Yakuza Kiwami 2

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Yakuza Kiwami 2
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Developer(s)Sega
Publisher(s)Sega
Director(s)Hiroyuki Sakamoto
Producer(s)
  • Daisuke Sato
  • Mitsuhiro Shimano
Designer(s)Takeshi Tanaka
Programmer(s)
  • Koji Tokieda
  • Yutaka Ito
Artist(s)Nobuaki Mitake
Writer(s)Masayoshi Yokoyama
SeriesYakuza
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Release
  • JP: December 7, 2017
  • WW: August 28, 2018
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Yakuza Kiwami 2[a] is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Sega. It is a remake of the 2006 video game Yakuza 2, and is the series' second remake title following 2016's Yakuza Kiwami. It was developed using the Dragon game engine from Yakuza 6. The game was released for PlayStation 4 on December 7, 2017 in Japan, and worldwide on August 28, 2018.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of Yakuza 2, and is an action-adventure game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. Similar to the previous remake title, Yakuza Kiwami, Kiwami 2 follows the same plot structure of Yakuza 2 while adding new gameplay features and enhancements from later titles, as well as new story elements to resolve confusing plot points in the original release and tie the game more closely to other titles in the series. The player controls series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as they explore the fictional Japanese districts of Kamurocho, Tokyo and Sotenbori, Osaka. Combat is based on that previously seen in Yakuza 6. A new "Majima Saga" story scenario features recurring series anti-hero Goro Majima as a playable character.[2] The Cabaret Club minigame from Yakuza 0 returns, as does the Clan Creator from Yakuza 6, bringing in New Japan Pro Wrestling stars Keiji Mutoh, Masahiro Chono, Riki Choshu, Genichiro Tenryu, and Tatsumi Fujinami.[3]

Plot[edit]

A year after leaving his former life in the Tojo Clan behind, ex-yakuza Kazuma Kiryu is called back into action when the clan's Fifth Chairman, Yukio Terada, is murdered by assassins from a rival organization, the Omi Alliance. Returning to Kamurocho, Kiryu must find a new chairman for the Tojo Clan and prevent an all-out war between the Tojo and the Omi, bringing him into conflict with Ryuji Goda, the legendary "Dragon Of Kansai" of the Omi Alliance.

A new "Majima Saga" scenario exclusive to Kiwami 2 explains how Majima came to leave the Tojo Clan following the death of his patron, Futoshi Shimano, a year earlier and form a legitimate enterprise, "Majima Construction", between Yakuza and Yakuza 2. The scenario also features the return of Makoto Makimura, a major character of Majima's story in Yakuza 0.

Development[edit]

Yakuza Kiwami 2 was initially leaked on August 24, 2017 via a listing on the Taiwanese PlayStation Store.[4] The title was officially announced two days later alongside Shin Ryu ga Gotoku, Yakuza Online, and Hokuto ga Gotoku. The game runs on the Dragon Engine which was previously used in Yakuza 6. Several characters were recast for the remake, including Hakuryu as Ryo Takashima, Houka Kinoshita as Wataru Kurahashi, Yuichi Kimura as Tsutomo Bessho, and Susumu Terajima as Jiro Kawara.[citation needed] The in-game arcade features playable versions of Virtua Fighter 2 and Virtual On.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic85/100[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7.5/10[11]
Famitsu37/40[6]
Game Informer9/10[9]
Game Revolution5/5 stars[8]
GameSpot8/10[7]
IGN8/10[10]
PSU9/10[12]

Yakuza Kiwami 2 was well received by critics.[5] It was the best selling game in Japan during its debut week, selling 131,931 units; this was the lowest debut for a Yakuza game, which was noted as expected due to being released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and not being a new main series entry.[13]

Famitsu liked the seamless transitions when entering shops or starting battles, and enjoyed being able to use various items in the city as weapons.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ryū ga Gotoku: Kiwami 2 (Japanese: 龍が如く 極 2, "Like a Dragon: Extreme 2")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Good, Owen S. (2018-03-17). "Yakuza Kiwami 2 launches in the West this August". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  2. ^ Williams, Mike. "Yakuza Studio Announces Fist of The North Star Game, New Yakuza Protagonist". USgamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  3. ^ "『龍が如く 極2』武藤敬司・蝶野正洋・長州力・天龍源一郎・藤波辰爾 VS 桐生一馬・真島吾朗が実現!?【TGS2017】". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. 2017-09-21. Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  4. ^ Romano, Sal (2017-08-24). "Yakuza: Kiwami 2 for PS4 announcement leaked". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  5. ^ a b "Yakuza Kiwami 2 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ a b "龍が如く 極2 まとめ [PS4]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  7. ^ "Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review: Double Dragon". Gamespot. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  8. ^ "Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review – A Tale of Two Dragons". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  9. ^ "Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review – Leader of the Pack". Game Informer. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  10. ^ "Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  11. ^ "Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2". Destructoid. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  12. ^ "Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review – PS4". PSU.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  13. ^ Sato. "This Week In Sales: Yakuza Kiwami 2 And Earth Defense Force 5 Bring Out The Big Guns". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Archived from the original on 2017-12-23. Retrieved 2018-03-18.

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