Yakuza Kiwami

Sega

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
82
Top Critic Average
83%
Critics Recommend
Based on 113 critic reviews
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Yakuza Kiwami

Rating Summary

Based on 113 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 113 critic reviews
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Yakuza Kiwami Reviews Summary

Incredible Remastering
Much Improved Combat
Short Length

Summary: Yakuza Kiwami shows how far the franchise has come by bringing the original into the modern age mostly successfully. It can't break out of the shell of its original design, but the improvements all lead to a pretty great package.

General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 29, 2017
PCFeb 19, 2019

Publisher: Sega

Genres: Action, RPG

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.

Yakuza Kiwami Reviews

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Suffers in comparison to Yakuza 0, but is still a compelling drama and an important part of the series as a whole.

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IGN

7.9 / 10.0
IGN

Yakuza Kiwami makes great strides in updating the classic original Yakuza game to modern standards. But while it adds better combat, bizarrely charming side quests, and a gorgeous graphical revamp, it also ignores some of the original's biggest problems in pacing and storytelling. And because of its relatively short length, Yakuza Kiwami's fun trip through the tangled web of Japan's criminal underground feels like a prelude to something bigger and better to come.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

An entertaining but slightly unbalanced remake whose biggest draw is a regular distraction from one of the series' best stories.

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The original Yakuza has been remade into a sequel to its own prequel, but although it's perfectly competent it feels outdated compared to the newer entries.

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OpenCritic Coverage

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Yakuza Kiwami is now available on Steam

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Yakuza Kiwami for PC rumored for February 19th

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 demo arrives, pre-orders open

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Trailers

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Fight and Play Through the Streets of Kamurocho in Yakuza Kiwami

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Yakuza Kiwami - PS4 Trailer | E3 2017

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The Dragon Rises Again in Yakuza Kiwami on Aug. 29

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