Previously only available on PlayStation 4 and PC, Sega’s Yakuza Kiwami has finally made its way to Xbox One by way of their fantastic Game Pass service. A complete, ground-up remaster of the first Yakuza game, Kiwami sees protagonist Kazuma Kiryu relearning everything he knows about the outside world after spending 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. And to help get Kiryu back into fighting shape, fan-favorite supporting character Goro Majima returns in the form of the iconic Majima Everywhere system.
The Majima Everywhere system is simple: Goro Majima can attack Kiryu at any point during gameplay, initiating a battle with his rival with the intention of improving his mastery of the Dragon fighting style. Duking it out with Goro is the only way to rank up Kiryu’s Dragon style, so be prepared to trade blows with The Mad Dog of Shimano at any given moment throughout the story.
Majima Everywhere really does mean everywhere. Goro will disguise himself as a police officer, traffic cone, taxi driver and even as a zombie in order to get the drop on you when you least expect it. Once you’ve leveled up your Majima Everywhere rank sufficiently, you’ll find yourself running into Goro on a regular basis, as he’ll start to roam the streets of Tokyo and can suddenly attack Kiryu in the middle of any battle.
It may seem like a bit much, but the Majima Everywhere system adds an element of surprise to every aspect of gameplay, making menial tasks like exploration and beating up street thugs feel like they could escalate at any moment. It’s also an important system to invest in because the Dragon style is one of Kiryu’s best weapons, and it will be severely nerfed towards the beginning of the game, only improving when you manage to defeat Goro and rank up the Dragon style’s many useful skills.
Leveling up your Majima Everywhere rank increases the ways and frequency in which you’ll encounter Goro. Reaching Rank E will allow Kiryu to detect Goro from a distance during exploration, while you’ll need to get all the way up to Rank A for him to barge into the middle of a battle unannounced. Goro’s fighting ability increases as you continue to rank up as well, unlocking new fighting styles for him to throw your way while keeping things fresh and unpredictable towards the latter half of the story.
To unlock the Majima Everywhere system, simply play through the beginning of the game until you reach Chapter 2. You’ll eventually run into Goro and be utterly defeated by him, prompting him to follow Kiryu around in an effort to restore their rivalry to its former glory. Kiryu will then begin gaining experience from each encounter with Goro, and leveling up triggers a unique encounter with him that unlocks new features and further deepens their relationship.
The Majima Everywhere system is one of Yakuza Kiwami’s best additions to the original experience, introducing an element of surprise that keeps things fresh while presenting a compelling way to level up one of the game’s most useful fighting styles. It also does well in expanding fan-favorite Goro Majima’s role in the original story while shining a spotlight on Yakuza’s greatest rivalry. If you’ve got Xbox Game Pass and have never played Sega’s long-running series, Yakuza Kiwami is an excellent point to jump in.
Sega's remastered Yakuza title finally hits Xbox, bringing with it one of the most iconic and useful features in the series.