The Yakuza series has come a long way since the original title’s release from being a quirky PS2 beat-em up to a being a powerhouse action adventure title that it is today. This has been largely in thanks to the over-the-top presentation, the crazy amount of mini-games and the brutal fighting system that has been re-worked to keep Kazuya as badass as possible.
With so many new comers to the series with Yakuza 0, it makes sense that Sega’s next move before delivering Yakuza 6 would be to come back to the story that started all in Yakuza Kiwami and adding those new features. Of those new features includes the new combat system from Yakuza 0 where players can choose to be a balanced Brawler, an all-powerful Beast, a quick boxer with the Rush technique, and the unstoppable Dragon Style.
If you need a break from the endless street brawls, you can take on the classic minigames like Mahjong, pool and Karaoke, as well as new distractions including Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more.
Of course a new fighting style and more mini-games isn’t enough for the Kiwami edition, as the game has been built from the ground up using new assets, re-recorded audio from the series cast, and added 30 minutes of cutscenes, side quests and a new system where series favourite Majima will just appear out of nowhere to challenge Kiryu.
According to Sega that includes “popping out of a goofy costume” level of surprise… After Yakuza 0, that doesn’t really surprise us that much, but it’s still a welcome feature.
Yakuza Kiwami is set for an August 29th 2017 release exclusively for the PS4 for the low price of $29.99 (USD) and will be available both physically and digitally. The next chapter of the Yakuza series, Yakuza 6: Song of Life, will be coming to PS4 early next year.