Yakuza Kiwami 2 PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Yakuza Kiwami 2 by SEGA.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from SEGA for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a modern remake of the PS2 classic, Yakuza 2. This version of the game was completely rebuilt using Yakuza 6’s Dragon Engine and features new gameplay elements and a more streamlined story.
The game follows the series’ protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu who is the former 4th chairman of the Tojo Clan. In this game’s story Kiryu is tasked with traveling between the fictional towns of Kamurocho, Tokyo and Sotenbori, Osaka to help the Tojo Clan rebuild itself after it’s fifth chairman is assassinated.
In the process of forming an alliance with the Omi Clan in Sotenbori, a man named Ryuji Goda, the legendary Dragon of Kansai stages a coup and takes control of the Omi in order to start an all-out war with the Tojo Clan. His ultimate goal is to defeat Kiryu because in his eyes, there can be only one dragon.
The game also features a second storyline called Majima Saga which follows the series’ anti-hero Goro Majima and how he wound up leaving the Tojo Clan after the events of Yakuza Kiwami. This new story also features the return of a major character in Majima’s story in Yakuza 0.
Like all Yakuza games, Yakuza Kiwami 2 features a wide range of mini-games to take part in when you’re not in the mood for a story mission. You can gamble at gambling dens, play Shogi, competitive mahjong, darts, and even hit the arcade for some Virtua Fighter 2, Virtual On and the crane games.
Two activities return from some of the newer Yakuza releases as well including the Cabaret Club management game from Yakuza 0 and the Clan Creator from Yakuza 6.
Combat in Yakuza Kiwami 2 is very similar in style to the other games in the series where you utilize various combos to take down your opponents in hand to hand combat. You can also use items in your environment to take down opponents as well.
You can also use experience points gained from every action in the game to purchase attributes, life skills, heat skills, and combat skills. Each of them has a unique impact on the game but they also have increasing experience point requirements with each level.
Overall, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a pretty amazing game to say the least. It’s story is action packed and highly entertaining and it’s gameplay is incredibly fun to boot. There’s a lot to love about the Yakuza series and if you’ve never played Yakuza 2 then this game is an excellent way to finally do so. I do recommend playing the previous games prior to this game but it’s not essential because it recaps the previous game at the start of the game.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks, I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!