Summary: Just buy this amazing game and you will experience one of the best crime stories ever told in a videogame. You will be in the edge of your seat by the end of the game. One of the best game that I ever played!!!!
Summary: DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE. SEGA DOES IT AGAIN, THIS GAME IS A CLASSIC. If you were a DREAMCAST head like I was and loved SHENMUE, this IS the game for you. To me, this is what SHENMUE 3 will be like and what it could have been like if they waited to release on DVD. This is not your generic run around and beat people up, simple, linear, without a good storyline game. There is a Level up system with exp points you gain in battle.
Conclusion: Good review. I also liked the game and think that it’s one of the better series from Sega lately. But the points you make about how it compares are exactly how I feel. For example that Ryo feels like a more complex character in a way. Or that the Shenmue series feel more grand and vast. Shenmue feels also more like “reality” due to all the little details, different NPC’s and the fact that they all have voice overs just to name a few things.
Summary: Yakuza is just a fantastic game all around. Without a doubt the best and strongest thing about Yakuza is the incredibly well done story. If you're into mobster type stories with fantastic twists and turns, great characters with an incredible amount of depth, Yakuza ranks up there with the best of any novels. The story is that good. Main character Kazuma is a true badass with strong morals and makes for a wonderful protagonist.
Summary: I played this game through in Japanese when it first came out and loved it. When it came out in English I had to see what it was like. The voice-acting in the English version is not too bad, but some of the translation is a bit off, in fact in some parts way off, to the point that whoever translated it missed the point and/or subtlety of the Japanese completely at times. That said, if you don't speak Japanese, this will have to do.
A good game worth playing as no other game deals with the Yakuza world.
18 August 2009
Excerpt: Yakuza is an action game for the Playstation 2 developed by Sega. This game takes place in Japan and is all about the Japanese criminal world of Yakuzas, the story follows Kazuma Kiryu, he takes the fall honourably for his killing his boss (apparently that's honourable) and once he is released from prison he finds that his Yakuza clan has had 100 million yen stolen from them and all the Yakuza clans are out to find it.
Excerpt: "...way you looked at it, Yakuza faced some pretty weighty comparisons in the run up to its release. One common knee-jerk reaction was that the Tokyo-esque cityscape and open-world gameplay heralded Japan’s answer to Grand Theft Auto, though in a time when sandbox games were in high demand, this was hardly a surprise. Of greater interest to SEGA fans was that it bore more than a passing resemblance to revered Dreamcast epic Shenmue, renewing hope that ...
Pros: Well integrated new features, impressive city, battles are fun, story
Cons: Camera is suspect, low - grade animation in places, little replay value
Excerpt: Whichever way you looked at it, Yakuza faced some pretty weighty comparisons in the run up to its release. One common knee-jerk reaction was that the Tokyo-esque cityscape and open-world gameplay heralded Japan's answer to Grand Theft Auto, though in a time when sandbox games were in high demand, this was hardly a surprise.