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Nick Staunton-Mckenzie / Tue 22nd Aug 2017
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Take to the streets of Kamurocho, as we go back to the very beginning of this Japanese classic.
Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of 2005's Yakuza. Yakuza Kiwami is developed and published by SEGA and is available on PlayStation 4 from August 29th 2017.
Yakuza Kiwami has a deep and intriguing story, however the start of the game can be long-winded due to the heavy cut-scenes. Once you get past that hurdle, Yakuza Kiwami is insanely engrossing and makes you truly care about all the characters from beginning to end. The character development is superbly done, giving each character a slow build-up until the end of the game.
The story follows the series' protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, who takes the fall for the murder of his families' boss and is sent to prison. When Kiryu is released on parole 10 years later, the city of Kamurocho has changed and he must now find his place while trying to uncover the identity of the true murderer.
Yakuza Kiwamis' gameplay can only be explained as amazingly fun. It felt like the first hour or so of Yakuza Kiwami was cutscene after cutscene, but once the game stopped smacking the player in the face with exposition, Yakuza Kiwami is seriously fun.
Yakuza Kiwami consists of four basic fighting styles to choose from which are: Rush (which is the easiest), Beast (which is slower than The Hulk in knee-high mud), Brawler (which pretty much makes you an MMA Fighter), and Dragon (which would be the best, if you didn't have to spend the whole game fighting another character to unlock everything). All of these styles offer you a different way to battle your foes and clean up the streets of Kamurocho.
The game's graphics have simply been remastered to new-gen consoles' standards. The world of Kamurocho is perfectly replicated, and so are all of the NPCs. There isn't much more to say about the visuals of Yakuza Kiwami, the game has been rebuilt, and it looks fine. I wasn't expecting any amazing new additions to the game and that's just also fine because it's all the game needed.
AUDIO Yakuza Kiwami has had some work put into the audio. SEGA gathered the series' voice actors to re-record all of the dialogue from the original Yakuza game. Other than that, it sounds like SEGA has reused all of the old audio from 2005's Yakuza.
All things considered, Yakuza Kiwami is an amazing entry point into the series, both for fans of the original Yakuza and for new-comers.
Yakuza Kiwami is an example of how a game with a huge focus on storytelling can also have great gameplay that can entertain players for hours.
The game looks and sounds great, SEGA really went out of the way to make sure that Yakuza Kiwami is not just a cheap cash grab, and has absolutely nailed the look and feel of the first game.