Yakuza Kiwami 2 (8/28/18)

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Looking forward to this, and to finishing Yakuza 6 next month.
 

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Cool. I might skip the Kiwamis and just jump to Yakuza 6. I loved Yakuza 0, but when I tried to play Kiwami recently, I got turned off, because I didn't feel like going through another game with that same combat system. I'm not much of a brawler fan, and although I enjoyed Yakuza 0's fighting, I felt like once was enough for that. Didn't want to do it again.
 

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Haven't even played Kiwami yet but Yakuzu 0 was awesome. Now Yakuza 6 is coming out, lol. Where do people even find the time for all these games. It's crazy man. Always thought it was comical when people said PS fans don't buy their games. Well how many PS gamers are either rich, or don't work and have no family or both? I'm guessing not many. If you got priorities, greatness ain't for you.
 

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This is getting some really solid reviews. 87 on Opencritic right now.
http://opencritic.com/game/6429/yakuza-kiwami-2


Game Revolution: "Yakuza Kiwami 2 is one of the best games ever made."
10/10

GameSpew: "Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the best Yakuza game to date. Its story is gripping and has a brilliant pace, its combat is tighter and more engaging, and there’s such a varied range of sub-stories and side activities to absorb yourself in that it offers great longevity."
10/10

Digitally Downloaded: "It's a bloody brilliant game."
10/10

DualShockers: "The physical interactions brought forth by the Dragon Engine create brawls that feel incredibly satisfying.
9.5/10

Hobby Consolas: "Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a great adventure, full of details, minigames and wonderful characters, and it gets a new Goro Majima campaign for this PS4 remaster. Combat system is not as deep as in the first Kiwami, but still, it is one of the best entries in the franchise."
9.1/10

Wccftech: "A new antagonist and rippling implications of gang warfare once again drag Kazuma Kiryu back into the action. Between exploring Kamurocho and Sotenbori, ultimately players are going to find out that there's only room for one Dragon in Yakuza Kiwami 2."
9.1/10

Twinfinite: "It’s amazing to think that we’ve gotten now four Yakuza games in the span of nearly a year and a half, and yet, Yakuza Kiwami 2 doesn’t feel old or overdone. The amount of content, and the quality of said content is staggering."
9/10

Trusted Reviews: "Another spectacular entry in the long-running series. It brings the 2006 classic into the modern generation with gorgeous visuals, engaging combat and a melodramatic story that hits all the right notes. The sheer amount of content on offer across multiple modes and cities is an achievement in itself, made even better by the way in which Kiwami 2 unashamedly bathes players in the culture that inspired it."
9/10

DarkStation: "Like so many games before it, Yakuza Kiwami 2 does a great job of bringing players up to speed with previous events, which makes stepping into this pleasantly dense universe easy and comfortable."
9/10

PlayStation LifeStyle:
9/10

Attack of the Fanboy: "With its intricately woven story and memorable characters, Yakuza 2 was already viewed as one of the best in the series. And now with improved graphics and a refined Dragon Engine, it's remake, Yakuza Kiwami 2, could be the best of them all."
9/10

Game Informer: "In a time where the expectation of the video game remake is constantly changing, Kiwami 2 proves to be one of the best ones out there by imbuing its systems with new life and adding a ridiculous amount of compelling content."
9/10
 

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I'm really looking forward to this, have it pre-ordered. I'm going to have to hit it pretty hard though because I want to finish it before Spider-Man launches.
 

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Cool. Glad we have one die-hard Yakuza fan here. I had a little trouble getting into Yakuza Kiwami, but I'm at the point now where the story is taking off, and I'm getting into it. From the sounds of the reviews, I'll be picking up Kiwami 2 down the road, too.
 

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Cool. Glad we have one die-hard Yakuza fan here. I had a little trouble getting into Yakuza Kiwami, but I'm at the point now where the story is taking off, and I'm getting into it. From the sounds of the reviews, I'll be picking up Kiwami 2 down the road, too.
The stories are just so well done that they have all hooked me, I like brawlers too so that helps. I'm worried about how I'll feel when they move on to a new character with the next game in the series, I really like Kiryu.
 

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The stories are just so well done that they have all hooked me, I like brawlers too so that helps. I'm worried about how I'll feel when they move on to a new character with the next game in the series, I really like Kiryu.
Oh, I didn't realize that Kiryu wasn't in #3. That's too bad. I like him as a character, too. So moral and serious. The contrast with some of the side stories can be really funny, and the way his character plays off Nishki and Majima is great.

I agree about the Yakuza stories. I'm not into crime dramas, usually, but these really surprised me. Maybe it's the different culture; maybe it's the morality; maybe it's just how much melodrama there. I think it has a lot to do with the characters, who are unique and interesting. The humor helps a lot, too. The game could be rough, if everything was serious. Whatever the mix is, they pull it off and keep me entertained.
 

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Oh, I didn't realize that Kiryu wasn't in #3. That's too bad. I like him as a character, too. So moral and serious. The contrast with some of the side stories can be really funny, and the way his character plays off Nishki and Majima is great.

I agree about the Yakuza stories. I'm not into crime dramas, usually, but these really surprised me. Maybe it's the different culture; maybe it's the morality; maybe it's just how much melodrama there. I think it has a lot to do with the characters, who are unique and interesting. The humor helps a lot, too. The game could be rough, if everything was serious. Whatever the mix is, they pull it off and keep me entertained.
No he's in all of the games so far but 6 is supposed to have been the end of his story but there is going to be another Yakuza game with a different lead character :) I really wish they had released them in order here so it wouldn't be so confusing lol.
 

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No he's in all of the games so far but 6 is supposed to have been the end of his story but there is going to be another Yakuza game with a different lead character :) I really wish they had released them in order here so it wouldn't be so confusing lol.
Oh, ok, gotcha. I thought you meant the next Kiwami (3). You meant the next Yakuza game (7?).

He's a great character, for sure.







 

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Just read about Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 getting remasters on PS4 that'll run at 1080p 60fps. They aren't Kiwami style remakes though just remasters because these 3 games were PS3 titles and not PS2 games like the others so the visuals hold up better. Of course on PS3 they were 720p 30fps so they are still upgraded just nowhere near as much. They haven't announced western release dates (Yakuza 3 remaster just released in Japan) yet they'll surely be released here, the creator of the series said the only reason they are being remastered at all was because the other games did so well in the west.

Here is some gameplay of the demo of Yakuza 3 remaster that released in Japan. Clearly not anywhere near as good looking as the remakes but it looks good for a remaster.

 
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Looks good enough to me. 720 to 1080 is a big jump, and so is 30 fps to 60. I can tell the graphics aren't quite as sharp as the remasters (e.g., his suit doesn't have the textures), but that's okay. As you say, they're starting from a PS3 game rather than PS2, so they're starting from a higher level.

Good to hear that Yakuza games have sold well enough to justify bringing these other games over. There's something unique about Yakuza games you just don't find elsewhere.
 

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I want to try one of these games, but I hate taking chances on games these days. Which of these games on the PS4 would be the best to try out?
 

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I want to try one of these games, but I hate taking chances on games these days. Which of these games on the PS4 would be the best to try out?
That question gets asked a lot, and the answer always comes back, Yakuza 0. That's the best place to start for newcomers. The game was made specifically for that -- as an intro to the series, and as a prequel that explains where it all started. So it's chronologically first in the storyline, although it was developed with the modern engine. It's an all-around great game, I think -- surprisingly well-done story, fun combat, variety of funny sidequests, memorable characters, weird Japanese quirkiness, etc. It was one of my favorite games from last year, second only to Horizon.

My only issue with the game is that there are a lot of fist fights, and it gets a little tedious sometimes. There are plenty of options for weapons, stuff to pick up, special moves, etc., but I'm just not all that into brawlers. I've found a solution, though, and that is to set the combat on easy so I just breeze through it. Kind of cheap, but it makes it more enjoyable for me.

You can find Yakuza 0 for $20 now. Well worth it.
 

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Goofy ass marketing. I love it.

 

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I think a sleeping dogs/Yakuza crossover would be really cool. There is a lot of talk about Triads in some of the Yakuza games, would be cool to see Kazuma Kiryu and Wei Shen cross paths.
 

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Just finished Yakuza Kiwami. Really good. 9/10 for me. The story was great melodrama. I got confused with all the different clans, the shifting alliances, the intrigue, etc., but that's fine. I don't care, and I'm not sure it would make a lot of sense if I looked too closely. It was good fun and emotionally affecting at times.

It was good to see the weird, silly side-missions, even in the first game. I guess that's been a trademark of the series since the beginning. And Kiryu's personality hasn't changed since Yakuza 0. Nishki sure did. He turn a dark turn. You'd think he'd be a little grateful, but no...

Combat was good. Heat moves are always fun. I kept combat pretty simple, stuck mostly to the Brawler style. As I mentioned earlier, I played with combat on Easy mode, which made the game more enjoyable for me.

I'll probably fool around in the city for a little while longer. I've got some side missions to complete, still.

Anyhow, another great Yakuza game. I will take a pause for a while, then play Yakuza Kiwami 2 next year sometime.
 

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I really miss playing yakuza games...I still have my ps3 hooked up so I guess I could get some karaoke in without buying a ps4.