PSX 2016: Yakuza Kiwami

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SEGA surprised us all with the annoucement of Yakuza Kiwami being revealed during PSX 2016. Check out the details and some screenshots below.

“Remake” is a word we hear a lot these days to describe the practice of putting a slapdash uprez on some art assets and calling it a day. And more often than not leaves us with meme-worthy results and a bad taste in our mouths.

Well, my friend. Take that preconceived notion and throw it in the damn trash because Yakuza Kiwami is here to save us from the blight of buzzwords.

“Kiwami” basically translates to “Extreme” and SEGA has pulled out all the stops to make Yakuza Kiwami the definitive standard of what a remake should be:

Uprezzed graphics? Yep – because they were COMPLETELY RECREATED, from scratch, to run on the PlayStation 4 in full 1080p/60fps glory. Seriously, look at these two images:

Yakuza, 2005 (PlayStation 2)

Yakuza, 2005 (PlayStation 2)

Yakuza Kiwami, 2017 (PlayStation 4)

Yakuza Kiwami, 2017 (PlayStation 4)

HOLY SWEET MOTHER OF GOD! Is your face not melting?

But we didn’t just stop with the graphics. Oh no. The original Japanese audio has been fully re-recorded by the original voice actors, so now the characters reflect 10 years of experience in the Yakuza franchise. (And the astute among you will ALSO notice that this will be the first time the original Yakuza game hits the west in its native Japanese.)

New graphics, new audio, but it’s just the same as the original Yakuza, right? Well, yes and no.

The plot is unchanged, but there’s an additional ~30 minutes or so of new cutscenes that add in some extra character exposition, some new threads that link Kiwami’s story with Yakuza 0, and they’ve added in new distractions around Tokyo to give extra vibrance to the red-light district of Kamurocho: Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more!

Then there’s the new “Majima Everywhere” system. Goro Majima, the one-eyed psychopath takes on the role of Kiryu’s nemesis in Kiwami and will barge in on Kiryu at the most inopportune of times. Fighting off some street punks? BOOM, MAJIMA! Taking a break in a convenience store? MAJIMA! That suspicious looking character who just popped out of a manhole cover (seriously)? MAJIMA!

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A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – 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 and combat updates 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*.

*Published by Deep Silver in Europe

I am desperate to get my hands on this excellent game, how about you? Why not let us know in the forums.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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