|Developer(s)||Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio|
|Release date(s)||JP January 21, 2016|
Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of Yakuza, the first game in the Yakuza series, originally released on the PlayStation 2. Similar to the plot of the original Yakuza, the game centers around yakuza lieutenant Kazuma Kiryu who takes the fall for the murder of a crime boss, only to emerge from prison ten years later to a changed world. Like the original game, Yakuza Kiwami is an game with role-playing elements set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. The player controls protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as he explores the streets of Kamurocho, a fictional district of Tokyo based on the real-life Kabukichō district. In addition to the main story, players will randomly encounter enemies on the street to battle, as well as meet people that will offer Kiryu side quests which can be completed for rewards.
Similar to the prequel Yakuza 0, Kiwami features four fighting styles that the player can switch between in combat: the balanced Brawler style, the slow and heavy Beast style, the weak but quick Rush style, and Kiryu's traditional Dragon style. Players will earn both money and experience points by defeating enemies or completing side quests. Experience points can be used to acquire upgrades for Kiryu such as new techniques or an extension to his health bar. Money can be spent to purchase equipment or healing items, or to play various minigames and side-activities such as gambling, karaoke, and the card battle game Mesuking. Completing certain objectives will also grant the player special Completion Point currency; this CP can be spent to receive additional bonuses, such as special items or character upgrades.
Kiwami introduces a new gameplay system called "Majima Everywhere", in which rival character Goro Majima will appear frequently to challenge Kiryu to a fight. Majima will appear randomly during exploration, as well as in predetermined challenges based on the player's progress in Majima Everywhere. Majima will also sometimes appear when playing a minigame (like darts or bowling) and will challenge Kiryu. Defeating Majima in different scenarios will increase the player's Majima Everywhere rank and unlock new abilities in Kiryu's Dragon style.
Only options that deviate from the default configuration to ensure best performance are listed below. The full list of default options is available here.
|SPU block size||Mega||No improvement to performance but reduces the number of SPU cache objects.|
|Sleep timers accuracy||As Host||Improves performance.|
|Relaxed ZCull sync||On||Improves performance when paired with SPU MLAA patch.|
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|Accurate GETLLAR||On||Reduces random crashing.|
Random Crashing -
The game currently suffers from random crashing without any log output. Enable Accurate GETLLAR to reduce the amount of crashes.
Incorrectly rendered shadows -
The shadows are rendered with a grid pattern, it's easily spotted with a 20/20 vision, alternatively if the game is upscaled they'll become obvious.
Broken exposure -
Some objects may lit up the whole screen when being looked at.
SPU MLAA removal patch
Thanks to Whatcookie, a SPU MLAA removal patch is available for this title. Do note, it won't work at 100% resolution scale, needs to be either above or below. No visual issues were found using the patch.