Conclusion: Yakuza 3 is definitely a unique and rewarding experience I would recommend to all gamers. If you like beat’em up games with RPG elements, this one will definitely keep you entertained. However, if you are expecting something fully immersive and less action oriented, this game is NOT Shenmue 3 or J-Heavy Rain.
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. Considered to be the Shenmue series’ “spiritual successor,” Yakuza 3 faces the challenge of filling the void left behind by that series (will Ryo EVER get out of that cave?
Excerpt: The Yakuza series has been loved by PlayStation gamers for a long time. However, it looked for a while like the series wouldn't make the jump to the PS3 in the Untied States. Thankfully, Yakuza 3 was translated into English (with several overly-Japanese areas removed from the game) and brought to the US through publisher Sega. As an exclusive PS3 title, it's a good one that brings to mind some of the gameplay found in the Shenmue of old.
Excerpt: At the start of Yakuza 3 , it looks as though series hero Kazuma Kiryu has gone to seed. The first Yakuza kicked off with him spending a decade in prison for a murder he didn’t commit; the second began with the killing of his benefactor and yakuza clan leader. These are inciting incidents that players just know are going to lead the stoic ex-mobster with a heart of gold on a wild adventure of revenge, ass-kicking, and either hanging out in posh nightclubs, or running...
Excerpt: Yakuza 3 is finally out in the west. After a year of petitioning, praying and lots and lots of waiting, fans of the series can now walk over to their local electronics store, pick up a copy of the game, and enjoy the most recent exploits of Kazuma Kiryu – all in wonderful English. The reason fans have been so anxious to get their hands on this title in the west is simple – Yakuza 3 is a masterfully crafted, blockbuster of a game that single-handedly jump-started lagging...
Excerpt: Turning Japanese…I really think so! Well hello Yakuza 3, and where have you been all my life huh? If like me, you are a bit of a fan of all things Japanese, then Yakuza is the game for you. I don’t mean it has characters with spiky hair and saucer like eyes, or based around ancient samurais, giant robot suits or monsters (in your pocket or otherwise). Nope Yakuza is all about the authentic, modern Japan.
Pros: Awesome open world adventure, numerous side quests and mini games, an authentic vision of Modern Japan.
Cons: Random fights annoy, no english soundtrack, just subtitles, pacing can be a little out at times.
Excerpt: Some game series don The Yakuza series was meant to be a multi-title game from the very beginning. As such, series veterans will once again find themselves controlling Kazuma Kiryu, the retired 4th chairman of the powerful Tojo Clan. The story picks up with Kazuma living on the island of Okinawa running an orphanage. It doesn Often times people compare the Yakuza series to Sega Being a Yakuza boss, Kazuma likes to get things done with his fists.