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Yakuza 3 - Playstation 3

4.5 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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  • Storied franchise enjoys a hardcore following with true video-game enthusiasts
  • Tokyo and Okinawa are rendered with stunning accuracy
  • Play a variety of mini-games including billiards, karaoke or even take in a game of golf
  • Engage in a variety of real-life activities from buying items in licensed shops & businesses to eating in restaurants you can find on actual streets of Tokyo

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Yakuza 3 is the next cinematic chapter in the prestigious video game saga offering an authentic, gritty and often violent story set in modern day Japan. Following the events of the previous game, Kazuma and Haruka (his adopted daughter) have left Kamurochoto to seek a new life in Okinawa where they manage an orphanage for children. However, their peaceful life is soon interrupted when a series of events unfold pulling Kazuma back into the shadowy past he thought he had left behind. Making its first appearance exclusively on the PlayStation 3 platform, the rich story and vibrant world of Yakuza 3 lets players engage in intense brutal clashes within the streets of Okinawa, and the pulsating and often dangerous city of Tokyo where only the strongest will survive.

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ASIN B0030GBSUC
Release date March 9, 2010
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4.5 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,976 in videogames
#316 in Video Games > PlayStation 3 > Games
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Product Dimensions 6.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
Media: Video Game
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Back in 2000, there was a little unknown gem on Sega Dreamcast called 'Shenmue', which became a huge financial flop despite the universal critical praises. Its sequel only showed up in Japan and later ported to the original X-Box after Dreamcast's demise. Shenmue was the game that invented QTE (Quick Time Event) that are so frequently used by many games like Resident Evil 4, Heavy Rain and God of War series.

Yakuza 3 is the third installment of the popular Japanese action adventure game series by Sega that inherit all the characteristics of Shenmue series. But it is this installment that finally exceeds everything Shenmue tried to be in spades with so much more contents and depths. Yakuza series was understandably not well-known outside Japan at all due to its quirky and idiosyncratic eccentricity stemming from distictively Japanese culture. Make no mistake, this is one of the most popular game in Japan. With population half as big as the U.S. but so much diversities in different genres of video games (each game is targeted speficically for intended demographic rather than potential demographic as here in the U.S.), half-million copies sold is viewed as bona-fide success. With sensible budget and half-million copies means good profits and the next sequel. The fourth one has just been released in Japan. There have been tons and tons of games on PS and Nintendo consoles that never make outside Japan, and Yakuza series are one of the rare ones that are available here in the U.S.

Warning to fans of GTA or the likes and JRPG; Yakuza 3 is not a console RPG or GTA-clone, as many would describe it.
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I feel very torn in writing this review, as the release of Yakuza 3 in the US is the big carrot we must chase to get Yakuza 4 (which comes out in Japan a mere week after this release in the US) released stateside.

SEGA, I need you guys to pay attention. There's obviously been some miscommunication and misunderstanding in how this all should work. Ryu Ga Gotoku 3, the original Japanese title, is a fine and stellar game. It has a fantastic story, excellent mini games, substories and submissions to follow, and does what I feel is serve as an excellent representation of life in Japan, more to the point of life as a Japanese gangster.

The seedy underbelly and the familiar touches to anyone who has been to either Okinawa or Kabuki-cho in Shibuya are going to see massively detailed recreations at work here.

There was clearly a lot of love poured into the Japanese release. The US release, Yakuza 3, seems to have been the victim of time and poor project management. SEGA dodged questions for months regarding a western release of Yakuza 3, and when they finally announced their intentions, did so with the heaviest reservations possible.

To back this up a little bit, SEGA has had a troubled past with the series on the PS2 in the US. It's never been a high selling title, touted as a GTA game set in Japan. It's not really. It's basically Shenmue with more fighting, more gangsters, and a lot of seedy underbelly. There's no looking for sailors here or running off to look for a mirror. Your character is haunted by the violence surrounding his life and wants to be rid of the life he can never leave.
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I've only written a few product reviews on Amazon, but felt the need to chime in here. Yes, the game has been modified from its original Japanese presentation (about 20 hrs. of content cut from what was an 80 hr. game in Japan). And, yes, some of the cuts were obviously made to save on production costs and not because the material "isn't socially relevant" for a Western audience. However, with all that said, what remains is still one of the most enjoyable and deep games on the PS3. In fact, I find it hard to imagine that any game-loving adult (yes, Yakuza 3 is fairly violent in spots and NOT for kiddies) wouldn't be willing to overlook a few omissions for this fabulous game.

Having played the likes of "Assassin's Creed 2," "Heavy Rain," "Metal Gear Solid 4," "Valkyria Chronicles" and several other high (and not-so-high) profile games on the PS3, this is easily my favorite PS3 game so far. It oozes atmosphere and makes you feel like a gaming tourist in a fictionalized Tokyo.

Also, it must be said that by NOT buying the game (because of some personal crusade/vendetta against Sega due to the cuts) you will make it that much less likely that we see future Yakuza games in the West. And, more importantly, you'll simply be missing out on a really fun game.
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I couldn't put this game down when I first started playing it. It felt like a true masterpiece. The only problem with it is the game started to get old after about 15-20 hours. Nothing really changes, the story just progressed. Great story, but I need my character to change a little throughout the game.
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