Began to understand and understand that the loud noise and demand of gamers so far is not mere nonsense. That in the midst of the popularity of the Playstation 4 which managed to capture many new gamers who might have never tasted the Playstation 2 and Playstation 3 contained potential markets that could fall in love with their flagship franchise, follow every series without asking much, and ultimately – sales data better and more seductive.
This situation faced SEGA with their Yakuza franchise. Now with numbers that show a positive trend, they cannot stop. The Kiwami series was born as a Remake project to ensure gamers who have just enjoyed the Yakuza understand the base of the story, especially for those who are tempted to enjoy it in a coherent manner.
So, what is actually offered by this Yakuza Kiwami 2? Why do we call it a complete package? This review will discuss it more deeply for you.
So, like the policy they traveled with the first Kiwami series, there was no significant change from the side of the story of the original Yakuza 2 with the Remake – Kiwami 2 series this time. In addition to the visual changes that you get based on Dragon Engine and the portion of side missions and stories from Goro Majima glasses that are now re-emerging as “second stars”, the story base is still the same.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 took the story timeline one year after the Yakuza Kiwami. Kiryu who wants to get out of her clan for a reason that moves like fate, is reabsorbed in a conflict full of mysteries that she had never predicted before. Fifth Chairman for the Tojo Clan – Yukio Terada was suddenly attacked and ended up dead. Omi Alliance is estimated to be the culprit for this one action. With the two great powers at the end of the conflict, it was Kiryu’s responsibility to ensure that the full blood-predicted war between the two largest organizations did not occur. On the other hand, the death of Fifth Chairman means that the Tojo Clan must find a new replacement.
Slow but sure, the strength of the Yakuza story drama that made this franchise loved slowly but surely, rose to the surface. Kiryu must meet his toughest rival who also gets the nickname “The Dragon” – Ryuji Goda. If Kiryu is a dragon from the Tojo clan, then Goda is better known as the Kansai dragon for the Omi Alliance. Everything was also increasingly complex when it was discovered that South Korean criminal organizations who also worked at Kamurocho also played a role in this conflict. The police had to intervene with the figure of Kaoru Sayama who had the responsibility to ensure Kiryu survived all his efforts to end his life. Kiryu’s death will trigger a war between the two clans.
So, what kind of conflict should Kiryu face today? Who actually killed Yukio Terada? Is Goda involved in this conspiracy? You can get all the answers to these questions by playing this Kiwami 2 Yakuza.
One of the things that makes Yakuza Kiwami 2 compared to the first Yakuza Kiwami, besides the story, is the latest engine implementation of the developer – Dragon Engine from the Yakuza series 6. If the first Yakuza Kimami still uses the “old” engine from Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami 2 has already used the latest engine that not only offers better visual quality, but also implements the gameplay style of Yakuza 6. We talk about fighting animations, movements, and concepts that you can do and don’t do.
The implementation of this engine on paper does look like a good idea. We agree from the gameplay side, but not from the visual side. Although there is no denying that your overall visual experience will end better, this implementation of Dragon Engine actually creates a visual disparity between “fictional” characters and characters built from well-known Japanese actor / actress models (especially those that appear as additional content for Kiwami 2 this) becomes quite noticeable.
You can see the different facial details between the fictional Kaoru Ayama and indeed look sweeter here, compared to the wrestler figure Masahiro Chono who often appears in Gaki No Tsukai as one of the side mission antagonists here. Given that Chono is a new character for Kiwami 2, he comes with better detail with more optimal facial expressions and voice acting. While at Yakuza 6, where it was built from the start with Dragon Engine which involved many real-world actors / actresses, Dragon Engine did look much more charming.
So as we mentioned before, the implementation of this engine also affects the gameplay and mechanics. One of them is Kamurocho, which is now more “open” for you to explore as it is in the Yakuza 6. Areas that in the original version are only buildings that look attractive on the outside and end up inaccessible, can now be explored. You can now take enemies and fight in restaurants if you want, while making destruction that spoils the eyes inside. You who had tasted the Yakuza 6 series also seemed to be unfamiliar with the system level-up and user-interface which was also maintained from there.
So with the implementation of Dragon Engine that makes the quality of visualization better, then the Yakuza Kiwami 2 is now a definitive series for gamers who have never dived into the solid and dramatic Yakuza 2 story at the same time. Unfortunately, regardless of whether you know Japanese actors / actresses a lot or not, the difference between the basis of fictional characters and based on real actors will indeed be quite clear.
With a familiar sensation that is so close to what SEGA has to offer on Yakuza 6: Song of Life, you will also find the impression that Yakuza Kiwami 2 seems to be built with a clear strategy: Give whatever gamers like from previous series and then combine them to in one and the same room. Based on the impression of such content, we call Yakuza Kiwami 2 as one of the most complete Yakuza series packages so far.
Some mechanics from Yakuza 6 are back here, from system experience points that remain divided into several categories with a variety of actions and skills that require certain numbers to be mastered and learned up to a food system that is now no longer filling and recovering HP, but also become the most significant source of experience points to use. The rest? It is ensured that mini-games that are loved by gamers from the Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 6 series are also included here.
As if it’s not enough to make you spend so much time with him, Yakuza Kiwami 2 offers two mini-games that have spread in two separate series into side mission content that you can complete. First? Become a Hostess Club Manager who not only has to manage and ensure guests’ needs are met during the open process, but also recruits new talent and looks down on other clubs. This is the same system as Yakuza 0. While the second mission asks you to lead the Gang fight together with Goro Majima. A little different from the Yakuza 6 version is that you are now not in an offensive position, but instead have to survive the waves of enemy attacks while trying to protect important property. With an isometric camera angle, the experience offered is similar.
This is also evident from some of the mini-games he offers, both from the arcade side and for the sensual versions that exist. You can still play the old Virtua Fighter series on the Kamurocho arcade machine if you want to be a bit nostalgic, along with some other mini-games that don’t seem to be familiar to Yakuza gamers.
So with all these systems, it’s hard to deny that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is not just designed to recreate the fantastic story of the original Yakuza 2 in better shape. But ensuring that he contained almost everything that had been loved by the fans at least, the last two series.