The Yakuza series is big in Japan, seriously big – think GTA for the West and you have your scale comparison! In fact the only game to outsell Yakuza 3 last year in Japan was Final Fantasy XIII. So when a game so heavily influenced and enriched with a nations culture is transposed to another location – how much of an impact does that have?
Yakuza 3 is the fourth title in the series, there was a spin-off title called Yakuza Kensen that was published between Yakuza 2 and this edition but this is the true sequel to the second game and continues the story of the Tojo Clan's 4th chairman Kazuma Kiryu. If, like me, you are new to the series then do not fear as Sega have done a wonderful job of making sure you can catch up. There is the opportunity to watch a voiced movie showing a collection of key points from the first two main games that will more than adequately catch you up on the story. Just be prepared to set aside roughly fortyfive minutes to an hour to watch the two movies.