It’s a wonderful thought to picture new players falling in love with the Yakuza series on Xbox One.

The next game on the list, Yakuza Kiwami 2, is a major milestone – and it’s launching real soon. Sega is bringing Yakuza Kiwami 2 to Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass on July 30, 2020.

If you aren’t going the subscription route, you can buy the game for $19.99.

The story – a tale of impending “all-out war,” eternally retold – kept my attention the whole way through with a compelling antagonist (the fun-to-hate Dragon of Kansai, Ryuji Goda). The more modern Dragon Engine took me a bit, but once it clicked, I felt even more immersed in this wacky underworld.

If you missed this dramatic, silly, endearing-as-hell street-brawling saga in its original form and you’ve only recently gotten into the series starting with Yakuza 0, hang in there and pace yourself. Everyone has their personal ranking and every game has pros and cons (especially when we’re talking about the remakes), but I’ll say this much: Yakuza Kiwami 2 is an all-around better package than Kiwami 1.

How many games let you deck a tiger in the face mid-jump? Not nearly enough.

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