Summary: I couldn't put this game down when I first started playing it. It felt like a true masterpiece. The only problem with it is the game started to get old after about 15-20 hours. Nothing really changes, the story just progressed.
Summary: The story and characters are amazing. I've never felt more about a character then I do about Haruka. I always want to protect her. Even though I know she won't get attacked on the streets, I alway stay close to her, I really feel like a father to her.
Summary: If you manage to SURVIVE the oh-my-God-this-game-goes-nowhere-initial chapters you'll find a rich, deep and engaging story, with many special characteristics that make this franchise so unique. People tend to compare Yakuza to GTA - and that's a HUGE mistake.
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.
Summary: I've only written a few product reviews on Amazon, but felt the need to chime in here. Yes, the game has been modified from its original Japanese presentation (about 20 hrs. of content cut from what was an 80 hr. game in Japan).
Released in the US, but with many caveats to consider...
A. Strader, Amazon
21 July 2010
Summary: I feel very torn in writing this review, as the release of Yakuza 3 in the US is the big carrot we must chase to get Yakuza 4 (which comes out in Japan a mere week after this release in the US) released stateside. SEGA, I need you guys to pay attention.