Excerpt: Yakuza may be set in the criminal underworld, and allows you to wander the streets involving yourself in many tasks besides the captivating main storyline, but where the GTA comparisons start is exactly where they end.
Conclusion: I have recently become slightly disillusioned about the state of plot and dialogue in video games (possibly to be covered in some future post) but Yakuza’s is at least as good as a pulp mystery novel. This makes sense and is perfectly acceptable since that’s also the type of game it is.
Excerpt: In SEGA's Yakuza, you play Kazuma Kiryu - " the Dragon of the Dojima family ". He's well hard, which, you quickly realise, is just as well. The game begins in one of Tokyo's vice-fuelled suburbs on 30 September 1995. Life is good. You've quite a reputation as a bit of a nutter.
Conclusion: It’s often irritatingly flawed, but the gripping storyline makes it worth the time it will take to finish. If you can see through its faults and appreciate the atmosphere, Yakuza is a particularly solid action adventure title. Top Game Moment:
Excerpt: Ever since I first laid eyes on Ryuga Gotoku, I knew I had to have it. It looked to be the closest I would ever come to playing a new Shenmue, and when it was first announced that it would hit North America, I was excited and also a bit scared.
Summary: Yakuza tells a good story, and has a rich, deep setting with plenty for the player to do. The shoddy targeting and repetitive combat sap a lot of joy out of the meat and potatoes of the game, but if you're a fan of 3-D brawlers, and are willing to stick it out to reach the conclusion, Yakuza will...
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Excerpt: Yakuza comes to us from long time industry powerhouse SEGA, and veteran developer Amusement Vision, makers of Shining Tears for the PS2, but may be better remembered for their wacky Super Monkey Ball series on the Gamecube.