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Yakuza Kiwami: Journal 1

Seeing as to how massive Yakuza Kiwami is, I didn't think it would be fair to just give it a review once released and wrap it up, I'll be writing about the story and all it's pathways towards the end. I will be continuously playing the game and currently at Chapter 5: Purgatory, so far it's been fun regardless of it's flaws and has kept me engaged the entire time. From the family organizations, self reflection, side quests and the seedier underbelly of the town, you play thru it all and it's quite the experience. As you progress within the linear story you are presented with side quests that you either go out of your way to complete or just mini stories within the Yakuza Kiwami world, they are of usual fetch fare or just so happen to complete due to who you talk to which is my favorite and adds a certain level of life to the game. The graphics for the most part are hi-res textured awesome while showing it's age in motion and control, the sound packs a punch especially those hard hitting battles and soundtrack inclusion is on point.


KIwami is the 2006 Yakuza 1 game with a major graphic overhaul and tons of content reworked, included or changed around to make it a definitive version of sort. I sit and marvel at how crisp most textures are but there are times where it shows how old the game is in it's animation and presentation. Animations vary from silky smooth to jerky and stiff depending the camera angle and area you are in, it's very apparent that they kept all the captures in place from the old game and look a tad out of place on a PS4. Most of the game looks incredible and full of life with reworked textures, certain facial animations and reflective surfaces to a highly satisfactory level. Can it be better? Of course it can but it still looks great and I could care less at this point since I'm having that much fun.


The story begins after Kazuma Kiryu ends up finally getting out of jail for 10 years after a murder charge, it's his time to catch up and get acclimated with how things are now and what's been going on ever since. Needless to say many happenings and shifts have happened and you go thru a few surprises here and there, a lot can happen in 10 years and this shows it well in story. I won't write details from the story for spoilers sake and those that know of the story will still have a connection to what I write about. Remember when I said the game reminds me of Shenmue? Well it still does and after completing 4 chapters worth, it still holds true. Little hidden alleyways, interactions, storefronts, nature of the character, silliness in story and combat (BEAST!), it all has hints of Shenmue and boy am I happy with it. Keeping this entry shortish but will return with what I thought about chapters 1-4 soon and perhaps 5 if I'm near the end of it.
Hope you all are looking forward to reading about each chapter and thanks for reading, mucho thanks to Sega also for sending this my way!

You can purchase Yakuza Kiwami for PS4 digitally or in game stores now.

Yakuza Kiwami Revisits Shenmue Memories

With Yakuza Kiwami which is a remaking of Yakuza 1 for PS4 releasing on August 29th, 2017, I can't help but be reminded of walking, playing and being lost in the world of Shenmue. All the little touches that Yu Suzuki added to the game were amazing and glad to still see it in the current generation by Yakuza's creator Toshihiro Nagoshi striving and still weird but fun, you can sing Karaoke, play Mahjong racing and even a fighting game's included while having it's regular storyline. They even created a beautiful Yakuza Experience portal which includes digital comics (up to #3), an interactive timeline and a soon to come 360 feature.
I need to play this...

See below for what Sega has to say about the additional features of Yakuza Kiwami: 

  • A Family Patriarch's Ransom of New Content - "Kiwami" literally translates to "extreme," and the game was named that for good reason. 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, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more 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.
  • Yakuza Kiwami will be released on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally on Aug. 29 for $29.99 (with commensurate European pricing). In addition to Yakuza 0Yakuza Kiwami provides an excellent starting point for those who have always heard about the series but have yet to try it. It preserves the charm of old-school, PS2-era beat-em-up gameplay, but deftly combines it with a hard-boiled crime drama punctuated with the liveliness of Kamurocho - the fictional red-light district of Tokyo the game is set in - and all the distractions that a red-light district can offer. The game is rated M by the ESRB. For more information about Yakuza Kiwami and the Yakuza series, please visit

    Pre-orders/first run copies of the physical version will come packaged in a stunning SteelBook®. Take a look at the glamshot below! If you go the digital route, you'll get a free PS4 theme with the order.