A.V. Club writes: "At the start of Yakuza 3, it looks as though series hero Kazuma Kiryu has gone to seed. The first Yakuza kicked off with him spending a decade in prison for a murder he didn't commit; the second began with the killing of his benefactor and yakuza clan leader. These are inciting incidents that players just know are going to lead the stoic ex-mobster with a heart of gold on a wild adventure of revenge, ass-kicking, and either hanging out in posh nightclubs, or running them. Not in Yakuza 3, though. Yeah, the opening scenes feature murder and betrayal, but Kiryu isn't really involved. The dude is living on a beach in Okinawa, running an orphanage and hanging out. Your first real quests in the game are fixing dinner for the kids and playing golf with a city councilman. Nothing says "seamy underbelly of urban crime" like kicking it in a resort town and talking zoning with local politicians. Sheesh."