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Yakuza 3 Review

If Yakuza 3 is a lesson in Japanese culture then what I have learnt about Japan is that everyone likes a fight, they love baseball, fighting is pretty popular, soba = buckwheat, no one will do what they’re told until you have defeated them… Oh and there’s a severe lack of hostesses. I kid, I kid I never really noticed their absence as I had never played any of the previous Yakuza titles. But everyone does love a good fight; seriously, you can’t do anything in this game without getting into a fight. You can’t go for a walk, you can’t ask your friend to look after your clan, and you can’t even cross the street in one instance without beating someone up first. It’s a good job that the brutal brawling system works well then and apart from the way the script contrives to include a fight at every possible moment the story does flow being deep and complicated with many characters involved. Read the rest of this entry »


Less Content in Western Release of Yakuza 3

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.


Yakuza 3 Demo on PSN Today

Just a heads up for those interested, but the Yakuza 3 demo will be up on the PlayStation Store today.

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