the Karaoke songs.
Coming off the back of Yakuza 0 this game just isn't as good, it's not as fresh and parts from the original in the subquests and story are a little weak. Having said all that though it's still a great, great game. There is a ton of content, the story has some great moments and characters and some of the clearly newer content like Majima everywhere are real winners. All that content for the price it is is also extremely good value. If you haven't played a Yakuza game yet, start with 0, not this but if you have then this is a great game worth playing and with the news of the second Yakuza game being remade in the Dragon engine designed for PS4 with extra content in I have yet another game to look forward to before I play 6 released next year.
+ A ton of content with mini games and submissions.
+ Great story and characters despite a few weak parts.
+ Majima everywhere system can be hilarious.
+ Great voice acting.
- Feels to similar to 0 for mini games and visuals for those that played it.
What separates it from Yakuza 0 is the new way of obtaining skills. Rather than spending money, you also gain experience points. I found this far easier to obtain various skills, although beyond basics such as health boosts there weren't a lot of skills I particularly desired or used. The battle system is very similar but with the added 'Dragon' style, which showed a lot of promise but was too inconvenient and awkward for me to upgrade when I could just use Beast style and plough through opponents.
This game felt a lot shorter than the first, and I'm not sure if that's because we only followed the story from Kiryu's perspective or because I did not invest as much time into substories. There are a lot of these in the game and most of the ones I played were interesting and varied in terms of story, however usually came down to you choosing to fight or not as a resolution to the plot.
Some people may find the combat too similar and repetitive to the previous game. I noticed an array of new moves and animations, but there was still a fair bit of repetition. For me though, it was always entertaining to pick up random objects and smash them across peoeple's heads.
The graphics are pretty good, and I loved the colourful backdrop of neon signs and shop windows.
The voice acting was pretty good, although you'll be reading English subtitles for them.
The bottom line is that I enjoyed Yakuza 0 so much that I bought this, and now I've enjoyed Kiwami so much that I'm really looking forward to playing Kiwami 2 and seeing what it's like with the new engine. If you've never played these games then go back to Yakuza 0 and try it. Just beware that it is also heavily story-driven, meaning there are quite a few cutscenes but i enjoyed watching them.
When I heard they were remaking all of the Yakuza games, I jumped right in, if you've already played these games before, I don't know how much you'll enjoy it from a story perspective.
From a visual point of view, it uses the same game engine as Yakuza 0, so it's visually stunning for the series.
The new additon of Majima everywehre, is well executed, and a great way to level up.