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.
Excerpt: I don't have Yakuza but I bought the Japanese version Ryu Ga Gotoku. While the fighting is initially great, it does level off. It never really became boring though except during the semi-random encounters.
Excerpt: I played the original Shenmue, back when it came out for the japanese Dreacmast. A year later (thanks to the dubbing, that is) came the american version, with english voices... that for the most part, sucked.
Excerpt: 7.7! thats it? i dont agree. To tell you the truth When I first tried Yakuza, It didnt appeal to me at all it just seemed alittele pointless. However I kept playing and became more into it until I WAS HOOKED! If this game seems like wow its dumb, your wrong.
Excerpt: 10 billion yen missing. Your best friend is now the head of a family. Your girlfriend is no where to be seen. Everyone is out to get you... so whats with the little girl? You are Kazuma Kiryu and a <a href="http://www.1up.com/do/gameOverview?
Excerpt: I am a diehard PC gamer. Love it, use it, do everything on them. PS2 was collecting dust for 6months+. Was reading reviews, saw some videos, liked hte GTA run around feel, more or less Shenmue... Ive got only about 4 hours logged in right now but I am loving the storyline, combat, and overfeel.
Excerpt: I got the game for a birthday present on the 6th, and I've already beaten it. That's not because it is short, not by a long shot... I put over 25 hours into this game, and that is after hurrying through it and not enjoying the sidequests or mini-games.
Excerpt: This game has spawn alot of hype by being labeled as GTA but with yakuza. let me get this out of the way first: this game has VERY LITTLE in common with the before mentioned game...but in a good way. the graphics, while no where near top PS2 quality are still vivid and colorful in their own way.