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A remake of the first Yakuza game, titled Ryū ga Gotoku: Kiwami (龍が如く極, lit. "Like a Dragon: Extreme"), was released on January 21, 2016, in Japan and worldwide as Yakuza Kiwami on August 29, 2017. The game was released on the PC via Steam on the 19th of February 2019. The disc version can be purchased in either a Standard or Steelbook Edition, which is only available in Western regions. The game features updated graphics, running on the same engine as the previous game, Yakuza 0. The story has been enhanced with updated gameplay and additional cinematics. The Japanese dialogue has been re-recorded and is used in place of the Western version's original English dub.

Plot

The year is 1995, and Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, is an up-and-coming yakuza. A Lieutenant Advisor in the Tojo Clan's Dojima Family, his hard work has nearly earned him his own sub-family in this prestigious group.

But one rainy night, the unthinkable happens. Sohei Dojima, Patriarch of the Dojima Family, kidnaps Kiryu's childhood friend, Yumi. In an effort to save her, Kiryu's sworn brother, Akira Nishikiyama, rushes after them.

As the thunder claps, gunshots ring out from the Dojima Family office. Kiryu arrives to find Nishikiyama holding the smoking gun over Dojima's dead body, and Yumi in shock from the trauma.

Kiryu makes a decision that will change his life forever. Sending Nishikiyama out of the room to look after Yumi, Kiryu picks up the gun as the police arrive to arrest the culprit...

Ten years later, in 2005, Akira Nishikiyama has become a changed man. Yumi is nowhere to be found. Ten billion yen has gone missing from the Tojo Clan's coffers, putting the organization on the brink of civil war. And Kazuma Kiryu is released from prison to a world he no longer recognizes.

Gameplay

Players can switch between fighting styles for Kazuma Kiryu, the main character, but because he has been in prison for a long time, he will seem weak at first. His strength will come back over time as the game progresses and Kiryu fights more. The game uses the same three battle styles used in the prequel Yakuza 0, alongside Kiryu's moveset which can also be selected. Each battle style has gained a unique ultimate move.

Yakuza Kiwami features a new Majima Everywhere system. This mechanic allows Kiryu to fight Majima Goro nearly anywhere in the game. The only way to power up the Dragon of Dojima style is through these battles, and the resulting bond it creates. Majima will not always be easy to recognize, however, and he has sworn to challenge Kiryu at every turn.

To help expand the story, Nishikiyama has additional cutscenes throughout that explore the events that occurred during Kiryu's time in prison.

There are additional hostesses of Kamurocho to romance. Yui of Club Jewel has no interest in the flirting and courtship that often comes with the Hostess territory. Rina of Club Shine prefers women, and the beauties of the hostess business are the reason Rina took the job. 

Minigames

New to Kiwami is MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties. A variant of the cat fighting mini-game from 0, it is an arcade battle game featuring scantly-clothed insect women who battle for dominance of the forest. Pocket Circuit Racing returns from 0 as well.  

  • MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties (Club Sega)  
  • UFO Catcher (Club Sega) 
  • Photobooth (Club Sega) 
  • Pocket Circuit Racing 
  • Bowling (2-Player) 
  • Pool (2-Player) 
  • Darts (2-Player) 
  • Shogi 
  • Karaoke 
  • Hostess Club 
  • Batting Cage 
  • Mahjong 
  • Dice Games 
  • Baccarat 
  • Roulette 
  • Poker 
  • Blackjack  

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