Out on August 28 in Europe and the USA, the remake of Yakuza 2 was warmly received by the Western press, receiving an average rating of 86 points out of 100 possible on the Metacritic. Thus, the updated part of the second “Yakuza” currently has one of the highest ratings among all games of the franchise on a par with Yakuza 0, also estimated at 86/100.
What the press writes:
Hobby Consolas: “Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a great adventure full of details, mini-games and wonderful characters, added to the PlayStation 4 remake with a new campaign for Goro Majima, the combat system is not as deep as the first Kiwami, but, nevertheless, it’s still one of the best parts of the franchise. “
Eurogamer Italy: “Kiwami 2 is the perfect remake of the second Yakuza with advanced graphics and completely new gameplay mechanics made possible by the Dragon Engine.” A fascinating and touching journey with one of the best sets of side activities that in no case should every skillful fan of the series miss “.
Attack of the Fanboy: “With a skilfully woven storyline and catchy characters, Yakuza 2 was considered one of the most successful parts of the series, and now, having got a prettier graphics and all the best from Dragon Engine, this remake can be the best franchise game.”
Stevivor: “Kiwami 2 is the best example of how to revive the past.”
Gameblog.fr: “Yakuza 2 really deserved an update like this. The talents from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios recreated a fascinating story, supplemented with new quests and activities. Even with several cut elements of the original game, Kiwami 2 has more than enough content, It’s also worth mentioning that Dragon Engine looks and works better than in Yakuza 6. In general, Kiwami 2 is another great Yakuza that fans of the series should not miss. “
Destructoid: “Perhaps some aspects of the game should have been made more faithful to the source material, but perhaps the worst thing that can happen with this remake is the desire to play the original to see all the changes with your own eyes.” However, the final result was not so really bad. “