Yakuza Kiwami 2
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Content Rating: Mature
One year after the 10 billion yen incident, Kazuma Kiryu begins to build a peaceful life with Haruka Sawamura. Tearing him away, an assassination threatens to erupt in an all-out war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance. Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, must travel to Sotenbori, Osaka in an attempt to broker peace between the rival clans, but Ryuji Goda, known as the Dragon of Kansai, will stop at nothing to get his war. In this world, there can only be one dragon.
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I don’t know where SEGA plans to go with the Yakuza series since we know 3, 4 and 5 aren’t getting Kiwami-style remasters, but I truly believe they’re at the cusp of greatness here. A game with 0’s combat styles, tone and minigames combined with Kiwami 2’s story, presentation and combat flow would be absolutely breathtaking. Perhaps that’s what Shin Yakuza will be like; but in the meantime, I’m more than happy with this.
If you’re tired of the same experience with grimdark AAA series year after year, then it’s time to look to games like Yakuza Kiwami 2. Instead of playing as “rebellious girl with a dirty face whose dad died” or “beefy moody soldier who has become the enemy he hates,” you can go hit the batting cages with Kiryu and hang out in an accessible and enthralling slice of 2006 Japan.
It’s an odd feeling to be back in Kamurocho after wishing a bittersweet farewell to the Dragon of Dojima. Even though Kiwami 2 doesn’t quite achieve the emotional highs of the “Song of Life”, the polished gameplay as well as one of the finest antagonists the series has to offer makes it a must play for Yakuza fans, whether they played the original on the PS2 or not.