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Yakuza Kiwami review
by markbass69

It's kind of weird how they couldn't decide if this was a sequel to Yakuza 0 or a remake of Yakuza. The whole Majima subplot is obviously a reference to Y0 - Majima clearly has missed Kiryu and chases him around the city, but at the same time, they kept the original story beats with Majima as not having seen Kiryu in roughly 20 years. Nishiki's transformation is much more impactful with having played Yakuza 0 first, but Shimano's presence in Yakuza 0 is only really a big deal if you've played Yakuza first because he's basically a non-entity in this one.

Also the subplots, like in Y0, are kind of too drawn out unless you do them non-stop. But if you do them non-stop, they get rote and repetitive. In turn, the whole romance subplots just kind of end (again, unless you dive into it and start seeing the same content - down to the dialogue lines - over and over) and don't do a whole lot. Majima's subplot is super long but also requires a lot of randomness, all so you can slowly regain a fourth fighting style that's not particularly distinct from Brawler. The combat is good and, particularly Rush in my opinion, really changes a lot over the game. The substories are funny - except a handful are pretty misogynistic or transphobic, which is definitely not funny - but sometimes feel tacked on. I can't help but feel they should have done the substories OR the Majima/romance subplots. But as it is, the main story is still this wacky melodramatic gangster soap opera which is always fun to follow along with, even if the subplots can veer off course sometimes.

Other reviews10

Wonderful. A true masterpiece in terms of storytelling and character development. It makes you want to do all that there is to be done, even if it isn't part of the main story. I can only hope to play another game as good as this, that isn't part of the series!
10/10
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Fun game with lots to do and home to some of the best cinematic presentation in gaming. I prefer 0 and Kiwami 2 but this is still a stellar game.
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Microsoft from French
Before having the easy criticism it is necessary to re-situate this work in its time, even if the visuals have been given to the taste of the day Yakuza Kiwami remains in his heart a game of 2005, the transition may seem abrupt when we get out of the masterpiece that is Yakuza 0 m the game is still enjoyable.
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Microsoft from Spain
Thanks SEGA. This saga is part of your legacy. He Began as a "spiritual successor" to Shenmue, now shining with his own light. This saga is unpayable and I Will support it as long as I remain strong and Dinerín to do so. Great Port and a SegaDev to loco who puts a message to loco in the discussions, MAJIMAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! What else can I ask for.
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Microsoft from Spain
Today, February 20th, World Day of the "crawls". Joe as we cool the kittens...... Especially because unlike you, human who only has 1, I have 7 just made me "CATKUZA." What I think, is that SEGA what to Echo, is to strike on the table, (I think of Steam); With this title and the "Yakuza 0" to tell us all because it is one of the great, the history of video games.
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Microsoft from French
To be honest, I would say that Kiwami is a little less good than his oldest Yakuza zero, but it's normal: Kiwami is the remake of a PS2 game and despite that I find that he is doing very well. SEGA has done an excellent TAF on the graphics handed to the day, the OST entirely new, the gameplay, the mini-games... One is clearly on a high quality remake there and not a mere feigning remaster. If you liked zero, it will easily fill your missing while waiting for a port of his suite on PC: Kiwami 2!
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Microsoft from Spain
The work they have done since Sega to bring to PC this saga is proving impressive. Not only must recognize the great work done both with this delivery and with 0, but the good to do with the porting and respect for the players who have trusted them, and we made the purchase Day 1 or pre-purchase early. Little story I want to talk, since I have to devote many more hours, but the gameplay is just as good as 0, and is something that does not change, nor hopefully change in the saga. Visually It is bestial (not to be confused with graphics), unlocked options for PC, hours and hours of play, intense argument... Come On, that game for a while there, and it is worth to give a tiento (and if you liked the previous PC, buy a must). In Addition, you see that want to get involved very much in PC, because they are very much pending the section Discussions of the page of the game, and they will go fixing anything that they are commented on there. Tremendous Responsibility of the developers and the porting team. Let's show the interest, they've done a good job.
A great series so far!

I just finished Kiwami yesterday and am salivating over Kiwami 2, if you start with Yakuza 0 like I did, you will be able to tell that this is a much older game. It is however, still a great game. The fighting is a little annoying compared to 0 but the story will still suck you in and strap you to a roller coaster until the final credits roll. 

8/10
I loved this game when I was playing on PS2, and now I went through it with new graphics. Cool when the legends return.
«Time-tested»
«Beaten more than once»