D+PAD Magazine writes:
You have to wonder about Sega sometimes. Faced with the task of localising the first in the Ryu Ga Gotoku ("Like A Dragon") series for PlayStation 2 they took one look at the game's setting, in a seedy Tokyo suburb; the hero, a sharp-suited Yakuza named Kazuma; and the gratuitously brutal combat system. They saw that it was written by a renowned Japanese novelist and was voiced by famous actors. They saw this big-budget hard-boiled Yakuza thriller and decided to really go for it with the localisation; you know, get some real voice talent in, some real stars.