A Review of Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PC)

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In which I take a look at the recently released port of Yakuza Kiwami 2 on PC and discuss how the seemingly minor changes made from Yakuza 6 ripple out to affect every element of Kiwami's design—in particular it's fantastic story.


Intro text animation by Draz:


Remaster trailer footage from devilleon7, a great source for Yakuza content:
145 комментариев
Derp Mcderpinton
"Recently brought to the PC" Disables motion blur*

Kiwami 2 is basically a true love letter to Kiryu as a protagonist. Since Y6 was a goodbye to him and his legacy, Kiwami 2 was a celebration of his character, like you highlighted here in your review. It really hammered in why I love Kiryu, and why he is personally my favourite character of all time. It's also the main reason this game is fighting for fave spot with Yakuza 0 (I think it might just be winning though).
The GOAT talking about the GOAT series again!!!!
Kiwami 2 is personally my favorite Yakuza game. Improved systems from 6, a great story with one of the best antagonists in the series, bombastic and silly as hell. Such a fun game bursting with that Yakuza charm.
The Hunter x Hunter 2011 Dickriding Association
If violence isn't solving your problems you're not using enough~
Waiting on a Yakuza spin-off starring all my favorite essay boys.
Absolutely love the Yakuza games... If you have NOT played them, you can begin with any game... They all begin with a recap of the previous story, like a TV series. But if you really want to begin at the beginning 'Yakuza Zero' is the canonical beginning of the story.
Chris Egbuonu
so wish shenmue3 was made with their engine...
Mick Saladin
ah yes hostess club manager 2 amazing game second only to hostess club manager zero!
Despite all this.
The game is unfairly Underrated and Underappreciated.
The entire series is a AAA builted Masterpiece and GOTY worthy.
Its one of THE true definitive Video game franchise out there.
Truely Sucks that people compares this to GTA and some nowadays even go far to ask if it has Battle royale mode which gives me temporary heart cancer.
"Kiryu is the Japanese John Wick" - clicked like and share right then and there.
Never clicked so fast on a notification!
Btw: keep up the good job!
I admire kiryu so much as a man. i want to be more like him. he really is a hooligan with the heart of gold
Having already played Yakuza 2 on my PS2 back then, I really hope the PC release of Kiwami 2 will be followed by Yakuza 6, which I've never played. Crossing fingers as hard as I can!
Yakuza is by far one of my favorite video game series ever. Playing Yakuza 0 was one of the best choices in my life and it also led me to pre-ordering Kiwami 1&2 on PC. I haven't felt this immersed into a videogame, it's characters and their numerous stories for quiet a long time. The best thing is that there are still 4 games coming out.

3:11 got me a bit confused

PS: I noticed a certain lack of Majima. Love your videos though. Keep it up!
The greatest money shot of all time at 3:22
The perfect goat talkin about goat too
0:02 - Underrated scene. Why can't I find a GIF of this?
i always jump back and forth between yakuza 0 and Kiwami 2 for my favourite.
in one hand Kiwami 2 has the best stuff and was the turning point for the franchise.
While Zero was such an amazing introduction with an original story that filled in many blanks.
The Yakuza series has the best story lines I have EVER played in a video game.
My second video of yours, after Sleeping Dogs. Why did Youtube recommendations hide you away for so long ?! You have a new subscriber.
Kiwami 2 did make a list of changes that weren't received favourably from those who followed the series for a long time or played the classic (A particular area from the original game was removed, the music when remixing or replacing classic tracks had mixed reception, and there were more smaller details that were criticised), but playing the original isn't exactly easy when it was only ever localised for PlayStation 2 & it's much-improved & optimised PlayStation 3 re-release as part of the Ryu ga Gotoku [Like a Dragon] 1&2 HD Collection was released domestically with no English language support, with emulation the only alternative. I myself remain eager to make my start with the series from the original titles as I want to feel the hype of reaching Zero & seeing the series reach one of it's highest peaks, but Kiwami 2 certainly has much to offer by itself (It's original tracks were received well, we got more Sub Stories & Majima, and now it's PC port provides the opportunity to see the Dragon Engine run at high frame-rates & more).

That said, I don't believe the PlayStation 3 titles warrant as much need of a Kiwami Edition as much as I'd think. Having their frame-rate targets doubled from 30fps to 60fps, resolutions bumped up and more is enough to bring these games up-to-date, especially as I believe Yakuza 5 was built on the tech that powered Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! [Like a Dragon Restoration!], Yakuza 0 & Kiwami as well as Hokuto ga Gotoku [Like a North Star]/Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise. Plus, many yearn to see Yakuza 3 with it's missing content from Ryu ga Gotoku 3 restored, as well as perhaps an updated translation for 3 & 4 (Perhaps 5, but that was the first of the renewed effort that's been well received), which could be released as a trio collection should they go international as hoped, so I myself would be very happy to have a high-FPS re-release of these games than a Kiwami version of them.
Raphael Donatello Journalism, Film Productions
I remember playing Yakuza 2 on playstation 2. Picked it up at block buster and it was one of the best gaming decisions I made. I like all the kiwami games. They seem to be clones if each other which is awesome because the graphics are awesome and the formula's great. The storyline reminds me of the Out Rage movies. These games make you want to go to Japan
Benji Price
I wish they kept the old fighting styles though.
sufyan sharif
2:10 Kawami 2
I myself would prefer a Yakuza 3,4 and 5 remaster because I never had a PS3. I want to experience them as they were back then just with the higher resolution now.
I definitely prefer Kiwami 2's combat system, I love throwing people into stuff, or off the bridge in Sotenbori.
I liked 6 well enough but the combat was bit of a let down for me. because they had new engine there were only one style whit few moves. winch you do over and over again. and side quest not so compelling. story was solid as f.
i hold Y zero as an best in the series. it nailed in mind everything. Kiwami 2 was better 6 but still suffer under a bit at same problems thou side quests were better. i am looking forward to Judgement they showed they had at least 2 styles there so it is coming along nicely. hopefully they add styles more and more as games come. Story in typical Yakuza fashion is gonna be great as usual.

i disagree whit you on point Y3-5 re-release, somewhat at least. yes i would like to see them in dragon engine but not of the cost of those styles and perhaps other content they would have to do again and i know something would be lost in that mix. because Yakuza games are developed way too fast. look at the time span we got these games and how many we got including Fist of the north star. it is not long. to make these on dragon engine too fast i think would result in half baked games. i rather let them focus whit dragon engine on new games to give them as much time and attention they can. so they will become more richer in side-quest and combat plus story wise.
Okay but Mahjong...
Birdy Pigeon
I know I sound weird...
So I played Zero and Kiwami using pads, it's fun but my veins are rooted in mouse and keyboard

In Kiwami 2 they refined this !
I feel like that blessed CDPR touch, smooth M & S controls on my fingers, flowing through my body

I'm just happy they did this, thanks SEGA
I Watson
I'd say John wick is the Yankee kiryu
Happy Raven
YAKUZA 0 The Pier Soothing Sounds
Kahalagano 00
I loved Kiwami 2. Is there going to be a third one on PC?
meeperino yes
I was sad there was no different fighting styles but it's still fun
Isaias Vargas
Kiwami 2 is my favourite Yakuza, I’ve just played Kiwami and 6 but holy shit, the story, the world and all the side content is incredible, that club mini game, best mini game ever. This is the game that made really love the franchise, waiting for the remasters of the other games and obviously, judgement in a few weeks.
Pete HrapStick
Been with this series since 2006 mein.
It possible pc get 3-6 series? I didn't really care yakuza 3-5 not got kiwami version i just want play all series
Hyperbithero and Thegamingbrit are gonna be so mad haha
Revolver Ocelot
>Ki whammy

Zombobo Smith
It's difficult to explain the joy of playing a Yakuza game. It's only because Yakuza kiwami was free on psn that i played it, and found that i loved it. I love watching kamurocho change through the years
Bob Blanton
This game was my most anticipated game for 2017!!!!😁👍👍
Cesar Al
Good sequel but Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6 the song of life are the best yakuzas, also Yakuza 4
King Best
I agree with Kiwami style remakes of 3, 4 and 5 BUT for every Ryu Ga Kotoku nerd like myself who'd buy it I don't Sega would break even on the expenditure. That and once I finished Kiwami 2 (hence all of them inc Dead Souls spin off) I was done.
There have been a lot released close together and you risk burning the formula as is considering Judgement is still a similar style game in concept.
Nilanjan Banerjee
I'm currently playing Yakuza 0 ( I know that I'm late) and I'm blown away....it's easily one of the best game of the generation along with bloodborne, DS3,Witcher 3 the hearts of stone dlc and Shadow of the collosus remake.... Y0 is my first Yakuza game and I can't decide what to buy next...kiwami 1 and 2 or the brand new IP judgement coz I'm short of money....any help will be appreciated(suggestions)
Best story for Kiryu
Charlie Milroy
The worst part of Kiwami 2, apart from the clearly reduced budget and unvoiced sub stories, was that you couldn't watch that drinking an animation directly from the vending machine. Sure, there is a mechanical advantage, but why not let us have the option to drink it right then? I really hope they change it back.
No more kiwamis?? What? I didnt knew this and its very sad.
Too bad my pc is crying while playing this game
The combat was pared down to emphasize impact? ...Sorry dude, but that's completely off the mark. They couldn't make the combat as complex because they were starting over with a new engine.
Malice Talks
I like virtual on
Kiwami storywise was a great game, it had lots of content to play around in, the only problem I have with the game was the removal of the battle styles which made the game seem so much more boring. In Yakuza 0 and Kiwami 1 I skipped only a very few battles, but in Kiwami 2 I noticed skipping tons of battles, and only due to the fact that the battles felt boringly same all the time, even after unlocking new abilities for Kiryu
My only gripe with the game (aside from the combat which have been severely streamlined from previous games) is the amount of plot twists the game throws at you at the last second for not really a whole lot of reasons. I'm fine with a few twists and turns like what they did in 0, but here it just ended up kinda pissing me off. Maybe it's just me, if you've played the game you'd know what i'm talking about. I never played the original yakuza 2 so i dont know if the story is all that different.
Micky Vega
Hey i dropped a like but haven't watched it as i've not cleared it yet but im sure its as good and as informative as your others.. Keep up the good work man
I can't really say I agree with your assessment of the Dragon Engine. Sure, it looks nice, but the performance on consoles is pretty bad and the over-reliance on physics makes combat a much clunkier affair than in the later PS3 era titles.
I can't help but feel like this ignores how terrible the plot of this game was. Saying "It's a great plot, the buff men still rip their shirts off" is very dismissive of the way that new fans like me felt about Zero. Zero built up this idea that these games had *good* plots, and so far as got me to buy Kiwami 1 and Kiwami 2, expecting another great story, but getting contrived nonsense.
Remember that time the Chinese kidnap Haruka in 1? And so Kiryu heads over and beats them all up, and you have a boss fight with Sword Man? What about that other boss, Two Gun Man, who kills off characters that are barely mentioned again?
Yakuza 2 was hyped up to me as where the series truly got it's identity, and yet the plot is mind numbing in the way that I feel like I am only expected to pay attention when the buff men's shirts come off, and everything else is secondary. Kaoru bounces between talking like a hardass cop and acting like useless set dressing so frequently that it's ridiculous. She could have been T-posing the whole game and it wouldn't have made it seem like she was physically doing less than she actually does.
Fuck, it's been a while, but at the end, don't Kiryu and Ryuji lock her out of their battle arena by closing the door of an industrial elevator with her on the other side of it? This elevator that should for no reason be impossible to open the doors of? And she just sorta crumples over and gives up on saving either of them.
Blizz DeKay
As someone who started the franchise with the pc releases I really dislike the fighting aspect in Kiwami 2 in comparison to Yakuza 0 or even 1. I didn't do every side mission to the fullest in 0 to unlock Legend both for Kiryu and Majima but I know those exist but the characters were already extremely fleshed with their 3 fight styles. In Kiwami 2 unlocking basic stuff is essential to make the fights at least tolerable.
The whole ending scene was stupid. Yakuza 0 is the best in the series.
Nikola Petrović
I pirated 0, kiwami and kiwami 2 and could not finish any of them. The games are just so damn boring.