My first Yakuza was 0, which I put a ton of time into, and I have to say: It was a thrill to see the city jump forward 17 years when I started up Kiwami. Like, everything is kinda familiar but still very different, just the way you'd expect it to be if you jumped ahead in time in your own hometown. I just wandered around Kamurocho for a while looking at everything.
So yeah, you're gonna get that. It's awesome.