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Play Yakuza Kiwami 2 today as Sega’s PS4 action adventure gets surprise demo release

Plus, 5 things you need to know about the game ahead of its 28th August release

In anticipation of Yakuza Kiwami 2’s release next month, a demo of the latest remake in the Japanese crime fighting series is available now on PlayStation Store. Jump back into the white snakeskin shoes of beloved series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and find out what happens when two dragons come head-to-head!

You can check out the brand new story trailer telling the legendary tale here:

New to the Yakuza series or a series fan wondering what’s next for Kazuma Kiryu? Here’s what you need to know:

1. The new Dragon Engine and learnings from Yakuza 6 have impacted this remaster

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Kiwami 2, like the original, is a remake. This time it’s the 2006 release, Yakuza 2. As a result of the remake’s new engine, the district of Sotenbori has never felt so alive. Kamurocho’s Champion District and the West Park area have re-opened for this version of the game.

And the team’s carried over lessons learnt during Yakuza 6’s development: the battle system is snappier.There are some new charge attacks you can weave into your combos, Heat Actions are more numerous and brutal. Even the weapon system is back.

2. There are additional changes, both major and minor to the game

There are some pretty minor differences in a few scenes, one main story quest has been streamlined so that you no longer end up on an epic fetch quest out of Sotenbori.

The entire localisation has been updated, bringing out some of the things that got chopped out of the original due to space constraints or what-have-you, and bringing the characters a little more in line with how they’ve sounded in all the releases to date.

3. Mini-games and arcade classics make a return

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The much-loved Yakuza 0 cabaret minigame has made a return, offering a direct sequel to that storyline. In addition, the clan creator is also included – and completely revamped. And for Sega arcade purists, you can test yourself with Virtual-On and Virtua Fighter 2.1 in the game’s arcade.

4. Yakuza 2 is when when the series got its balance of drama and ridiculousness just right

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Yakuza 2 struck that perfect balance between serious crime drama and ridiculous antics. Not to mention a great story, an incredible cast of villains, and a dash of romance that melted a lot of hearts when the game first released.

5. The game opens with an assassination and a very different Kiryu

It’s December 2006, one year after the events of Yakuza Kiwami. With so many of its leaders having died in that conflict, the Tojo Clan is only being held together by some pretty thin strands, which makes it the perfect time for the rival yakuza faction in Osaka, the Omi Alliance, to make its move. The game opens with an assassination and it never lets up from there.

Kiryu walks away from the Tojo Clan at the end of Kiwami, thinking he’s free of the yakuza for the rest of his life. But he quickly finds out that he didn’t leave the organization in very good health and we see him take responsibility for his actions. He’s repentant, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to put up with any nonsense, either. Because, hey, he’s still Kiryu.

Pre-order exclusives

Digital pre-orders are also live on PlayStation Store! Pre-order and receive an exclusive Yakuza Kiwami 2 Dragons Theme (redeemable upon pre-order). Purchase the special digital edition to receive the following exclusive bonus content, The Special Item Pack (this edition is available for a limited time only.)

The Special Item Pack includes the following:

  • Demonfire Blade weapon
  • Hostess Ono Michiyo
  • Sotaro Komaki R Clan Card
  • Jo Amon R Clan Card
  • The Comedian Suit Outfit
  • 1 Million Yen
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What a glorious day today

Josip_Jukic 06 July, 2018 @ 19:52
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Never playedYakuza i might try the demo just to see what’s what seems like intresting thing…

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Do it! You won’t regret it. If you wanna buy one, Yakuza 0 is a great entry-point for newcomers to the series

I’M SO HAPPY. The Yakuza series is getting so much love lately and it’s well-deserved. Still have to get Yakuza 6, but will 100% be buying this one at launch.

I really appreciate the demos too – hopefully they help to bring in new players who stumble across them

<3 YOU SEGA

idontdodrugs19 06 July, 2018 @ 23:22
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I’m just wondering if this will have a steelbook version just like the first. That Ukiyo-E style art was literally the most beautiful thing i’ve seen on a game case.

andrewsqual 08 July, 2018 @ 20:11
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It does. Base.com has a steelbook edition up for preorder.

I am playing Yakuza 0 and I love it how totally Japanese it is in style, execution and most specially in feel. Also much respects to Sega how much care they offer to this franchise, which can become one of the greatest franchises in gaming history if they keep it up with all this attention they offer it.

Carnivius_Prime 09 July, 2018 @ 12:48 Edited
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i thought it just a Sega thing but if you say it’s a japanese thing in general then I guess I’ve just lost my taste for japanese games over the years. Far prefer western things like those by Santa Monica and Naughty Dog. A lot of japanese games feel outdated to me some how and rather stiff and primitive in movement, animation and such. I tried playing the PS Plus freebie Yakuzas on PS3 we’ve had but I couldn’t warm to them at all. Anyways enjoy. I’ll look elsewhere for gaming fun.

MiseryPrincess 09 July, 2018 @ 15:10
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I’d take these “outdated Japanese games” over the endless stream of dull desaturated visuals with tiresome “gritty” story featuring completely lifeless boring characters with no sense of fun or happiness.

But there is more range to them than just this. The only Japanese games I can’t really get into are the ones that copy western “greats” and became boring and as a result.

Carnivius_Prime 09 July, 2018 @ 12:45
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It’s amazing how incredibly bland these games always feel. Seems to be a Sega thing as I found the similar off-putting dryness even in the past with overrated trash like Shenmue (had both of those on my DC and after trying to get into them only used them to play the old classic arcade games they had built in) and almost any Virtua game (Virtua Fighter’s character designs were awful and lousy rip offs of Street Fighter without the personality to get away withit). Nah, thanks for the demo but I’ll pass on the game.

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It goes both ways for me. I feel like western developers are forcing dark stories, strong language and uneccessary gore in pretty much all of their games. I loved Naughty Dog for Uncharted, Jak & Daxter and Crash Bandicoot, but “The Last of Us” was a repetitive borefest and the whole thing just felt “edgy” and immature. Same goes for the newest “God of War”, but with parts where you’re forced to walk slowly added in. I’m staying to T-rated games when it comes to western-made games.

At least with Yakuza, you can take a break from beating people up with at least 20+ mini-games with decent depth and they have the decency to not show you every single gory detail. The story in each game balances the dark moments with the light/ridiculous, something I absolutely love about Japanese games.

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