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Yakuza Kiwami Review: Taken to the Extreme

Posted on September 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm by Travis Demyan


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Imagine you are a successful businessman who is living his life on the verge of a promotion, have the respect of your peers, and get to hang out with your best friends every day. Now imagine your best friend murders your boss and you take the blame for him. You would understand the story of Kazuma Kiryu, a member of the Dojima family of the Yakuza. Kiryu’s best friend, Akira Nishikiyama, murders the head of the Dojima Clan for making advances on a mutual friend, Yumi. When Kiryu’s finds out, he takes the blame for Nishikiyama, or Nishiki for short. He is then sentenced to prison and expelled from the Yakuza. After being paroled 10 years later, Kiryu finds that much has completely changed since he was in prison, and that his normal life would no longer be normal.

Yakuza Kiwami is a HD remake of the original Yakuza released on the PS2 back in 2005. This is not just a normal HD remaster you are used to, this is a complete remake using the same game engine used in Yakuza 0 earlier this year. Sega, who developed Yakuza Kiwami, also added nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes to flesh out the original story. They didn’t stop there, Sega added the new Majima Everywhere where Majima, a ridiculous character from the Yakuza series, will literally chase you around and harass you at every opportunity with the chance of unlocking new skills and abilities.

Going into this, I had never played any of the Yakuza series, but had heard great things. Once I started playing, I could not stop. This game was just simply amazing. Everything from the high definition graphics, to the complex fighting system, is non-stop action personified. I would liken Yakuza Kiwami to the Shenmue series, which featured a similar battle system as well as the side content type. Shenmue is one of my favorite games of all time, and I have now started scouring for the entire Yakuza series available now and am anticipating the release of Yakuza 6, which is being released in the United States next year. If you are a fan of the Yakuza or even the Shenmue series, you need to buy this game. It has an amazing price tag of only $29.99 USD and is in my opinion the Steal of the Year!


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When Travis is not playing video games you can find him twirling his mustache and plotting to take over the world. Follow Travis on Twitter @triulex for more geek news and reviews.

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