So with all the Yakuza talk, where's a jumping in point for those new to the series? I watched a bit of Giantbomb's endurance run of Zero, and on a lark, bought Kiwami 1. Should I just play that or will I be hopelessly lost story-wise and need to play/view something else first?
I would say definitely start with 0. Kiwami is the first game so by starting there you aren't necessarily missing out on anything but I started with 0 and I actually feel like it's the best starting point.
A) 0 is an absolutely incredible game. Whether looked at as part of the overall franchise or individually, the game is just amazing.
B) knowing Kiryu's past makes Kiwami all that more meaningful when you play through it.
C) Kiwami is a much smaller game than 0. 0 is filled with mini-games and sidequests out the ass along with a second city. Kiwami has lots of things to do but when compared to 0 it definitely feels a lot smaller. Kiwami almost felt like a nice big expansion pack to Yakuza 0 to me.
Overall it's up to you but I think 0 is definitely your go to starting point.
Didn't the original Kiwami start at $30? Kiwami 2 running $20 more is a bit disappointing, honestly, I don't really like paying that close to full price for remakes of games I already own.
Aside from the graphics and translation, what's new in this version again? A few minigames and a short playable Majima story, right? I'm gonna have a hard time justifying $40 and tax for that.
Kiwami 1 did launch at $30. Kiwami 2 has a lot more going into it though. Kiwami reused assets and animations and was definitely a budget test project for them that worked. Still I see nothing wrong with this when Square and others will charge full price for an HD remaster. This is absolutely a full blown remake from the ground up in the Y6 engine, with all new gameplay and what seems to me to be a few new chapters along with minor story adjustments to make it fit the overall Yakuza storyline better. At least to me, considering I see Yakuza 2 as the best in the franchise (although it's very close and tied with 0) it's definitely worth the money. Obviously if you have the Japanese ps3 remaster then maybe it's not worth it for you.