I started Yakuza Kiwami after I finished Yakzua 6 (which I will do a review on in the future). I did a previous post on Yakuza Kiwami focusing on Majima Everywhere which I thought was a fun feature. The entire game had a great story that kept me hooked until the very end.
Majima Everywhere Progress
I reached the S ranking by the time I finished the game, but I did not complete it. I did not go any further because I had reached the end of the game and really wanted to finish the story. I loved that by the time I reached S rank, Majima would pop up everywhere. He would not come out of sewers, corners, or walk up right behind me to surprise me. I also liked the challenge because he had multiple health bars. I thoroughly enjoyed having this feature in the game because I love Majima as a character and also loved the challenge of fighting him!
The story begins with Kiryu going to prison for a crime his brother Nishiki committed. After being released from prison, he finds out that Nishiki has become a completely different person and his clan has lost 10 billion yen. He also finds a young girl named Haruka lost on the streets who is looking for her mother and he decides to help her because the yakuza are after her. The story is really heart breaking, but it is also captivating so you just want to keep playing. The heart breaking moments come from seeing Kiryu’s brother completely change and other moments in the story that had me crying.
The side quests in Yakuza are always entertaining and unique. Here are some of my favorites:
Bump and Scam
These are several side quests that involve some gangs attempting to scam people by pretending that you hurt them by walking into them. Kiryu would get angry and fight them and they would always run away and get scared, but then they would come back and the repetition made the side quest funny!
The Little Match Girl
This one was so heartfelt. A girl was selling matches from her family so she could afford a gift for someone she loved. I just really wanted to help her because she was so kind!
Bad Ass Dads
A really hilarious side quest! A reporter is reporting on a phenomenon of girls being attracted to bad ass dads. Kiryu competes with two other characters in the game who are fathers in a competition to find out who is the most bad ass dad. It was really entertaining to see men getting caught up in a really funny competition and I also loved picking the answers that would make Kiryu win. Kiryu won because I picked the right answers and all the other fathers were disappointed.
I loved how Kiryu and Haruka interacted. Kiryu became like a father figure to her and looked out for her. I ended up loving her too so I would always be worried about her and wanted to make sure she was safe like Kiryu. Any time she was in trouble Kiryu and I would both rush in to save her.
I also loved the ending. The ending was very emotional. Nishiki comes back in the final scenes and I will not spoil what happens. All I can say was I was crying both from the sadness of the final scene, but also the hope. The game also made my cry and gave me chills when the credits played a cover of “Amazing Grace.” This song was perfect for that final scene and wrapped up the game perfectly. I felt comforted by hearing one of my favorite songs play as the credits rolled.
I would recommend this game if you love action games. I would also recommend this game if you love stories with drama since the main story is very dramatic. It is also a very unique game that combines a drama filled plot with humorous side quests and activities like arcade games and karaoke.
Have you played Yakuza Kiwami? What did you think of the game?