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Sega this week announced western releases for another three Yakuza games, another three stories of kind-hearted mobsters helping everyone offering fatherly advice to children and adults alike and smashing thugs with bicycles. Yakuza 3, 4, 5 are the latest coming our way and… well, Sega haven’t actually confirmed PC releases yet. Seeing as the series grew on PlayStation, it’s starting there. But asked this week whether the rest of the series is coming to PC too, Sega’s Yakuzoids avoided giving a straight answer and I’m totally reading that as “Shhh! The PR people won’t let us talk about it yet.” Please, Ian Sega, hop to.
It s International Cat Day! You know, one of those days reportedly invented by a charity, spread by the internet without question, and propagated by the scoundrel media because quite simply we are desperate to post pictures of cats, big cats, fluffy cats, kitten cats, any cat, any excuse for any cat, please, just let me have this day, please, I don’t care if it’s a fake day, please, I need this.
Here are some good videogame cats for International Cat Day.
The first thing you do in Yakuza Kiwami 2 is walk through a graveyard. As caring dad hero, Kiryu, you re visiting the resting place of those who died at the end of the previous game. It s a sombre moment, a cemetery visit with your adoptive daughter to pay respects to loved ones killed in terrible circumstances. You bow your head and inspect the graves.
Then a bunch of mobsters with guns show up and you kick them all in the belly. Hiiii-YAH.
Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed dads that’d been away. Haven’t changed, had much to say, but man I still think them cats are crazy. My dads are back in town, you see, now that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is out on PC. Mobster-with-a-heart-of-gold Kazuma Kiryu will once again roam around Tokyo and Osaka in this brawler-RPG sequel, becoming a father figure to total strangers, wrestling thugs, eating dinners, getting tangled in crimes, singing karaoke, playing arcade games, and battling a tiger in hand-to-paw combat. What a joy Yakuza is. I love my wrestledads.
After the briefest of teases yesterday, Sega has announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be heading to Steam on May 9th.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is, for those not fully briefed on their Yakuza series history, the second of Sega's efforts to remake the original Yakuza PlayStation 2 games. It initially launched in Japan in 2017 (and at the end of last year in the UK), and gives Yakuza 2, first seen all the way back in 2006, a thoroughly modern makeover, courtesy of Yakuza 6's Dragon engine.
As you might very well imagine, Yakuza Kiwami 2 follows on from the events of the first game, and sees series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu forced to return to Toyko (a trip that eventually takes him to Osaka) after Yukio Terada, the Fifth Chairman of the Tojo Clan, is assassinated.