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Yakuza Kiwami 2

龍が如く 極2

Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: Sega
07 December 2017
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A year after the events of Yakuza [龍が如く], Kiryu and newly appointed Tojo Clan chairman Daigo Dojima is tasked with negotiating a truce with the Omi Alliance, the most powerful yakuza coalition of the Kansai region, following the sudden death of the previous chairman Yukio Terada. However, Kiryu discovers a conspiracy among the Omi Alliance brass to undermine the Tojo Clan's foothold in Tokyo, and must fight his way through the glitzy streets of both Osaka's Sotenbori and Shinjuku's Kamurocho to stop them from toppling the Tojo Clan through violent means.
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Again a pretty lazy remake: this is basically built on top of Yakuza 6 with some content recycled from Yakuza 0. Even though the plot aims higher than the first game, the Korean mafia storyline didn't click with me at all for some reason. Most plot twists felt either random or highly predictable. Goda is surely one of the most charismatic antagonists in the series, but the other characters felt quite forgettable in contrast. I'm not surprised they ditched Sayama in the sequels, as she is absolutely annoying.
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Now THIS is a sequel. Again, the strangeness of playing the Yakuza games in their in-universe chronological order as opposed to their real world chronological order must be acknowledged - Yakuza 6: The Song of Life [龍が如く6 命の詩。] came out between the two Kiwami instalments, and I have to assume that a bunch of the great leaps forward seen here were originally made there - but I can only speak to my experience of playing them in story order, and so much about this feels like a major lurch into the future, almost to the extent that it feels like jumping up a console generation. (And then promptly dropping back down another three generations for Yakuza 3 [龍が如く3], but that's another story....) The combat feels more fluid, more dramatic, and more comedic thanks to some generous use of ragdoll physics; a friend used the word 'crunchy' to describe it, and that sums up the visceral immediacy of some of the heat actions in particular pretty nicely. The open world now feels genuinely open, despite the main map being no bigger; it sounds idiotically simple, but the moment when you realise you can walk in the front door of a shop and then walk straight out of the back door without any cuts or loading screens feels weirdly revelatory compared to its predecessors. And generally the word feels fuller and more alive, with more detail stuffed into the streets of Kamurocho right from the opening cutscene (which sets the tone for the cutscenes themselves to feel crisper and smoother to boot). The game is smart enough to know what it shouldn't change, too - the cabaret club minigame reappears completely untouched from Yakuza 0 [龍が如く0 誓いの場所] (though sadly there's no Pocket Circuit this time). And the story! Ryuji Goda, a callback to a blatant bit of foreshadowing in Yakuza 0 that I obviously didn't understand at the time, is a fabulous antagonist, wedding a truly villainous aura and stature with just enough complexity to make him compelling beyond that - and yet he's not even the finest addition to the Yakuza universe here. Kaoru Sayama is as central to the game as Kiryu is in her own way, and her journey from minor antagonist to partner to love interest for Kiryu, as well as the way her relationships with Ryuji and Haruka end up developing and unfolding, lends rich elements to the plot that didn't exist in the previous games. It is her presence that both ties the plot together as it starts to feel just a little too ambitious in the latter stages, and draws to the surface that giddy sense that the Yakuza franchise could do anything if it threw itself at it hard enough. After all, if it can do comedy and political intrigue and drama so well (and it should go without saying that there is plenty of all those things here), why not romance? Why not create a world that can have room for both Sayama and the connoisseur's comedic foil Goro Majima, who now runs a construction firm because why the hell wouldn't he be running a construction firm?

All the best things about Yakuza, enhanced with some key tweaks and fine additions; this is going to take some topping as my favourite game in the franchise. And yet my experience with it has been so good so far that I still have a sneaky gut feeling that one of the later instalments will manage it....
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an excellent addition to the series with one of the best antagonists yet
it uses the Dragon engine. GOTY

the story is pretty similar to that of the first Yakuza Kiwami, but I feel as though this one is much easier to follow. a lot of excellent characters from that game return for this fabulous experience. Ryuji Goda is easily one of the best villains in the series and once you've played this you should understand exactly why.

the graphics are astounding. beautiful. gorgeous. Kamurocho looks so vibrant on this new engine. can't get enough of how this game looks, even with its strange yellow/greenish tint on everything it looks amazing. something that blew my mind in this game is that there are absolutely NO loading screens transferring from the outdoors to inside a building, shop, whatever. it feels so smooth even with my somewhat unimpressive PC specs. newer engines really do games wonders when done right.

it has a much more nuanced combat system combining all of Kiryu's styles from the previous two entries into one. the combat system in this one feels very far detached from that of the previous two entries, so it's a little jarring. it's a little strange to adjust to, but once you're used to it it feels pretty great. I think I still prefer the combat of Yakuza 0, though. having a proper physics engine and being able to fling objects (or people) into enemies is immensely satisfying. although, everything feels a bit floaty and I found a lot of enemies bugging out in hilarious ways, nothing I'd consider game-breaking.

plus, you get to play as Majima in the Majima Saga once you've beaten the game.
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Only room for one dragon
A gem of a game that i would put side to side to Yakuza 0 in terms of overal quality. Each of these two have some points in which they are stronger over the other, but as an overal experience i cant say that one is superior to the other.

Now in terms of visuals this is definitly a ig step up. The dragon engine is beautiful to look at, and its engine brings a much more visceral feel to the gameplay. The world is much more interactible, and the physics of objects are an important part of combat. It makes the settings of the game feel much more alive and immersive, which is a feat considering the time that you will walk these streets.

The gameplay on the other hand has seen several improvements as well, with a couple of steps back in some areas. The most noticeable step back is of course the stripping down of all the styles to just one, which reduces the variety of gameplay. There is a bigger focus on weapons though, and because of the upgrade path is limited on just one style by the end of the game you grow as a much more powerful character. Seriously some of the late game bosses become absolute pushovers if you dedicate a bit of time to completing side content and go often to restaurants. The actual fights like i mentioned feel more more violent and visceral due to the new engine, even 30 hours in i loved replaying colusseum fights because they were so enjoyable. There is a lot of depth you can explore in the combat system, or you can just mash your way through, the game isnt really hard nor is it intendend to be so.

The story is gripping, emotional and a bit silly japanese mafia drama, such is the best the series can be. There are some really emotive moments though, and the way that the cutscenes are directed makes it enjoyable to view them, at times feeling like Metal Gear Solid types of lenght. There are some dumb plot twists, but these dont really affect the emotional content all that much. Finally the substories are all about wacky fun and are very much worthy to hunt down. I had some genuine laughs with these, which is a very rare thing when it comes to videogames.
Minigames are plentiful, but i must say that i wasnt too interested in these apart from the two big ones, though being a return of the cabaret substory and majima construction. I didnt mind repeating the cabaret minigame all over again because it is so oddly addictive. The majima construction though feels like a weakass mobile RTS that feels a bit out of place.

Overal the game does a lot of things excellently, has a gripping story, laughable substories, enjoyable deep combat and a setting that has never been realised more beautifully. An obvious recommendation, even for people burnt out on western open world design.
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  • ayejayjay 2021-07-15 23:00:44.86102+00
    I'd have a 100% in this game if it weren't for fucking Mahjong.
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  • fighuass 2021-07-17 14:09:22.949643+00
    Kinda weird how I gave this a 3.5 but Kiwami a 4 and Y0 a 4.5. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but it just felt kinda disappointing compared to the previous two.
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    • kevinlater 2021-11-15 05:06:26.89492+00
      +1
    • 40footwolf 2022-01-02 09:24:53.626351+00
      kinda same? I think it's about as good as Kiwami 1 even though that game seems scorned by the fandom. maybe it's just a matter of diminishing returns
    • eyow321 2022-01-18 18:29:06.643308+00
      I just finished it. Yeah, I don't understand the hype either. Previous entries 0 and Kiwami) are great, but this... is the worst entry so far and I don't feel like continuing the series. Maybe I'll skip ahead to LAD or I dunno :/

      Great story though
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  • townandcountry 2021-07-19 02:43:19.850406+00
    Going to play the original just to go to the Shinseicho area lol.
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  • ... 2021-07-30 21:11:10.813258+00
    "area", more like a single street lol
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  • TheHonorableMinisterBBG 2021-09-28 23:21:38.925005+00
    "almost cried in the end :'( "

    -TheHonorableMinisterBBG
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    • DEGLIS 2021-10-21 02:21:53.65399+00
      "Why the fuck did you quote yourself?"
      - DEGLIS
    • Fowlawneeshafow 2021-11-16 19:23:34.058001+00
      "It's just what TheHonorableMinisterBBG does"
      - TheHonorableMinisterBBG
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  • eyow321 2022-01-17 14:22:38.765705+00
    Not gonna lie, the new combat system felt a whole lot worse than the previous one.
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  • scaryness 2022-03-01 01:15:22.693388+00
    Kawami 1 was an absolute slog, so good to go back to playing a good Yakuza game.
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  • Raylight 2022-04-04 12:16:02.419258+00
    i wasnt the biggest fan of the combat system but somehow it worked so fluidly for the final few fights. amazing ending battle
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