Yakuza Kiwamiby Mikhail Dec 23, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 9 rate Yakuza Kiwami is the remake of Sega’s popular Yakuza released back in 2005. You play as Kazuma Kiryu where you will undergo a tale involving Japanese gangsters and several other factions. You will explore the streets of Tokyo, fight battles, and interact with colorful personalities in a vibrant yet dangerous world. Play Now Similar Games Played
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The Yakuza piques everyone’s interest. With a code of honor and surrounded by mystique and brutality much like the Mafia crime families. In Yakuza Kiwami, you’ll get to play as Kazuma Kiryu, a yakuza lieutenant. You’ll get to roam the streets of Kamurocho, which was based on a real-life district in Tokyo, Japan. Here, you’ll uncover an intricate plot involving the Yakuza and several other organizations, a childhood friend, and a best friend-turned enemy.
This action adventure game is a remake of the original Yakuza, which was released in 2005. The first game was criticized for its clunky gameplay. Thankfully, the Kiwami does better, and whether or not you’re familiar with the series, it provides an experience you’ll truly enjoy. Let’s check out what it has to offer:
Yakuza Kiwami puts you in the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu, a former Yakuza lieutenant. He spent 10 years taking the blame for a murder committed by his childhood friend and main antagonist, Akira Nishikiyama. Without diving deep into spoilers, the plot centers around Kiryu looking for another childhood friend, Yumi, and money - 10 billion yen - stolen from his former organization, the Tojo.
Apart from the main plot, there are also subplots and side stories which you can unlock by performing side quests. Though you could safely say the characters have anime tropes (this is a Japanese game after all), they’re well-written and their personalities add so much color into the title.
Note that if you’ve played the original game, the personalities and plot points have been reworked to suit the other Yakuza titles.
The focal point of Yakuza Kiwami’s gameplay is its fighting mechanics. There are four styles players can switch between battle. These include the Brawler style which is the most balanced of the four, the speed-based Rush style, the strength-based Beast style, and finally, Kiryu’s traditional Dragon style. The combat styles add a layer of intricacy in the combat mechanics. In addition, you can adjust which style to use based on who your opponents are. For example, if you’re fighting a slow and sluggish yet hard-hitting opponent, you’ll have to make a decision whether to go toe-to-toe with the Beast style or take it slow by using the Rush style.
Enemies in the game’s sizable and vibrant world - based on a real district in Tokyo - are everywhere. Encountering them gives you many opportunities to hone your combat skills. They can be random encounters or helping out a civilian being harrassed. There’s also Goro Majima, who constantly arrives in varied disguises to combat Kiryu to help him help polish his fighting skills. After all, a decade in a Japanese prison can make anyone’s combat skills feel rusty.
Apart from engaging in all-out brawls, you’ll also enter various businesses and facilities. Here, you can trigger quests like to talking to ladies in hostess clubs, go gambling, or even play an arcade game of wrestling insect women. The world is actually full of events and people who can trigger sidequests, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. Performing these will give you much needed money to buy gear, healing items, and equipment. Moreover, you’ll also earn experience points to improve Kiryu’s stats.
Unfortunately, though the gameplay is one of the action-packed ones I’ve played, the way it starts is terrible. Instead of pitting you in a brawl, you’re left doing stealth and fetch quest, which is uncharacteristic of the Yakuza series. Once you’ve dug yourself out of this hole though, you’ll unlock the best of what the game has to offer.
Yakuza Kiwami is solely a single player experience. However, the game does have a sizable and active community on Reddit, so you’ll have people to discuss the game with. There are also other communities on Steam if you plan to play the game on PC.
In terms of presentation, Yakuza Kiwami does not disappoint. Exploring the Kamurocho district is a wonder, despite being based off a real-world location. The bright lights of a hostess clubs and the bland yet welcoming interior of a convenience store feels real. Character models look fantastic and feel like they’ve been remade from the ground-up.
In terms of voice acting, everything checks out. The lack of English dub is a bummer, though we have to be thankful that SEGA didn’t reuse the train wreck of a dub in the original game (despite Mark Hamill being there). The Japanese dub is well-acted and gives the game more of a Japanese-feel.
Overall, Yakuza Kiwami is a must-play, even if you’re not so high on Japanese-inspired games. Its action-packed gameplay and intriguing storyline give an experience like no other. Pair it up with well-written characters and a vibrant world, you’re in for a treat. If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber and acquired the game last month, give it a shot.