DescriptionRyū ga Gotoku Kenzan! is a side story within the Yakuza series, this time changing neon-lit Tokyo setting with a four hundred years older one: the city Kyoto of the year 1602, during the Edo period of the Japanese history.
The player takes the role of the historical character Miyamoto Musashi, a renowned swordsman who, after the battle of Sekigahara, came to Gion district of Kyoto and changed his identity to Kiryuu Kazumanosuke. Gion is a part of Kyoto where rich people indulge themselves in buying sexual favors. One day, a little girl named Haruka, comes to Kiryuu asking him to track down and kill an impostor pretending to be Miyamoto Musashi. At first Kiryuu refuses, but the girl's desperate attitude makes him reconsider and accept her plea.
Gameplay-wise, this installment is very similar to the other games of the main series. The protagonist explores the city, undertaking missions and facing enemies in combat that resembles fighting games. Kiryuu can fight bare-handed or with bladed weapons - one-handed, two-handed, or dual-wielding. He can specialize in any of these styles as well as participate in quick-time events known as "heat action". The game uses face scan technology to make game characters share visual similarities with the actors they are modelled after.
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- Wikipedia: Yakuza 3 -- Article in the open encyclopedia