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Yakuza Kiwami

龍が如く 極

Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: Sega
21 January 2016
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In 1995, Kazuma Kiryu, an up-and-coming yakuza lieutenant of the Tojo Clan's Dojima Family, takes the blame of murdering his own boss to cover for his sworn brother Akira Nishikiyama and is sentenced to ten years in prison. After being released on parole in 2005, Kiryu returns to a completely changed Kamurocho and received the news that the Tojo Clan had lost ten billion yen and their chairman Masaru Sera murdered by an unknown party, while taking a mysterious girl named Haruka into his custody. Seeing his clan in trouble, Kiryu returns to the criminal underworld once more in search for answers.
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L'originale è invecchiato malissimo ma questo gioco è divertimento puro, serie incredibile
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ZXXL 2023-01-17T12:51:54Z
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Clunky, Yet Mostly An An Enjoyable Experience
A solid yet bleak at times canonical start to the Yakuza franchise. Having played Zero first, it made me appreciate Kiwami even more with tie-ins to the established lore in this game.

The infamous Majima Everywhere system does a nice job extending the original game's playtime but the boss fights are very very underwhelming outside of maybe one or two. Combat at times feels like a hard downgrade when compared to Zero but I personally think that's in part due to the wonky progression path in Kiwami if anything.

The writing wanes at time but it's impressive when you remember it's a sixth-generation video game at heart. The stark difference in the way Nishkiyama is presented in Zero compared to this does feel weird and unfamiliar. Kiwami's largest narrative issue is that in a vacuum, it hits every single trope a organized crime drama or Yakuza flim would hit. It certainly isn't a "paint by numbers" experience but some of the events that unfold will have smirking a little bit. Luckily, it hits its highest highs with its ending which will have you staring slack-jawed at your screen until the credits finish rolling.

A thoroughly enjoyable beginning to a franchise.
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MalkavianOwl 2022-07-09T09:17:38Z
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Laziest remake ever made, but still the best way to experience the original’s plot. The gameplay is the same repetitive loop as usual with nothing new, but I liked the overall grittier take on the story, the comical elements being mostly limited to side quests and Kiryu being not as soft as he is now. I was a bit disappointed to find out that Nishikiyama has been treated as a generic villain with extremely limited appearances. His relationship with Kiryu was one of the strongest points of “Yakuza 0”, and I was expecting that to be further developed in “Kiwami”. This was mostly about Haruka’s overly melodramatic parents (dad was terrible in particular) and the Kiryu/Date bromance. Really impressive storytelling for a sixth-generation console game, but at the same time, it’s hard not to notice how Yokoyama’s writing has improved over the years.
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Funciona bem pois a base é sólida, mas tendo jogado Yakuza 0 - por mais de 100 horas e quase completando-o - esse daqui fica parecendo um irmão “menor”, com uma história e personagens menos engajantes.

As adições, como o Majima Everywhere, o novo sistema de skill tree e o golpe Kiwami são mais derivações que ideias propriamente novas.

Ainda assim, como remake, é muito competente e bem mais divertido de jogar que o original de PlayStation 2.
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gabrielctps 2022-02-23T21:23:43Z
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I cannot speak with any authority on how this stands up as a remake of Yakuza [龍が如く], my only experience of the original being a couple of short videos showcasing its dreadful English dub - but take it purely as a sequel to Yakuza 0 [龍が如く0 誓いの場所] and it's....pretty good, I guess?

It's an awkward thing to judge without knowing the original, because it feels like so many of the things about this game that aren't as good as its predecessor are a direct result of this being a remake; the plot's a little more sloppy and less involving, the pacing is a little awkward, the characters don't feel as well defined, and those are all things a remake can only exert so much control over when it has a duty to be faithful to the original. More damningly, some of the moments that make me smile the most here are very obviously new additions, giving closure to story threads from ten years earlier and allowing you to re-encounter old characters to see how they've been getting on (and that's before we even consider Majima Everywhere, a new feature that constantly injects Majima into minigames and street fights - it's undoubtedly the greatest thing about this game, to the point where one of my main criticisms might well be that, even though there were points where Majima literally popped up every five minutes for me, I actually wish he appeared more often). And on the other hand, so many of the things that are as good as Yakuza 0 are literally exactly the same - the engine, the map, a number of the minigames, and almost all of the combat mechanics are lifted completely wholesale from Kiryu's sections. (The major addition to the combat is that bosses can now heal themselves, which feels cheap, but is ultimately easy enough to get over.) Knowing how to feel about this as a remake, and how important that is compared to your feeling about it as a sequel, will come down to you, but take it purely on the latter metric and it would be difficult to argue that this isn't just more of the same, but a bit worse. And yet the tone of the Yakuza franchise overrides so much of that: no other game has this personality, and the number of games that have such a complete picture of what they want to be, and go about achieving their vision with such glee and gusto, is tiny. (It may literally only be Saints Row IV among all the games I've played, honestly.) In the same way that a writer with a great voice or a band with a great sound will have a very high floor when it comes to how bad they can possibly be, a subpar Yakuza game is still ultimately a Yakuza game, which is alone is enough to make it very good - and Yakuza Kiwami is quite a bit better than 'subpar'. It's still Kiryu and Majima, it's still Kamurocho, it still has a wild emotional range that treats tragedy and comedy as equally worthy aims, and it's still entertaining as hell; being worse than the games immediately before and after it in the Yakuza chronology is far more reflective of the qualities of those games than any flaws in this one.
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Iai 2018-10-31T16:55:33Z
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honestly difficult to recommend this one in the standard sense
the story in this one is far less clean as it was in Yakuza 0, which is to be expected considering it was originally a PlayStation 2 game. there has been some cleanup done to make its narrative flow better, but on the hole it's still a pretty rough-around-the-edges experience.

while the main story may be a bit unpolished, the additional side content added specifically for the Kiwami release of the game is excellent. I love the Majima Everywhere system, I tried fighting him as much as I could before I beat the game because he's just that dang entertaining to witness. the substories are all pretty excellent, not entirely on-par with the previous game but they're enjoyable nonetheless.

I absolutely love the environment in this. the astounding soundtrack combined with the city nightlife feels so unique and interesting to experience.

the combat is... different. it's got a much better lock-on type style which was nice, but there's a lot about it I feel could've been improved. having to charge up your heat meter as fast as you can so you can use a heat action on a boss just so he doesn't regain half his health at the way end of a fight in a matter of seconds is not at all fun to have to do.

there are so many obscenely bullshit difficult bosses in this game it's impossible to count. half of the boss fights feel overlooked by the developers as if they weren't play-tested at all (looking at you, Kazuto Arase). the final fight of the game is excellent though, I feel it was a very good challenge that really pushed my skills in the game to their limit. the fight before that though, terrible.

obviously it's the first game in the series so it's bound to have its downsides, but having the foresight in being able to change any of that for the remake and having it come out this rough feels a little lazy in some way. however, it still has that Yakuza feel to it and there's enough to like about it. definitely not one of my favorites, though.
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schneeed 龍が如く 極 2023-01-29T22:30:51Z
2023-01-29T22:30:51Z
3.0
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godspeedthese64emperors 龍が如く 極 2023-01-28T00:22:00Z
2023-01-28T00:22:00Z
4.0
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Kade 龍が如く 極 2023-01-27T18:56:54Z
2023-01-27T18:56:54Z
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CerealTuesday 龍が如く 極 2023-01-27T06:48:57Z
2023-01-27T06:48:57Z
4.0
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dolu 龍が如く 極 2023-01-27T03:02:40Z
2023-01-27T03:02:40Z
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Alloryb 龍が如く 極 2023-01-27T01:38:12Z
2023-01-27T01:38:12Z
3.5
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Karbulot Yakuza Kiwami 2023-01-22T18:42:00Z
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2023-01-22T18:42:00Z
4.0
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sadobscure 龍が如く 極 2023-01-22T06:48:08Z
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dmnx 龍が如く 極 2023-01-21T13:59:06Z
2023-01-21T13:59:06Z
3.5
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iamahorseradish 龍が如く 極 2023-01-21T04:41:09Z
2023-01-21T04:41:09Z
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khaledo 龍が如く 極 2023-01-19T12:30:32Z
2023-01-19T12:30:32Z
1.5
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ZXXL 龍が如く 極 2023-01-17T12:51:54Z
2023-01-17T12:51:54Z
4.0
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  • Convalescence 2022-11-03 16:36:13.466324+00
    Is there any reason whatsoever to play the original release of the first game instead of this one? (Same for Kiwami 2?)
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  • derrickrozan 2022-11-19 14:12:54.01339+00
    i had infinitely more issues with 0s combat than this dafuq? i don't see all the hate. only problematic fights in the entire game are akai bros and jingu and even those are easily taken down with a couple heals. nothing on the level of some of the late-game kiryu fights in 0
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  • derrickrozan 2022-11-19 14:16:50.746846+00
    the only things in the entire game that i would consider a downgrade is the lack of cabaret, substories not giving much CP at all, and being flat broke for the entire length of the game
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  • nuko 2022-12-12 16:49:30.962258+00
    too reliant on the player having played y0 for it to be good
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  • LanI 2022-12-15 13:46:44.372156+00
    It's like they made this game to test how many terrible bosses they can fit into one game. The Final Fight of the game is one of the best in the series though.
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  • DEEPSLEEP 2023-01-06 18:26:03.454311+00
    the intro song is something else lol
    however, the "press any button" menu song is so good
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  • iamahorseradish 2023-01-20 18:44:00.603195+00
    So many main story moments in this game could've easily been side quests.. I think that's the biggest issue in this game coming from 0. (aside from the questionable balancing at times) 0's story was a lot more tight and made going from a wacky sidequest->intense story->wacky sidequest a great gameplay loop. Kiwami is like: wacky sidequest -> main "story" filler that gets you nowhere -> more sidequest. Making the game feel like a slog at times
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  • iamahorseradish 2023-01-20 18:44:23.576397+00
    but blah blah blah 15 year old game whatever
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