Yakuza 3 is a PlayStation 3 video game, originally released in Japan as Like a Dragon 3 (龍が如く3, “Ryū ga Gotoku 3”?), the sequel to Yakuza 2 and the fourth installment in the Yakuza series. It is developed by Sega Japan‘s CS1 Team and published by Sega. It was released in Japan and South East Asia on February 26, 2009 and in North America and Europe on March 9, 2010 and March 12, 2010, respectively
Yakuza 3 is the PlayStation 3’s second best seller game for 2009 in Japan, following Square-Enix‘s million-seller Final Fantasy XIII but outselling Capcom‘s Resident Evil 5 blockbuster, and is part of 2009’s best-selling titles in this market with 499,436 copies sold until December 7, 2009 according to Weekly Famitsu.
Due to their commercial success all Asian versions had bargain re-releases, a PlayStation 3 the Best edition in Asia on November 30, 2009, then in Japan on December 3, 2009 and a PlayStation 3 BigHit Series edition on December 11, 2009 in Korea. By March 27 , 2010 Yakuza 3 had sold more than 683,905 copies worldwide and around 120,000 in the west.
A Trial Version (龍が如く３ 体験版) was released on the Japanese PlayStation Store in February 19, 2009. The same demo was released on the European PlayStation Store in February 18, 2010. The latter, was taken from the exact same part of the game, but featured full English texts and subtitles.
The Japanese industry gave it the “Award for excellence” in the Japan Game Awards 2009’s “Games of the Year Division” for its “Dramatic story development, freedom of the story and the graphics elaborated up to the details of the work. In addition, amusement found in every portion of the game including the vast number of sub-stories and mini games. This work was awarded the prize for the high quality of entertainment.” Yakuza 3 also earned SCEJ‘s PlayStation Award 2009 Gold prize for achieving +500,000 sales in the Japanese market. Other Gold Prizes were Resident Evil 5 (PS3) and Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP). It was also well received in the west, with the UK’s Official Playstation Magazine awarding it 9/10; however, it was criticised for removing some of the mini-games, such as hostess bars and Japanese history quizzes.
Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu rated the game 38/40
2- Story and environnement
Unlike the previous episodes the story is not written by Hase Seishu but by Masayoshi Yokoyama. Yakuza 3 takes a departure from the first two games with its choice of setting: instead of focusing on the gritty cityscape of Tokyo and Osaka, it switches gears and sends Kazuma Kiryu to the Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, where he runs the Morning glory orphanage (アサガオ, asagao) with his adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura (she calles him “Uncle Kaz”) who accompanied him in the previous episodes and the Movie Version.
The Morning glory orphanage is on a land that is owned by Shigeru Nakahara, the boss of a local yakuza clan or bōryokudan, known as the Ryudo Family (琉道一家). Nakahara is under pressure from the country’s government to sell the land which is planned to become a seaside resort. When his friend Daigo Dojima, late Chairman of the Tojo Clan, is involved in an assassination attempt, Kiryu once again finds himself in a series of tough situations and has to fight to protect his new sanctuary.
Unlike Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! (often confused with Yakuza 3), which was a Miyamoto Musashi-based spinoff set in the Edo period Kyoto, this latest installment will continue the adventures of Kazuma Kiryu from Yakuza and Yakuza 2. The game will take place both in Kamurocho, a fictional version of Tokyo’s red-light district Kabukicho, from the first two games and in a brand new location called Ryukyugai.
Ryukyugai is in Okinawa and is also a fictional area, this one is based upon Naha‘s Makishi. It includes real life landmarks such as the Ichiba Hondori (linked to Mutsumibashi Dori and Heiwa Dori) covered shopping arcade renamed “Karyushi Arcade” (かりゆしアーケード, karyushi akedo) in the game as well as the popular Makishi Public Market shortened “Public Market” (公設市場, kousetsu ichiba), the famous entertainment strip Kokusai Street called “Ryukyu Street” (琉球通り, ryukyu dori), the Okinawa Monorail Kencho-mae Station as “Ryukyugai-mae Station” (琉球街前, ryukyugai mae) or the Mitsukoshi department store (Okinawa Mitsukoshi) which kept its actual name as part of the game’s tie-in policy.
Compared with the earlier episodes, the Kamurocho area had some minor changes with additional backstreets and landmarks. Hence South-East Kabukicho’s European medieval castle shaped Karaoke box Royal Castle Bldg. (王城ビル) has been modeled and renamed “Kamuro Castle”, and North-West Kamurocho love hotel Hotel Aland has been recreated in Kamurocho hotels quarter as the Hotel Tea Clipper.
The game’s main characters have their face modeled in 3D after their voice actors who are Japanese celebrities. Softimage XSI 3D data are obtained by scanning a human head with Cyberware Inc.‘s latest scanner. These include returning voice actors Takaya Kuroda (as Kazuma Kiryu), Rie Kugimiya (as Haruka Sawamura), Hidenari Ugaki as Goro Majima, and TV series actor Satoshi Tokushige (as Daigo Dojima).
New faces are film actors Tatsuya Fujiwara (as Rikiya Shimabukuro) known overseas for his Shuya Nanahara role in Kinji Fukasaku‘s Battle Royale and Battle Royale II: Requiem, Nakamura Shidō II (as Yoshitaka Mine) who played in Ronny Yu‘s Jet Li is Fearless and Clint Eastwood‘s Letters from Iwo Jima, veteran actor Tetsuya Watari (as Joji Kazama/Fuma) famous for his yakuza roles in Seijun Suzuki‘s Tokyo Drifter, Kinji Fukasaku’s Graveyard of Honor and Takeshi Kitano‘s Brother, veteran singers and tarento Shigeru Izumiya (as Shigeru Nakahara) and George Takahashi (as Goh Hamazaki), veteran seiyu Akio Ohtsuka (as Ryuzo Tamiya), tarento Daisuke Miyakawa (as Mikio Aragaki) and Hiroyuki Miyasako (as Tsuyoshi Kanda).
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For Yakuza 3 Sega with Sony made a terrific bundle with a Yakuza tatooed style PS3 comes with the game
- eight Item packs and eight S-Item packs delivered in-game by a minor character named Bob Utsunomiya (a clown)
- 2-player support for five mini games (pool, darts, bowling, golf and Answer & Answer)
- two add-on (Yakuza quiz series for Answer & Answer and Rank Ex-SSS for Haruka’s Request)
- three extra costumes for Kazuma Kiryu, Rikiya Shimabukuro and Haruka Sawamura (costume selection per character is four).
Four Premium Adventure exclusive modes are also added through DLC, these are:
- Survival Battle.
- Survival Onigokko (サバイバル鬼ごっこ, sabaibaru oni gokko).
- All Star Tournament.
- All Star Tag Tournament.
Four DLC will be delivered on release day with the PAL version’s Battle Pack (a.k.a. Premium Pack). These free downloadable contents are:
- Battle For Survival: Take on all the bosses of Yakuza 3 as Kazuma (previously known as “Survival Battle” in the Japanese version).
- All-Star Tournament: 7 character tournament (completed game save file required to access content).
- All-Star Tag Tournament: 8 team tournament (completed game save file required to access content).
- Haruka’s Request: This unique series of challenge missions will send Kazuma on a task of exploration throughout the entire Yakuza 3 world, playing minigames and entertaining Haruka (completed game save file required to access content).
All these DLC are returning from the Japanese version.
Regarding the western release of the DLC, a Sega America spokesperson officially stated on February 24, 2010: “[T]he western versions of the game will come pre-packaged with codes for the DLC, already localized and ready to be enjoyed”. The missing Survival Onigokko DLC could be a hint that the minor character Bob Utsunomiya was removed as well as the DLC revolving around him (Item Pack and S-Item Pack deliveries).
Two exclusive extra DLC codes will be sent only to North American customers who pre-order Yakuza 3 in their local GameStop stores. These additional downloadable contents are:
- 2 player mini games (for Pool, Bowling, Darts and Golf).
- 3 extra costumes for Kazuma, Haruka and Rikiya (completed game save file required to access content).
These pre-sell only extra DLC are returning from the Japanese version. Previously they were delivered for free through an eight-week downloable content campaign.