Yakuza 4 is going to be an OUTSTANDING game! To anyone that is curious if you must play Yakuza 3 FIRST, let me tell you that yes it will help you understand more of the characters and story....but NO you do not need to beat Yakuza 3 first! The Yakuza series can be compared between a mix of god of war/dantes inferno(button mashing with crazy cool combo's) and fallout/star ocean(between missions you can talk to certain people and do certain things you may not be able to after you complete the next mission). There are plenty of fun mini-games to do for when you get bored of the RPG elements, and Yakuza 4 will have even more than 3!! Also, if you want to get into the Yakuza series and get completely caught up with all the stories, Yakuza 3 comes packed with the cutscenes from Yakuza 1 and 2. So you can watch them and be fully aware of what happened in game 1 and 2, and then you have 3 to lay and enjoy! Yakuza 4 is going to be such a great game, if you have read this entire 'review' and are interested in the least, I suggest renting/buying Yakuza 3. you will not be disappointed!!
Can't wait for Yakuza 4!
When I finished playing Yakuza 3 it left me feeling like I just had to play some sort of sequel to it. I was very excited when I heard Yakuza 4 was coming to the states as an exclusive. Yakuza 3 had everything I look for in a game, ranging from the gameplay to story to sound. Looking at the previews/trailers it seems Yakuza 4 will not disappoint loyal fans as well as new gamers to the franchise. This is going to be a great game that you should definitely get!
I'm so excited that Yakuza 4 is actually comming to the states. I loved the second and third one. Wish i had the first one. The Yakuza series has one of the best storylines for a game. I just hope the fourth comes out good. All I can say is that i am glad i got the PS3 because these are one of the best games. =D
Very good game with replayability.
Yakuza 4 is brawler / rpg / open world game with tons of mini games and goodies that will draw you in to play much more even after the story is over and done with. The gameplay mainly concerns fighting that can end with devastating finishes. The game always seems to be able to throw things out in order to keep the experience fresh and alive. This game has a fairly gritty story, but is filled with tons of humor for a great experience. This game has so much to offer it can almost be a little overwhelming at first, but stick with it and you will be rewarded with an experience unlike any other. Some complain that the story line is too confusing, in my opinion, it is not. The story is rich and enticing and will catch you off guard at every twist and turn. If you are thinking of giving this game a chance, do so, you will not regret it. Great job Sega, I will be patiently waiting for the release of Yakuza 5.
I would choose this over GTA V any day
this game is the best game I have ever played. I would definitely choose it over Grand Theft Auto because unlike Grand Theft Auto there is a lot of stuff to do. This game is also pretty appropriate compared to Grand Theft Auto. You can explore an accurately re-made Tokyo. This game also accurately portrays Japanese society and culture. Out of the things to do, to name JUST A VERY FEW you can visit hostess clubs (these are not inappropriate, all these are is where you buy a girl a drink and talk to her), get in randomly generated fights, buy weapons, get girlfriends, just plain explore, get drunk, and even shop in malls. You can be a good guy though, all the things you do are YOUR choice. Also get Dead Souls if you want this game with a new story and ZOMBIES!!!! Pretty much a better Dead Rising. This is my favorite game ever and get's a 10/10 in pretty much every aspect from me.
its about time sega has made the right decision, after so many online petitions to bring ryuu ga gotoku 4 (yakuza 4) stateside, im happy it is finally official. having played ryuu ga gotoku 4 densetsu no tsugumono, im sure all the fans of ryuu ga gotoku (yakuza) and new players alike will definitely enjoy spending countless hours playing this one. I am so happy to hear they brought back the hostess bars in this edition... most of the time spent playing is actually in the hostess bars... and the onsen (hotspring)?! yups thats right, hanging out with hot japanese hostess modeled after real top hostess across tokyo at a onsen. the fighting system has been rebuilt and the story is freaking AMAZING. it will make u keep on guessing what will happen next and is sure to keep u on your seat for hours. ITS A MUST BUY!!!
Recycling has never been so good!
Okay, yeah there is a LOT that resembles Y3, but the unique splitting up the gamer now playing as 4 different people and not just one completely makes up for the recycling of some of the aspects for the series' predecessors. As far as plot strength, playing as different characters made a helluva difference. Instead of desperately trying to tie a story to one person and have it not only *make sense* but tell the story well, by having different characters this gives more leeway for creativity as well as support a foundation for a good story.
I liked the dialogues, and yeah the language is "coarse' but these characters are mafia-esque folks...hey sure aren't gonna talk like choir boys.
I LOVED the opening song and even all the grocery store music, etc. in the game as well. If anyone knows of a soundtrack or something PLEASE let me know!
If you liked 3, you know what to expect and you will love this one. New characters, a few new locations and the continuation of the awesome story. If you didn't play 1,2 or 3, Sega was nice enough to include a summary of the story for you so you won't be lost. Some will say not enough as changed since 3 but really, when a game is as fun and as HUGE as 3, why would you want to mess with the formula. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this and I'm happy to say it hasn't disappointed me. Support the cause and keep these games coming to the US.
special and amazing
the yakuza games, is one of my all time favorite games on ps2 and ps3, the story will just amaze you, and you will feel what each one of these characters are going through and what they feel, it does help if you have played the first one, i reconmaned it cuz it helps to understand the story and characters a little better, all tho you can just remenisce through each of the games to understand each one. i'am very glad that the first three stuck with the original japeness voices and english sub, tho i didnt mind the first one that was in english voices, it just makes the atmaspher more apprecaited when it comes from a different background, to say the least yes you will have repetive fighting, but that shouldn't stop you from playing a unique culturle game in its own way.. try it out for yourself and see how this game is very unique.
Yakuza 4 is Outstanding
Yakuza 4 not only met my expectations but exceeded them greatly. As in my preview of the game on this page, former titles in the series have everything I look for in a game and Yakuza 4 had all of them. The story was incredibly well written and woven nicely among the four character roles you take on throughout the game. You can easily form a bond and empathize with each character whether you are playing as Detective Tanimura trying to find out what really happened regarding the death of his father 25 years ago, Saejima seeking retribution, or as the classic Kazuma Kiryu to name a few. The voice acting is very good and the soundtrack really gets you in the moment. Similar to Y3, there are a TON of side games which are really awesome. Among my favorite were the batting cages and you are even able to train your own fighters are you take control in helping a dojo. These fighters you train are then automatically controlled in battles you enroll them in and you can see how effective your training was. To me it was mind blowing how well the story flowed. It was seamless; all the characters were relevant and the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. A lot of the action here is in a brawler style like Y3 except I think the mechanics here are better and there are so many new combos among the new characters it was familiar yet refreshing. Casual gamers or hardcore gamers would be glad they got this cinematic and memorable title. I highly recommend it.