For those interested in the game, such as Darrin, there will be content taken out of the Western release of the game. As far as what that content consists of, IGN says it’s nothing major, and even Sega has stated:
The content between Yakuza 3 US/UK and Yakuza JP is a little different in that we took out certain bits in order to bring the game to the west in the time alloted for us to do so. The parts we ended up taking out were parts that we felt wouldn’t make sense (like a Japanese history quiz game) or wouldn’t resonate as much (such as the concept of a hostess club). We didn’t replace the parts we took out, but we made absolutely sure that the story continuity stayed intact so that the story experience was the same as the Japanese version and that it didn’t take away the human drama so inherent to the Yakuza series.
IGN has also said that the game still includes strip clubs and dating, though. I know my brother enjoyed the first one (he liked fighting when there were bikes in the fighting square and throwing them when the enemy’s health was drained so it hits him in slow motion :P), but I haven’t played any of the games myself, though. I might have to rent this when it comes out next month.
Written by: Jay
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