Yakuza Kiwami 2 — the battle of two dragons. Review
Genre Adventure
Publisher Sega
Publisher in Russia “Softklab”
Developer Sega
Release date 28 Aug 2018
Age limit 18 years
Platform PlayStation 4
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The game was tested on PlayStation 4

In March of this year we saw the final story of Kazuma Kiryu in Yakuza 6 and said goodbye to him. But at the end of August Dragon Dojima returned in the remake of Yakuza 2. One

of the best games in the series are now available not only on PlayStation 2 and emulators, but on PS4. And it’s not just a port or a remaster, but a remake on the engine, the sixth part, which takes into account some shortcomings of the latter.

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Kiwami events of Yakuza 2 takes place one year after the finale of its predecessor. The fifth Chairman of the Tojo clan was killed, and the fate of the clan, the main position which was once occupied Kiryu, hangs in the balance. The situation is compounded by the fact that the Omi Alliance is about to start a war, because of what Tojo would be no chance of recovery. So Kiryu will not have to sit around — he is going to travel in native Kamurocho, without which no cost, no part of the Yakuza, the region Sotobori, familiar to fans of Yakuza 0.

Boast advanced technology “Yakuza” may not, but sometimes Kiwami 2 looks great

At the beginning of pass players will be offered to watch a fairly long video fully retell the events of the first Yakuza. To pass the last game is not necessary but desirable, as Yakuza 0. Now a new audience will be very simple to integrate into a series — if on the PS3 to pass these games in order was not possible, on the current console Sony available the prologue and two of its continuation, and the third, fourth and fifth part will soon be reissued. But if for some reason you will start acquaintance with Kiwami 2, you do not get confused and still will join in the plot.

The story still grabs and doesn’t let go until the final, unexpected turns and surprise events, and characters are some of the most memorable in the entire series. The main villain ryūji Years, respecting Kiryu for his ability and consider him the only worthy opponent, a hell of a charismatic scene of their acquaintance and put great. Years calls himself the Dragon of Kansai and asserts that the two dragons in the war to survive. Detective Sayama was one of the best female characters that Kiryu had to deal with. And the audience favorite Goro Majima, almost completely forgotten in the sixth part was awarded a separate storyline, and not once found in the main story.

In Kiwami 2, as with all Yakuza, serious dramatic plot absurd accompanied by side quests, of which at this time more than seventy. About a dozen of them — very short and not very exciting event, because it is important, not the history, and the ability to make the character his assistant during battles with street thugs. In Sotobori, for example, you meet a old woman who lost a valuable thing, and detect the object in two steps from the place just talked to. Give the find, exchanged a pair of replicas, and this task ends. Now when you purchase the corresponding skill, the grandmother will be able to throw you a weapon.

To pay for the broken glass, thankfully, is not necessary

Many other “side effects” was much more interesting, and some of them are hilarious, especially the mission with double Kiryu. There are sad stories like the one that is devoted to not able to sing the musician, forced to continually endure the attacks of the bullies is because of the unpleasant voice. Kiryu, as always, helps all those in need, gives them valuable life advice, and sometimes he learns something. All this happens under the constant lyrical music after so many parts of Yakuza memorized.

Another story relates to a hostess club where Kiryu gets a few hours after the beginning of the passage. The club is going through hard times and is on the verge of closure, and the owner of a competing institution decided to drive the final nail in the coffin is made so that the tiny club was one of a large-scale contest, and in the case of a resounding failure of a shame to wash it off would be impossible. However, rather than give up, the staff decided to take the opportunity to turn your club into the best place to stay. Kiryu have to hire staff to help girls to entertain customers, and to shake (not with fists of course) money from the rich.


In the club mini-game, you can sit for more than a dozen hours, but this is not the whole content that Kiwami 2 offers outside of the campaign and side quests. There’s Darts, Golf, Mahjong, slot machines with old games Sega — all not to enumerate. A “realized” Oh Maxime telling about his adventures in the interval between the first and second Yakuza, offers a simplified real time strategy game in the style that was in Yakuza 6. Having collected a small squad, the player will confront a clan Uematsu who is trying to destroy the objects at the construction site Majima. Watching the scene from above, you need to place your fighters to the opponents and were defeated, and all the equipment remained intact. The story is very brief and not very intense, but as a bonus to her pleasure — in the original Yakuza 2 it was nothing.

Weapons sometimes lying so much that they are grahne

The sequel could not at the time of its release to boast and spectacular combat system. Fans of different styles to make money again there is nothing in the remake moved the pumping of the sixth part. Again, it is necessary to improve health, attack, defense, and rage, as well as to study the familiar techniques. This time more emphasis on melee weapons and enemies follow him around and to Kiryu, it is desirable to carry batons, sticks, tasers, and other useful things (for most of these items were added unique animations). Buy guns, several underground shops, or to pick up trophies abandoned by defeated enemies. However, this should be done directly during the fight — after it all somehow disappears.

With the new engine the amount of loading screens compared to the original 2006 decreased significantly. Fights with the bullies are in the same scenario that Yakuza 6: began in the street fight could be moved to a nearby café, throwing opponents to the dining tables, swinging chairs and throwing the poor fellows on the glass Windows. It all looks very cool, but after such a trick frightened sellers not want to deal with you. But there is a probability that you will draw attention to the special bosses with more health, for their elimination provide a lot of experience.

Kiwami looks like Yakuza 2 is also great. While developing a sixth of its authors lacked time, which had to close a few regions in Kamurocho, in the remake of the sequel, nothing happened. And in the area of Kamurocho and Sotobori you can visit any area and go in any store. Affected only a small region, which remembers only those who were in Yakuza 2 in the days of the PS2. But the loss is small — in the original there was nothing interesting, and all associated with this place the plot episodes are just moved to other locations.

At least a hundred people call, Kiryu can’t win


Yakuza Kiwami 2 — amazing remake of one of the best parts of the series. And the plot is great and the characters are wonderful and fun huge set. There is virtually no change in the usual formula, and many other games for that certainly would have been criticized, but the creators of the Yakuza manages to make each part of the series fresh, interesting and very comfortable. When once again be in Kamurocho find and store food without using the map, knowing all the streets almost by heart, it does not cause irritation, but only reminds you of how much you miss these places since the last game.


  • great story with great characters;
  • most of the side quests was exciting, and some probably cheer;
  • spectacular combat system;
  • the new engine was fully mastered — no closed locations in both areas.
  • as always, a large number of fun and interesting mini-games.


  • bonus story Maximy very short;
  • some additional tasks do not reach the other “side effects”.
Graphics Porting old games to the new engine occurred almost painless. The characters look great, and the location and did great.
Sound Unlike the sixth Yakuza, the dialogue in side quests here are not made public. The rest of the game meets the quality standards set in previous games in the series: the actors matched perfectly, and the music always sounds in time.
Single game The next Yakuza, where you can spend more hundreds of hours and not get bored. And once again it failed, and the main storyline, and side quests, and many other activities.
Multiplayer In the fighting game Virtua Fighter, which can be found in the arcade, supported online.
Overall impression The remake turned out to match the original game at the time was great, but with updated graphics and innovations in the gameplay became even better.

Rating: 9,0/10

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