Summary: Actually not just pretty good, very good. This game is long with a rich and fulfilling story, plus there is so much other stuff to do, darts, pool, karaoke. The story does get slow at times and the game does get a little repetitive if you are just playing the story, but for 20 bucks you cant go wrong your money goes a long way with this game, i highly recommend it and i cant wait to play yakuza 4.
Summary: The game is fine but h as a few problems. First of all trying to complete the story takes a while and i dont think thats because of all the action you can do its because of it giving cutsceans that take about 10 min apiece. Combat works fine a bit easy.
Summary: To get the most out of this game, you first have to be at least slightly into the quirks and style of the modern day Japanese. As noted, it's been called a very Japanese game for Japanese people. Nonetheless I was amused. While at first I was hoping for a more Godhand style fighting with customization for my style, I found that the base for this game definitely had enoough variety if you happened to take the time to figure it out.
Summary: This was one of the best stories I've ever been through in a video game. From start to finish you are drawn in. The argument will be made that the game play is basic and too easy but the game play isn't really what a game like this is all about. The creators of this game didn't want to make a game where you might get stuck half way through and give up. They wanted to create a story that you pick up and continue to turn pages until it is done.
Summary: In a single word--- FUN!!! This game reminded me a lot in premise of the old NES title River City Ransom except done with modern tech. It's effectively a beat 'em up game with RPG elements with a strong driving narrative. The story is probably the game's strongest point which is well told and loaded with good humor. The art direction is fantastic and it faithfully recreates Tokyo's red-light district Kabukichô.
Summary: I gotta say, I love these (semi)sandbox games. a game where you can go places freely and do anything outside of the story. Yakuza is a pretty fun game but has some drawbacks. It has some seriously lengthy cutscenes, the Dialogue is 99.5% Japanese (a couple portions where for some reason a japanese guy is having a convo with an a American each speaking there own languages and understanding each other fine), a bit too many mandatory side quests and not enough locations to...
Summary: Yakuza 3 is perhaps the spiritual successor to the Dreamcast's Shenmue. For those a little unsure on the game or genre, check out youtube for a better idea - it's not entirely open world, but the parts of the world that are presented to you are very well presented and detailed. For those worried about missing out on the story from Yakuza 1 & 2 (as Yakuza 3 does carry on from those games), I wouldn't worry too much as a brief summary and intro is provided in-game to help...
Summary: Not really an rpg, more like beat em up with story elements, side missions. Very, very japenese, with subtitles, cultural references, karaoke and the whole thing. Story missions and side missions have you running around, performing tasks and doing lots of fighting, which is the best part. You pummel people with combos, slap them with fish, stomp on their faces and break things like garbage cans, bycicles and tvs over their heads.