A Sleeper Hit
Yakuza 3 has the stuff to be a great experience for anyone that enjoys gaming. Unlike many fighting games, Yakuza 3 offers a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you wanting more, just as the previous 2 did. There are so many things, morals, values, etc, that are involved in this game that it's almost like playing a Japanese action movie ( with great Japanese voiceovers I might add). Not only that, the way it is presented to the player is great, easy to pick up and play and even learn about the previous 2 games all at the hit of a button. Like any game there are faults. Controls aren't the best and camera angles can be annoying, but if you play long enough.... like 30 minutes, you will write this problem off. Great action and storytelling, a must buy for any game lover because this game is more than about action, even though action does play a great part in it. End of the line though, I rate this game a 10 out of 10. Great job guys, bring on more!
Absolute Favorite Game This Generation
I adore this game. It's a rarity these days to get your money's worth when you buy a new release. Yakuza 3 is easily one of the largest games I've ever played. Between the 20-40 hour story (depending on how you play), the mini games, the city you can explore, the arcades/bar/bowling/karaoke...you can easily put 100+ hours into it. It even features a movie collection from Yakuza 1 and 2 so you won't be lost when you start. The story itself is deep and seems confusing at first but the longer you play, you start piecing everything together. The cut scenes and facial animations are AMAZING and really make you connect with each character. The fighting is fun and fast and the unlockable combos/power ups are great. I was excited to see that Sega decided to release this in the States and even more excited that 4 is just around the corner. If you have the time to devote to Yakuza 3, you will find yourself immersed in a unique, amazing experience. Seriously one of my favorite games of this current generation.
More fun times with Kazuma
Yakuza 3 is pretty good. Your Kazuma the Dragon of Dojima, a former Yakuza who keeps getting brought back in to fix everything. In this game you run and orphanage and end up going back home, you know because your Kazuma the man of Awesomeness. The game is completely in Japanese when it comes to voice acting and at times it does get aggravating reading subtitles. This is an involving story after all but it does beat the dubbed voices that usually accompany games from Japan. Another thing though at least the story is really good and some of the kids in the orphanage will have you laughing. The combat is familiar but tighter than the PS2 releases. Also you will notice a huge bump up in graphical presentation. Some of the skin textures look phenomenal. If you enjoyed the first two games it is really safe to say your gonna enjoy this one just as much if not more. It has everything you loved about the first two and then some. Kazuma is a strong character and one that is likeable.
Really underrated GAME
I had so much fun playing through this game, it took me about 30 hrs to finish the game without doing any of the side missions. I played like for 4 hours doing mini-games and stared at God of War 3. Pros- Great Story Plenty of mini-games(Bowling, darts, pool, fishing, batting cage, cage fighting and many more) The controls are much better compared to the previous titles Over 100 side missions(Even with the cut content) Game is very long You could mod your weapons(They have like two guns in the game Shotgun and Revolver) The game runs very smooth without any freezes Cons- The graphics look so-so compared to other PS3 titles that came out exact same time 2009 (But cut-scenes looks good. Some cut-scenes are very long taking over like 20 minutes The first few hours are bit boring(Taking care of the orphans) The Yakuza series is really underrated here in the States. You won't regret getting this game it is worth every penny even with the cut content that. I had such great time.
Counting Down the Days!
I LOVED Yakuza 2, Can't wait for Yakuza 3. I never played the first one, and had never heard of Yakuza 2 until I walked into gamestop and had seen it on the wall. When asking the store clerk about the game, she told me that she had beat the game and highly recommended it to me saying that I didn't necessarily need to play the 1st Yakuza game to enjoy the second. Seeing that I had a surplus of cash on me, and that the store didn't have Yakuza 1 in stock, I bought Yakuza 2 and super glad that I did to this day!!! Awesome gameplay, Awesome environment, Lots to do in side missions, mini games and host/hostess clubs, likable lead character and supporting characters, kick anatomically correct pelvis battle/fighting sequence (made me cringe at times at the severity of the finishing moves, but still awesome in its use of weapons, misc. items, walls, tables, chairs, etc.. in sailing your enemies), and a great story! Anyways, there is no doubt that Yakuza 3 will be one of the best games of the year! Can't Wait!! Highly Recommend!!!
Incredible Gaming Experience
Yakuza 3 is the third installment to the series that follows Kazuma Kiryu, an ex-yakuza member who now runs an orphanage in Okinawa. The yakuza are the Japanese equivalent to the mafia; they are involved in crimes, scandals, etc. When a proposed resort deal and Military Arms Base Bill threatens the integrity of Okinawa (as well as Kiryu's orphanage) some of his closest friends' well being has been compromised. It comes to no surprise corrupt political figures and families are behind these schemes for money and power. Along Kiryu's journey to protect those close to him, you meet a very memorable cast of characters. There are a lot of good moral principles that are stressed throughout the game. This rich storyline emphasizes the important of family, independence from monetary goods, and room for positive change in human behavior in the face of dark times. As a game, much of the action is in a brawler fighting style. You use your martial arts skills and nearby objects to help defeat your foes. You encounter enemies not only during the main storyline portion but even roaming the streets of Okinawa, Tokyo, etc. where "street punks", yakuza, etc. will challenge you. There are plenty of side missions to complete and mini games, the latter being a real favorite of mine. Such games included darts, bowling, pool, fishing, and cage fighting. People have called this the Japanese Grand Theft Auto for good reason as it has that type of feel roaming the open world environments but it is radically different in many respects such as its RPG feature (exp points for gaining new talents), style of weapon usage, etc. Since this game was released in Japan a few years ago and is re-released in the US, there are only Japanese voice-overs so there are English subtitles. All the graphics and animations played smoothly. I thought the sound overall was great plus the length was very satisfactory since all the side missions and mini-games could keep you busy for hours. This game is an emotional roller coaster. I think any Playstation 3 owner should feel lucky that this is available, especially as an exclusive. ...So what are you waiting for? Pick up Yakuza 3!!
Yakuza 3 is fantastic
Yakuza 3 was outstanding!!!! I think people are under the impression that they absolutely HAVE to play the first two in order to get the storyline in the third one. That is just simply not the case. On the title screen they give you the option to recap both storylines from both Yakuza 1 and Yakuza 2. I HAVEN'T played either of those and after watching those recaps, I was able to follow the plot very well. It plays similar to GTA in regards to the circular map in the bottom left corner and the free roaming ability, but it has a more guided walkthrough as apposed to just doing whatever and not truly knowing where to go. It also has tons of side-missions just like GTA where you'll gain money and experience, as well as valuable items. The combat is like a street fighter game on the streets where you can grab baseball bats and bar stools and use them as weapons. The only complaint with Yakuza 3 was that it ended, I never wanted it to end i was that moved by it. I would reccommend this game to anyone. If you like these types of games, get this game!!!!!!
Yakuza 3 a great PS3 game
I like a lot of stuff about this game like the story mode the funny scenes using the cellphone the mini games I feel this game should receive a better score it reminds of the days when I played Shenmue 1 and 2 it's kinda similar in a way especially the parts where the control buttons pop up for you to click it in time to make an attack or block
# 2 all time Fave, Dnt miss this Game!!!!!
Well If you just pass it while youre in Gamestop or searching online for something good, You would think this game isnt even appealing why even bother picking it up or reading about it
ARTWORK SUCKS but Game IS INCREDIBLE
Graphics are really good for 2009
Great detail on characters
citys look great especially Okinawa
pedestrians vary so you wont always see the same two ppl walking together or down the street from each other
Kazuma the Protagonist is Extremely likeable makes you wonder how it took until 2010 John Marston for U.S to make such deep likeable characters
Characters in the Game are just as likeable
tons to do in game such as side missions and mini games
a plus on the side missions is that they dnt get repetitive
yeah you walk up the street you get in a fight walk down fight walk across fight but always different enemys with different skills and weapons
this is in no way GTA Japan its just a Sandbox open world just like GTA
theres no stealing cars, killing anyone you want just to see how the gun works or any other kind of senseless violence
Game is in Japanese so if you dnt like reading subtitles then this game isnt for you
works out better that way anyways because Japanese Vocie actors already did a good job and english do overs probably would have ruined the dialogue
Pros: Fighting, Story, Graphics, Characters
Cons: took a year to be released in U.S
Great game from start to finish! Sega bring us Yakuza 4!!!
I beat Yakuza 3 the other day and I absolutely loved the game. Everything about the game was amazing. The storyline, characters, animations, graphics, everything. The addition of trophies was also a pleasant surprise. This game has great replay value as well. It includes (Well my copy did) DLC that you unlock after beating the game. I did this and I'm now on the "Premium new game". The story is great, and has many twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time and has you wanting more. I couldn't put the game down and managed to beat it in under 48 hours. That isn't because it's a short game, but I got really addicted to it. I ranked in roughly 12 hours each day I played it, and that is a consistant 12 hours at that!. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone still on the fence about it. The fighting system is great. Yakuza is the spiritual successor of the Shenmue series. It's my favorite series and I went as far as to import Kenzan! and I hope they bring over Yakuza 4 to the states, but for now, to get my Yakuza fix, I might just import Ryuu Ga Gotoku 4 (Yakuza 4 in japan). Please Sega, bring us Yakuza 4!!!