Excerpt: A la base, Yakuza 3 n'était pas destiné à aller séjourner en territoire étranger. Les performances des deux premiers opus aux Etats-Unis et en Europe s'étant révélées bien tristes, Sega n'avait pas, dans un premier temps, jugé utile pour ses finances de retenter le coup une troisième fois. Mais l'insistance d'un public connaisseur aidant, Yakuza 3 se retrouve finalement aujourd'hui dans nos PS3. La patience aura eu un prix, sachez-le.
Summary: : Yakuza 3 is one of the better games released so far this year and one of the best exclusive games released on the Playstation 3, and so long as you can overlook the few issues the game has, it’s worth every penny. The writing is strong and the characters are convincing, and the visual and aural presentation are among the best the console has to offer.
Excerpt: The Far East has an undeniably huge influence on video game design; from quirky role-playing experiences such as Shin Megami Tensei and Disgaea, to huge, million-selling franchises such as Final Fantasy and Pokémon. No other country has such profound ties to our beloved industry as Japan. As a setting itself however, Japan is a fairly under represented location in games, with but a handful of titles set in a virtual land of the rising sun.
Summary: " Yakuza 3 " is a multifaceted game that could appeal to gamers of many proclivities. While the western gamer expecting Grand Theft Auto Japan should stay well clear of the games well rendered but decidedly boxy confines, Japanophiles, JRPG fans and enthusiast of old school brawlers will all find this a novel way to indulge their interests.
Excerpt: After long-time petitioning by fans, Sega have finally localized Yakuza 3 for the PAL and NTSC regions. Considering how heavily the series touches on Japanese culture, be it the quaintness of the hostess bars, the karaoke mini-games, or the down-right lackadaisical pacing when straying from the main story, it’s easy to understand if some disconnect stands when attempting to market the game to a western audience.