Yakuza Kiwami - PlayStation 4 [Digital]

  • Publisher: Sega
  • SKU: 5854400
  • Release Date: 08/29/2017
  • Vendor: BestBuy.com
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood, Intense violence, Partial nudity, Sexual themes, Strong language, Use of alcohol
$29.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • Yakuza Kiwami

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (828 out of 850)

Product Details


  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
  • Release Date: 08/29/2017

Synopsis


Dive into the world of the Dragon of Dojima in Yakuza Kiwami: Standard Edition for the PlayStation 4. Play as Kazuma Kiryu as you rise through the ranks of the Yakuza and protect the young niece of a childhood friend. Yakuza Kiwami has 1080p resolution at 60 fps for lifelike game play.

Features


Kiwami adds nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes alone, providing all-new insight into the game's plot. Also there are added distractions, side quests and combat updates to bring the original Yakuza game up to date

Newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch Sega localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise

Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish

Completely new to Kiwami is the Majima Everywhere system, where the series' deranged, one-eyed maniac will constantly surprise and challenge Kiryu to combat when he least expects it

Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all-new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast and more; optimized for PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60 fps

For one player



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This was my first game in the Yakuza series...

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    Nitmare64
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    This was my first game in the Yakuza series and I now know what I've been missing. This game is a ton of fun and I'm glad I got it. The combat is satisfying and I like that you can switch between four different combat styles to mix it up a bit. There's the brawler style, which is a mix of fast and powerful attacks. Then there's the slow and powerful beast style. Next up is my personal favorite, the rush style, that is great for quick punches and still packs a powerful punch. Lastly, there's the dragon style; dragon style is similar to brawler, but it's more powerful and a little slower, but not quite as slow as beast. The mini games in Yakuza Kiwami are arguably its strongest (and, at times, quirkiest) feature. The mini games are a blast to play and there is a great variety, from bowling and billiards to more obscure things like pocket car racing with little kids and rock paper scissors in the form of bikini clad women dressed as bugs. No matter what you like, Yakuza Kiwami probably has a mini game that suits you. Great features aside, Yakuza Kiwami isn't perfect. First, there's the Majima Everywhere system; at first it's kind of fun and it's quirky enough to give the game some extra life, but after a while it gets annoying having to fight Majima, your rival, so often. Another weak point of this game is the way that most missions and sub stories end up feeling like fetch quests, where you find yourself running all over the map from point A to point B and back to point A again. The in-game city of Kamurocho isn't all that big when you compare it to other games such as Grand Theft Auto V's Los Santos, but it can take a while to get from one end of the map to the other. Overall, I highly recommend this game. While it isn't perfect, it brings some charm to the table and has an interesting story that's rifled with betrayal and plot twists. The mini games can keep you busy for hours if you get interested in them and they offer a fun, light hearted escape from the serious story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An unexpected joy

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    Jrodddr
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    I've always heard the Yakuza series was fantastic but I never gave it the time of day until now. I was itching for something different and the price point of Kiwami ultimately drove my decision. I had some expectations going in. I was under the idea that it would be a more story driven smaller scale GTA clone. Though that is in some ways true, Yakuza has a certain charm that separates it from GTA. In this remake of the first game, you are in the small fictional city Kamurocho. As Kazuma Kiryu you will run around doing small fetch quest, fighting goons, collecting secrets, and diving into the multiple mini games Yakuza Kiwami has to offer. The story is filled with mystery and intrigue around a little girl somehow tied to a large amount of money stolen from one of the families. The gameplay and controls are solid. Combat is simple at first but as you unlock abilities it becomes a complex but satisfying dance. Unlike GTA, you cannot steal vehicles but instead you are on foot at all times unless you use one of the taxis placed at specific locations. The map is small enough to get around and with plenty to encounter in the street so it doesn't feel arduous to get around the city. Tons of sidequest and random encounters are around every corner so it is hard to get bored. I also want to bring up that Yakuza introduced me to one of my favorite characters of all time, Majima. I will not go into depth but Majima brings so much levity to the game that was unexpected in all the right ways. This game is a blast and I cannot recommend Yakuza Kiwami enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great series

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    Sway4829
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    I can't say enough good things about this series. Kiwami is a remake of the original Yakuza 1 game (originally out on the PS2). This is an actual remake not a remaster. Everything has been remade from the ground up, new graphics and updated game mechanics. You can definitely start with this game as it is a remake of the first released Yakuza game. There is a prequel that was made and released recently, Yakuza 0, and I definitely recommend playing it, but it is not required and it's story does not directly tie into this game. If you do like this game and want to continue with the series here's a breakdown (listed in terms of series continuity not release date): -Yakuza 0 (PS4, the prequel to the series) -Yakuza Kiwami (PS4, the Yakuza 1 remake) -Yakuza 2 (only available on PS2, but recently announced they're making Yakuza Kiwami 2 which like this game will be a total remake of the second game for PS4, no US release date announced yet though) -Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5 (these are all PS3 games, note Yakuza 5 was only given a digital release in the US, no physical copies) -Yakuza 6 (last game in the series coming to the US sometime next year) -Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3 only, technically this takes place sometime after Yakuza 4, but this is a zombie apocalypse game so it's not part of the official series canon and is just for fun, unlike all the other games this is a shooter and the controls can be a bit frustrating at times, you can safely skip this one if you wish, but worth a play if you like Yakuza's goofy humor)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for beginners and long time fans

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    emory
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    First, let me state that I have never played a single title in the Yakuza series. I have heard of it and seen a few screen shots but never gave it much thought. There are entirely too many games and not enough time in my schedule so I don't really get to game like I did when I was younger. I gave this game a try because of the excellent value. At 30 bucks you get a brand new STEEL case game. I am not on board with the whole "digital download" thing. I guess I'm old school and I still prefer to have a library of games that are kept in immaculate condition on a shelf. The game itself is fun, fresh and visually stunning. I'm sure long term fans can appreciate the game more but as a newcomer I'm still enjoying myself. The story line is intriguing and the immersion into Japanese culture is wonderful. The dialogue is witty and deep which makes the storyline just as deep and engaging as well. The only thing I'm not too fond of is the fighting system. It's a good system it just takes time to get used to. By that I mean that it isn't exactly complicated, it's simply that if you want your combat to look stylish and spectacular it takes time to get used to. I still find myself button mashing and I simply don't like that. It's not a bad thing, I just have to learn how to blend the move combinations better. Overall, great game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great Yakuza game: the very first one.

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    Neilmiser
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    So, thus far America has received the Yakuza games in this order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 0, and 1 again, which is where we are today. And I could not be happier, because these games... they are pure, mainlined, supercharged fun. The gameplay is pretty much a fisticuffs version of GTA, along the lines of Sleeping Dogs but much pulpier and a little bit campier. You'll be smacking and punching and kicking your way through Tokyo while doing your best to fight through the denizens of the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza. There is literally- literally- nowhere to turn in this game where there isn't something action packed and insanely wild. Sword fights? Gun battles? Kung fu? Rocket launchers? You name it, it's in here. And then some! The story is wonderful as well, putting you in the (hideous, leather) shoes of Kazuma Kiryu, a Yakuza member who goes through immediate and irreversibly terrible repercussions within the first couple seconds of the game. After these spoiler-free tragedies are out of the way, it's time for your enemies to PAY. No one messes with Kiryu-chan's girl and best friend and adoptive father figure and lives to tell the tale. And if they do live, it's with a severe limp for the rest of their lives. Yakuza Kiwami! The PS4 remake of the original Yakuza 1 legend! Buy it! Like a DRAGON would.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but depends on the person

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    Jake
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    Going into this game I already knew how the story was going to end. Still I love Yakuza games, played them all but 6 [which comes out here 3/2018] and the zombie one. They use the same engine that was used for Yakuza 0 which is great and they added 'Majima Everywhere'. Game looks and runs great with a couple of frame hitches now and again. If you are new to Yakuza you might want to start with Yakuza 0 because it's a better game overall. This game is half crime drama and Beat-em up. So expect long dialogue sequences and button mashing. If you are a returning player than you know what to expect and are here for the great story, mountain of mini-games, and crazy antics of Majima. The "Majima Everywhere" systems has you fighting Majima as he surprises you in multiple ways. Kiryu and Majima always had some the best back and fourths through the series and this one is no different. Great game overall for returning players, has all the things we like about Yakuza. Disclaimer for newcomers, know what you are getting into. This is NOT GTA. This was the big problem when it originally came out for the PS2. Yakuza is a great series, and you should play it, just become knowledgeable about what you are buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic, interesting and Entertaining

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    Draginto
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    My first Yakuza game started with the series newest installation, Yakuza 0, a prequel to the events of the previous worked in games. What I love about this franchise, is that it manages to stir in several elements of different genres to maintain a rich, thrilling story of how Japan's biggest crime syndicate operates even if it might be a tad exaggerated at times. What's more brilliant about this game is that characters are created to be memorable, each has a significant trait that individualizes them and while combat is a tad repetitive(if I say so myself) it makes up for with an upgrade system that enhances your characters abilities. It's somewhat open-world. Because while you can traverse the "friendly" neighborhood of Kamurocho. The city isn't as vast as you'd expect it. However, this is to be expected, since this game is a refresh of the original game that was released on the PS2. Anyways I recommend and I hope everyone playing this game enjoys a great campaign!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The first Yakuza game, remade into a masterpiece

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    MajimaEVERYWHERE
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    I discovered the Yakuza series in 2016 when Yakuza 5 went on sale on PSN for $5. I thought the game looked weird and I questioned whether I'd like it, but I figured for the price why not? That impulse buy introduced me to my favorite game series of all-time - Ryo Ga Gotoku, or Yakuza as it's known in the West. I adore this series. 5 was a bit wonky and hard to get into, but Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami have brought a tremendous amount of polish to the series. Being a remake of the first game, you get to start the series from the very beginning - and it is completely worth it. The characters are very well-written, the story is extremely engaging, and the combat is extremely fun and satisfying. On top of that, there are dozens of minigames, many of which are very enjoyable on their own. This is one of the best games released in 2017. And it's 15 bucks. And it comes with a really cool steelbook. Why haven't you bought it yet? Get it - you won't regret it!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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