Excerpt: After a two year wait and several new prescriptions for blood pressure medication, western fans of the Yakuza series are finally getting what they want. Sega has acquiesced to the series’ fanbase and begrudgingly released Yakuza 3 for territories outside of Japan, albeit with several odd omissions.
Excerpt: Games like Pokémon, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are selling like hot dogs on a cold afternoon in the land of the Rising Sun. The Yakuza franchise has built a great reputation in the far East throughout the years which resulted in plenty of sales for Yakuza 3 and the pre-orders for part 4 are...
Conclusion: To me, the Yakuza series represents what is great with Japanese games. It has the right balance of powerful story and characters along with solid gameplay and just a touch of lightheartedness.
Excerpt: For those of you who have not been exposed to the offbeat brilliance that is Adult Swim, let us fill you in. Adult Swim is the name given to Cartoon Network’s late-night programming, filled with animations ranging from the perverse to the surreal, from the sublime to the gor-blimey.
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.
Conclusion: Pinball FX 2 is a pinball game, straight up. If you love pinball games, then you will love this, if you don’t you won’t. It is perhaps one of the more realistic pinball games, but it really lacks diversity.
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...