Sega cuts 21 quests from Yakuza 3

Sega seems to have cut from Yakuza 3 quite a lot more than what they initially said.
Sega PR claimed that the game was to be released as "99% intact", but the claim proved false.
21 sub-quests have been removed in the western versions and one girl that the main character could originally date didn't make the cut.

The complete list, posted on the Sega official forums, has been welcomed (so far) by the awkward silence from the Sega PR team.

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callahan093174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

The cuts are disappointing, but in the end people aren't even going to miss it or know that it's missing. I mean, people that played through the Japanese version might, or people who scour the internet trying to get every detail on the game, but really, other than the disappointing knowledge of knowing that some content was cut, you're just simply not going to miss it, you're never going to feel like the game isn't big enough as it is. The game is still absolutely huge and most players will stop playing long before they've gotten 100% completion. I've got about 6 hours into it right now and less than 2% completion according to the in-game play stats.

Abriael3174d ago

You're stepping on a very slippery slope mate. Just because "people aren't going to notice" does that mean that publishers should feel entitled to cut content from the games whenever they want (and on top of that issue misleading statement on the size of those cuts)?

The game being nice in itself doesn't excuse Sega giving us a maimed version for a full price, trying to trick us into believing that it's "99% intact".

callahan093174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

True, true. I personally wish they hadn't cut the content, but the game is still tons of fun and so big I'll never 100% complete it even without the cut content. Everybody else is working on a slippery slope, here, too. I agree that I am, but in my opinion EVERYONE is. This is a slippery situation. Sega should know that the decision to cut content was unwise, but at the same time, I don't like the idea that some relatively insignificant content being cut out of the game is being brought up as this huge detriment and may be deterring would-be fans from buying the game. This is a tough one, because if this game doesn't sell well then Yakuza 4 won't get localized. And I'm in favor of a mostly in-tact localization than no localization at all. So while Sega should know that cutting content from Yakuza 4 is NOT what the fans want, the fans shouldn't be deterred from supporting this effort because it's still a brilliant release, well worth the money for the amount of content included, and because we won't get the next one if we don't support this one.

Abriael3174d ago

To be honest I actually hope that Sega decides not to bother with 4 and that someone else like Atlus publishes it in their stead.

The situation you describe paints actually an even worse picture. Sega knows that they're holding the series hostage, and as such they're basically giving us a "you want the game? then we can screw you up as much as we want, neener neener".
Honestly, I find it unacceptable, and such an attitude doesn't deserve any kind of support.

Also, the content cut isn't really insignificant really, even just the "hostess management" quest is very extensive. Some of the quests involved (that don't just involve hostesses actually) are storyline intensive and are a big chunk of exp on top of it.

vhero3173d ago

Probably not cut just not ported due to lazy developing which is the new trend these days... Especially with SEGA...

SaiyanFury3173d ago

I bought the game and I've already noticed the "I Wanna Go to Tokyo" mission was missing. That said, I think the things they cut out will come in the form of DLC. They cut the hostess clubs, yet they kept the buildings with hostess clubs visible. I'm almost positive that they'll appear as DLC. SEGA wants to capitalise on the game, and I'm sure they will do so. The two DLC packs I got by preordering were merely patches to unlock stuff on the disc.

The man said this in regards in the hostess clubs;

"Ultimately, the choice that had to be made was either no Yakuza 3 in the west, or a version of the game that was almost exactly the same, but with a little less trivia. That said, our teams also understand that many of you guys love games like Yakuza because of that experience, and rest assured that we'll continue fighting on your behalf to make sure that going forward, we can provide as close to the full experience as possible – no matter how foreign."

That being said, DLC WILL be coming for those of us who got Yakuza 3. It's almost an admission.

Abriael3173d ago

While on one side I hope the content returns as DLC, simply because I want to be able to play it? If Sega tried to capitalize on cuts by selling it as pay to play DLC (unless it's massively cheap), it'll probably be one of the worst PR debacles of this generation, worse than the cuts themselves.

Lifendz3173d ago

Seriously, the people clamoring for this game were the people that would appreciate and understand the Japan History Game or the Hostess Clubs. Sega released this game in the same month as FFXIII and GOW3. They basically sent it to die anyway. Now on top of that they're going to cut scenes and quests? Really really weird.

Redempteur3173d ago

people aren't going to notice ?

sorry when a game as paced as Y3 is cut of course you'll wonder things ..

Also internet is wide spread's hard to hide cuts like this ..and all the fans who voted ( asked ) for the game wanted it intact .
i can understand the girl because they were modeled after real people
but quests ? oh no

sega better gave them as free dlcs ...

3sexty rulzzz3173d ago

oh, ok, I see. maybe ps3, gimped itself. you come up with more logical reasoning behind thinking only when the xbox 360 has no connection with being blamed for the cuts. But now it's Sega's fault. you guys ever think about my sony wanted them to cut so it make the release that and sell the other cut content as DLC, if they do that, sony and sega make money from a corporrate decision. ever think about that!

king1233173d ago

It's probably because of the limited blue ray space LOL
no no its 100% the developers fault because this is not xbox 360, Right ?
I'm sick of this

presto7173173d ago

Sega has been f**king up too much lately. First Bayonetta and now this. WTF!!!

nycredude3173d ago (Edited 3173d ago )

I think people have to stop being a whiner and just be glad we even get this game over here. Sure it's disappointing that content was cut, but it really doesn't effect the overall game. If you didn't know about these cuts you would still think that the game had a lot of content. Reviews have already said that you will take at least 20hours to finish and the average player will take 30 so come on what is the problem?

You want to complain, complain about incomplete glitchy games, dlc already on disc, 5 hour sp modes, but to bash on a 30 hour game because they had to cut something to meet deadline is retarded. I bet most of the ones complaining never planned on buying the game anyway. If people would have supported Yakuza 1 and 2 here then maybe they wouldn't have cut anything. If you want the complete game next time then freaking go out and support this game.

Cut or no cut it is a great game and you will have a lot of fun and laughs!!!

Edit: To all the people who says there is no way I am going to buy this. Please STFU next time if they don't release Yakuza 4 (which is getting great reviews and looks way better) here. Sheesh man trust me when I say you can do worse with your money than bying Yakuza 3, much worse. Even with the cuts it's still at least between 20 to 30 hours long!!!!

pimpmaster3173d ago

it blows that they cut out so much from the game, i still bought it but hey, at least they still made it. i mean, they could of easily just said F it and not release it in america, so im happy. i hope this one sells good so yakuza 4 is released here also.

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pimpmaster3173d ago

doubt it, sega tried porting this using the least ammount of money possible, thats why they cut some stuff. everything they cut is gone forever.

bacrec13173d ago

Maybe they should have cut the price along with it. Considering this is a near 3 year old game, and a little title named God of War 3 is on the way, whats the point.

BldyShdw3173d ago (Edited 3173d ago )

You have NO sense of time or you just dont like the game.

"Release date(s)
JPFebruary 26, 2009
NAMarch 9, 2010
EUMarch 12, 2010"

How the hell is that 3 years?

Btw cut content aside I love this game...being able to see a movie of the 1st and 2nd stories is amazing since this is my 1st Yakuza

bacrec13172d ago

Yeah I'm pretty sure I said near 3 years. I didn't say 3, I said near. That still is in the realm of two.

knifefight3173d ago

Awkward silence is what the Sega PR team is famous for.

Abriael3173d ago

They're also very proficent at blaming their fans for their own errors actually :D we'll get to that stage, eventually. Oh wait, they already did (it doesn't "resonate") :P

NateDPG3173d ago

Why did they cut it in the first place?

slave2Dcontroller3173d ago (Edited 3173d ago )

that has several answers. #1.Its SEGA doin what they do best- stupidity. #2.They said American and European are not familiar with some of the content i.e.Japan-centric Gentleman's Club and #3.Its SEGA doin what they do best- STUPIDITY.

For everything they do right, they counter it by doing 10 things wrong. I'll pass on this til it hits the 10($) bin. They need to knock $21 of the price for this.

Tito083173d ago (Edited 3173d ago )

Maybe their western execs ordered the cuts, maybe that was it!!!!

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