• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 125 Ratings

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  • Summary: Kazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With warKazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With war on the horizon, the legendary Dragon of Dojima is pulled back into the world he wanted to leave behind. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    100
    I really, really enjoyed my time with Yakuza Kiwami 2, and as a fan of the series, I’d certainly urge you to check it out. It has very few flaws, outside of some minor animation issues and the occasional cumbersome combat sequence. It also feels like a much stronger remake than even Yakuza Kiwami, which was no slouch to begin with. It also has some solid ties to both Yakuza 0 via the new elements, and pre-existing story beats that feed into the more recent Yakuza 6. So check this one out when you get a chance, you will not be disappointed.
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    90
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the best remake yet for the series and the absolute best way to enjoy the franchise’s second entry. It’s a must-buy for any Yakuza fan and also makes a fine starting point thanks to its thorough recap of the first game.
  3. 90
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 offers the best Yakuza experience money can currently buy, not to mention a story that wouldn't seem out of place in an old Kinji Fukasaku flick.
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    90
    An excellent remake that brings back characters and story events with updated visuals. The weak point of Kiwami 2 is the combat system which we see as a missed opportunity.
  5. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    Another excellent reinterpretation of one of the best Sega franchises nowadays. A real varied, engaging, fun and captivating action adventure game.
  6. Aug 26, 2018
    80
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a very good remaster with vastly improved graphics thanks to the Dragon Engine. We would have loved an improved OST and more impact on Kazuma's punches, but overall we highly recommend this game.
  7. Aug 24, 2018
    60
    Just like a show, the second season has to contend with the apparent success of its predecessor, and it’s clear that the writers on Yakuza 2 may not have known how to extend that deeply personal tale for another 40 hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 29, 2018
    10
    Having never played the original Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (my entering point in the series was Zero, then Kiwami, then a leap to 6 and now thisHaving never played the original Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (my entering point in the series was Zero, then Kiwami, then a leap to 6 and now this one), I have to say this is the best experience I've had with the series so far. In my personal opinion, the story is the best of all the ones that I've played and, although more streamlined when compared to Zero and Kiwami, I felt the combat experience to be the most responsive yet (you "feel" every punch and kick you throw during battles). Exploration is also even more rewarding this time, with a perfect mix between new attractions and the revamped fan-favorites that have been a staple of the series. Because of its accessibility, I'd say this is certainly a Yakuza not only for long-time fans of the series, but also for newcomers alike. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    Another strong Yakuza game that will undoubtedly fall under the radar. Unfortunately, Yakuza games do not get the publicity they should, andAnother strong Yakuza game that will undoubtedly fall under the radar. Unfortunately, Yakuza games do not get the publicity they should, and as such many miss out on this series. The plot is great, the engine runs like a charm, the characters are gripping and engaging. This is one of the few stories that you truly find yourself invested in and wanting to finish, but not really wanting the fun to end. Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2018
    10
    I have played Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and now this.. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is one of the best games I've ever played in a series so far of 10/10 games forI have played Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and now this.. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is one of the best games I've ever played in a series so far of 10/10 games for me. I can't wait to play Yakuza 3 and give my review of it and possibly continue the 10/10 trend this series has spoiled me with so far. Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2018
    9
    If someone were to ask me what the most complete Yakuza experience was, I'd point them in the direction of this game. While Yakuza 0 might beIf someone were to ask me what the most complete Yakuza experience was, I'd point them in the direction of this game. While Yakuza 0 might be the best game in general, this was the game that Sega used to clean up alot of the problems that came with the upgrades they made to Yakuza 6, while delivering a good story and some of the best substories in the series in general.
    I'm glad they cleaned up alot of things from 6 to Kiwami 2. The combat has a better feel to it, with weapons playing a much larger role this time around after they were almost banished into obscurity in the last game. The story is still very good, and still extremely over the top, especially towards the end. I'd certainly suggest saving this for your 3rd game in the series, since that's what it was designed to be with the small mini reboot the series saw for Kiryu's storyline. And it's good to see the progression from Yakuza 0 to Kiwami 2 and just how well they handled what could have been just a simple remaster, instead making it into a full fledge brand new game. While there are definitely some sticking points, most of the problems I had with the game are minor in the grand scheme of things. And with this being Kiryu's last truly new experience in the Yakuza series before a new character is eventually introduced in Yakuza 7, he goes out in a very strong note and one that I would definitely recommend to series fans, who have at least played Yakuza 0.
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  5. Oct 2, 2018
    9
    A fantastic plot from start to finish, Yakuza 2 is a masterpiece in storytelling and to add to that it features roaring and ruthless combatA fantastic plot from start to finish, Yakuza 2 is a masterpiece in storytelling and to add to that it features roaring and ruthless combat expanding upon what Yakuza 6 offered in the superb Dragon Engine. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is quite possibly the definitive Yakuza experience to date. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    A very nice gameplay and wonderful story. Totally recommended. Narrative and combats are a great mix in this title.
  7. Sep 3, 2018
    6
    This game could be the most perfect Yakuza game, but for some reason authors add a piece of crap: 26 bouncing missions with 3 diffictulies onThis game could be the most perfect Yakuza game, but for some reason authors add a piece of crap: 26 bouncing missions with 3 diffictulies on each. So full completion is impossible without HUGE and stupid grind. Expand

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