What to Expect From Yakuza Kiwami 2?

If you have been a fan of 2006 Yakuza 2 from SEGA, then you are sure to like its remake Yakuza Kiwami 2. Developed in the Yakuza 6 engine, this action-adventure video game has already created fraternity-wide anticipation as it is hitting PCs on May 9, 2019. Before you plunge into buying it, let’s take a look at what you should expect from this SEGA recreation:

Storyline

Yakuza Kiwami 2 takes the story of Kazuma Kiryu forward, and you can expect the same blend of minigames, punching, and melodrama. The game’s plot revolves around the assassination of the chairman of Tojo Clan and how Kiryu tries to find a substitute to maintain peace with the Omi Alliance.

A new “Majima Saga” scenario unique to Kiwami 2 gives an account of how Majima came to quit the Tojo Clan after the death of his patron, Futoshi Shimano, and form a legitimate venture, “Majima Construction,” between Yakuza and Yakuza 2. The scenario also marks the return of Makoto Makimura, a primary character of Majima’s story in Yakuza 0.

Gameplay

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is set in an open-world environment and is playable in a third-person perspective. The plot structure resembles that of its predecessor but the remake packs in some new gameplay features and enhancements. There are also new story elements blended into the game that allows you to eliminate confusing plot points and form a strong connection with other installations in the series.

Talking about the gameplay of Yakuza Kiwami 2, you can expect the characters to use the same armory as its predecessor; the use of pipes, knives, and swords during fights and special attacks like ripping off teeth and nails with pliers and bashing heads into walls are quite apparent acts of violence that define this Yakuza title.

A new addition to Yakuza Kiwami 2 are allies– citizens across Sotenbori and Kamurocho who will toss a weapon at Kiryu when instructed, and if you have finished the necessary side quests to unlock them.

Of course, these look predictably ridiculous with guitars, octopus, and even bowls of ramen being thrown at enemies. Yakuza Kiwami 2’s combat system may not be overflowing with depth, and you can use the same strong combos to conquer most encounters. In spite of this, the game remains engrossing throughout and never fails to satisfy gamers. When you combine this with a rewarding progression system, you will hardly anything to complain about.

Setting

Just like before, exploration plays a crucial role in Yakuza Kiwami 2. Both locations will be familiar to veterans of the series in the form of Osaka’s Sotenbori and Tokyo’s Kamurocho. Some may criticize Sega for reusing game environments, but the fond familiarity you find in the setting closes the scope.

Kiwami 2 creates a sense of place that still feels unrivaled in its meticulousness. Every aspect, whether it’s the streets, buildings and the citizens that occupy them, feel lifelike and reactive to Kazuma Kiryu’s actions.

Verdict

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is yet another spectacular entry in the long-running Yakuza series. It brings the 2006 classic into modern times with amazing visuals, engaging combat styles and a sensational story that strikes all the right notes. Kiryu’s journey is maybe coming to an end in Yakuza 6, but how SEGA is creating an experience for gamers with so few hindrances is genuinely a joy to witness.

You can pre-order Yakuza Kiwami 2 on Voidu now to receive the complete set of the Clan Creator DLC and exclusive weapons!

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