Yakuza 3 (PlayStation 3)

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After the events of the second game in the series, Kiryuu Kazuma, "yakuza with the heart of gold", has once again tried to leave the world of organized crime behind him. He has built an orphanage on the remote island of Okinawa, which he manages together with his adopted daughter Haruka. But it seems that life will never be peaceful for him. Shady politicians are conspiring to take away the land on which his orphanage is built. A person whom Kazuma believed dead has miraculously returned from the grave. And once again Kazuma finds himself in the middle of a battle between organized crime divisions. He has to go back to Tokyo, to the Kamurocho district, for his third adventure.

The third Yakuza game retains the basic premise of its predecessors: it is an action RPG set in a free-roaming environment. As before, the core of the gameplay are hand-to-hand battles and building Kazuma's abilities by acquiring and distributing experience points (divided into Mind, Technique, and Body). Kazuma can still freely roam the city, go to restaurants, seduce pretty hostesses, and even play old Sega games in arcades. New mini-games have been added, such as playing poker, singing in karaoke bars, etc.

The combat system is similar to the one in the first two games, but with more techniques and more refined weapon handling. Kazuma can now equip up to three different weapons at the same time; he can also repair and create weapons. At certain points Kazuma will also have to chase enemies through the city, balancing his stamina and trying not to bump into pedestrians. It is also (finally) possible to freely rotate the camera as Kazuma explores the city.


Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Characters of importance are fully introduced during their first appearance.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Taking a leisure day off to explore Kamurocho with Haruka before leaving for Okinawa.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Kazuma seems to prefer enka style, and he's pretty good at it.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Kazuma left his Yakuza days and opened an orphanage in Okinawa.

Alternate Titles

  • "龍が如く3" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ryuu ga Gotoku 3" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Game Revolution Mar 23, 2010 A- 91
1UP Mar 12, 2010 A- 91
Vandal Online Mar 09, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
PSFocus Mar 21, 2010 85 out of 100 85
PSX Extreme Apr 10, 2010 8.4 out of 10 84
Games Radar Mar 09, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Mar 09, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Fragland.net Apr 05, 2010 79 out of 100 79
Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) Mar 11, 2010 4 out of 6 67
Game Informer Magazine Mar 19, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65


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  • Yakuze 3 reviewed by Yakuza (Article by Japan-based crime reporter Jake Adelstein who somehow managed to get three Yakuza to play and review the game.)
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