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Yakuza Kiwami Steelbook Edition




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Suitable for mature persons 15 years and over.

NOTE: Violence, offensive language & sexual themes

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"The definitive way to play Yakuza 1."
5 stars"

When comparing the original Yakuza game to later installments, it's easy to see how much the game's graphics, storytelling and gameplay have aged over time. Even when compared to Yakuza 2, which is also on the PS2, it's not a very good game. Luckily, Yakuza Kiwami is here to save the day. Kiwami is a remake of Yakuza 1 built from the ground up using Yakuza 0's engine and much of its assets. As the game is mostly Yakuza 0 with a new coat of paint, Kiwami is being sold at a lower price, making this a great game for people new to the series. The game runs at 1080p 60fps, even on the original PS4 (which is what I played through the game with). While you can't fix Yakuza 1's storytelling, the gameplay and graphics have been dramatically improved over the original. Combos, in all fighting styles, flow well and are fun to pull off. Kamurocho is recreated with incredible detail, and Kiwami, while it isn't fully voiced (play Yakuza 6 for that), more of the game's cutscenes are voiced than before. However, the game is a bit on the shorter side, as it took me just over 15 hours to beat the first time around. Overall, Yakuza Kiwami is a great game, at a great price, and I'm definitely coming back to play it again.


Being retold in Kiwami is the nascent character arc for Yakuza – the game begins with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu getting sent to prison for the murder of his family patriarch (which he didn't commit). To make matters worse, during the 10 years of his imprisonment, not only does Kiryu's clan expel him from the yakuza, but ¥10 billion (~$100 million) goes missing from the clan treasury. Worse yet, Kiryu's childhood sweetheart is also nowhere to be found, and with the entirety of the Japanese underworld on the hunt for the missing cash, Kiryu is all but lost until he finds the orphan girl Haruka, searching for her aunt who shares the same name as Kiryu's missing love. What follows from there is a web of betrayal, underworld politics, and redemption as nothing will stop Kiryu from regaining his honour.


  • A Family Patriarch's Ransom of New Content – “Kiwami” literally translates to “extreme,” and the game was named that for good reason. Not just a simple graphical upgrade, Kiwami adds nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes alone, providing all-new insight into the game's plot and creating common threads with series prequel Yakuza 0. There's also added distractions (Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more), side quests, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more to bring the original Yakuza game into the latest console generation.
  • A Place for Newcomers and Veterans – Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate bridge in the series: newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise fresh. Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot, but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish.
  • But it was me! Majima! – Completely new to Kiwami is the “Majima Everywhere” system, where the series' deranged, one-eyed maniac will constantly surprise and challenge Kiryu to combat when he least expects it. We're talking “popping out of a goofy costume” levels of surprise, so players must stay on their toes and be ready to defend themselves from Kiryu's chief ri­val.
  • Extreme Revitalization – Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60fps. And following suit with SEGA's commitment to the Yakuza series, the game will release in both physical and digital formats in the west.
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August 29th, 2017
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