• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Kazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With warKazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With war on the horizon, the legendary Dragon of Dojima is pulled back into the world he wanted to leave behind. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    100
    I really, really enjoyed my time with Yakuza Kiwami 2, and as a fan of the series, I’d certainly urge you to check it out. It has very few flaws, outside of some minor animation issues and the occasional cumbersome combat sequence. It also feels like a much stronger remake than even Yakuza Kiwami, which was no slouch to begin with. It also has some solid ties to both Yakuza 0 via the new elements, and pre-existing story beats that feed into the more recent Yakuza 6. So check this one out when you get a chance, you will not be disappointed.
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    90
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the best remake yet for the series and the absolute best way to enjoy the franchise’s second entry. It’s a must-buy for any Yakuza fan and also makes a fine starting point thanks to its thorough recap of the first game.
  3. 90
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 offers the best Yakuza experience money can currently buy, not to mention a story that wouldn't seem out of place in an old Kinji Fukasaku flick.
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    90
    An excellent remake that brings back characters and story events with updated visuals. The weak point of Kiwami 2 is the combat system which we see as a missed opportunity.
  5. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    Another excellent reinterpretation of one of the best Sega franchises nowadays. A real varied, engaging, fun and captivating action adventure game.
  6. CD-Action
    Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Not having played Yakuza 6 yet, at first I was disappointed with the Dragon engine, which offers only painful 30 frames per second. New tech has its advantages though, as you may enter most of shops, restaurants etc. without annoying loading, which is a significant step forward from the first Kiwami, as are the physics engine, animation system and enhanced control over combat. Overall it is a very good game, but not as brilliant as Yakuza 0, especially in terms of the story. [10/2018, p.70]
  7. Aug 24, 2018
    60
    Just like a show, the second season has to contend with the apparent success of its predecessor, and it’s clear that the writers on Yakuza 2 may not have known how to extend that deeply personal tale for another 40 hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Aug 29, 2018
    10
    Having never played the original Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (my entering point in the series was Zero, then Kiwami, then a leap to 6 and now thisHaving never played the original Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (my entering point in the series was Zero, then Kiwami, then a leap to 6 and now this one), I have to say this is the best experience I've had with the series so far. In my personal opinion, the story is the best of all the ones that I've played and, although more streamlined when compared to Zero and Kiwami, I felt the combat experience to be the most responsive yet (you "feel" every punch and kick you throw during battles). Exploration is also even more rewarding this time, with a perfect mix between new attractions and the revamped fan-favorites that have been a staple of the series. Because of its accessibility, I'd say this is certainly a Yakuza not only for long-time fans of the series, but also for newcomers alike. Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2019
    10
    This is truly a one of a kind game. Kiwami 2 was easily the best one within the series. The level of detail in background and how itThis is truly a one of a kind game. Kiwami 2 was easily the best one within the series. The level of detail in background and how it literally reminds me of Tokyo and Osaka, the similarities are so surreal. The deep story and intense battle and combat actions are mesmerizing. You just feel like your in the game and the fights just never gets old. I have put in countless hours and am still producing and finding new things in there. Definitely have to give my standing ovation for the producers and developers that made this game happen. Its going to be an original, a classic for the future to come and if you haven't played it you need to do it now! Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is one the greatest open world games every made. As with all the Yakuza games, it is open world done right as it's map is notYakuza Kiwami 2 is one the greatest open world games every made. As with all the Yakuza games, it is open world done right as it's map is not a massive one that you'll find in most open world games but is smaller and jam packed with things to do as there is no wasted space in the game and makes the cities of Kamurocho and Sotenbori, the game's two setting's, feel truly alive and lived in. I have known about the franchise since it's PS2 days but always overlooked it as I thought it was simply Japan's inferior version of the GTA franchise, it wasn't until January of this year when I was given Yakuza Kiwami that I discovered how very wrong I was and since have played every Yakuza game available to PS4 and can't get enough. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is by far the best entry in franchise to date and shows publishers what a remaster can and should be. Running off the new Dragon Engine, which was created for Yakuza 6, the game runs smoothly allowing you to run in and out of buildings with mostly no load screens when your just exploring the city. The graphics are top notch from the many buildings and bright neon lights of Kamurocho to the more calm and subtle Sotenbori. The combat is more akin to Yakuza 6 than to the first Kiwami as you do not have combat styles, but has a deep upgrade system that adds plenty to Kiryu's and Majima's skillset. You can also equip up to three weapons you can pull out in battle and three pieces of gear to help bolster your defense and give you more resistance to knives and guns. The mini games are as always fun and enjoyable from Karoke, to a weird one where you take pictures of models, two golf minigames, and even classic SEGA arcade games that will keep you occupied for several hours. It also brings back the Clan Creator minigame from Yakuza 6, adding some new features to it and has it's own storyline that is quite enjoyable. The story is pretty much the exact same as the original PS2 game but adds a brand new story featuring fan favorite Goro Majima and serves as a sort of epilogue of his Yakuza 0 story, although you don't unlock the first chapter of his story until you complete chapter 5 of Kiryu's story. Both Kiryu's and Majima's stories are some of the best the franchise has seen thus far and will have you laughing, clinching your fists, sitting on the edge of your seat, and maybe even teary eyed. The game also has side quests called sub stories that are all worth completing, as some are some of the craziest and weirdest stories you'll ever see in a game, and completing them reward you with new allies, gear, weapons, experience and more. You can complete this game in about 20 hours if you focus strictly on story and don't do much exploring, but you'll see very soon that would be a waste as there is easily another 50+ hours of side content for you to enjoy. This is one of the best games of this console generation and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for something with a great story and brilliant characters. Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2018
    9
    If someone were to ask me what the most complete Yakuza experience was, I'd point them in the direction of this game. While Yakuza 0 might beIf someone were to ask me what the most complete Yakuza experience was, I'd point them in the direction of this game. While Yakuza 0 might be the best game in general, this was the game that Sega used to clean up alot of the problems that came with the upgrades they made to Yakuza 6, while delivering a good story and some of the best substories in the series in general.
    I'm glad they cleaned up alot of things from 6 to Kiwami 2. The combat has a better feel to it, with weapons playing a much larger role this time around after they were almost banished into obscurity in the last game. The story is still very good, and still extremely over the top, especially towards the end. I'd certainly suggest saving this for your 3rd game in the series, since that's what it was designed to be with the small mini reboot the series saw for Kiryu's storyline. And it's good to see the progression from Yakuza 0 to Kiwami 2 and just how well they handled what could have been just a simple remaster, instead making it into a full fledge brand new game. While there are definitely some sticking points, most of the problems I had with the game are minor in the grand scheme of things. And with this being Kiryu's last truly new experience in the Yakuza series before a new character is eventually introduced in Yakuza 7, he goes out in a very strong note and one that I would definitely recommend to series fans, who have at least played Yakuza 0.
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  5. Dec 12, 2018
    9
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is another stellar entry in the series. Combat is fluid and you can spend a lot of time playing the mini games. The sideYakuza Kiwami 2 is another stellar entry in the series. Combat is fluid and you can spend a lot of time playing the mini games. The side stories once again shine and I laughed out loud at some of the craziness Kiryu finds himself involved in.

    On a side note, Slant magazine’s woke review underscores that they don’t understand the humor of this series or Japanese culture. Ignore them.
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  6. Sep 3, 2018
    8
    Overall, Kiwami 2 was a solid experience. Its story was a little wobbly at times, but it wraps up in such a way that its hard to leaveOverall, Kiwami 2 was a solid experience. Its story was a little wobbly at times, but it wraps up in such a way that its hard to leave unsatisfied. And sure, there are some issues here and there, but it still stands as a fun time to be had. Check out mainmenugames.com for more. Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2018
    6
    This game could be the most perfect Yakuza game, but for some reason authors add a piece of crap: 26 bouncing missions with 3 diffictulies onThis game could be the most perfect Yakuza game, but for some reason authors add a piece of crap: 26 bouncing missions with 3 diffictulies on each. So full completion is impossible without HUGE and stupid grind. Expand

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