Yakuza Kiwami 2 or Ryū ga Gotoku: Kiwami 2
Release Date: 8/28/2018 WW (12/7/2017 JPN)
Genre: Kazuma Kiryu Simulator / Action/Beat-em-up RPG
Platform: Playstation 4
Developer: CS1 Team
Official Website: LINK
Price: $49.99 USD / C$59.99 CAN / £39.99 UK / € 39.99 EUR
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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a total remake of Yakuza 2 (2008) using Yakuza 6's Dragon Engine. This means intense contemporary visuals, seamless fighting and interior transitions and a more modern combat system, while leaving the original story intact. In addition to new sub-stories and minigames, fan-favorite Goro-Majima is now playable in his own scenario.
A year after leaving his former life in the Tojo Clan behind, ex-yakuza Kazuma Kiryu is called back into action when the clan's Fifth Chairman, Yukio Terada, is murdered by assassins from a rival organization, the Omi Alliance. Returning to Kamurocho, Kiryu must find a new chairman for the Tojo Clan and prevent an all-out war between the Tojo and the Omi, bringing him into conflict with Ryuji Goda, the legendary "Dragon Of Kansai" of the Omi Alliance.
A new scenario exclusive to Kiwami 2, "The Truth of Goro Majima", explains how Majima came to leave the Tojo Clan (following the death of his patron, Futoshi Shimano, a year earlier) and form a legitimate enterprise, "Majima Construction", between Yakuza and Yakuza 2. The game also features the return of Makoto Makimura, a major character of Majima's story in Yakuza 0 (from Wikipedia)
86 on Metacritic. 8.0 from IGN and Gamespot, and 9.0 from Game Informer.
E3 2018 Trailer
Forbidden Romance Trailer
Q: If I've never played Yakuza before, is this a good place to start?
A: Probably not! Almost everyone would suggest starting with Yakuza Zero, which you can pickup at most retailers for $20~ USD.
Q: Where does this take place in the series timeline?
A: The Yakuza timeline looks like this:
1. Yakuza Zero (PS3/PS4)
2. Yakuza (PS2)/Yakuza Kiwami (PS3/PS4)
3. Yakuza 2 (PS2)/Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
4. Yakuza 3 (PS3)
5. Yakuza 4 (PS3)
6. Yakuza 5 (PS3)
7. Yakuza 6: the Song of Life (PS4)
You'll note that 3, 4, and 5 are only available on the PS3, and 5 in particular is only available in digital format. But there's good news! Yakuza 3 is receiving a PS4 port in Japan this month, with Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 getting the same treatment in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 respectively---with localization all but assured.
Q: How hard/long is this game?
A: Yakuza 6 was noted as being easier and more streamlined than previous games, and Kiwami 2 appears to be the same. As for length, the main story should run about 20 hours with another 25 hours or so of optional content.
Q: Is there a demo?
A: HELL YEAH. Download it on the PSN store now!
Q: How does Kiwami 2 compare to the PS2 original?
Yakuza Community Thread - FEEL THE HEAT!
Series Starter Guide - Welcome to Kamurocho