Nothing is more extreme than an HD remake of an original Japanese gangster game as Yakuza Kiwami joins our list of the Best PS4 Games.
The Yakuza series has encountered a renaissance of sorts, pushing its way towards a more mainstream appeal in Western markets as of late. Following Yakuza 0 earlier this year, Sega sought fit to bring an “extreme” revival of the franchise’s first entry to the PS4. Yakuza Kiwami represents the best parts of the game’s first established chapter while greatly expanding its gameplay and narrative.
Spending ten years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Kazuma Kiryu returns to Kamurocho to find out his best friend, Nishiki, betrayed him and the Dojima family in his climb up the Yakuza corporate ladder. Kiryu must stop the Tojo Clan while protecting Haruka, an orphaned girl who is the center of Yakuza Kiwami’s entire story.
In addition to upgraded graphics over the PS4 version and an expanded experience-based combat system, Goro Majima makes a bigger presence known in Yakuza Kiwami. The Majima Everywhere system shows the lengths of which Majima will pick a fight with you, often stopping you in the street looking for contraband weapons as a cop, dressing up as a hostess, whipping you up expensive drinks as a bartender or willing to beat you down at the batting cages.
More important than the added minigames and distractions is the expanded story cutscenes. A lot of the game’s initial narrative plot holes are patched up with new cinematics, with Yakuza Kiwami bringing the original voice actors back once again. This marks the first time Yakuza doesn’t have its god awful English voice acting, creating a much more enjoyable gameplay experience this time around.
With an excellent expansion for a classic PS2 game, Yakuza Kiwami joins our list of the 50 Best PS4 Games available right now.