Story - 81%
Graphics - 80%
Audio - 75%
Gameplay - 89%
Replayability - 69%
It has been 10 years since Sega first introduced us to Kiryu and here we are again, with an epic journey remake that will have you wanting more.
I remember playing Yakuza as an adolescent boy on Playstation 2 and thinking, “This is far too violent for me, but I need to know more about this Mafia Underground Organized Crime story”. Okay, well I didn’t really think that because I didn’t understand what organized crime was, but the gameplay kept me playing and the same has happened here.
Straight out of prison after taking the fall for his friend, not my kind of friend but hey. We see Kiryu return to the hub that is Tokyo, where it doesn’t take long before we revisit the life of crime that he has been involved in previously. The story has not changed and any true fan that has been following the series will know what they are in for, for the rest, well believe me when I say that this is a Japanese rendered GTA with a lot more underground crime story and a lot more blood.
The game has seen some dramatic changes to the background and character details, obviously to keep it on par with the newer Yakuza Series games on PS4. The graphics aren’t at the level of say GTA5, but what more can you ask for when it comes to a remake of a 2nd Gen Console Game. I do believe that there is an English dubbed version, from what I have researched but I was given the subbed version, which, in my opinion gives it more of that authentic Asian appeal. The gameplay has been drastically improved, the fighting is seamless compared to the past and you can now use several fighting styles without feeling like you are playing The King of Fighters 96 in a dingy arcade somewhere.
The side missions have returned alongside some new modes, such as the woman’s insect wrestling, yeah don’t ask. You can take part in some beat downs against goons on the street or intervene in an attempted mugging or harassment. The game is as open as ever and will definitely be on my list of games to finish this December.
So, was this worth the remake or was it a giant waste of time? Depends when you ask me, if you ask me while I’m mid beat down session I will scream “HELL YEAH” at you and carry on beating some goons to a pulp. If you ask me whilst I sit at tea with my in-laws then I politely tell you that they have recreated an outstanding gaming masterpiece that will forever be remembered as a classic PS2 title and I would surely spend money on it. The real question is how much? Well this game should put you back about R550 (PS Store), which in my opinion is too much for a remake, but once you start playing, you’ll forget that price when you lay some guy out with a wooden chair.
Reviewed on: Playstation 4
Available on: PS4, PS3
Genre: Action, Adventure
Age Rating: 18
Publisher/Developer: Sega, Deep Silver, Toshihiro Nagoshi
Estimated RRP: R550 (Ps Store)
Release Date: 29 August 2017