Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of the franchise or just got on board with the recent releases of Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami, you’ll definitely want to check out the Yakuza Kiwami 2 demo that just dropped on the PlayStation Store.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of the PS2 exclusive Yakuza 2 which was released in the states way back in September of 2008. Using the Dragon Engine that powered Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the game aims to bring fans the best-looking re-imagining of the game along with the series improved combat system.
The demo starts you out in Chapter 2 of the main game as series protagonist Kiryu explores Sotenbori searching for the Dragon of Kansai, Ryuji Goda. At this point, Kiryu is still loyal to the Tojo Clan despite exiting the criminal underworld and seeks to protect them from the Omi Alliance. With the help of detective Kaoru Sayama, Kiryu will unravel his foes’ shady operation to save his family. As always, Yakuza Kiwami 2 will feature the franchise’s signature zany antics and comical absurdity that fans love. Expect plenty of mini-games such as golfing, cards, and even an odd urinating game.
Yakuza Kiwami 2’s full campaign centers around fan-favorite character Goro Majima, and while he was a pivotal part of Yakuza 2’s original story, Sega has included a new segment called The Truth of Goro Majima. This will take a deeper dive into what was going on in Majima’s life in-between Yakuza 1 and 2, where Majima heads up a construction company. This will provide further context into how he ends up here in Yakuza 2.
Unfortunately, unlike Sega’s mishap with Yakuza 6’s demo, this demo will not feature the full game in any capacity.
The Yakuza Kiwami 2 demo is available now on the Playstation store, with the full game slated for release this August 28, exclusively for PS4.
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