Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2

Developer: SEGA | Publisher: SEGA | Release Date: August 28, 2018 | Genre: Action RPG | Reviewed On: PlayStation 4 Pro

I have realized something this year: I have way too many games. I’m starting to think I have a problem. While everyone is running the streets of Kamurocho in the recently released Judgment, I learned that I have too much of a backlog to join them. While scrolling through my ever expanding library of digital games, I realized I never even started Yakuza Kiwami 2. No time like the present right? Since the game has been out for quite some time now, I will kept it tight and get right to the point.

Now I completely missed the entire Yakuza series the first time around. So I have been playing this wave of remakes and I am loving them. So I have already gone through Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami (that review was lost with the old site), and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Kazuma Kiryu returns to bust heads and be just an overall great help to the citizens Kamurocho and Sotenbori. This time around, Kiryu is trying to help broker a peace treaty between rival Yakuza families which on paper seems like a piece of cake. Naturally things go real wrong real fast and Kiryu once again must hit the streets and settle things his way. While you progress through the story, you will unlock another perspective on things with the Majima Saga which puts you in the shoes of Majima through a set of unlockable chapters.

Clan Creator returns from Yakuza 6 and it focuses on Majima’s new construction business and you can recruit new members as you explore the game world. The usual suspects in the mini-game field also return with karaoke, fully playable games like Virtua Fighter 2 and Virtual On in the Sega Club arcade and much more to occupy your time between missions.

The combat is much improved from older entries in the series. This time you don’t have to juggle between multiple fighting styles. Now you just add new skills and abilities to enhance your fighting and it makes things a lot more streamlined. This along with stat upgrades makes you feel stronger as you work your way through increasingly tougher enemies in the story. Majima has a completely different more visceral fighting style which made it worth it for me to switch between the main campaign and the Majima Saga.

If you love the Yakuza series then you have had this game in your library for just over a year now. If you haven’t tried it and you love lots of action, exploration and takoyaki, then this is the game for you.

Final Score: 8.25/10

Score for Yakuza Kiwami (from our previous website) 7.75/10

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