Yakuza Kiwami 2 review (PC)

Yakuza Kiwami 2’s PC port has finally arrived. We have a ways to go before the series is complete on the platform, but was the quality of the port worth the wait?

We reviewed the PS4 version of Yakuza Kiwami 2 last summer. It released during Gamescom so it was a little overshadowed by all the news coming out of Germany, which was a shame because it’s a mighty fine game – many consider the original Yakuza 2 to be one of the best titles in the series.

The PC version is essentially the exact same version that PS4 owners got, only with two big differences. It’s being released at a slightly more budget-friendly price point than its PS4 cousin, and it’s technically superior at the same time!

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I fully realize that console ports on PC have somewhat of a bad reputation, but Sega’s work on the Yakuza Kiwami 2 port has been outstanding. The game still used the same (Dragon) engine that was first introduced in Yakuza 6, but the PC version enables more graphics options to give the game a little more shine.

This doesn’t appear to include any of the advanced options we see in more PC-oriented titles (like a Depth of Field setting), but you do have the ability to scale your resolution up to a 4K setting – while still running everything at 60 frames per second. Of course it helps if you have a beefy PC, but Yakuza Kiwami 2’s system requirements are surprisingly modest – stating a GTX 660 or HD 7870 graphics card as being the bare minimum.

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Running the game on a GTX 970 card myself – not exactly the newest Nvidia powerhouse on the block – I experienced very smooth 60 frames per second gameplay while playing at a 1080p resolution. This was with the game’s detail settings set to high as well, so scaling up any more is really just a case of boosting the resolution.

Of course this isn’t reason enough to buy the PC version if you already own the PS4 one, unless you got that as a stopgap solution while waiting for the game to arrive on Steam. However, if you’re a PC gamer at heart, then you can feel assured that you’re getting the best version available for the game, which we already gave high marks in our PS4 review.

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