Justin Belin writes, "To me, Yakuza is first and foremost about its story and on that end, Yakuza 4 does not disappoint. Yakuza 3’s plot started on an intimate note, dealing with a personal threat to the orphanage where Kaz has pseudo-retired after the events of the prior games. The player enjoyed a few quiet and domestic moments settling in to life as a father figure to a cast of endearing children before the plot explodes, unfolding into a complex tale of warring Yakuza factions. In contrast, Yakuza 4 is immediately grandiose in scope. For the first time, series mainstay Kazuma makes some room in the spotlight for three other leads, each of whom bring with them their own fighting styles, dedicated side quests and, most importantly, personalities."